Welcome to the *New* Skepchick Global Quickies! Now lighter and more regular. It’s like they eat bran!
Here we go:
Measles outbreak in Dutch bible belt where Fundamentalist Protestants do not believe in having their children vaccinated.
A 15-year-old was executed for blasphemy. He was shot in the face after he was heard arguing with someone about the existence of God.
This week Norway celebrated 100 years of Norwegian women having the right to vote. (from Veronica)
“The Pope’s exorcism is a splendid sign because one of the main causes of today’s atheism is that people don’t believe in the Devil any more.” Says head of the International Association of Exorcists. Also, Pope Francis says there IS a gay lobby in the Vatican.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Some argue that the recent increase in sorcery-related-violence has been fueled by jealousy, personal grudges and land disputes.
A zoo decided to treat the infected ear of a Sumatran tiger with acupuncture. Sticking needles to a large predator sounds like a great idea.
A bill banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” and the distribution of information about homosexuality to children was passed by the lower house of parliament. Brutal homophobic attacks and killings have followed.
Outrage over a 12-year-old being made to marry her rapist. “It is best for her that they get married. What else can I do?” Says her father.
Zahra’s Paradise: a graphic novel and only female (and fictional) candidate running for office is “putting the fun back in fundamentalism”. (From Karim)
Three feminists sentenced to four months in jail for topless protest in support of Amina.
AROUND THE WORLD
Check out the map of acceptance of homosexuality around the world. (from Will)
Featured image: Sumatran Tiger close up by James Marsh