Notable News: Week of June 9-15, 2012

Well, this has been an interesting week.  Today, we have Alise Wright (I keep coming back to her, don’t I?), a crazy legal situation, and a goofy YouTube video.  Enjoy!

1. Alise Wright’s guest post on Friendly Atheist

Okay, so I think Alise Wright is totally my blog crush.  I really, really like her.  So if you’re not following her, go check her out on Twitter (@AliseWrite) or her blog, Alise…Write!  Meanwhile, be sure to read her guest post, A Christian Urges Atheists To Not Make it Harder for Her Side To Support the LGBT Community.  (Be sure to check out the rest of Friendly Atheist, too.)  While I’ve never experienced what she’s talking about (atheists who tell her she’s not a “real Christian” for supporting LGBT people), I can certainly see how that could happen.  I’m thankful that my non-Christian friends don’t see fit to judge me that way.  Thank you (you know who you are).

2. Celebrity Death Match: FunnyJunk vs. The Oatmeal?

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a public feud escalate to the point of such a frivolous lawsuit.  Don’t the people of FunnyJunk and their lawyers have anything better to do with their time?  Anyway, go read up on the sitch.  Matthew Inman explains, in typically hilarious style, what happened and what he’s doing about it.  If you’re so inclined, you can get in on the action by donating here.

3. The Duck Song

Okay, okay, I know it’s over 3 years old.  But I was only introduced to it this week, so deal with it.  I watched with my kids, who thought it was just about the best thing they’d seen since they woke up Wednesday morning.  (I will admit that I showed it to them about 45 minutes after they got up, so they hadn’t had much exposure to anything else interesting yet.)  You’re welcome for having this crappy song stuck in your head all day.

And on a very sad note, as I mentioned in my post last night, my home community has suffered a tragic loss.  A young man from one of our district’s high schools took his life the other night.  My prayers continue for the young man’s family; the staff, students, and families of the school; our community as a whole; and all those who knew him.  Here I repeat what I said yesterday: If you are struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide, please know you are not alone.  There are people who are here to help you through it.  You are loved, you are valuable, and you don’t have to do this all by yourself.

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