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Rep. Matt Shea takes credit, criticism for document titled 'Biblical Basis for War'
Under one heading, “Rules of War,” it makes a chilling prescription for enemies who flout “biblical law.” It states, “If they do not yield – kill all males”...

He also delves into the philosophy known as “just war theory,” which has been endorsed by many mainstream Christians.

But critics of Shea – who embraces far-right conspiracy theories, associates with a fundamentalist religious group in northern Stevens County and champions a push for a 51st state called Liberty – saw something sinister in the document.
racism  religion  religion-christianity  creepy  usa-washington  usa  politics 
november 2018 by iamfantastikate
Catholic Church Covered Up Child Sex Abuse in Pennsylvania for Decades, Grand Jury Says
Bishops and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years, persuading victims not to report the abuse and police officers not to investigate it, according to a report issued by a grand jury on Tuesday.

The report, which covered six of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses and found more than 1,000 identifiable victims, is the broadest examination yet by a government agency in the United States of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church...

The grand jury added that the church officials named in their report have been protected, and some have been promoted...

The report said that church officials followed a “playbook for concealing the truth:” minimize the abuse using words like “inappropriate contact” instead of “rape”; assign priests untrained in sexual abuse cases to investigate their colleagues; when removing an accused priest, don’t inform the community of the real reasons.
abuse  crime  religion  usa  christianity  usa-pennsylvania  corruption 
august 2018 by iamfantastikate
Israel adopts controversial Jewish 'nation state' law
The bill strips Arabic of its designation as an official language alongside Hebrew, downgrading it to a "special status" that enables its continued use within Israeli institutions. There are 1.8 million Arabs in Israel, about 20% of the 9 million population...

Clauses that were dropped in last-minute political wrangling – and after objections by Israel's president and attorney general – would have enshrined in law the establishment of Jewish-only communities, and instructed courts to rule according to Jewish ritual law when there were no relevant legal precedents.

Instead, a more vaguely worded version was approved, which says: "The state views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage and promote its establishment."
religion  judaism  israel  racism  equality  politics 
july 2018 by iamfantastikate
Where a Taboo Is Leading to the Deaths of Young Girls
“If a woman goes inside the family’s home during her period, three things will happen,” explained a farmer named Runcho. “A tiger will come; the house will catch on fire; and the head of the house will get sick.”

Mr. Runcho spoke without any doubt or flourish. When asked if he had ever seen a tiger in his village, he smiled and didn’t answer yes or no, but then told a long story about how, maybe 10 years ago, he accidentally brushed up against his daughter when she was menstruating and lost his sight for several days.

“It was a nightmare,” he said...

When I asked Mr. Runcho if he would like to sleep in the crawl space, he laughed. “Why should I?” he said. “It’s for women!”
nepal  gender  health  religion  sexism  equality 
june 2018 by iamfantastikate
A diabetic boy’s religious parents ‘didn’t believe in doctors.’ Now they’re guilty of his murder.
For years, Alex was reportedly home-schooled and had little contact with the outside world. His parents' "intentional isolation of Alex from anyone who could intervene" had a profound effect on the teen, who had weakened to the point that he had trouble moving, the judge wrote. "His muscles had wasted away. His body was covered in painful bedsores, one was so advanced his jaw bone was openly visible. The pain at times must have been unbearable. He was unable to use the toilet. The only evidence of his food intake was baby food"....

On the night of Alex's death, Brancu and about a half-dozen people from the church visited the Radita family's home....

EMS workers would arrive to find a group chanting in the living room. Alex was pronounced dead shortly after 10 p.m.
crime  abuse  children  teens  canada  religion  christianity 
march 2017 by iamfantastikate
Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy
Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope's own advisers question....

Burke said Francis' emphasis on mercy applied to "even those who are guilty of heinous crimes." He said priests who abuse are permanently removed from ministry, but are not necessarily dismissed from the clerical state, the church term for laicization or defrocking....

In a statement announcing Francis' decision to reduce the sentence, Crema Bishop Oscar Cantoni said "no misery is so profound, no sin so terrible that mercy cannot be applied."
religion  christianity  abuse  children  wtf  teens 
february 2017 by iamfantastikate
You have to be Christian to truly be American? Many people in the U.S. say so.
Thirty-two percent of Americans said one should be Christian to really be American, compared to just 13 percent of Australians, 15 percent of Canadians and 15 percent of Europeans who felt the same way about belonging in their homelands....

Republicans, who are themselves more likely to be Christian, said at a higher rate that one need be Christian to be American: 43 percent compared to 29 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of independents....

This opinion is apparently becoming much less popular with the younger generation of Americans, who are less likely to affiliate with a religion than generations before them. Among adults over 50, 44 percent told Pew that being Christian was key to being American; among those younger than 35, 18 percent said so.
u.s.a.  christianity  religion  politics  statistics 
february 2017 by iamfantastikate
Maiden America
The idea of sexual purity was a relatively late addition to Christian doctrine. Not even priests needed to be celibate until the twelfth century—and that change, according to Medieval historian R. I. Moore, had more to do with blocking church officials from transferring church wealth to their families than it did with forging any sort of resemblance between the lives of priests and how Jesus lived.

In the foundational years of Christianity, the sexual purity of women was of no great concern. An unmarried girl’s sexual activity was seen, according to historian of early Christianity Peter Brown, as “simply a bad omen for her future conduct.” A sexually active teen might grow up to be a wife who took lovers, not that that was such a bad thing either. The goal of marriage was not a sacred union of souls, but reproduction—needed to replenish the constantly keeling-over population at a time when the average lifespan was twenty-five years.

