Ontario Medical College Adopts New Rule Saying Doctors May Not Refuse Service on Moral or Religious Grounds

Last year, in Canada,

[D]octors in two major cities made national headlines by denying medical care based on religious grounds.

First,

A Calgary doctor working at a walk-in clinic who refused to prescribe contraception based on her personal beliefs posted a sign in the window informing patients “that the physician on duty today will not prescribe the birth control pill.” Women looking for the pill were instead provided with a list of other clinics willing to prescribe it.

Then,

Three family doctors in Ottawa were also refusing to provide artificial contraception in any form, including the “morning after pill.”

To put an end to this morass of conflicting moral and religious beliefs, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario announced Friday after a 21-3 vote that the personal opinions of a doctor may not hinder a patient’s access to care. Medical staff who refuse certain services, including the prescription of birth control, could face disciplinary consequences.



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Muslim Lawyer in India Files Suit to Allow Marriage to Underage Girls

Oh noes! The religious freedom to marry children is under attack in India!

On Thursday, Justice C T Selvam had disallowed marriage of a 15-year-old Muslim girl, saying, “This court cannot, and would not, pass an order by virtue of which little girls become child brides.”

Stung by the court’s ongoing meddling in the affairs of Muslims,

On Friday, Madurai-based advocate M Mohamed Abbas filed a PIL [public interest litigation, intended for the protection of the public interest] faulting government officials who had foiled the marriage of a 16-year-old girl.



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Egyptian Apostate, Accused of Blasphemy, Wants to Flee Abroad: “Life Is Not Possible For Atheists Here”

Today, Karim al-Banna will learn if an appeals court has decided to affirm his three-year jail term for “insulting” Islam. If he doesn’t have to stay behind bars, Al-Banna, a former Muslim Brotherhood member who became an atheist, would like to leave the country. Egypt, he says, is a horribly inhospitable place for a non-believer.

All I want now is to leave Egypt. Life is not possible for atheists here,” the 23-year-old engineering student told AFP from his home in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. If he loses the appeal over his self-declared atheism on Facebook, Banna’s last resort would be Egypt’s cassation court. Arrested in November, he was released on bail after having spent 55 days behind bars. “It was like living in a tomb,” he said.

Even his own father betrayed him, testifying against his son to avoid being tainted by the “scandal” surrounding al-Banna.



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This Year, Religious Fraudsters Will Bag a Record $50 Billion — “a Huge Jump,” Says the Trinity Foundation

A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon we’re talking about real money.

The Trinity Foundation noted that for 2015 alone it’s estimated that international religious fraud will exceed donations to global missions. “The researchers estimate 2015 missions funding at $45 billion, with religious fraud projected to exceed that at $50 billion, a huge jump over last year’s $39 billion,” stated the foundation.

Unfortunately, the Trinity Foundation (TTF) more or less shares its name with Trinity Broadcasting, the televangelism network founded by smarmy shyster Paul Crouch. To be clear, TTF is on the other end of the scale. The Dallas-based group, itself founded on Christian principles, is a time-tested religious-fraud watchdog that has brought down fraudulent TV preachers such as Robert Tilton (and not for excessive flatulence).

According to Friday’s article about TTF in the Christian Post,

… the foundation has decided to expand its investigations worldwide.

The plans are gestational and a bit vague, but I hope they come to fruition:



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On a Berlin Stage, Writers with Islamic-Sounding Names Turn Hate Mail Into Raucous Laughter

Watching the videos of Richard Dawkins reading his hate mail was an unexpected pleasure.

Sometimes, that’s the best you can do with nasty insults and vicious invective — defang them by spinning the tar into comedy gold. That’s exactly what these folks decided to do:

When it comes to you Muslims,” Hasnain Kazim tells the audience, “we Germans are going to pick up where we left off with the Jews. It would please me if the first time we meet is when your smoke is rising out of the chimney.”

You might expect such malignance to reap a stunned silence, or gasps.

But Kazim, a 40-year-old journalist with Spiegel Online, is treated to rollicking laughter and applause instead. This, after all, is Hate Poetry night in Berlin, an opportunity for a troupe of German journalists, all of whom have vaguely Muslim-sounding names, to read out some of the more creatively despicable messages clogging up their inboxes.

Disturbingly, each has plenty to choose from, and the fountain of hatred flows late into the evening, with insults like these: “I have nothing against Muslims as long as the only place they are staying is at the local cemetery.”



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