Islamic Advisory Council in Pakistan Says Girls Should Be Permitted to Marry at Any Age

The prophet Mohammed famously married a six- or seven-year-old, Aisha, and consummated the marriage when the girl was nine or ten.

Even Muslim theocracies can’t get away with that kind of child rape anymore, so they’ve made concessions to modernity and raised the marriageable age of girls. In Pakistan, it’s officially 16 — but many of the nation’s top clerics now say that’s an un-Islamic innovation that ought to be reversed.

They want no marriageable age set by law. None.



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BBC News Looks at Faith Healers — Skeptically

A BBC reporter looks into the healing power of prayer and is oddly unimpressed.

“Can I put my hand on your face?”, asks Alun Leppitt.

Alun is the pastor of a Pentecostal church in Southampton. He’s a burly man who works as a video editor to pay the bills, but his passion is curing people through the power of prayer. I don’t have much wrong with me apart from a nagging mouth ulcer, but he’s willing to give it a go.

“We command this mouth ulcer to go, in the name of Jesus,” he says, palm on my cheek. “We command any pain, infection or trauma to go.”

I don’t like to disappoint Alun, but I can’t feel any difference. He has two more attempts but there’s no change.



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God Strikes Pastor Dead in Church in the Middle of His Infidelity Confession

Pastor Bobby Davis was loyal to his Miracle Faith World Outreach Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which he’d founded and where he’d served for 47 years. A certified marriage therapist, David had been married for 50. Last Sunday, he unburdened himself, telling his flock that he had committed infidelity. Shouting ensued, so loud that it could be heard outside the church. Then, Davis collapsed, never to wake up.

A congregation loudly confronted its long-time pastor about his alleged infidelity during a service — and in the midst of their yelling the pastor dropped dead.



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A Draft For All; Israel Finally Passes Law Forcing the Ultra-Orthodox to Stop Shirking Their Military Duty

Ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students in Israel have been exempt from serving in the country’s military since the nation’s founding. Military service is mandatory for both the irreligious and the moderately devout; but ultra-Orthodox Jews claim that when their children study the scriptures, they’re doing more important work for the country’s safety than those who serve as Hamas fodder.

“Let the other families sacrifice their children instead,” has been the thinking in these circles. “Ours are just too godly.”

But after years of debates and legislative wrangling, the free ride is over, reports the Huffington Post:

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Pat Robertson Says Watching Horror Movies or Porn Could Cause a Demon to Enter You and Crash Your Car

A 700 Club viewer named Michele revealed that soon after she’d watched a horror film, she got into a traffic accident. And she wondered:

“Did watching a creepy movie cause a curse, or the Lord’s protection to be lifted from me? Did I grieve the Holy Spirit?”

Host Pat Robertson wouldn’t be surprised if that’s exactly what had happened to Michele, he said.



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