Turkish Journalists, Sentenced For Blasphemy, Get Two Years For Reprinting Charlie Hebdo Cover

Turkey is a secular state, but you’d never know it from this court verdict.

A Turkish court sentenced two journalists to two years in jail for blasphemy on Thursday, their newspaper said, after they reprinted a controversial cover from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo above their columns last year.


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Methodist Minister: Beheader Was Possessed By Demons, But After a Remote Exorcism He’s Totally Fine

In October of 2013, Aljar Swartz strangled, stabbed, and beheaded a 15-year-old boy near Cape Town, South Africa in order to sell the victim’s body parts to a sangoma (diviner) for purposes of, you know, magic.

Swartz’ defense in a court of law? He wasn’t really guilty, on account of being possessed by demons. So, as one does, he enlisted the right honorable Reverend Cecil Begbie to confirm that diagnosis.


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Here Are Aerial Images of Ken Ham’s Ark Under Construction. Notice Anything Un-Biblical?

You’ve probably seen the artist’s rendering of Ark Encounter, Ken Ham‘s Biblical theme park that focuses on Noah and the Great Flood. I’m posting it here to refresh your memory — followed by three stills from a drone-mounted video camera. The images, from November, show how the construction is progressing in the real world. Notice any differences?


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Christian Wife Asks For Prayers For Her Newly Atheist Husband. Can This Marriage Be Saved?

When Redditor LolHSV got married, he and his wife were both about “56 percent religious,” he says. Since then, his religiosity has sunk to the point where he now considers himself an atheist. Hers, in response, has increased to the point where she temporarily left her godless husband and stayed with her religious parents. She didn’t return until LolHSV threw Genesis 2:24 at her:

Leave thy father and mother and cleave unto thy wife, and the two shall become one flesh.

Clever move, but now what? The religious strife between them hasn’t abated. Yesterday, his spouse submitted a prayer request at church. This one:

OP_prayer reuyest

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“Moderate” Jordan Bans Lebanese Rock Group For Music That Contradicts Abrahamic Faiths

Et tu, Jordan?

Via the Associated Press:

Jordan has banned a performance by a popular Lebanese rock band on religious grounds, spurring criticism of the Western-allied kingdom, which portrays itself as an island of tolerance in a turbulent region.

Mashrou’ Leila (“Leila’s Project”) is known internationally for violin-laced pop music with catchy Arabic lyrics. Songs often tackle controversial subjects such as corruption, censorship, state violence and sexual freedom. …

The band is on a global tour promoting their latest album “Ibn El Leil” (“Son of the Night”), which boasts a cover image of a man with wings and a wolf mask. Some local media in Jordan blasted the imagery as Satanic.


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