Bible-Loving Dad Is Accused of Shackling Teen Daughter in Basement, With a Bucket For a Toilet

Today’s story of God’s love and forgiveness comes to you via the Toledo Blade:

“A 13-year-old girl [was] rescued from a North Toledo home where she said she was kept shackled in a basement for as long as a year.”


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Saudi Man Shoots Male Obstetrician For Assisting Birth, Seeing Wife’s Nether Regions

What better way to welcome a new life into the family than to shoot the obstetrician who oversaw the delivery?


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More Frequent Porn-Watching Can Boost Religiosity, Researcher Finds

Religious people can finally watch a ton of porn and feel pious about it. A little porn won’t do, but a lot of it might really deepen their commitment to religion.

In the latest issue of the Journal of Sex Research, Sociologist Samuel L. Perry of the University of Oklahoma writes that, on the whole, the correlation between pornography use and religiosity runs as most of us probably expect:


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The Catholic Church in New York State Paid Lobbyists a Fortune To Quash Anti-Child-Sex Bill

The New York State Catholic Conference is an organization that represents the state’s bishops in the legislative process, its website says,

“… to shape laws and policies that pursue social justice, respect for life and the common good.”

But just wait till you hear what they did.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

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Head of German Protestant Church Wants to See Islam Taught in Nation’s Schools. Should It Be?

I don’t have the answers, but I sure have a lot of questions.

Should all pupils in Germany’s state schools get educated in the tenets of Islam? If so, what version of Islam is the correct one that schoolchildren must internalize? Sunni Islam? Shiite Islam? Salafi Islam? Wahhabi Islam? Ahmadiyya Islam? Sunni Islam alone has five main sub-sects (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, Hanbalites, and Ẓāhirī), and all those f(r)actions have splinters. Who will decide, for the purposes of German schools, what the proper theology is?


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