Late night talk shows are about to get pretty interesting. Both Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert have released lists of coming guests for The Tonight Show and The Late Show, and some of the country’s most talked-about presidential candidates will be making appearances. Just days after GOP hopeful Jeb Bush stops by Colbert on Sept. 8 (as previously announced), Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will be interviewed on The Late Show, showing that even though he’s no longer doing a political show, Colbert can still manage to draw big-name politicians. (Justice Stephen Breyer and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon are also on the lineup.) And, despite generally being known for lighter fare, Jimmy Fallon is also getting in on the political hype. He's announced that on Sept. 11, Donald Trump will be a featured guest. All of this should be extremely fun to watch. Discuss
R.C. Sproul Jr., the son of theologian and Ligonier Ministries founder R.C. Sproul, has been suspended by the ministry after admitting to “visiting” adultery website Ashley Madison “to leave an old email address.” He said "the revelation of the hack has come the revelation of my sin," referencing the recent leak of hacked user information. Sproul Jr. served as a leader in the theology and philosophy departments at Ligonier’s Reformation Bible College. His wife passed away in 2011 after battling cancer. In an apology statement (which you can read in its entirety here), he explained,
In August 2014, in a moment of weakness, pain, and from an unhealthy curiosity, I visited Ashley Madison. My goal was not to gather research for critical commentary, but to fan the flames of my imagination. There I found two gracious judgments. First, I felt the grace of fear. Second, I felt the grace of shame. I was there long enough to leave an old email address. And within minutes I left, never to return. I did not sign up for their service or interact with any clients. I have always remained faithful to my wife even after her passing … With the revelation of the hack has come the revelation of my sin. I recently informed the board of Ligonier Ministries, which has handled the matter internally, having suspended me until July 1, 2016. I also informed my presbytery which is also handling the matter internally.
Yesterday, Sproul Jr. updated an article he first wrote on July 22 called “Hacking Ashley Madison” in which he said that he “only recently learned about” the site. He called it a “website which exists to facilitate adultery” and brings people together by “tearing homes apart.” This was before the release of the public data, when the hackers were stilling threatening to release it. He wrote, “I wonder how many are going to publicly object and declare the immorality of this hack and this threat. But in doing so, we miss the immorality of the site itself. This is not merely about the private behavior of private citizens, because we are dealing with married people. Marriage, friends, is never only private.”
He has since posted an update to the article that says “In light of my public statement here, I believe I should have withheld comment on this matter.” Discuss
In 2016, SpongeBob Squarepants is moving from Bikini Bottom to Broadway. Better yet, the anthropomorphic porifera is bringing a few friends with him. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper and Panic! At the Disco have all been tapped to write music for the production. Also in the mix? Ziggy Stardust himself: Mr. David Bowie. This isn’t the British icon’s first trip to Bob’s watery world. Back in 2007 the musician voiced the character of Lord Royal Highness in the film Atlantis SquarePantis. Can we hope for a cameo? Hey, stranger things have happened by the pineapple under the sea. Discuss
Even though the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis cannot deny same-sex couples marriage licenses, she is still refusing to issue them. Lawyers are currently filing a motion to find her in contempt of court for ignoring the high court ruling. She told reporters that she was acting “under God’s authority” by not issuing the licenses to same-sex couples in her community. Discuss