Hip-hop star T-Pain sang the National Anthem to open a Dodgers game this week—without the use of his signature Auto-Tune voice modulation—and the video serves as further evidence that T-Pain is actually an amazing singer. Watch the video below, and wonder why he’d ever use Auto-Tune in the first place. Discuss
Things got interesting on an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher this week, when Maher—who is an outspoken atheist—told GOP hopeful Rick Santorum—an out spoken Catholic—“I like the pope better than you do. You're saying the pope should stick to what he knows, and I find that ridiculous ... So much of religion is arrogance masquerading as humility. He’s the Vicar of Christ—your God. Shouldn’t you have the humility to say, ‘If the pope thinks climate change is a problem, maybe I should?’” You can watch the exchange here, though it contains strong language.
The two were discussing Pope Francis’ recently encyclical, in which he said there was a Christian imperative to help poor communities affected by man-made climate change. Santorum had previously said that Pope Francis needs to “leave science to the scientist” (as others have pointed out, the pope has a chemistry degree) and previously told Chris Wallace, “I’m saying, what should the pope use his moral authority for? I think there are more pressing problems confronting the earth than climate change.” In this week’s interview with Maher, Santorum said he loves Pope Francis and believes that his teachings on climate change are a way to bridge bridges with people who may disagree with the Catholic Church on other issues. He even pointed to the fact that Al Gore has publicly said that he is now considering becoming a Catholic because of the pope’s teachings. Throughout the interview though, the two disagreed on what affect human activity has on the environment. Discuss
The Tonight Show recently hosted American student Anthony Sandler, one of three Americans who helped stop a suspected terrorist attack on a train in France. Sandler was traveling with two of his friends—who are both members of the American military—when a gunman began opening fire. Not only were they able to physically overtake the terrorist, who was also armed with a box cutter, the trio administered lifesaving medical assistance to one of the shooting victims. Discuss
A massive manhunt is underway in Illinois, where police are looking for three men suspected of being involved in the shooting death of Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. The officer was a married father of four who had served in law enforcement for three decades and was planning on retiring in the coming weeks. Schools across four districts have been closed as more than 100 officers look for his shooters, who they believed killed Gliniewicz after he chased several individuals while investigating suspicious activity. Discuss
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