After Judge Stops Rowan County (NC) Commissioners from Praying to Jesus at Meetings, They Vote to Appeal Ruling

I recently posted about the Rowan County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina and how they used to pray to Jesus at virtually every meeting.

U.S. District Judge James Beaty Jr. ruled last month that the Commissioners were violating the law and continued to do so every time they uttered a Christian prayer. (The legal thing to do would be to open up the invocations to people of all faiths and no faith.)

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A Fox News Expert Actually Said Some Sensible Things About the Duggars

Dr. Keith Ablow (center, below) is Fox News Channel’s go-to medical expert… meaning his job is to give you the worst possible advice in a given situation.

Abortion? Men ought to veto a woman’s choice.

Transgender people? They’ve bullied America into accepting things that aren’t true.

Gay marriage? It’ll lead to polygamy and incest.

But when he was brought on to discuss Josh Duggar‘s wandering hands and the family in general, he offered the most sensible take on the matter, challenging the counselors Josh Duggar was taken to, raising good points about the family’s version of the story, and questioning the parents’ wisdom in general.

It helps that Ablow was talking to Pastor Robert Jeffress and host Sean Hannity, two men who make everyone else around them sound smart. But when Ablow is the voice of reason, that’s pretty scary. Start listening at 6:01 to see Jeffress start flipping out:

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Israeli Army Punishes Soldier for Bringing Ham Sandwiches Onto the Base, Then Apologizes After Backlash

When a Boston-born soldier moved overseas to join the Israeli army, I’m pretty sure sharing his grandmother’s sandwiches was the last thing he thought he’d ever get punished for.

But because those sandwiches had ham in them, the soldier was sentenced to 11 days in military prison.

The soldier says he just wasn’t aware of the strict dietary restrictions.

It was only after an outcry that the Israel Defense Forces lessened his punishment:

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Saudi Court Upholds Raif Badawi’s Sentence of 1,000 Lashes and 10 Years in Jail for “Insulting Islam”

30-year-old Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi was punished in 2013 for starting a progressive website that called for, among other things, religious tolerance and women’s rights. That was insulting to Islam, his critics said, and earlier this year, he received the first 50 of his 1,000 lashes punishment. That was in addition to 10 years in jail and a 1,000,000 Saudi riyal fine (about $266,000).

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Justice Antonin Scalia Suggests Humanity Is Only 5,000 Years Old

On Thursday night, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke at the high school graduation ceremony for the students at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (where his granddaughter attends).

While most of it was uneventful, this comment was eyebrow-raising:

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