For a woman to take a vow of abstinence, then, was considered radical. St. Cecilia was a buzzkill at her own engagement party, wearing sackcloth and ashes. When Thecla left her fiancé to don men’s clothing and preach alongside Paul the Apostle, the rejected suitor complained that this denigration of marriage was “bizarre and disruptive to the human race.” It was certainly disruptive to families. Early women of the church had to fight their fathers to take their vows, and they fended off prospective suitors by making themselves repulsive: shaving their heads, scarring their faces, cutting out their own eyes.
history  u.s.a.  sex  sexism  religion  politics  christianity  gender 
january 2017 by iamfantastikate
PIA: on a wing and a prayer
In an effort to seek divine intervention to keep a flight safe and secure, staff of the Pakistan International Airlines sacrificed a black goat for ‘sadqa’ near an ATR-42 aircraft after it was given clearance for take-off from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport on Sunday.
wtf  pakistan  religion  transportation  travel  animals 
december 2016 by iamfantastikate
Islamic State celebrates Donald Trump election victory
Extremists celebrated President–elect Donald Trump’s stunning victory at the polls Wednesday, hoping his triumph will “lead to civil war,“ according to a jihadist monitoring group.

"Rejoice with support from Allah, and find glad tidings in the imminent demise of America at the hands of Trump,” said the al-Minbar Jihadi Media network, which is affiliated with the Islamic State, according to the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group.
religion  islam  islamic-state  trump-presidency  u.s.-elections  u.s.a.  politics 
november 2016 by iamfantastikate
Ultra-Orthodox rabbis ban women from going to university in case they get ‘dangerous’ secular knowledge
Written in Yiddish, the decree warns: “It has lately become the new trend that girls and married women are pursuing degrees in special education. Some attend classes and others online. And so we’d like to let their parents know that it is against the Torah. We will be very strict about this. No girls attending our school are allowed to study and get a degree. It is dangerous. Girls who will not abide will be forced to leave our school. Also, we will not give any jobs or teaching position in the school to girls who’ve been to college or have a degree. We have to keep our school safe and we can’t allow any secular influences in our holy environment. It is against the base upon which our Mosed was built.”
judaism  religion  sexism  gender  education  new-york  u.s.a.  equality 
august 2016 by iamfantastikate
How religious is your state?
There are many potential ways of defining what it means to be religious, but for the purposes of this analysis, we looked at four common measures of religious observance: worship attendance, prayer frequency, belief in God and the self-described importance of religion in one’s life.
religion  u.s.a.  statistics 
march 2016 by iamfantastikate
Bangladesh Arrests Publisher for Books Said to Hurt Muslims
A Bangladeshi court placed a publishing house owner and two other people on remand Tuesday for publishing books alleged to hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims.
religion  bangladesh  islam  politics  writing 
february 2016 by iamfantastikate
Millennials’ views of news media, religious organizations grow more negative
Since 2010, Millennials’ rating of churches and other religious organizations has dipped 18 percentage points: 55% now say churches have a positive impact on the country compared with five years ago, when nearly three-quarters (73%) said this. Views among older generations have changed little over this time period. As a result, older generations are now more likely than Millennials – who are much less likely than their elders to be religious – to view religious organizations positively. 
religion  statistics  media  politics 
january 2016 by iamfantastikate
In Religious Arbitration, Scripture Is the Rule of Law
Centuries later, Paul’s writings inspired a group of lawyers in Los Angeles to develop the practice of Christian conciliation. The group’s work ultimately gave rise to Peacemaker Ministries, a nonprofit that devised a legal process that draws on the Bible. Peacemaker Ministries developed a legal process that draws on the Bible. The peacemaker method is used by private schools, Christian lawyers and others. Clauses requiring Americans to use Christian arbitration instead of civil court now appear in thousands of agreements like the one Mr. Ellison signed with Teen Challenge. “Our secular court system is darn good,” said Bryce Thomas, a Christian conciliator in Hickory, N.C. “But it doesn’t get into deep moral issues like sin and reconciliation.”
creepy  religion  christianity  u.s.a.  politics  lgbt  health  crime 
november 2015 by iamfantastikate
Hypatia (/haɪˈpeɪʃiə/ hy-pay-sh(ee)ə or /haɪˈpætiə/ hy-pat-ee-ə;[2] Greek: Ὑπατία Hypatía) (born c. AD 350 – 370; died 415[1][3]) was a Greek mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher in Egypt, then a part of the Byzantine Empire.[4] She was the head of the Neoplatonic school at Alexandria, where she taught philosophy and astronomy.[5][6][7][8] According to contemporary sources, Hypatia was murdered by a Christian mob after being accused of exacerbating a conflict between two prominent figures in Alexandria: the governor Orestes and the Bishop of Alexandria.[9]
wikipedia  history  science  amazing-women  religion 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
When a Plane Seat Next to a Woman Is Against Orthodox Faith
And Rabbi Ysoscher Katz, a Modern Orthodox Talmud scholar who grew up in the ultra-Orthodox Satmar sect, said, “When I was still part of that community, and on the more conservative side, I would make every effort I could not to sit next to a woman on the plane, because of a fear that you might touch a woman by accident.” Airlines, and flight attendants, are often caught in the middle. Morgan Durrant, a Delta Air Lines spokesman, acknowledged the phenomenon, saying: “This is a dynamic of some customers who utilize our service. We’re aware of it, and we do what we can to get ahead of it prior to boarding.”
sexism  equality  gender  equality  travel  religion  judaism 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
Lister takes down State of Alabama auction from eBay after 'vitriol'
The seller did not seem to be particularly motivated to rid himself of the property. He seems to lay out things that would likely be found upon a full inspection. In fact, the seller seems to be quite bitter with the item. "Education - 49th out of 50," the seller wrote. "15% of the state is illiterate. So, upon purchase, you might want to invest a little money in dictionaries. A whopping 60% of Alabama believes in Creationism. 60%!!!! Bring a lot of bibles!"
