Gunmen With Assault Rifles and Grenades Attack Museum in Tunisia, Hunt and Kill Tourists

In my best Reza Aslan voice: “They could be Baptists, or Buddhists, or atheists. We just don’t know.”

From the New York Times:

Gunmen in military uniforms attacked a museum in downtown Tunis around noon on Wednesday, killing 19 people, officials said. Security forces later advanced into the museum and killed two gunmen in a firefight, state television reported.

Prime Minister Habib Essid said at a news conference that the dead included 17 tourists and two Tunisians. Eight people were killed as they got off a bus to visit the museum, according to an Interior Ministry spokesman; 10 more were taken hostage and then killed.

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Daesh Defector Describes Drug Use, Rape Sessions With Non-Muslim Girls, and Serial Marriages For Muslim Ones

An ex-fighter for Daesh in Iraq opens up about the atrocities he was asked to commit to help establish the caliphate:

“The executions, or more horribly the beheadings, as well as the raping of the non-Muslim girls … These scenes terrified me,” [Hamza] told the British newspaper [the Independent]. “I imagined myself being caught up in these shootings, executions, beheadings and raping, if I stayed where I was.”

Being a member of the Islamic State was just too brutal for Hamza, who is from the Iraqi city of Fallujah. He originally became an ISIS fighter last year when he was attracted to the religious appeal and benefits.

He got out, he says when his tasks began to include executions. He wasn’t tempted by violent sex assaults either.

Hamza says another reason he defected was because he couldn’t stand by and watch as the sex-crazed extremists raped countless numbers of captured women.

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Mind Your Tongue: Why, At Friendly Atheist, We’ll Use “Daesh” From Now On, Instead of ISIL, ISIS, or Islamic State

The violent Muslim fundies who’ve taken over swaths of Iraq and Syria go by different names/acronyms. That’s a bit confusing, and it produces editorial inconsistencies that play out across newspapers and websites worldwide.

On this blog, we have no chance to force conformity on the issue even if we wanted to, but we can at least be more consistent ourselves.

To that end, we’re dropping ISIS, IS, Islamic State, and ISIL – and will be using Daesh from here on out.

As Zeba Khan writes in the Boston Globe,

The term “Daesh” is strategically a better choice because it is still accurate in that it spells out the acronym of the group’s full Arabic name, al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham. Yet, at the same time, “Daesh” can also be understood as a play on wordsand an insult.

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Get Your Vilification Here! Five Memes Posted By the Freedom From Atheism Foundation

Out of curiosity — and because it’s good to know what the other side is up to — I occasionally visit the Facebook page of the Freedom From Atheism Foundation. The group is getting close to its 500,000th “like.”

Below is a sampling of what all those fans see. Which meme is your favorite?

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Schocker: Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns In Expenses Scandal

Aaron Schock, a conservative Baptist, went down in ignominy today, after a journalist caught the Illinois congressman and GOP Boy Wonder doctoring his expense report.

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock resigned Tuesday, less than 12 hours after Politico raised questions about tens of thousands of dollars in mileage reimbursements he received for his personal vehicle.

Schock billed the federal government and his campaign for logging roughly 170,000 miles on his personal car between January 2010 and July 2014. But when he sold that Chevrolet Tahoe in July 2014, it had only roughly 80,000 miles on the odometer, according to public records obtained by Politico under Illinois open records laws. The documents, in other words, indicate he was reimbursed for 90,000 miles more than his car was ever driven.

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