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Global Quickies: Banned Archie, Female Bishops, and Alien Rock Paintings

SUDAN
Sudanese authorities are banning the construction of new Christian churches. Sudan is majority Muslim, but officially guarantees freedom of religion.

NIGERIA
Malala Yousafzai visited Nigeria to appeal to Boko Haram militants to lay down their weapons and “stop misusing the name of Islam.”

UK
Church of England leaders voted to allow women to become bishops. The first female bishop could be appointed by the end of the year.

ISRAEL (from criticaldragon1177)
Religious Zionist rabbis sent a letter to the family of murdered Palestinian boy, saying they are sorry for the crime and that they wish to offer comfort during the time of sadness.

SINGAPORE
State media censors banned the sale of an Archie comic book for showing a gay wedding.

INDIA
The Times of India reports on 10,000-year-old rock paintings they claim depict aliens and UFOs.

UK (from Radium Yttrium)
A portrait was removed from a major gallery after it was deemed ‘pornographic’ for showing a bit of pubic hair. The painting was replaced with another nude.

Featured image: One of the rock paintings from The Times of India

Daniela

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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3 Comments

  1. July 19, 2014 at 5:10 pm —

    Alien rock paintings? *facepalm*

    The Singapore story…Kevin’s existence says a lot about homophobia. It says when you’re behind Archie, one of the mildest, most nonthreatening comic books in the world, in terms of social mores, maybe it’s time to get with the times.

  2. July 20, 2014 at 12:17 am —

    Seems like most of the comments on the Israel article are something along the lines of “Israel apologizes for killing people but the Palestinians don’t, so lets stop sympathizing with the Palestinians…” Which is kind of like saying, “hey that olive branch is kind of pointy, maybe we could stab people with it!”

    • July 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm —

      It’s known as a left-handed compliment.

      Given that before toilet paper, people often cleaned themselves with their left hands, in the Arab world, presenting a gift with your left hand meant “I have some lovely shit for you.”

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