funny  alabama  u.s.a.  politics  lgbt  christianity  religion  education 
march 2015 by iamfantastikate
Arkansas Republican gave adopted girls to rapist because they were ‘possessed by demons’: report
Goldsborough told the Times that Mary was mostly confined to her room and monitored by video camera. Marsha Harris told the babysitter that the girls were demonically possessed and that they had to be kept separate because they could communicate telepathically. One of the girls crushed the family’s guinea pig to death, Marsha Harris claimed, and the family were so frightened of the children that they summoned an exorcist from Alabama to perform a casting-out of the girls’ demons. “The first night I was over there, I just broke down and cried with this little girl because I just felt so bad for her,” said Goldsborough. The Harrises used an elaborate system of locks, video cameras and alarms to separate the girls because they believed they would kill their entire family.
religion  christianity  arkansas  u.s.a.  abuse  crime  children  politics  republicans 
march 2015 by iamfantastikate
Michigan Republican official fatally shoots self in eye while adjusting gun in her bra holster
“She was having trouble adjusting her bra holster, couldn’t get it to fit the way she wanted it to. She was looking down at it and accidentally discharged the weapon,” St. Joseph Public Safety Director Mark Clapp said. According to an obituary published by Florin Funeral Service, Bond joined the U.S. Navy out of high school, and served two terms as an active Military Police. She was an administrator for the Road to Life Church, and an “active member of the Christian Motorcycle Association.” The obituary described Bond as being “on FIRE for the LORD.” Last summer, she was elected as a Republican Precinct Delegate for Saint Joseph Charter Precinct 1.
weapons  michigan  republicans  politics  christianity  religion 
february 2015 by iamfantastikate
Frequent Church Attendance Highest in Utah, Lowest in Vermont
Ten of the 12 states with the highest self-reported religious service attendance are in the South, along with Utah and Oklahoma. The strong religious culture in the South reflects a variety of factors, including history, cultural norms and the fact that these states have high Protestant and black populations -- both of which are above average in their self-reported religious service attendance. Utah's No. 1 position on the list is a direct result of that state's 59% Mormon population, as Mormons have the highest religious service attendance of any major religious group in the U.S. Five of the six New England states rank among the bottom 10 states for church attendance. Of these, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts have the lowest average attendance rates in the nation, with Connecticut not far behind. All other states in the bottom 10 are in the West, including the nation's three states that are as far as one can go in the northwest corner of the country -- Alaska, Washington and Oregon. States with average religious service attendance tend to cluster in the middle of the country.
religion  u.s.a.  atheism  utah  mormonism  christianity 
february 2015 by iamfantastikate
IOC rules out Saudi Arabia-Bahrain Olympic bid
Fahad acknowledged Saudi Arabia faces "certain cultural constraints," especially involving women. "Our society can be very conservative," he said in the Francs Jeux interview. "It has a hard time accepting that women can compete in sports, especially in swimming. Wearing sports clothing in public is not really allowed. For these cultural reasons, it is difficult to bid for certain big international events."
sexism  saudi-arabia  bahrain  politics  sports  equality  gender  equality  religion  islam 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
US Maternal Death Rate Climbs; Female Deaths Rise In GOP Counties
As of 2011, the state of Georgia, which has 11 restrictive abortion laws, leads the nation in the number of maternal deaths,at 35 per 100,000 live births. As it turns out, right-wing anti-abortion policies aren’t only sexist, they are also racist. In Georgia’s Fulton County, for example, the maternal death rate for black women is 94 per 100,000 live births. In the same county, however, the maternal death rate for white women is nearly non-existent. In Chocktaw, Mississippi, one of the three states with the most restrictive abortion laws, the maternal death rate is higher than it is in Sub-Saharan African countries. On a national level, black woman are far more likely to die in childbirth than white women.
health  u.s.a.  politics  religion  christianity  mississippi  georgia  racism  abortion  republicans 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
How secular family values stack up
The results of such secular child-rearing are encouraging. Studies have found that secular teenagers are far less likely to care what the “cool kids” think, or express a need to fit in with them, than their religious peers. When these teens mature into “godless” adults, they exhibit less racism than their religious counterparts, according to a 2010 Duke University study. Many psychological studies show that secular grownups tend to be less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militaristic, less authoritarian and more tolerant, on average, than religious adults. Recent research also has shown that children raised without religion tend to remain irreligious as they grow older — and are perhaps more accepting. Secular adults are more likely to understand and accept the science concerning global warming, and to support women's equality and gay rights. One telling fact from the criminology field: Atheists were almost absent from our prison population as of the late 1990s, comprising less than half of 1% of those behind bars, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons statistics. This echoes what the criminology field has documented for more than a century — the unaffiliated and the nonreligious engage in far fewer crimes.
atheism  parenting  children  crime  racism  psychology  religion  u.s.a. 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Mississippi lawmakers want to make Bible state's official book
A pair of lawmakers in Mississippi have introduced a bill to make the Bible the official state book, the two said on Monday. State Representatives Michael Evans and Tom Miles, both Democrats, said they introduced the measure on Thursday as a way to encourage people to read the Bible and be inspired to treat others with dignity.
mississippi  religion  christianity  u.s.a.  politics  democrats 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Newspaper Edits Female World Leaders Out of Charlie Hebdo March | Mediaite
