Wealthy Indian Becomes Humble Monk During $15,000,000 Ceremony

Among the many things I remember from my days in the Jain religion was its philosophy of non-possessiveness (Aparigraha). You’re not supposed to be materialistic. As much as possible, you should try to live a frugal life.

So when Bhanwarlal Raghunath Doshi (below), who oversaw a billion-dollar plastics company, said he was going to become a Jain monk, a quiet simple ceremony to mark the occasion should have done the trick.

Instead, he opted for a lavish party costing more than 100 crore (well over $15 million USD):



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Here’s What Megyn Kelly Should Ask Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar During Their Interview

Fox News announced this weekend that Megyn Kelly would conduct the first interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar since it became publicly known that their eldest son Josh molested four of his sisters (and an additional girl) when he was younger.

The interview is scheduled to air Wednesday night.

Since Fox News always takes its programming notes from atheists, here are several questions I’d love to see Kelly ask the Duggars:

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Outgoing Nigerian President Bans Female Genital Mutilation in One of His Last Acts in Office

In March, Nigeria decided not to re-elect Goodluck Jonathan to another term as President. But he’s making the most of his final days in office, getting the government to pass a ban on female genital mutilation in the country:



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She Got Rid of Her Purity Ring and Then Tried to Find Her First Partner

Arla Knudsen was a purity-ring-wearing Christian… until she realized she just didn’t feel that way anymore. She told the New York Times about how she shed her faith and subsequently tried to overcome her virginity, too:



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Here’s a Kind of “New Atheism” We Can All Get Behind

Skepticon — the annual free atheist conference in Springfield, Missouri — is doing something radical for their eighth time around: They’re not inviting any speakers who have been on their stage before.



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