We are really living in a crazy world these days . . . here is Bill Maher talking about the twitter war that has erupted between U.S. wannebe politician Sarah Palin and the recently anointed Pope Francis.
Elaborating on this utterly ridiculous (or should that be “religulous”) story, the Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland notes that the Pope’s “enemies have certainly not missed [the radicalism of (his) message]. If a man is to be judged by his opponents, note that this week Sarah Palin denounced him as ‘kind of liberal’ while the free-market Institute of Economic Affairs has lamented that this pope lacks the ‘sophisticated’ approach to such matters of his predecessors. Meanwhile, an Italian prosecutor has warned that Francis’s campaign against corruption could put him in the crosshairs of that country’s second most powerful institution: the mafia. As if this weren’t enough to have Francis’s 76-year-old face on the walls of the world’s student bedrooms, he also seems set to lead a church campaign on the environment. He was photographed this week with anti-fracking activists, while his biographer, Paul Vallely, has revealed that the pope has made contact with Leonardo Boff, an eco-theologian previously shunned by Rome and sentenced to ‘obsequious silence’ by the office formerly known as the ‘Inquisition’”; and Freedland concludes by stating that an “encyclical on care for the planet is said to be on the way”.
 Jonathan Freedland, “Why even atheists should be praying for Pope Francis” The Guardian (15 November 2013). http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/15/atheists-pope-francis-obama-liberal-voice-change.