Obama Administration Bends Over Backwards (Again) to Accommodate Religious Opposition to Birth Control Coverage

Remember when we thought the Supreme Court had only allowed an exception to the contraception mandate to closely-held businesses?

They were just kidding about that.

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Convert or Die: In Group Ceremony, Yazidis Swear Off Their Religion and Pledge to Worship Allah

Forced conversions to Islam are as old as the religion itself.

I’ve never understood why it works. Wouldn’t you quietly seethe with anger or stew in resentment over having been made to give up the sacred beliefs that you and your forefathers swore by?

I’m not puzzled by what brings about acute forced conversions. The threat of imprisonment, beatings, torture, rape, outcast status, and/or burdensome religious taxes ought to do it. But I don’t follow why the imposed religion ultimately takes hold, often within a generation. Virtually none of the African people who were captured and brought to North America as slaves were originally Christians. But they soon internalized forced Christianity to such an extent that, in the United States, they became regarded as exemplars of piety. Later, in our time, it emerged that

African-Americans are markedly more religious [that is, Christian] on a variety of measures than the U.S. population as a whole, including level of affiliation with a religion, attendance at religious services, frequency of prayer, and religion’s importance in life.

It would be wonderful if forced conversions were futile because people’s deeply-held religious beliefs (or the absence of any god belief at all) are impervious to brutal coercion. But chances are good that the Yazidis in this ISIS video, who are filmed as they are forced to swear loyalty to Islam (skip to 5:56), will be faithful Muslims in a dozen years or fewer. Their children almost certainly will be, if ISIS isn’t beaten back.

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Oklahoma Archbishop Drops Lawsuit After Satanists Return Consecrated Communion Wafers

I posted the other day about how Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley filed a lawsuit against the Satanic group planning a Black Mass because he said they stole a consecrated communion wafer.

Yesterday, Adam Daniel and his Dakhma of Angra Mainyu group put a stop to the lawsuit by turning over any communion wafers they were planning to use.

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British ISIS Fan Aims To Become the First Woman To Cut Off a Western Hostage’s Head

Via the Telegraph, proof that women in Islam are perhaps equal to men after all:

A female jihadist from London has vowed to become the first female to behead a western prisoner in Syria.

Khadijah Dare, who is originally from Lewisham in south east London, took to Twitter to celebrate the brutal murder of American journalist James Foley.

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The Armagayddon is Coming Soon

In a hilarious promotional video for Ireland’s LGBT Noise March for Marriage, this straight couple talks about the horrors that will befall them if gay marriage is legalized:

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