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Alabama Introduces Bill Requiring Teachers to Praise Genocidal Ghost

Alabama Introduces Bill Requiring Teachers to Praise Genocidal Ghost

Last week, Alabama State Representative Steve Hurst (R) (obviously) introduced a bill that would require teachers read a prayer before class each day for up to 15 minutes. This is an obvious violation of separation of church and state, but it’s pretty clever how he’s trying to get around it: the prayer to be read will be a verbatim reading of a prayer used to open the U.S. Senate or Ho... »

This Week in Miracles: Babies, Cats, Ice Skaters

This Week in Miracles: Babies, Cats, Ice Skaters

Thousands of years ago, an event had to be pretty damned impressive to qualify as a “miracle,” like the dead coming back to life, a sea parting, or liquids changing from non-alcoholic to alcoholic. I’ve long felt that today’s miracles aren’t nearly as good, but to be sure I set up a Google alert on the word “miracle.” Here’s this week’s documen... »

“Animal Rights Come Before Religion,” according to Denmark

“Animal Rights Come Before Religion,” according to Denmark

A few days after a Copenhagen zoo sparked outrage for killing a healthy, young giraffe in order to “prevent inbreeding,” Denmark has announced that they would no longer allow religious exemptions for slaughter of animals (warning: headline picture at link is of slaughtered animal corpses). This primarily affects Jewish and Muslim people in Denmark, because in order for meat to be consi... »

Global Quickies: Blackmail, abortions, and enemies of god

Global Quickies: Blackmail, abortions, and enemies of god

SAUDI ARABIA - Staff at a Riyadh university barred male paramedics from entering a women’s-only campus to assist a student who had suffered a heart attack and later died. - The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice is monitoring Twitter accounts to identify and track sorcerers and witches. (From Criticaldragon1177) SPAIN - The horribly restrictive abortion law being propose... »

Global Quickies: Saints, Smoke, and Axolotls

Global Quickies: Saints, Smoke, and Axolotls

CHINA The Ministry of Education has banned smoking in kindergartens, elementary and middle schools, and vocational schools. Yes, apparently, smoking was permitted in kindergartens. UK/MEXICO/THAILAND/PHILIPPINES/LEBANON Gary Bolton, who was sentenced to seven years in jail for selling fake bomb detectors, paid the UK government to enlist serving soldiers and a British ambassador in the sale of the... »

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Will Exorcisms Fix Mexico’s Cartel Violence?

Thanks to @DrBradMcKay for bringing this NY Daily News article to my attention: Exorcism rituals on the rise as way to battle evil of Mexican cartels. The piece basically could have been written by the Vatican’s PR team, which annoyed me, so I took to YouTube, as I do. Here’s my rant, with a close-enough transcript following: Here’s the gist (what I’ve been trying to do lat... »

Talking About Biblical Submission

Talking About Biblical Submission

Rough transcript: Candace Cameron, former star of the show Full House — oh who am I kidding, we all know who the real star of full house was … KIMMY GIBBLER. Candace Cameron, star of one episode of That’s So Raven and little sister to noted fundamentalist homophobe Kirk Cameron, has inexplicably made headlines by stating in a recent interview on HuffPo Live that she is “Biblically submissive” to h... »

Global Quickies: 18/01/14

Global Quickies: 18/01/14

I’ve got a lot of links for you today, so sit back, relax, and find out what’s been going on in the world. UK (From Criticaldragon1177) An Afghan immigrant was granted asylum on the basis of his atheism, as he could have faced a death sentence for apostasy if he had been deported to Afghanistan. INDIA After the Supreme Court of India ruled to uphold Section 377 of the penal code, which... »

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