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MLB Legend Curt Schilling

Islam Heading Down Nazi Path

(Update: Suspended By ESPN)

8/25/2015 9:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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12:45 PM PT -- Schilling just issued the following apology: "I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part."

11:40 AM PT -- ESPN has officially yanked Curt from his assignment covering the Little League World Series in the wake of his Twitter post. 

The network issued a statement saying, "Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective."

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Curt Schilling believes radical Muslims are as serious of a threat to the world as the Nazis -- and says the numbers prove it.

The former Boston Red Sox pitcher just posted a meme to Twitter which says, "It's said only 5-10% Muslims are extremists. In 1940 only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How'd that go?!"

He added a comment that read, "The math is staggering when you get to true #'s."

The insinuation is that Islam is heading down the same path as the Nazi party ... and it won't end well. 

Schilling only had the post up for about 10 minutes -- but it doesn't take that long to get the Internet going. 

Justin Bieber

I Play Second Banana to My Pastor!!!

6/27/2015 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Justin Bieber awesomely took second seat to the pastor of his new-age church ... and it's so fun.

The Biebs and Pastor Joel Houston were leaving Hyde nightclub in Hollywood Friday night when our photog tried jawboning with Justin.  But when J.B. wanted the pastor of Hillsong Church to get some face time, our photog obliged and the convo turned to surfing.

Houston -- who also fronts the band Hillsong United -- along with his co-pastor, Carl Lentz, are the spiritual advisers to lots of celebs. Lentz Baptized Biebs back in December.

NBA's Brandon Jennings

Religious Players Are More Successful

6/19/2015 2:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Sorry atheists ... NBA players who have a good relationship with God are more successful than NBA players who don't ... so says Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings.  

Jennings was at LAX today when he told us religion plays a huge role in the NBA ... "Before every game we always have a little bible study ceremony ... any city you go to, so it's pretty cool."

That's not the case with every team -- Doc Rivers, in an effort to respect different beliefs, reportedly does not allow team prayer in the Clippers locker room ... though he does lead a moment of silence before games. 

Thoughts?

Rick Santorum

Sorry, What I Meant Was ...

I Can't Wait To Listen To The Pope

6/8/2015 2:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Rick Santorum is engaging in the time-honored political tradition of flip-flopping -- or so it sounded when we asked him about his beef with the Pope

Our photog asked the ex-Senator and Republican candidate for prez ... about going on FOX News and calling out the Pope on climate change. Before we could get the full question out -- Santorum started gushing. 

Check out the video ... Santorum's aggressive genuflecting makes you wonder if someone got a call from Vatican City.

Santorum also talks about an upcoming meeting with his Holiness. Suggested icebreaker for ya, Rick ... "How 'bout this weather we're having?"

Backstreet Boys

Baptized and Muddy in Israel

6/1/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Two Backstreet Boys had an emotionally charged experience in the Holy Land of Israel by taking a plunge into a river made famous by Jesus himself.

Howie Dorough and Brian Littrell, along with his wife Leighanne Littrell, all took a blessed bath in the Jordan River as part of a baptism ceremony.

You see Brian in the video break down during the ritual.

The band is on tour in Israel where they took a break for a mud bath in the Dead Sea with wine in hand.

Check out the gallery for all the holy happenings in underground Christian corridors and King Herod’s royal thrones … but not the type of throne you think.

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Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez

Together Again for God ...

But Not for Each Other

5/28/2015 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Slow down, Jelena fans -- yes, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez hung out Wednesday night ... but they are not dating again. Not yet anyway.

The reunion of everyone's favorite on-again/off-again set the Internet on fire, but here's what really went down.

Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. -- who counts Bieber and the Kardashians among his flock -- posted a series of videos from a gathering Wednesday night in L.A. ... and both Bieber and Gomez were there.

According to our sources, the exes were cordial, but that's it. In fact, Bieber brought rumored girlfriend Hailey Baldwin with him -- another sign there's no reunion on the horizon.

We're told this isn't the first time Bieber and Gomez have been together lately -- they've both been to a few of Pastor Rich's gatherings in recent weeks.

So, no romantic sparks for now. Give it time, they'll be back together -- and broken up again -- eventually.

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Ice Cube to Rabbi

For You, a Beatdown!

Casino Fight Alleged

5/27/2015 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0527-ice-cube-tmz-01So a rabbi and Ice Cube walk into a casino, and the rabbi catches an anti-Semitic fueled ass whuppin' -- at least that's what the rabbi's claiming, but Cube says that's a load of crap.

P. Taras, who says he's a rabbi ... tells TMZ he was at the MGM Detroit on May 24 when he literally bumped into Cube outside an elevator.

Taras claims he said something like ... hey, watch out -- and the rapper/actor responded by having his boys attack. While he was getting stomped, Taras claims he heard several epithets. He thinks that's because he was wearing a yarmulke. 

Taras has filed a lawsuit against Cube for assault and battery, and wants $2 million for his troubles.

Ice Cube's rep says, "Not only are these accusations a lie, he doesn't even know who this guy is."

