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Ultra-Orthodox Jews harass sexually abused girl

It's hard for individuals unfamiliar with Orthodox Jewish culture to fully understand the scope of isolation in that community. For starters, a large number of Orthodox denominations were a direct response to the assimilation of Jews in society near the end of the 19th century. Believing integration with society was leading to impiety, Orthodox Jews adopted a rather extreme position when it comes to the out ...

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Baby boy dies after botched circumcision

Ok, here's the deal, folks; before you read this article, I have to warn you that you're not going to like reading some of the details of this story. I've written a lot about male genital mutilation (colloquially known as 'circumcision') in the past, but for some reason, this one story sent visuals in my head that I can't shake off. So, you've officially been warned. The story begins in Manchester, where a ...

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The Salvation Army exec who stole Christmas

I hate the Salvation Army. First off, they aren't a charitable organization. They are registered as a church, which means while some of the money and goods people give to them do go to the needy, they still run it like it is a business, buying expensive real estate, and more importantly, being exempt from needing to show where it uses its money and for what. Don't believe me? Take a look at their mission st ...

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Teen sentenced to 10 years of hard church

If there's a time in one's life fraught with tragedy, it's probably the hormone saturated period in our lives known as our 'teen years'. How many of us have done something so incredibly stupid it still haunts us today? Tyler Alred will need to live with the fact his drunk driving took the life of his friend and passenger, 16-year-old John Luke Dum. He'll also need to spend the next decade going to church re ...

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Pakistan sentences man to death for blasphemy

The bravery of religion is yet again on display, this time in Pakistan where a man has been sentence to death for supposedly insulting the prophet Mohammed. There's a familiar pattern that arises in these parts: the predominately Muslim population has a few altercations with other religious groups that are Christian, and suddenly the lone person is accused of blasphemy and is usually beaten, followed by the ...

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Marco Rubio doesn’t know how dumb he is

If you weren't already sick of the race to the White House, you're going to hate the next 4 years of your life, as the media can't help but trip over themselves trying to predict the possible candidates for 2016. One prospect for Republicans is a Hispanic Florida Senator by the name of Marco Rubio. He's made the new recently for saying some profoundly dumb shit: I'm not a scientist, man. I can tell you what ...

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Well, this is embarrassing…

You would think that after spending months reading and studying the Bible, I would do better on this quiz that scoring 22 out of 50 questions. To be fair, I haven't done the New Testament at all, but I should totally have gotten some of those early answers (like the punishment for a woman being raped and not screaming loud enough. You're better than that, Jake!). Ok, it's time for a friendly contest: Who ca ...

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Irish PM doesn’t want to feel rushed into changing abortion law

Since I first blogged about this a few days ago, the death of Savita Halappanavar has caused a lot of understandable outrage in Ireland. It seems her highly avoidable passing has rudely awakened a generation of young people who are shocked their own health could be threatened due to the persistence of religious dogma. Even more shocking, they're about to realize change is impossibly slow, given the ones hol ...

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Pedophile priest blames God for making him this way

I've heard a lot of tortured explanations from the Catholic Church over the years as to why so many priests are sexually abusing children. Pope Benedict XVI claimed it was increased secularization that somehow made their theists behave so immorally. Homosexuality has also been blamed, despite the fact that as many female children are abused as males. Finally, though, one pedophile priest by the name of Davi ...

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Doctors refused life saving abortion because “it’s a Catholic country”

Ireland may be quickly de-converting to atheism faster than any other country, but that certainly doesn't mean the fight against superstition and religious indoctrination is over. If anything, the stakes have gotten higher, especially when it comes to certain key issues which don't seem to go away. A young woman by the name of Savita Halappanavar was told she was miscarrying, and after one day in severe pai ...

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