Jehovah’s Witnesses Reject Blood Transfusions, but Doctors Are Finding New Ways to Save Their Lives

There’s a saying that creativity comes from limits, not freedom. When you’re confined to work within certain parameters, and the easiest options aren’t available, you really have to dig deep to solve your problems.

It’s something doctors have had to grapple with when working with Jehovah’s Witnesses. The religion famously prohibits blood transfusions, and any Witness who accepts it will essentially be shunned for life. Children have died as a result of their parents not allowing a transfusion to take place.



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Couple Accused of Sexually Abusing Child for Years, Using the Old Testament to Justify Their Actions

In a horrific story coming out of Port St. Lucie, Florida, a 21-year-old woman says her caretakers physically and sexually abused her for most of her teenage years, using the Bible to justify their actions.

It began when the woman was 13. After her biological mother died, she was taken in by Rob and Marie Johnson (below). Rob was related to the mother. The abuse began almost immediately:



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Pat Robertson: Christians Can Ignore the Book of Leviticus (but the Anti-Gay Parts Still Apply)

Pat Robertson loves to cite the Book of Leviticus when he’s ranting against homosexuality.

But on today’s episode of The 700 Club, Robertson made clear that Leviticus is a book all True Christians™ can ignore:



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Singer Pharrell Williams Demands Framed Photo of Carl Sagan at Every Show

When you think of unusual contract riders for musicians, Van Halen‘s request for M&Ms with all the brown ones taken out comes to mind. (They had a good reason for it.)

But here’s a surprise: Pharrell Williams, the singer/songwriter behind “Blurred Lines” and “Happy,” demands that a photo of Carl Sagan be placed in his dressing room before every show:



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MSNBC Discusses the Attacks on Bangladeshi Atheist Bloggers

Kudos to MSNBC for discussing the brutal slayings of atheist bloggers in Bangladesh.

They brought in the Center For Inquiry’s Michael De Dora this morning to shed light on this issue. It comes just days after the latest tragedy:



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