This Crowd Gathered to Watch Raif Badawi Get Lashed

This video shows nothing graphic. And yet it makes me sick to my stomach.

The people in it are supposedly gathering to watch Saudi blogger Raif Badawi get the first 50 (of 1,000) lashes yesterday:



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Pastor Brags About Punching a Bright Kid in the Chest Because He Didn’t Take the Lord Seriously

In this clip from a sermon, a Christian pastor explains how he walked up to a smart-aleck kid who wasn’t “taking the Lord serious”… and punched him in the chest.

Because that’s how you’re supposed to win converts for Jesus.



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Was it Right for Atlanta’s Mayor to Fire the City’s Fire Chief Over His Anti-Gay Book?

This week, Atlanta’s Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was fired after a lot of controversy surrounding his self-published 2013 book Who Told You That You Were Naked?. It included these passages:

“Uncleanness — whatever is opposite of purity; including sodomy, homosexuality, lesbianism, pederasty, bestiality, all other forms of sexual perversion.”

“Naked men refuse to give in, so they pursue sexual fulfillment through multiple partners, with the opposite sex, the same sex, and sex outside of marriage and many other vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body-temple and dishonor God.”

Of course, writing a book like that isn’t grounds for punishment unless you do something actually illegal like pushing it to your employees at work or promoting it not as a private citizen but as a public official.

And wouldn’t you know it

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Raif Badawi, While Receiving 50 Lashes, Reportedly “Did Not Flinch”

Earlier today, Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was given 50 lashes (the first of his 1,000 lashes punishment) for the “crime” of “insulting Islam.”

I’m also encouraged by this report from @ElhamManea:



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Terry Jones, the Man Behind “International Burn a Koran Day,” is Now Running a French Fry Stand at a Florida Mall

Remember Terry Jones? He’s the pastor who caused worldwide controversy with his “International Burn A Koran Day” on September 11, 2010.

Well, guess what he’s doing now

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