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Pakistan’s supreme court would like folks to watch it with the false blasphemy accusations. I can think of a way to cut the number down: don’t have a blasphemy law. Raza Habib Raja notes that despite the draconian religious laws of Pakistan, its people are far more moderate, and can have a voice if they choose.
I’ve been largely uninterested in the story about the high school football team that wants to pray publicly at games …until the Satanists decided to get involved!
Mark Joseph Stern sounds a warning about an “almost comically evil” religious freedom bill in Florida (of course) that more or less screws over gays and women throughout public life in one fell swoop.
Ben Radford looks at the case of the missing Baby Lisa, and the claims of a psychic to have aided in the search, giving people the wrong idea.
Scott Kelly has broken the record for consecutive time spent in space.
A new research paper at Cell Press examines the myriad factors that shape parents’ views about vaccinations. Science Daily summarizes:
Despite rhetoric that pits ‘anti-vaxxers’ versus ‘pro-vaxxers,’ most new parents probably qualify as vaccine-neutral–that is, they passively accept rather than actively demand vaccination. Even in these cases, some unease is natural…The act itself is counter-intuitive, and it requires trust in medicine and government.
Kimberley Winston reports that Marco Rubio is now the favorite candidate among evangelical leaders.
Ben Carson discovered how his cancer was cured by “religiously” taking a vitamin supplement after he became the company’s spokesman. (He had surgery anyway just to be good role model, you see.)
A USA Today investigation shows that Members of Congress may have broken federal law by accepting trips to Turkey financed by a Turkish religious group.
Richard Wolf reports on the glut of religious-freedom challenges to Obamacare coming to the highest court in the land, and right in time for Halloween, opens with the scariest, most disturbing, most HORRIFYING lede ever:
The Supreme Court is about to climb back into Americans’ bedrooms.
Muslim hardliners in Indonesia demolish Christian churches, and get the government’s approval, because the churches apparently don’t have permits.
A Christian landlord asks Anky Van Deursen at the LA Times if its okay if they discriminate against atheist renters. The answer is no.
Ed Simon likes a macabre, demonic Halloween:
There is great power and importance in a day where storefronts put drawings of skulls like some vanity from a seventeenth-century Dutch painting in their windows, reminding everyone that passes by that they too shall die. … There’s a campaign to “keep Christ in Christmas.” I say let’s keep the devil in Halloween.
We’re not happy about this one bit, but here it is: the sun sets over Camp Inquiry.
Quote of the Day:
Haroon Mogul wants American Muslims to embrace Halloween, and indeed, for everyone to chill out a bit about it:
Whatever our reasons for not celebrating Halloween—the candy’s “processed,” the costumes are “obscene,” the holiday is “fundamentally antithetical to my most dearly held beliefs”—we’re all losing out. As America grows more diverse, we’re going to need more secular holidays to reinforce the only shared values we have left: Terrifying small children; overconsumption; sex; buying things made in China we’ll only use one evening of an entire year and then discarding; designing ever more provocative and offensive products; pumpkins in (and on) everything.
… The best part of Muslim Halloween is the affordability. You could go out trick-or-treating in your everyday clothes and be just as scary; if anyone asks, you could tell them you’re practicing taqiyya, which means infiltrating the West from within.
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