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The American Atheists have taken some attention away from the Seattle Seahawks, the Denver Broncos and even the Puppy Bowl X roster this week.

The organization launched a billboard near Metlife Stadium in New Jersey yesterday, one that mocks the idea of prayer in sports by featuring a priest in eye black and the tagline:

A ‘Hail Mary’ only works in football. Enjoy the game!

Atheists Billboard

“Prayer is superstition, plain and simple,” said American Atheists President David Silverman. “It trivializes the dedication of the players and takes away from their achievements."

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Pope Francis has achieved a new milestone, joining generations of influential figures in the worlds of politics, pop culture and life who have covered Rolling Stone.

The 266th and current of the Roman Catholic Church, who cracks a smile and waves to the camera in the cover photo, has become a rock star of sorts.

Perhaps it's not surprising that he's the first pontiff to be treated as such ...

Pope Francis Rolling Stone Cover

The cover story? An appropriately titled homage to Bob Dylan's classic song, and Francis' new reign, "Pope Francis: The Times They Are A-Changin.'"

The article offers readers a peek "inside the Pope's gentle revolution."

"Since his election last March, Francis has consistently confounded expectations with the simplest of gestures," writer Mark Binelli explains of the 77-year-old.

Whether he's paying his own bills, kissing disfigured strangers, joking at his own expense or spreading a message of inclusion, Francis has won wide acclaim.

It's not just Rolling Stone. Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year for 2013, and was also given such an honor by The Advocate for his views on gays.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the new cover of Rolling Stone, which may have hit a new low with this one.

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A blasphemous video of Sarah Silverman hanging out with her feminist BFF, Jesus Christ, has hit the Internet this week. You can imagine the response.

In the five-minute clip, she bonds with Christ over an NCIS marathon, a back rub and a discussion of some of life's enduring mysteries and debated topics.

Including when life begins. Not at conception, the Messiah informs her, but at age 40. Watch her not-subtle take on women's reproductive rights below:

The video promotes "V to Shining V," a national reproductive-rights pride day scheduled for September 28. Rallies are planned for all 50 state capitals.

Silverman has tread this progressive political path before with her outrageous clips that draw predictably polarized reactions. Plenty of people love her.

Others hate her ... like really, really despise her.

No matter how disrespectful her envelope-pushing efforts, the coverage and commentary she receives from critics is so vile that this is tame by comparison.

Ironic. As is the fact that the intense backlash only bolsters such efforts from Silverman, who seems to embrace the rage she feeds rather than tone it down.

No idea why she had to drag TV's #1 drama into this issue, however. Liberal or conservative, religious or Athiest, who doesn't love to watch NCIS online?!

Seriously. Let's come together, not grow apart.

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We've heard of nuns on the run. But never of a nun on the child birth table.

Until now.

A Salvadorean member of the cloth told reporters she had no clue she was pregnant late last week after she felt cramps in her stomach, summoned an ambulance… and then gave birth a few hours later.

Surprised nun

The 31-year old unknowingly welcomed a nine-pound boy into the world on Wednesday and named him Francis, after the Pope.

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Beyonce has stepped right back into the middle of controversy again.

Under fire for including words from the Challenger explosion at the outset of her track "XO," the singer posted a photo on Instagram yesterday in which she makes herself part of The Last Supper.

Yes, that Last Supper. The one attended by Jesus Christ and company and painted by Leonardo DaVinci.

Beyonce didn't include a caption with the mysterious picture, leaving many to wonder what it means and whether it's really appropriate.

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Despite much controversy over the past two weeks, Duck Dynasty will return on schedule next year, with Phil Robertson an active participant, A&E announced.

The company suspended Robertson indefinitely December 18 following controversial anti-gay comments the 67-year-old made in an interview with GQ.

Duck Dynasty had been on hiatus when the comments went public; the show is set to return in January and to resume filming new episodes this spring.

None of that will change. The network, “after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups,” says the show will go on.