Khloe Kardashian

Damned If You Dubai ...

Damned If You Don't

5/27/2015 7:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0527-khloe-kardashian-instagramKhloe Kardashian did something totally bizarre for her family -- she covered up her entire face -- and still managed to stir controversy in the Middle East. 

Shortly after landing in Dubai ... Khloe posted a pic of herself wearing a niqab, and immediately got blasted for disrespecting the traditional garb. Haters accused her of wearing it as a fashion statement and not out of respect for the culture.

Of course, some fans saw it the other way, and defended her for doing the right thing in a foreign country.

Seems a little unfair -- if she hadn't worn it, the people defending her would be attacking her and vice versa.

One possible solution for Khloe -- don't post photos? 

#LOL

Lindsay Lohan

I Got the Community Service Spirit

Through the Holy Qur'an

5/13/2015 2:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0513-lindsay-lohan-walking-holy-quaran-SPLASH-01Lindsay Lohan arrived at the Brooklyn daycare center where she's performing community service, clutching a copy of the Holy Qur'an.

LiLo just completed her first day at the Duffield Children's Center, wearing a dress that looks like someone's EKG.

Lindsay -- true to form -- showed up 2 hours late to do office work and interact with the kids "under tight supervision."

The Qur'an is not part of the gig.

Pastor Rick Warren

God Still Loves Manny

'He's a Great Man'

5/7/2015 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Manny Pacquiao is NOT on the outs with Jesus Christ ... so says mega-pastor Rick Warren

The author of "The Purpose Driven Life" --  one of the bestselling books of ALL TIME -- was in D.C. Wednesday when we asked how the Christian community was handling Manny's loss.  

"I'm sad for Manny," Rick said ... "But I know that he's gonna be much stronger than one single fight."

Warren continued, "He's a real man of god. He cares about the poor kids in Manilla and teaches bible study to them. He's a great man." 

Pope Francis

SPINNIN' BASKETBALLS

... With Harlem Globetrotters!

5/6/2015 3:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Harlem Globetrotters added a new member to the squad -- he's 5'9" .... hails from Vatican City ... and can SPIN A BALL ON HIS FINGER .... welcome, Pope Francis!!!! 

Yes, even Jesus hates the Washington Generals now ... because His Holiness has been named an honorary member of the squad ... which is celebrating its 90th year on the court. 

You HAVE to watch the video -- the guys try to help Mr. Pope pull off one of their signature tricks ... and he kinda sorta pulls it off! 

A rep for the team tells TMZ Sports, "This is only the 9th time in 90 years that we've had an honorary member. He knew who they were. He was laughing with the guys. He was very talkative."

In fact, the team actually invited their newest member to their Friday night game in Rome ... question is, will he suit up?

Answer from the rep: "I don't think so, he's pretty busy."

Tim Tebow

God's An Eagles Fan

...Say Philly Pastors

4/21/2015 9:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0420-tim-tebow-cross-religion-GETTY-01Eagles fans, stock the bubbly ... 'cause a bunch of local Philadelphia pastors tell us with the signing of Tim Tebow ... the team gained a very powerful ally ... GOD!! 

TMZ Sports spoke with 5 church officials who rep 7 churches in Philly... and the sentiment was universal ... Tebow's faith -- and relationship with God -- will have a HUGE impact on the Eagles. 

Here are some of the highlights ... 

-- Rev. Bill Golderer (Broad Street Ministries) -- "Our legacy [as Eagles fans] has been over 50 years of futility. Tebow's close to God, so we wouldn't have to sell our soul to the devil to win a Super Bowl."

-- Rev. Safford (Christ Church) -- "Having a faith-based person with the Eagles can only help the team."

-- Pastor Kent Jacobs (Epic Church) -- "We love Tim. He's awesome! Everyone needs people to encourage them and he's that type of guy. So he'll help the locker room."

One church official says his congregation is PUMPED too -- "I got a call last night. I thought a parish member was in the hospital, but it was just someone telling me we signed Tebow."

Tim Tebow's Parents

We're Praying for Aaron Hernandez

4/17/2015 11:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Aaron Hernandez will be on the receiving end of some serious prayers from Tim Tebow's parents ... so says a rep for the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association

FYI -- Aaron and Tim were teammates at the University of Florida ... and Tim considered Aaron a good friend at the time. 

We spoke with a rep for the BTEA who tells us the Hernandez trial has been a hot topic at the association headquarters in Jacksonville ... and the decision was made to pray for Aaron's soul. 

"I can tell you that the situation has been mentioned by some people in the office the last few days and I know that Bob and Pam and the entire Tebow family haven't said much ... but they will absolutely be praying for Aaron Hernandez."

The rep continued, "We will actually dedicate a prayer to Hernandez on Tuesday."

The family of Odin Lloyd will also be a target for prayer -- with the rep saying, "We can be praying for [Hernandez] as well as all affected from the situation."

The rep added, "The Tebows are the real deal. They truly care about people and always want the best for everybody."

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