Global Quickies: Genies, Sects, and Hitler

TAIWAN (From criticaldragon1177)
Christian organizations are forming alliances with Taoist and Buddhist groups to influence government policy against same-sex marriage.


NEPAL (Via Ateorizar)
A Withcraft Act will be voted on by the Parliament soon, which aims to “to take stringent action against those involved in the inhuman treatment of females accused of practicing witchcraft”.


The Supreme Court ruled that Islamic courts have no legal authority in India, saying Muslims cannot be legally subject to a parallel religious authority.


A 14-year-old girl was raped on the order of a village council in retaliation for her brother’s attempt to rape another woman.


ZIMBABWE (via Tim Farley)
Hundreds of Apostolic sect members, particularly children, are dying as their church bars them from seeking medical help. Their deaths go unrecorded because of lack of documentation.


A mullah at Tehran University told Iranians on official TV that Jews use jinns, or genies, for espionage. Young Iranians laugh, and cry, when they hear such things.


A Malaysian member of Parliament, Bung Mokhtar Radin, has refused to apologize for a tweet that paid tribute to Adolf Hitler following Germany’s 7-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup semifinal.


A woman reportedly died after being made to swallow a large volume of water in an “exorcism” carried out by her husband and two elderly women.


Featured image Aladdin and the genie in Legoland Windsor by Jerry Daykin.


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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