Weekly roundup: Drug tests for welfare, guns for Jesus, and alligators for dinner
We are now six days away from the first day of Spring. So here’s hoping that soon we won’t be tromping through ice and snow but will instead be brushing pollen off of our cars and complaining about allergy season.
This is your weekly roundup.
What better place to start than Mississippi? The state Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that will require people who are applying for temporary financial assistance from the state to submit to drug tests, if the state deems that they are likely to be substance abusers . This is a law that is similar to bills that are popping up all over the United States, such as the one struck down by a federal judge in Florida .
In one of those heart-warming moments of caritas, Austin Ruse, the president of Catholic Family and Human Rights Watch told America Family Radio on Wednesday that liberal leaders of “modern universities” should “all be taken out and shot.” 
As Russia proceeds to take over Crimea in Ukraine  and negotiations are slowly and painfully developing , some of the non-supporters of President Obama seem to have found themselves siding with - and making a hero out of - Vladmir Putin.
Franklin Graham: Putin is on higher moral ground than Obama for standing against the "gay agenda" http://t.co/1lnvDExLva — Religion NewsService (@RNS) March 14, 2014 
It is Lent, and Friday, so no meat for you! But! You can eat alligator , according to the Archbishop of New Orleans.
A church in New York is scheduled to give away an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle . You know, because… Jesus loves you, here’s a gun.
Speaking of guns, some folks in Italy are not too pleased with advertisement from Illinois-based weapons manufacturer ArmaLite depicting Michelangelo's sculpture David carrying a AR-50A1 rifle.
Michelangelo's David's gun is too big to cover up with a fig leaf. ("Illegal" ArmaLite ad) pic.twitter.com/xrHUKwOGDz — Dick Zucker (@DickZucker) March 9, 2014 
And now for your Papal rapid fire roundup.
This week, Pope Francis:
- Turned one year old.
- Got invited to address Congress .
- Celebrated his anniversary .
- Marked one year of his papacy .
Please pray for me.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) March 13, 2014 
That's about it for now. This weekend, if you find yourself trapped in a closet with your laptop, check out our survey on Fracking , or the one about Lent , or play the extreme poverty game ! You can also catch up on reading our Lenten reflections  - and then look for a new one on Monday. Have a great weekend!