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From the BBC: Men and women have been banned from shaking hands in a district of Somalia controlled by the Islamist group al-Shabab. Under the ban imposed in the southern town of Jowhar, men and women who are not related are also barred from walking together or chatting in public. It is the first time such social restrictions have been introduced. The al-Shabab administration said those who disobeyed the ne ...

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Pakistan is fucked up

Imagine your loved one gets gunned down for trying to reform a law that makes the lives of people visibly worse, and the murderer is showered with rose petals and celebrated for his actions? Well, for that to happen, you'd have to be in Pakistan, and the law you would have to try and reform would be the blasphemy kind. Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab, was attempting to reform the laws in an effort to ...

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Harry Potter Actress beaten, threatened for dating Non-Muslim

There's an interesting Cracked article entitled "5 Ridiculous Things You Probably Believe About Islam", and while I thought it fair to point out religion hasn't always been a gigantic problem for this world, it fundamentally glosses over the fact in many parts of the world, the dangerous combination of faith and tradition leads to the suppression, torture and murder of women. It's true Christianity, on a wh ...

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Narnia Fans are overly sensitive

It doesn't take much to send Christians into a hissy-fit these days. If it's not billboards and bus ads that have them declaring western civilization is persecuting them, it's an innocent comment made by Liam Neeson sparking outrage. Neeson is the voice of Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia, the Christian themed fable by famous apologist C.S. Lewis, and he made remarks the character reminded him of other sim ...

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Fighting superstition is hard work

  What's the harm in a little superstition? Ask all the people who listened to an energy peddling "holy man" and ended up worm food. These were folks who received advanced warning from serious scientists, and still chose to believe a man who managed to convince himself he could speak directly to the spirit of the volcano. You also have to love how "Islamic" Indonesians are. It's obvious elements of the ...

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Bam, that’s justice, baby!

A few podcasts ago, Ryan and I discussed the case of the world famous "blasphemer", Asia Bibi of Pakistan, who faces the death penalty for insulting Islam. She's recently been trying to get a Presidential pardon, which was just rejected by a Pakistani "court" yesterday. The high court barred the President from even attempting to let her off the hook for having supposedly said some hurtful things about a man ...

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Palestinian Authorities use Facebook to track down blasphemer

We often joke about the "big brotherism" of Facebook and other social media, but it's no laughing matter when these websites are used to track down apostates of Islam whose only "crime" is speaking their damn minds. Walid Husayin, a 26 year old barber in the West Bank, has been arrested and faces life imprisonment for insulting Muhammad. His friends and family are shocked he led a double life online, where ...

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Muslims furious over life conviction for MP stabber

Roshonara Choudhry would still be continuing her studies to become a teacher, if she hadn't been seduced by Islamic fundamentalism. Instead of living a comfortably being a contributing member of society, she'll be spending her life in jail for the attempted murder of MP Stephen Timms: Choudhry stabbed Mr Timms, 55, with a kitchen knife at his constituency surgery. She told officers she had intended to kill ...

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O’Donnell camp offers $1000 bounty for anyone that can prove “Separation of Church and State” is in Constitution

In an attempt to hide the fact his candidate knows almost nothing of the founding document of her country, Jonathan Moseley, campaign manager to "witch-in-denial" Christine O'Donnell is offering a whooping 1000 bones to anyone who can prove the phrase "Separation of Church and State" is in the Constitution. It's actually a pretty weak offer, since he's technically correct in stating the specific phrase is i ...

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No sympathy for murdered Pop Star

In most Muslim countries, it's impossibly hard to be a woman. For starters, men have all the power, relegating women to the role of caretakers and not much else. Men also absolve themselves from any crime or misdeeds; if a husband beats his wife, she is to blame for not having been servile enough or not having been mindful enough of his moods. It's so nutty that when a rich Egyptian real estate tycoon paid ...

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