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This is actually huge: The new government in Indonesia, the same one that persecuted Alexander Aan, says it aims to protect the religious freedom of all citizens, including atheists.
CFI and the AHA are leading a coalition of groups urging the Senate to confirm David Saperstein as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for the Office of International Religious Freedom.
At NYT Magazine, Adam Higginbotham writes a lengthy profile of James Randi, which includes Randi’s hand in the formation of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, or CSICOP, which of course became the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, which, as you know, is part of CFI!
Ali Rizvi worries for his friend, the imprisoned Saudi dissident Raif Badawi, and considers the context of his persecution:
Public floggings, limb amputations, and beheadings remind most Westerners of ISIS or the Taliban. But in Saudi Arabia — the one country in the world that enjoys more unconditional U.S. support than any other — they are the law, sanctioned not only by the government, but by the state religion.
Somali scholar Abdisaid Abdi Ismail writes a book questioning whether the Quran really calls for the death penalty over apostasy, and of course now must fear for his safety.
At Skeptical Inquirer, Terence Hines reviews The Untold Story of Champ: A Social History of America’s Loch Ness Monster.
Canada’s minister of citizenship and immigration is pushing for a “Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act,” which would set a national minimum age for marriage, outlaw the removal of children from the country for the purpose of underage marriage, ban polygamy, and bar those in polygamous marriages from immigrating.
NYT reports on the waning of India’s once-dominant secularist party.
So this is still happening: High school students opt not to say “under God” in the Pledge, and are punished.
Humanists Lex Bayer and John Figdor posit through a lengthy process three non-commandments.
There is a law being proposed in India to allow homeopaths to perform abortions. THIS STRIKES ME AS A BAD IDEA.
Who wants to die on Mars? Lots of people.
Article for psychics begins with “Meet Archangel Metatron! Metatron is one of my favorite archangels!” OOH MINE TOO! I like how he fights Optimus Prime with that big canon on his arm.
Esther Inglis-Arkell at io9 debunks a load of fad diet claims. Oh man, superfoods won’t save me from everything!
The Telegraph runs an
advertisement article on naturopathy.
Is this the Loch Ness Monster? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
Pastor James David Manning says Starbucks (a.k.a. my satellite office) is “ground zero” for Ebola spread by “upscale sodomites” where “a lot of bodily fluids are exchanged,” blending “male semen” (as opposed to female) — from sodomites, of course — and “sexual fluids” into the lattes. Excuse me, I need to refill my Gold Starbucks card.
Quote of the Day
Dan Aykroyd says the aliens are “disgusted with us”:
Can you imagine what was going through their advanced minds when they saw what happened on 9/11? These humans crashing our highest evolution in aviation into our highest evolution in architecture and metallurgy, like kids wrecking toys in the sandbox. They are disgusted with us. And rightly so. Because we are a depraved, disgusting species.
I personally think the aliens would have made up their minds right after Ghostbusters II. But what do I know.
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