Yesterday’s historic march across Paris included over 40 world leaders expressing solidarity for France after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, but if you read this Haredi newspaper, you’d believe that none of them were women. The image that ran on the front page of the Israeli newspaper The Announcer edited two female world leaders out of the image, originally provided by wire service GPO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. A third woman in a blue scarf who we can’t identify was also photoshopped out.
religion  judaism  sexism  equality  gender  equality  israel  france  media 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
U.S. military social media accounts apparently hacked by Islamic State sympathizers
The first rogue tweet was posted about 12:30 p.m. It appeared to come from sympathizers of the Islamic State militant group. The Central Command has orchestrated the U.S.-led airstrike campaign against the militants in Iraq and Syria and is beginning to train Iraqi troops to respond to the threat in the region. The background and profile photo of the Centcom account were both changed to show an apparent militant and the phrases “CyberCaliphate” and “i love you isis,” using one of the acronyms for the militant group.
hacking  war  religion  u.s.a.  islam  politics  iraq  syria 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Pastor: I punched a kid ‘as hard as I could’ for ‘not taking the Lord serious’
“We were outside one day at youth group,” Dammann continues, “and he was just trying to push my buttons. He was just kind of not taking the Lord serious [sic].” “So I walked over to him and went BAM! Punched him in the chest as hard as I could. I crumpled the kid. I just crumpled him.” “Then I leaned over and said, ‘Ben, when are you going to stop playing games with God?’ I led that man to the Lord right there,” he concludes.
religion  christianity  u.s.a.  new-jersey  abuse 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
When believers marry atheists
"Now I've given up. I'm more inclined towards convincing my wife I'm Muslim enough for her to be with me." Tauseef is willing to lie, to bring up his son as Muslim despite not agreeing with the religion or the lifestyle he says it dictates, and also to live a double life if he gets to keep his wife. He recently got caught out by drunken photos on Facebook after telling her he could never touch alcohol again. He ended up sleeping in a different bedroom, with his bags packed but says he won't give up because of their son. "I'm still in love with her but I'm pretty sure she isn't, she makes that pretty clear."
atheism  religion  christianity  islam  relationships  judaism 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Dublin priest says he is gay during Mass – receives standing ovation
A Dublin priest received a standing ovation from his congregation this week as he called for same sex marriage equality in Ireland and came out to his parishioners. Father Martin Dolan, who has been a priest at Church of St Nicholas of Myra in Francis Street in Dublin’s city center for 15 years, opened up to his congregation at the Saturday night Mass. He also confided in his Sunday morning congregation. Dolan is the only priest in the parish. Calling on his Dublin city congregation to support same sex marriage in the upcoming Irish referendum, set for the end May, Dolan said “I’m gay myself.”
religion  christianity  ireland  lgbt  politics  equality 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
The Changing Misrepresentation of Race and Crime on Network and Cable News
Prior research found that stereotypical media content shapes the perception of racial groups and social policy. Using the UCLA Communication Studies Digital News Archive, we sampled 146 cable and network news programs aired between 2008 and 2012. Findings revealed that Blacks were actually “invisible” on network news, being underrepresented as both violent perpetrators and victims of crime. However, Whites were accurately represented as criminals. Moreover, Latinos were greatly overrepresented as undocumented immigrants while Muslims were greatly overrepresented as terrorists on network and cable news programs. The implications of these findings are contextualized using the “guard dog” media coverage theory, structural limitations/economic interest of media, ethnic blame discourse, and the community philanthropy perspective.
study  media  racism  religion  islam  u.s.a.  politics  crime 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Guantanamo order bars women from moving accused in 9/11 case
The ruling by Army Col. James Pohl addresses a dispute that has threatened to disrupt proceedings in the case, which is in the pretrial phase. Defendants have been refusing to meet with defense lawyers, arguing that any physical contact with a woman not related to them violates their Muslim beliefs.
religion  islam  politics  u.s.a.  cuba  war  sexism  gender  equality  equality 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Nearly 50 years on, turtles, caterpillars sacrificed in Bali ritual to ensure peace on Earth
The ancient rite of Karya Padudusan Agung, which roughly translates to great work, is held every three or four decades to invigorate the temple's waning powers and bring peace on Earth. ... Young men dragged a buffalo three times around the temple, with the frenzied animal making a dash into adjoining rice fields before being slaughtered to symbolically feed demons. Goats, pigs, turtles, fish and caterpillars were also sacrificed.
religion  indonesia  animals 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Florida woman in ‘Catholic Warrior’ t-shirt destroys Satanic Temple’s holiday display
Hemeryck, who was wearing a “Catholic Warrior” t-shirt at the time, told the Associated Press that “it’s just wrong, when you remove baby Jesus two days before Christmas and put Satan in his place? I was there at the right time and the right moment and I needed to take a stand against Satan.”
religion  christianity  atheism  funny  florida  u.s.a.  crime 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
First Ever Zombie Nativity Scene Displayed By Ohio Man Township Orders He Take Down The Display Or Face Legal Action
Jasen Dixon, an Ohio homeowner, has been ordered by town officials to take down a zombie Nativity Scene he created in his front yard. Dixon used zombies in place of wise men and baby Jesus, reports Fox News. “I wanted a Nativity and I worked with what I had. The neighbors don’t like it. My father hates it and anything bad that happens he blames it on that,” Dixon, who manages a haunted house, told Fox 19.
funny  christianity  religion  ohio  u.s.a. 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Christian teenager takes own life over misplaced fears about telling family she is a lesbian
