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Frank Schaefer - a pastor for The United Methodist Church in Lebanon, Pennsylvania - was defrocked yesterday for the sin of officiating his gay son's wedding.

Shocked that he could receive such a penalty for an "act of love," Schaefer said he thinks members of the regional Board of Ordained Ministry voted against him reluctantly.

"So many of them came to me and they shook my hand and some hugged me, and so many of them had tears in their eyes," Schaefer told a Fox affiliate. "They said, 'We really don't want to do this, you know that, don't you?'"

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The Duck Dynasty cast released a statement in support of suspended star Phil Robertson, implying that they can't go forward with the show without him.

“We are in discussions with A&E to see what [this] means for the future of Duck Dynasty,” the family statement said of Phil Robertson's suspension.

“We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm.”

The family defended Robertson’s comments and stressed that they are a “family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word.”

“While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible,” the family said.

“Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’"

"Phil would never incite or encourage hate.”

The Robertson family said it has “spent much time in prayer” since learning A&E had suspended Phil over anti-gay comments he made in GQ.

The family also criticized A&E for its actions, saying he was placed on hiatus “for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.”

Indeed, he sparked a national debate on religion and tolerance in an interview in which the reporter asked him what he considered to be sinful behavior.

The 67-year-old Robertson, who fans of the show know is very religious, said:

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by Free Britney at

Phil Robertson has been suspended indefinitely from A&E's Duck Dynasty amid the intense backlash over his recent anti-gay comments in GQ.

The family patriarch is famously outspoken and never affair to ruffle feathers (excuse the pun), but these remarks were particularly eyebrow-raising.

Many were offended, but others are attacking A&E, saying Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments are merely statements of his religious and personal beliefs.

Sarah Palin was one of many fans to take to social media in response, charging that the Duck Dynasty star's suspension is an attack on freedom of speech:

“Free speech is an endangered species. The ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also voiced support for his embattled constituent:

“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana."

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Just in time for the holidays, a non-profit group is planning on erecting dozens of atheist billboards to let fellow non-believers know they're "not alone."

The Greater Sacramento Chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has paid for 55 different billboards this year to go up in Sacramento, Calif.

"It's because atheists are starting to speak up and they're beginning to identify each other," chapter president Judy Saint told a local TV station.

"There are a lot of non-believers and this time of year, they feel like they're alone. This isn't directed to people who enjoy their church, who enjoy their religion."

"That's fine. But we're talking to people who don't know that atheism is okay."

The billboards, all featuring area residents, share non-religious messages such as, "I worship nothing and question everything," or "Science. It works."

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A Costco location in California has apologized for labeling what it describes as a "small percentage" of its Bible inventory as "Fiction."

The issue was brought to the attention of the store after Caleb Kaltenbach - a pastor at Simi's Discovery Church - noticed the placement of the Bibles and Tweeted:

"Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION Hmmmm......,"

The pastor's congregation subsequently threatened a boycott, with one member telling KTLA:

"I was completely offended. I believe the Bible is real and it shouldn't be marked fiction."

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Pope Francis' compassionate nature was poignantly captured in an instantly iconic image of him tenderly comforting a sick man by kissing him on the head.

At the end of his General Audience in Vatican City on Wednesday, when 50,000 attendees gathered with him, someone snapped the picture of the pontiff:

Pope Embraces Disfigured Man

Francis embraced the man afflicted with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes pain and the formation of thousands of tumors on the body.

In the photo, the unnamed man buries his head in Francis' robes as the Pope puts his hand on his head, an image that went viral almost immediately.

Francis then leaned in to kiss the ailing man.

"True charity requires courage," the Pope Tweeted in September. "Let us over come the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need."

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by Tattle Taylor at

Britney Spears. Jesus Christ. Aside from wildly successful comebacks, what do these two have in common? A musical, that's what.

SPEARS: The Gospel According to Britney will use the Britney Spears' music to tell the story of Jesus Christ.

It's a good thing this show is one-night only because the theater might not be standing by the time it's over.

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"Is it the greatest story ever told set to the greatest music ever written?" asks the shows' promotional materials? Umm...uh...no idea.

The show promises to answer the question, though, provided the lead performer isn't struck by lighting like Jim Caviezel was when he gave the savior-impersonating a go back in 2004.

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On the list of Unintentionally Comedic Moments in Social Media (which someone really should compile), this one from the Rev. Joel Osteen is pretty high up there.

Maybe not quite on the level of Chris Brown Twitter rant or an Anthony Weiner junk pic, but close. Behold, the pastor's pearl of wisdom from last week:

Osteen Tweet

The tweet was quickly deleted, for obvious reasons, but here we are.

Osteen, the best-selling author and pastor of the Lakewood church in Houston, has been the target of online hoaxes in the past. This doesn't appear to be one.

It looks like an unfortunate (or fortunate) choice of words. Nothing more, nothing less. Take away the accidental suggestiveness and it's a nice sentiment.

One that makes you wish you were true friends with Kate Upton.

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