A United Methodist pastor was convicted of breaking church law after he officiated at his gay son’s wedding.
After weeks of cross-examinations, witnesses and evidence, Rev. Frank Schaefer was found guilty of violating the faith on Monday by a 13-member jury of fellow Methodist pastors. More specifically, the charges were “conducting a ceremony that celebrates same-sex unions” and showing “disobedience to the order and discipline of the United Methodist Church.” Now the jury must decide Rev. Frank Schaefer’s penalty, which could range from a short suspension to losing all of his ministerial credentials. Schaefer was the first of five Methodist ministers to be accused by church officials of violating the church doctrine on same-sex marriage and is no stranger to the gays – three of the pastor’s four children are gay. AP
And the word of the year is… selfie. Oxford English Dictionary paid tribute to narcissistic duck-faced teenagers everywhere by announcing ‘selfie” as the word of year, beating out ‘twerk’ and ‘bitcoin’. “It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet,” wrote Oxford English Dictionary on its blog. “If it is good enough for the Obamas or the pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year.” The dictionary’s publishers believe that ‘selfie’ first appeared in an Australian chat room on September 13, 2002, by an Australian who posted a drunken photo of his bleeding lip. And now it’s officially a word, meaning: “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” CNN
The NSA is dealing with a large number of record requests. Fueled by the Edward Snowden scandal, more and more Americans are want to know if they’re being spied on. The NSA has been flooded with requests but they continue to give the same answer: we can’t tell you. Anyone requesting open records gets a standard pre-written letter in response that says NSA cannot confirm or deny any information has been gathered. Considering the Supreme Court recently upheld the controversial spying program, there are sure to be even more requests in the future. So I’ll just save everybody a lot of time by saying yes, you are being spied on, and no, they didn’t find anything interesting. USA Today
Rob Ford to become a born again Christian? Toronto’s crack smoking mayor has announced that he had a “come to Jesus moment” and he is “finished” with alcohol. No word yet on if he’s finished with crack, but at least this is a step in the right direction! So why did Jesus come to him and tell him to put down his keg? “Just the humiliation and the belittling and the people I’ve let down,” Ford said. “And it’s all because of alcohol. Excessive, stupid, immature behavior and that’s it.” Ford also vowed an “outright war” on city councillors who voted to further limit his powers, calling them Saddam Hussein – which would of course make him Kuwait. “You guys have just attacked Kuwait,” he said. So now he’s Kuwait, the White Obama, and a non-drinker? Yeah, he definitely hasn’t given up the crack. BBC News
Everyone’s worst nightmare has come true – a doctor who fondles you while you’re sedated! A Superior Court judge has found Dr. George Doodnaught, a Toronto anesthesiologist, guilty of sexually assaulting 21 women while they were under conscious sedation in a hospital. Dr. Doodnaught (soon to be Prisoner Doodnaught) was known around the hospital as being touchy-feely – no kidding – and is believed to have been turned on by the excitement and risk of molesting his patients. Dr. George Doodnaught’s misconduct ranged from touching and breast fondling to having the women perform oral sex during surgeries at North York General Hospital. Since they were relatively unconscious, I assume that means he just placed his penis in their mouths. Whatever works for you… CBC News