A teenage girl hanged herself because she feared telling her devoutly Christian parents she might be gay, an inquest has heard. Elizabeth Lowe, 14, known as Lizzie, had confided in friends that she thought she might be a lesbian, but was struggling to reconcile her feelings with her own deep faith.
religion  christianity  teens  suicide  uk 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Here Are the Latest Photos of the Satanic Statue Being Made for Oklahoma’s Statehouse
Two weeks ago I found myself in the backwoods of rural Florida standing in front of a ​bronzed bust of the pagan idol Baphomet. A few days later it would be attached to its eight-and-a-half-foot cloven-hoofed body and put to rest on a throne flanked on either side by a small metallic child. Eventually, its creators hope, it will be whisked away to Oklahoma, where it will be placed next to a Ten Commandments monument on the front lawn of the state capitol.
amazing  funny  religion  u.s.a.  oklahoma  christianity  atheism  politics 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Most Say Religious Holiday Displays on Public Property Are OK
Fully 65% of American adults believe in all four of these elements of the Christmas story – the virgin birth, an angel announcing the birth of Jesus to shepherds, wise men following a star to bring gifts to Jesus, and that the baby Jesus was laid in a manger. Just 14% say that they do not believe any of these events actually happened (including those who responded to an earlier question by saying they do not believe Jesus ever actually lived, and were therefore not asked about other parts of the Christmas story). About one-in-five (22%) have mixed views on the Christmas story, saying they believe in at least one element, but not all of them.
statistics  u.s.a.  politics  religion  christianity  nopenopenope  education 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Anti-gay N.C. church members indicted on felony kidnapping, assault against gay man
All are members of The Word of Faith Fellowship, a church which has continually come under fire for its alleged cult-like behaviors and severe treatment of members, particularly young people. In 1995, the church was the subject of an “Inside Edition” report on its “blasting” techniques, in which a person is encircled by church members and subjected to high-pitched shrilling sounds, screams and prayers. Blasting sessions can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. In this most recent case, 21-year-old student Matthew Fenner, a member of the church since age 16, alleges that several members targeted him because of his sexual orientation. On Jan. 29, 2013, Fenner says he was threatened with confinement for two days, slapped, strangled and verbally assaulted in an attempt, he says, to free him of “homosexual demons.”
north-carolina  u.s.a.  lgbt  equality  religion  christianity  abuse  crime 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Egypt’s first female genital mutilation trial ends in not guilty verdict
The first doctor to be brought to trial in Egypt on charges of female genital mutilation (FGM) has been acquitted, crushing hopes that the landmark verdict would discourage Egyptian doctors from conducting the endemic practice. Raslan Fadl, a doctor and Islamic preacher in the village of Agga, northern Egypt, was acquitted of mutilating Sohair al-Bata’a in June 2013. The 12-year-old died during the alleged procedure, but Fadl was also acquitted of her manslaughter.
egypt  politics  sexism  gender  equality  equality  children  health  religion  islam 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Wasilat Tasi'u, 14-Year-Old Nigerian Girl, Sentenced To Death For Murdering Husband
The case calls into question the legality of trying a 14-year-old for murder under criminal law and the rights of child brides, who are common in the poverty-stricken, predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria region. "She was married to a man that she didn't love. She protested but her parents forced her to marry him," Zubeida Nagee, a women's rights activist in Kano, told AP. Nagee and other activists have written a letter of protest to the Kano state deputy governor.
nigeria  islam  religion  children  abuse  crime  equality  gender  equality  teens  politics 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
‘God Hates Fags’ church bombarded with phone calls about turkeys
However, instead of the non-existent Turkey Safety Hotline, the number provided was actually the switchboard for the famously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church – leading thousands of people to try and call them. Indeed, the demand on the ‘hotline’ was so high that users began to complain they couldn’t even get through.
funny  religion  christianity  politics  u.s.a.  lgbt  nottheonion 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Islamic State militants stone two 'gay men' to death in Syria
The Islamic State group stoned two men to death in Syria Tuesday after claiming they were gay, a monitor said, in the jihadist organisation's first executions for alleged homosexuality.
religion  islam  lgbt  syria  politics  war 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Turkey’s President Just Said Something Appalling About Women’s Rights
While just saying that women's equality is "against nature" would certainly be enough cause for concern, Erdogan wasn't quite finished. "Our religion gave woman a station. What station is this? The station of motherhood," Erdogan said. "Some people can understand this, while others can't. You cannot explain this to feminists because they don't accept the concept of motherhood. They have no such concerns."
turkey  politics  u.s.a.  religion  islam  equality  gender  equality 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
2 Minnesota men to be charged with ISIS support
A friend of Nur told the FBI he had become "much more religious" over the course of two months. He started talking about jihad, wearing traditional clothing and attendingg a known mosque in Bloomington, Minn. The friend went to the mosque and confronted several people, who said Nur 's ticket was paid for and that Nur was likely already leaving.
minnesota  u.s.a.  politics  religion  islam  war 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Christian University Stands by Decision to Keep Bill Cosby as Speaker at Benefit Dinner, Despite Outcry From Sexual Assault Victims Group
Officials at a West Tennessee Christian University sparked a fiery debate over Christian values Wednesday for standing by their decision to invite embattled comedian Bill Cosby to serve as keynote speaker for the school's benefit dinner scheduled for next month, despite outcry from an advocacy group for victims of sexual assault.
religion  christianity  abuse  celebrity  tennessee  u.s.a.  education  politics  crime  sexism  gender  equality  equality 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Why Does God Kill So Many Children in Idaho?