The Robertson Family

The Robertson family admitted that the anti-gay comments were coarse, but criticized the suspension and implied they would not film without Phil.

Since the national controversy erupted, Phil Robertson has been defiant, reiterating his stance on gays, sin and homosexuality at a Bible study group.

He has been roundly criticized by gay rights groups, but supporters began demanding his reinstatement and even planning a Chick-Phil-A Day.

The network thus found itself in the midst of a PR nightmare, and ultimately decided to distance itself from Phil's views while still bringing back the show.

A&E's statement on the decision, released Friday, reads:

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Rappin' For Jesus, a video uploaded earlier this year that went viral for obvious reasons, made the rounds again on Christmas ... also for obvious reasons.

Some might say all the wrong reasons.

The low-tech music video features an alleged pastor named Jim Colerick and his wife rapping about their relationship with their homeboy Jesus Christ.

Calling him a life changer, miracle arranger, and "drink exchanger" (turning water into wine, etc.), they go on to list many other memorable achievements.

While it's undeniably silly and campy, the video isn't too disrespectful ... at least until you get to the chorus, which repeats "Jesus Christ is my n----r."

[Crickets]

The line is rapped by both the pastor and his wife, so much so that the "Rappin' For Jesus" video became an instant Internet hit ... but is this even real?

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In a sign of how far the gay rights movement has come, Pope Francis has been named 2013 Person of the Year by The Advocate, a prominent LGBT magazine.

"While 2013 will be remembered for the work of hundreds in advancing marriage equality," The Advocate wrote, "it will also be remembered for the example of one man."

Pope Francis, who has single-handedly sought to unite, rather than divide the Catholic Church and all of humanity, was named Time Person of the Year as well.

Pope Francis on The Advocate

The Pontiff has not supported gay marriage, but he has called for the end of the church's "obsession" with gays and abortion and said he does not judge gay people.

That, symbolically, put the finishing touch on 2013, The Year of Gay Marriage.

From statehouses to the Supreme Court, and from shifting public opinion to politicians' "evolutions," the year saw many milestones. The Pope certainly wasn't alone.

After all, 2013 likely would not have happened were it not for 2012, when President Barack Obama finally embraced same-sex marriage and went on to win reelection.

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More quotes attributed to embattled Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson have emerged from his church Bible study group on Sunday, and they're interesting.

As we reported earlier, Phil doubled down on the anti-gay comments that got him suspended from the A&E show, insisting his remarks are rooted in the Bible.

Not that he thinks he's perfect, however. Phil says he is not without sexual sin, but has put it in check ... and finds the solution to be pretty straightforward.

"Sexual sins are numerous and many. I have a few myself," he said. "If you're a man, find yourself a woman, marry them and keep your sex right there."

Phil and Kay Robertson have been married 49 years. Their eldest of four sons, Alan, is a pastor who joked about the scandal in church Sunday (below).

This is no laughing matter to Phil, though, nor is it likely to lead to an apology.

“I will not give or back off from my path, because you conquered death, Father, so we are not worried about all the repercussions,” Robertson said.

"The acts of the sinful nature are obvious. Sexual immorality is No. 1 on the list."

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Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson defended himself Sunday in church, according to reports, and won't apologize for his now-infamous anti-gay comments.

In fact, Phil reportedly doubled down on them, insisting that his remarks are rooted in the Bible and even suggesting that Jesus Christ can save gay people.

“I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater,” Phil Robertson, 67, told a small Bible study group at his church in West Monroe, La.

But the bearded leader of the duck-hunting clan surrendered no ground in his ongoing battle against critics who disagree with his view of homosexuality.

I will not give or back off from my path, because you conquered death, Father, so we are not worried about all the repercussions,” Phil Robertson said.

"The acts of the sinful nature are obvious,’’ he said.

“Sexual immorality is No. 1 on the list. How many ways can we sin sexually? My goodness. You open up that can of worms, and people will be mad at you over it."

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