Vice‘s Compelling New Interview with Raif Badawi’s Wife

If you’re unfamiliar with Raif Badawi. now would be a good time to catch up.

He’s the Saudi Arabian blogger who was punished in 2013 for starting a progressive website that called for, among other things, religious tolerance and women’s rights. his critics said that was insulting to Islam and eventually sentenced him to 10 years in jail and a 1,000,000 Saudi riyal fine (about $266,000).



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Elderly Woman Robbed and Punched by Attackers at Omaha Church

Ugh… this is just awful. 76-year-old Lucille Morinelli was attacked at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha on Sunday, right before Mass.

22-year-old Wayman Clark and an unknown second assailant worked together to steal her purse and then punch her out. The elderly woman hit her head on a table as she fell down. And it was all caught on camera:



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Kentucky Man Arrested After Digging Up Dead Father’s Grave in Order to Send Him to Heaven

Michael May‘s father Odell died nearly 40 years ago, but the Kentucky native was arrested earlier this week after getting caught digging up his dad’s grave.

What exactly was he trying to do?



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Orlando Airport’s Prayer Room is Angering Some Christians Because, For Once, It’s Not All About Them

In order to accommodate passengers who are likely to purchase tickets for the new Emirates Airlines non-stop flights from Orlando to Dubai, the Orlando International Airport will be opening a “Reflection Room” in a few weeks. With Muslims in mind, the $250,000 space will give people the ability to wash themselves before praying, a place to put their shoes if they must take them off, and directional signs so they can make sure they’re facing Mecca.

To be clear, anyone can use this space. Even atheists who just want some quiet space before a flight. But since the accommodations are directed at Muslims, some conservative Christians are furious.



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Donald Trump is Slowly Dismantling the Religious Right

Sarah Posner, writing for Religion Dispatches, explains how Donald Trump is creating a rift within the Religious Right:



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