During the same period of time, at least 12 children have died at the hands of faith-healing parents in the state, yet not a single charge has been filed. In Idaho, authorities do not investigate or prosecute faith-healing deaths, which occur largely without scrutiny from the public or media. Of the dozen documented cases in the last three years—and there are likely many more that have gone unreported—all were members of the Followers of Christ, a faith-healing group with a doctrine nearly identical to the Church of the First Born. The Followers are also active in Oregon, where they gained notoriety in the 1990s after a series of high-profile child deaths.
religion  christianity  children  health  science  idaho  oregon  u.s.a.  politics 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
California Pastor: ‘Jezebels’ Who Have Sex Before Marriage Are Like ‘Filthy Dishrags’ (Video) | Americans Against the Tea Party
“One wonders, whatever happened to purity?” he asked his congregation. “Whatever happened to that? Whatever happened to the days when girls said, I’m not going to be touched by every guy? I’m not going to walk down the aisle like a filthy dishrag on my wedding day. Whatever happened to that day?”
religion  christianity  sexism  gender  equality  equality  u.s.a.  california 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
High School Students Punished for Not Saying “Under God” When Leading Pledge of Allegiance Over Loudspeakers
Adrianna Teboe didn’t didn’t say “Under God” when it was her turn. She was marked down as a result. Derek Giardina didn’t say “Under God” when it was his turn. He’s now failing the class.
atheism  politics  u.s.a.  california  religion  education  teens 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Neo-Confederate Republican Michael Peroutka Wins Maryland Election
Peroutka is a radical Christian Reconstructionist and southern secessionist. He says “so-called civil rights laws” are not valid because “there is no such thing as a civil right.” He says promoting evolution “is an act of disloyalty to America.”
politics  maryland  u.s.a.  racism  equality  christianity  religion  evolution 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Police charge 90-year-old man, 2 pastors with feeding homeless
The first to be charged was homeless advocate Arnold Abbott, 90, who has been feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale for more than 20 years. Also cited were two Christian ministers -- Dwayne Black, pastor of The Sanctuary Church in Fort Lauderdale, and Mark Sims of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs. All three men face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.
homelessness  food  u.s.a.  politics  florida  religion  christianity 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Mormon women's rights campaigner loses appeal against excommunication
In June, Kelly was tried in absentia by an all-male panel of three judges, and found guilty of apostasy, defined as repeated and public advocacy of positions that oppose church teachings. It is the most serious punishment the church court can administer. The excommunication means she cannot participate in church proceedings such as taking the sacrament, speaking at church or offer public prayer at a church meeting. Ordain Women was founded in 2013 to push for women to be allowed in the all-male lay clergy. The group staged demonstrations outside two church conferences, drawing criticism from church leaders.
mormonism  religion  u.s.a.  politics  sexism  gender  equality  equality  virginia 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Christian zealot beheads teen for practicing witchcraft
Marin was watching videos on YouTube “related to his Christian beliefs and the Book of Matthew” before the murder, according to the affidavit. The document also notes that Marin had feuded with Crockett in the past because the victim was practicing witchcraft. The defendant’s brother, Samuel Marin, said “in the past Jacob and Isaiah had disagreements” because Jacob had been” practicing witchcraft and Isaiah had strong Christian beliefs,” a Stillwater police officer reported.
religion  christianity  abuse  crime  u.s.a.  oklahoma 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Afghan cleric gets 20 years in jail for raping 10-year-old
In a landmark judgment, a cleric in Afghanistan has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping a ten-year-old girl. And unlike many previous cases, the victim is not being made to share the blame. The court rejected the cleric's claim that the sex was consensual. The verdict raises hope for many rape victims in the country.
religion  islam  abuse  children  politics  afghanistan  gender  equality  equality 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
Federal judge in Tacoma blocks release of strip club dancers’ licenses
The judge asked him if he understood why the women didn’t want him to have their license information. Van Vleet said he did, but that he is protected by the same Constitution they are. Leighton also asked Van Vleet why he wanted the information. Besides being curious and praying for the workers, Van Vleet said he was entitled to the licenses under the state’s Public Records Act. “I’m not going to harm them,” Van Vleet said. Leighton countered: “You could leave their files at a coffee shop inadvertently.” Van Vleet told the judge he wouldn’t release the information to harm anyone. He said the workers should have known their licenses could be disclosed under state law.
religion  christianity  wtf  washington-state  u.s.a.  politics  sexism  sex  gender  equality  equality  privacy 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
Gay community under attack in Liberia over Ebola outbreak
Ponpon, an LGBT campaigner in the Liberian capital, says gays have been harassed, physically attacked and a few have had their cars smashed by people blaming them for the hemorrhagic fever, after religious leaders in Liberia said Ebola was a punishment from God for homosexuality. "Since church ministers declared Ebola was a plague sent by God to punish sodomy in Liberia, the violence toward gays has escalated. They're even asking for the death penalty. We're living in fear."
liberia  religion  christianity  lgbt  equality  politics  health 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
A New York Times Columnist Spoke At A Fundraiser For A Group Working To Criminalize Gay Sex
The Bible says in Psalm 24 "the Earth is the Lord's and everything in it," including government, entertainment, media, education, the legal system, everything. My finances, my sexuality, everything is under God. ... Does this agenda, this sexual anarchy agenda, does it want dominion? Take a look. Has it got dominion in government? Has it got dominion in entertainment? Has it got dominion, I mean, you name it, in the marketplace? Yes. Absolutely it does. How does God get dominion back? ... The government exists for the punishment of evildoers and for the reward of those who do good. The problem is, is when we switch good and evil and evil and good. There's only one institution that can fight that dominion battle, and that's the church.
