Pakistani Court Upholds Death Penalty for Christian Woman Accused of Blasphemy; Muslim Extremists Rejoice

In 2009, a Christian woman named Aasiya Noreen (a.k.a. Asia Bibi, below) got in a fight with Muslim co-workers over shared water — they said it was unclean because Noreen was Christian. A fight began, during which Noreen said she would not covert to Islam, a statement her co-workers took as an insult to their faith and the Prophet Muhammad, and the bizarre argument led to incredibly serious consequences: A Pakistani judge sentenced her to death.

Despite conflicting testimonies and a complete lack of evidence for what happened, Noreen remained in prison for five years until her case could be appealed to the Lahore High Court (similar to a U.S. Appeals Court). Late last week, a two-judge panel issued their ruling:

In spite of protests within Pakistan and abroad against the country’s blasphemy laws, the Lahore High Court today upheld the death sentence for a Christian mother accused of insulting Islam’s prophet.

You’ve got to be shitting me… how is that even possible?

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Debunking the Viral Video of a Plane Landing on a Truck

There’s an old video on YouTube that could use a good debunking. You may have seen it before. It involves a plane with broken landing gear and a truck swooping in to save the day:

It’s very much not real, but I love how Captain Disillusion — who makes some of the best videos about skepticism you’ll ever see — explains both the pitfalls of the video and how we can spot these ads before they go viral.



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God’s Not Dead 2 Will Be Out Next Year, Says Studio Head

The movie that featured a comical caricature of an atheist college professor will soon be resurrected:



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Church Sign of the Day

Here’s some unsolicited advice for church leaders in southern Missouri, where this picture was taken:

Have some teenagers proofread your signs. It’s for the best.

(via Anna Nimity)

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Amy Poehler’s Next Show May Be About an Agnostic Woman Who Inherits a Church

… and that headline’s pretty much all we know about it. Deadline has the bare-bones story:



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