Global Quickies: 24/08/13

Welcome back to Global Quickies, your weekly world news roundup!

Starting next November, Germany will introduce a third gender option on birth certificates and will allow people to opt out of the gender binary.

Parents who choose not to vaccinate their children will miss out on some family tax benefits. (from Jack99)

A poll among Catholic students finds that 66% don’t believe religion makes the world a better place, and ranked “looking good” as more important than religious beliefs. (from Gordon)

The day after the murder of Narendra Dabholkar, the state of Maharashtra approved the law banning black magic and superstition.

Anti-gay preacher will headline an event next month, so activists reserved all tickets to have him preach to an empty arena.

Flogging sentence of a 15-year old sexual abuse victim accused of fornication was successfully overturned after appeal and public outcry.

Featured image of Iceland from here.


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

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  1. Daniela

    I’m glad the Australian government will be encouraging parents to do the right thing and vaccinate their kids. That’s good news.

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