equality  lgbt  media  religion  christianity  u.s.a.  creepy  politics 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
Christian Talk radio host accused of sex crime against 3-year-old
Josh Kimbrell, who is the host of Common Cents on Christian Talk 660AM/92.9FM, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11. According to the arrest warrant, Kimbrell, under the guise of a game, fondled the child and committed other sexual acts against the boy.
religion  christianity  u.s.a.  south-carolina  abuse  children 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
Police: Ex-gay Kentucky pastor rapes boy, threatens to kill him with ‘warlock’ powers if he talks
In an interview with police, Murphy asserted that he “thought he would be able to help the victim with his battle with homosexuality because he, too, had experimented with homosexuality,” Hatfield said. Murphy allegedly told the boy that he could see his sins by touching him. The pastor at Polly Ann Church of God insisted to WKYT that Murphy had only been a Sunday school teacher, and that the boy was a student in his class. The pastor said that the church was dealing with the situation internally. He also argued that there was no reason to believe that any abuse occurred on church grounds.
religion  christianity  u.s.a.  abuse  kentucky  children  lgbt 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
‘It’s your fault,’ Hillsong founder told victim of child sexual abuse
Months later, when the money had not arrived, his victim called Frank Houston’s son Brian, who was then the national president of the Assemblies of God in Australia Pentecostal movement. The victim said Brian told him: “You know, it’s your fault all this happened. You tempted my father”. “Brian got very angry after that. He slammed the phone down after saying words to the effect of ‘You’ll be getting your money’,” the victim told the commission. He received a cheque for $10,000 about two weeks later.
australia  religion  christianity  abuse  children 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
What surveys say about worship attendance – and why some stay home
Of course, how often people say they usually attend services is not necessarily the same as how often they actually do attend. For example, time diary studies, in which respondents report on concrete activities over a limited span of time, often show lower rates of church attendance than data from surveys, which perhaps better reflect how people see themselves (rather than how they behave).
religion  u.s.a.  statistics 
september 2014 by iamfantastikate
Devil statue with giant erection pops up in Vancouver [NSFW]
Commuters in East Vancouver were greeted with an eyeful on Tuesday morning when they were confronted by a nine-foot statue of a naked devil brandishing a raging erection.
funny  canada  religion  art 
september 2014 by iamfantastikate
Syria's foreign jihadis: Where do they come from?
But some countries with relatively small Muslim populations have sent a disproportionately large number of jihadis. Finland and Ireland have the highest number of foreign fighters per capita -- nearly one per 1,400 Muslims living in those countries has gone to Syria.
religion  islam  war 
september 2014 by iamfantastikate
Henry Lee McCollum cleared by DNA evidence in North Carolina after spending 30 years on death row.
The lack of any physical evidence linking the young men to the crime scene was no bar to their convictions. Lawyers for McCollum and Brown contend that local police hid boxes of crucial exculpatory evidence from the time of the trial in 1984. They were never turned over to defense lawyers or prosecutors. Both McCollum and Brown, whose IQs usually test in the 50s and 60s, were originally given the death penalty. As the New York Times notes, as recently as 2010, the North Carolina Republican Party featured McCollum’s booking photo on campaign fliers accusing a local Democrat of being soft on crime. The Times also points out that the defendants were prosecuted by Joe Freeman Britt, “the 6-foot-6, Bible-quoting district attorney who was profiled by 60 Minutes as the country’s ‘deadliest D.A.’ ” for seeking and getting the death penalty so often. (Britt told the Raleigh News & Observer last week that he still believed the men were guilty.)
crime  abuse  north-carolina  u.s.a.  politics  racism  death-penalty  religion  christianity 
september 2014 by iamfantastikate
Gaza Crossing Reflects Israel-Hamas Unreality
The return trip into Israel feels like something out of a sci-fi film. You pass, alone, having relinquished all belongings including passport and mobile phone, through a series of glass booths between locked doors. To move, you wait for red lights to turn green, sometimes aided by muffled instructions from the Israelis at the controls behind more glass several stories overhead.
israel  palestine  religion  judaism  islam  politics 
september 2014 by iamfantastikate
Missouri officer on leave over inflammatory video
In his rambling remarks on the video, he talks about what he describes as a draft replacement for the U.S. Constitution, the "four sodomites on the Supreme Court," and a visit to Kenya "to our undocumented President's home." He refers to Barack Obama as "that illegal alien who claims to be our President." Page frequently references violence, including nine combat tours in the Army, during which he did "my fair share of killing." And lastly, Page says, "I personally believe the Lord Jesus Christ is my savior, but I'm also a killer. I've killed a lot and, if I need to, I will kill a whole bunch more."
religion  politics  u.s.a.  christianity  racism  equality  missouri  police 
august 2014 by iamfantastikate
Alabama Atheist Opposes “In God We Trust” Plaque in Mobile County Building and Receives Death Threats on Facebook
Even on an article about the threats, commenters don’t seem to be much better. One wrote, “I hope she continues to get more grief mail. Its no less than she deserves.”
atheism  religion  christianity  u.s.a.  politics  equality  alabama 
august 2014 by iamfantastikate
Bible Parody Book Author Skips Conference After Receiving Death Threats, but Attendees Are Honoring Him Another Way
A couple of days ago, I posted about how “Horus Gilgamesh,” the author of a book called the Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children’s Bible documenting many of the Bible’s little-known verses, had received death threats in advance of his appearance at this weekend’s Atheist Alliance of America’s annual convention in Seattle.
