Iran, Mindful of Islamic Doctrine, Contemplates Punishing Pet Lovers For Owning and Walking Their Dogs

Thirty-two members of the Iranian parliament are currently pushing a bill that proposes this:

… walking dogs, trading them or keeping them at home will be punishable by 74 lashes or a fine of 1m to 10m Tomans [an equivalent of $320 to $3,200].

The bill says that

Walking and playing with animals such as dogs and monkeys outdoors and in public places are harmful to the health and the peace of other people, especially kids and women, and are against our Islamic culture.



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Ohio House Bill Would Undermine the Teaching of Evolution

Ohio’s House Bill 597 would amend existing education law to include this bit about science:

The standards in science shall be based in core existing disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics; incorporate grade-level mathematics and be referenced to the mathematics standards; focus on academic and scientific knowledge rather than scientific processes; and encourage students to analyze, critique, and review, in an objective manner, the scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the standards.

That’s all code for “teach kids that evolution is questioned by credible scientists”… which it’s not.

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Poll Worker Ousted for Saying “God Bless You” to Everyone

There are a couple of simple rules for those working the polls on Election Day: Don’t talk about politics. Don’t talk about religion. You get the idea.

Ruth Provencal broke those rules during September’s primaries in Derry, New Hampshire by saying “God bless you” to voters.

That’s why she was asked not to work during Tuesday’s elections:

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“In God We Trust” Resolution Rescinded in Humboldt (CA) After Atheists Threaten Lawsuit

Earlier this week, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors (in California) scheduled a vote to display the phrase “In God We Trust” in the county chambers. The proposal was introduced by Supervisor Rex Bohn (below):



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More Than 20 Years Later, a Jesus Fish Symbol is Covered Up on a War Memorial in Missouri

More than 20 years ago, a war memorial went up outside the Boone County courthouse in Missouri.

It honored veterans of Operation Desert Storm… and had a Jesus Fish at the bottom of it:



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