Yes, Mike Huckabee Went There
First Donald Trump didn't correct someone who suggested President Obama is a Muslim. And now fellow GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is saying that Obama just "pretends" to be Christian and that his handling of Pope Francis' first visit to the U.S. has not been deferential enough. Speaking to Newsmax TV's "The Hard Line" on Tuesday, the former Arkansas Gov. said, "I'm also concerned about a guy that believes he's a Christian and pretends to be and then says he is, but then does things that makes it very difficult for people to practice their Christian faith." Specifically, he was upset that Obama had invited LGBT and climate change activists and an openly gay Episcopal bishop to the White House to hear Francis speak.
Deadly Stampede AT Hajj Kills Hundreds
More than 300 people were reported dead and 450 injured during a stampede Thursday at the annual hajj pilgrimage outside of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. According to some reports, the incident occurred in Mina when thousands of people were taking part in the symbolic "stoning of the devil," one of the last major rites before the start of the hajj. More than 2 million people from around the world are descending on Mecca for the pilgrimage, which began on Tuesday. The stampede is reminiscent of previous incidents, including one in 2006 when 350 people were killed in a similar fashion.
Did The White House Really Block This 13-Year-Old?
CJ Pearson is known for his criticism of President Obama. And now the 13-year old black conservative commentator from Grovetown, Georgia claims that his harsh takedowns of the prez have caused him to be blocked by Obama's official Twitter account. Pearson posted a screenshot on Wednesday that appeared to show a message reading "you are blocked from following @POTUS and viewing @POTUS's Tweets." Pearson's response? "Well, this sucks." White House Assistant Press Secretary Frank Benenati denied that Pearson -- who recently petitioned to get an interview with Obama on the WH website just days after he posted a video criticizing the president for inviting clock-making teen Ahmed Mohamed to visit-- had been blocked. Since Twitter doesn't comment on specific accounts, it's impossible to know if Pearson's screenshot is legit.
Quick Take: Pope Francis will become the first pontiff to address a joint house of Congress (in English, with no TelePrompter!) on Thursday morning (Sept. 24), with two of the nation's most prominent Catholics -- House Speaker John Boehner and Vice President Joseph Biden -- sitting behind him as he speaks. Though 31 percent of Congress members are Catholic (31 percent), some are boycotting the pope's appearance to protest Francis' outspoken call for action to combat global climate change.