150 Women Face Flogging For Adultery

Heartwrenchingly disgusting: Almost 150 women living in the Maldives face a public flogging for indulging in extra-marital sex after being convicted by the Muslim country’s conservative courts. Around 50 men also face the punishment. Earlier this month, an 18-year-old woman fainted after she was flogged 100 times having been found guilty of having sex with two different men. The woman, who was pregnant at the time of sentencing, had her punishment deferred until after the birth of her child and… Read more

An Icon Is A Mirror

Johann Hari has a neat piece which can be summed up with this eminently quotable nugget: An icon is a mirror: it tells you how a group sees itself, distilled into a single personality. He uses his article to explore various gay icons who have made it into an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery and what their selections as icons represent. Read more

Pat Condell Excoriates The Left For Not Standing Up To Islamism

There is a lot to chew on in this latest rant from Pat Condell on the need for the tolerant to be more intolerant of intolerant religions than they are intolerant of denouncers of intolerant religions.  While Condell’s  attack on multiculturalism is too broad and at times his rhetoric is cringe-inducingly counter-productive, I do share his essential worries that a significant and powerful portion of the liberal left is dangerously accommodating of Islamism out of an inflated fear of chauvinism…. Read more

Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland Trailer Premieres

Aside from the hideous Mad Hatter makeup, this whole trailer is gorgeous and exciting. Read more

German Inflatable Church

Thanks again to the Atheist Media Blog, which you should check for yourself everyday. Read more

Birthers Just The Latest Legitimacy Challengers?

Harry Shearer makes an interesting connection between the fringe birther movement questioning the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s citizenship and recent presidential history: The reason for the growth of birtherism, I’m suggesting, lies in the history of the last two presidencies. Bill Clinton was reviled by Republicans, partly because he won and partly because he won with the aid of a third-party candidate (Ross Perot), meaning that he enjoyed a plurality, but not a majority of the popular vote. George W…. Read more

“At This, God Sent Poisonous Snakes Among The People”

Click here for more amazing pictures dramatizing Bible stories using legos! Read more

Rwanda’s Amazing Reconciliation

I was so inspired by the story of Rwanda’s ability to overcome its genocides through a process of confession and forgiveness.  Here is Fareed Zakaria and Rwandan President Paul Kagame from last Sunday. In the spirit of Zarathustra’s prescription: for human beings to be redeemed from revenge—that is for me the bridge to the highest hope, and a rainbow after long storms. comes this story: Read more

An Atheist Meets God

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Animation of DNA

Gorgeous, marvelous, spell-binding, and awe-inspiring.  Nature is amazing (and scientific knowledge and animation capacities aren’t too shabby either). Read more

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