Spanish College Reverses Decision to Force Students to Attend an Exorcism Seminar

If you ever needed proof that a bizarre claim is easily spread, while the distribution of the “never mind” update gains no traction at all, this is it.

Last week, El Diario in Spain reported that students at that country’s University College of Barberán would be required to attend a seminar by a priest, José Antonio Fortea Cucurull (below), on the topic of Evil. More specifically, Cucurull, who does the first two syllables of his name proud, was planning to talk to the students about how to fight demons and spirits; he is, after all, a professional exorcist.

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Priest Ousted for Sexual Misconduct with a Girl In His Care is Now In Charge of Pregnant-Teen Agency

Seven years ago, the Archdiocese of Detroit booted the Rev. Kenneth Kaucheck from public ministry,

… after church officials determined he had sexual misconduct in the 1970s with a 16-year-old girl he was counseling as a priest. … Prosecutors declined to press charges against Kaucheck in 2009 [when the misconduct came to light] because they said the girl was at the age of legal consent.

Well, guess who’s back in the saddle.

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Forced Apart by Christian Parents’ Hatred of One Gay Son, Brothers Reunite, And It’s Amazing

Decades ago, a young kid we’ll call Justin (he’s the Redditor I mentioned) lost his older brother — let’s say his name was Mark. They had a strong bond, but Mark just vanished once day, and Justin couldn’t understand why. Their parents went to the police and the story of the older boy’s disappearance was on the local news, but the investigation was soon abandoned for reasons that Justin didn’t quite grasp.

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Many years later, when Justin was playing the last days with Mark through his mind, he developed a hunch. Mark, he suddenly remembered, had been hanging out with a man much their senior. Justin had even seen them kissing and hugging one day, but, being a kid, he hadn’t thought much of it. Maybe, he thought, Mark’s fate, whatever it was, had something to do with that mystery man. He tried to put it out of his mind.

It didn’t stay that way for long.

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Forced Thai Worship of the King Reaches New Low: Maid Arrested For Two-Letter Facebook Message

When a military junta took power from the secular government in Thailand two years ago, it seemed obvious that civil liberties in the country would erode. But even the most pessimistic predictions have been eclipsed when it comes to what citizens may say about King Bhumibol Adulyadej and other members of the royal household. Prosecutions of people who are deemed to have insulted the monarchy are now a dime a dozen.

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In an especially Orwellian twist, none of the so-called insults may be publicly reported and discussed, so that the Thai have no idea what they may and may not say about the royals, other than expressions of outright reverence.

Meanwhile, prosecutors’ skins just keep getting thinner. Even the single word “ja” (“yeah”) in a private Facebook message could draw a multi-year prison sentence:

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I Read the Indescribably Racist Comments at FOX News, and Now I Need A Shower

Hoaxes have always fascinated me, especially the kind where people lie about having been the victim of a violent attack. Most often, it seems, the motive is to garner sympathy for the ethnic or religious group they belong to. Sometimes it’s to cast the blame for a crime elsewhere.

For these two African-American college students, who falsely claimed to be victims of an assault by a group of white people on a bus, it was probably a little bit of both. Their lie was despicable, and deserves every criticism it gets.

OK, wait — not every criticism. I just made the mistake of scrolling down to the comments section below that article. It’s like taking a dive in a pool filled with shit and barbed wire: painful and beyond repulsive.

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