atheism  religion  christianity  seattle  washington-state  politics  u.s.a.  books 
august 2014 by iamfantastikate
When Women Wanted Sex Much More Than Men
Womens’ supposed greater sex drive was an argument for their inferiority, but once the assumption became reversed, no one argued that mens’ lustfulness was a sign of a fundamental irrationality that should preclude them from business and politics. Rather than a handicap, a large sexual appetite was positive once it came to be seen as a characteristic of men. Women, being passionless, supposedly lacked the drive and ambition to succeed. Much like sex, the public realm of work was dirty and distasteful, hardly suitable to womens’ delicate sensibilities. Since their instincts were maternal rather than sexual, they were best suited to staying virtuously at home with the children. Black women and poor women, on the other hand, were firmly shut out from the dainty flower role. They were still seen as suitable for both work and for satisfying white mens’ sexual urges that were no longer appropriate for their wives.
history  sex  sexuality  sexism  gender  equality  equality  religion 
july 2014 by iamfantastikate
Pastor, church members plead guilty to beating 13-year-old boy
The March 2012 incidents included Craig and Jeter driving the victim to the desert and forcing him to dig his own grave. They then made him get in and threw dirt on him. They were responding to Remmers' instruction to "scare" the boy, according to the affidavits. While the boy was showering, one of the men rubbed salt into the cuts on his back, according to Steven Larkey, who lived in the group home and provided the witness report in the affidavit. He told investigators he could hear the boy screaming and saw blood all over the shower the next day.
religion  christianity  abuse  children  california 
july 2014 by iamfantastikate
Christian Rappers Sue Katy Perry for Linking Their Music to Witchcraft, Paganism, and the Illuminati
The men are claiming that Perry — along with singer Juicy J (Jordan Houston) and a team of songwriters/producers — stole the eight-note riff from their song for her hit “Dark Horse.”
funny  music  u.s.a.  religion  christianity 
july 2014 by iamfantastikate
Iraqi refugees in despair in Jordan long for Saddam era
Farouq also thinks that Jordan sooner or later will be affected by the crisis in Iraq. When he is asked what kind of circumstances would make him return to his homeland, he smiled for the first time. “I hope someone like Saddam will take over the country. Then we can defeat the extremists and rebuild Iraq again," he said. “And then I would definitely go back."
religion  islam  war  iraq  history  jordan  politics 
july 2014 by iamfantastikate
Rape victims say Bob Jones University told them to repent
In their many sessions, Sarah said Berg fixated on her “sin,” and then blamed her when she failed to “get better.” She said Berg told her that she needed to repent of any pleasure she experienced during her abuse. Since BJU doesn’t recognize psychiatric concepts like post-traumatic stress disorder, she said she was also told that she was choosing her trauma symptoms.  “I remember her looking at me and saying, ‘You know that the nightmares are your own fault, because you're choosing to replay pornographic thoughts in your mind,’” she said. According to emails, Berg also advised Sarah to call her rapist and ask for forgiveness. Sarah said Berg told her that if she didn’t forgive, God wouldn’t be able to “use her."
religion  christianity  sexism  education  equality  gender  equality  crime  abuse  u.s.a.  south-carolina 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
Reynolds HS suspect planned to 'kill sinners'
Police found the journal while searching Jared Padgett's father's home. Investigators also searched the freshman's locker at school. According to a law enforcement source, Padgett wrote about a plan to go to the school and kill students or "sinners."
oregon  religion  christianity  mormonism  u.s.a.  crime  weapons 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
PM says ‘human rightism, humanism, secularism’ new religion threatening Islam
 “So today, once again, we stress that Islam that is embraced, practised and upheld as the national religion in Malaysia is the Islam which is based on the Sunni sect as propagated by the Prophet Muhammad and his friends. “We will not tolerate any demands or right to apostasy by Muslims, or deny Muslims their right to be governed by Shariah Courts and neither will we allow Muslims to engage in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) activities,” he said.
religion  islam  malaysia  atheism 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
Southern Baptists confront a ‘third way’ on homosexuality and sin
Young people tend to express more positive views of homosexuality and more support for same-sex marriage as compared with older generations. And the same pattern seems to be true of young evangelicals. In aggregated polling from 2012 to February 2014, 29% of white evangelicals under the age of 30 expressed support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, compared with 24% of evangelicals age 30-49, 19% among evangelicals age 50-64, and 14% of evangelicals age 65 and older.
religion  u.s.a.  politics  lgbt  statistics  equality 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
Turkish Twitter User Jailed For Offending 'Religious Values'
A Turkish Twitter user was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Thursday — for using a handle that was deemed religiously offensive. The user, Allah (c.c.), or @CenabiAllah, was charged with “humiliating the religious values accepted by a part of the people," according to Turkish news website Hurriyet Daily News.
islam  religion  turkey  politics 
may 2014 by iamfantastikate
Which countries still outlaw apostasy and blasphemy?
A new Pew Research analysis finds that as of 2012, nearly a quarter of the world’s countries and territories (22%) had anti-blasphemy laws or policies, and one-in-ten (11%) had laws or policies penalizing apostasy. The legal punishments for such transgressions vary from fines to death.
religion  abuse  islam  christianity  statistics 
may 2014 by iamfantastikate
Boko Haram leader: 'I will sell' kidnapped Nigerian girls
"There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women," he continued, according to a CNN translation from the local Hausa language. Boko Haram is a terrorist group receiving training from al Qaeda affiliates, according to U.S. officials. Its name means "Western education is sin." In his nearly hourlong, rambling video, Shekau repeatedly called for Western education to end. "Girls, you should go and get married," he said.
religion  islam  sexism  gender  equality  equality  education  nigeria 
may 2014 by iamfantastikate
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