Global Quickies: Communion Wafer Art, Menstruation Detecting Machines, and Vaccines

“After an Indian temple chief recently said he would allow women to enter the shrine only after a machine was invented to detect if they were “pure” – meaning that they weren’t menstruating – outraged women have been posting pictures of themselves holding sanitary products under the hashtag “Happy to Bleed”.” (autoplay audio)

“The Zimbabwean first lady, 50, told rally-goers in Mberengwa, southern Zimbabwe that “if you are raped, it’s your fault”, according to an update from the private Newsday online.”

“Uganda is trying to close the education gap between boys and girls by helping to give girls the edge when it comes to education.” (autoplay video)

After a tabloid published a headline alleging that “1 in 5 Brit Muslims’ sympathy for jihadis”, Twitter responded with the hilarious #1in5Muslims hashtag.

COSTA RICA (From Courtney)
“Costa Ricans recently united to send some tropical warmth to the refugee camps in Syria as part of an international project called Mantas para Siria (Blankets for Syria).”

“Gambia has become the latest in a string of African nations to ban female genital mutilation (FGM), an ancient tradition of removing external parts of a girl’s vagina that has been widely condemned.”

Italy’s supreme court has cleared six of the seven researchers convicted of manslaughter after the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake. The seventh scientist had his conviction upheld, but his jail sentence reduced.

“The Church of England over the weekend threatened legal action against UK cinemas it said had refused to run a trailer featuring the Lord’s Prayer ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters next month. The church labeled it a violation of discrimination laws and a “rather chilling” decision ‘in terms of limiting free speech.’”

Religious groups are suing a Spanish artist over his latest exhibit: consecrated wafers spelling out the word “paedophilia”.”

“A local vaccination support group is welcoming new legislation that will stop parents getting welfare payments if they don’t get their children immunised.”

“With the death of three babies from whooping cough within a month, Spanish health authorities are revising immunization policies.”

Three feminists are under investigation for hurting religious sentiments after they took out on procession (like those common in Spain for Easter) a giant plastic vagina they called “The Holy Unsubmissive Pussy”. (NSFW, bad Google Translate)

SYRIA (From Mary)
There’s a Kurdish region in Northern Syria that’s ruled by militant feminist anarchists that enshrine gender equality and religious freedom.

“Brunel students gave us all a masterclass in how to deal with motormouth Katie Hopkins when she gave a talk at the university – and everyone just walked out.”

Featured image: Communion wafer piece by artist by Abel Azcona


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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One Comment

  1. I really really want the CoE to win its lawsuit and force the cinema to accept the ads on the grounds of ‘equal access’.

    The ads for satanism would be *awesome*

    Of course they don’t have a leg to stand on because the US does not have any form of legislation requiring equal access and even if it did, a blanket ban on all religious ads is going to be OK.

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