This immediate about-face -- a proud Modern Orthodox Jew one moment and sashaying in a bikini and heels on national TV the next -- was a sad commentary. After all, the contestant is named after the biblical Queen Esther.
The folks from Westboro Baptist Church know all too well how to play the public and the media. With little more than the selection of some curious venues and a few press releases, these protesters have gained national attention.
I caught up with Stephen Prothero, author of God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World -- And Why Their Differences Matter, to chat with him about religious zealotry, atheists, and Islamic pride.
CBS has created a show where fat cat execs hop off their perch, spend time with the little people, and leave with a better understanding of what it takes to make a living nowadays. Call it the first truly recession-era reality show. Or just call it porn.