12-Year-Old Boy Was a Normal Schoolkid in France Last Year; Now He’s an ISIS Executioner

Killing for Allah can run in the family:

Schoolchildren in southern France are in shock after seeing a former classmate executing a hostage in a video released by the Islamic State (ISIS). The Islamist group posted online gruesome propaganda video showing a boy in military fatigues shooting an Israeli-Arab teenager in the head. The [victim] had been accused of working for Israel’s spy agency Mossad.

In the video the child, aged 11 or 12, is flanked by a bearded man, who is believed to be his stepfather.



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Reddit’s Biggest Atheism Hangout Scores Sky-High For Toxic Content and Bigotry, Data Analysts Say

On Friday, I published a moderately unkind comment about Reddit; I said that while I love Reddit warts and all, its content is 80 to 90 percent dross. Mostly, that referred to the atheism subreddit (or r/atheism, in Reddit-speak). I visit the place five or six days a week, and there is always a lot of junk to wade through: from rickety, poorly-worded arguments to repetitions of old news stories that had already been posted days or weeks earlier. Also, of course, there’s a deluge of low-quality memes.

While the dreck is annoying on some level, I fully accept that it’s part of the give-and-take of online communities without gatekeepers. Anyone can join, and you never know if the next link or comment you read was left by someone with decent thinking/writing skills, or by a dim 13-year-old crudely rebelling against mom and dad saying grace over dinner. Like this specimen, say.



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Mother’s Day Threatened by Same-Sex Marriage, Claims Irish Senator; Already “Banned” in Some U.S. States

Ireland’s Fidelma Healy Eames, a socially-conservative senator, tweeted yesterday that Mother’s Day might just cease to exist if gay couples are allowed to get hitched.



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Five Scientists Are Immortalized In Stained-Glass Art

I guess this means there’ll be more ribbing from believers trying to argue that atheism is just another faith.

In celebration of this year’s Pi DayShutterstock commissioned five stained-glass lithographs from artist Aaron Coleman for some of science’s most renowned names (using Shutterstock assets of course).

Feast your eyes:



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Florida Church That Offers “Sexiest Ladies,” Nude Body Painting, and Twerking Is No Longer Tax-Exempt

A “church” that young people might actually have wanted to go to is losing a big advantage: its tax-exempt status.

A church in Florida has lost its tax-exempt status after it was found to be hosting nude paint events and slumber parties with the “sexiest ladies.” Property Appraiser Dan Sowell said Panama City Beach’s Life Center: A Spiritual Community has lost its tax-exempt status after authorities discovered it has been hosting late-night spring break parties as “Amnesia: The Tabernacle” since Feb. 28.



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