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Global Quickies: Atheists as Terrorists, the Dark Side of Lego, and Bad Advice from Witch-Doctors

AFGHANISTAN (from Michael)
A reporter tells the story of the changes she has seen in the situation of women in the country in the past 14 years, and the reactions to the woman running for vice-president.

UKRAINE (From Mary)
What The Simpsons says about Ukraine’s language divide: young people in Eastern Ukraine like being bilingual. They talk in Russian, they think in Russian they like The Simpsons in Ukrainian.

SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.

IRAQ
The proposed law would allow men to marry girls as young as nine and give husbands license to force their wives to have sex with them without consent. The legal age for marriage in Iraq is currently 18.

CROATIA
Croatia’s Constitutional Court has upheld compulsory vaccination laws against nine infectious diseases. The court’s statement has been translated as reading, “The child’s right to health is more than the rights of parents to the (wrong) choice.”

ZAMBIA
A man had three toes and his genitals eaten by a hyena that attacked him as he carried out a witch-doctor’s instructions to get rich.

POLAND
A priest warns that Legos can destroy the souls of children and lead them to the dark side. The same priest had previously called Hello Kitty and My Little Pony as evil.

ARGENTINA
The two-month-old daughter of a lesbian couple will become the first child of a same-sex couple to be baptized by the Argentine Catholic Church.

Daniela

Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniela has finally decided to abdicate her post as an armchair skeptic and start doing some skeptical activism. She is currently living in Spain after having lived in the US, Brazil and Italy. You can also find her blogging in Spanish at esceptica.org.

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  1. Someone wrote about the Iraq law on my Facebook page. Since the link was from Breitbart, I wrote it off at the time, remembering their history of creative editing. No mere windmill, apparently.

    No big surprise about Saudi Arabia. They’ll call everyone a terrorist, except (of course) al Qaeda. They call al Qaeda…a line item on their budget! ;)

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