Allahu Ak-beard: Muslim Prisoner, Represented by Hobby Lobby Law Firm, Asks the Supremes to OK His Facial Hair

A Muslim inmate is fighting all the way up to the Supreme Court to force U.S. prisons to give the thumbs up to religious beards:

The new case was brought by an Arkansas inmate, Gregory H. Holt, who is serving a life sentence for burglary and domestic battery. Mr. Holt, also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, sought to grow a half-inch beard.

More than 40 state prison systems allow such beards, which are shorter than a dime. Most allow longer ones. The exceptions, according to Mr. Holt’s brief, are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

Prison officials have explained that the no-beards policy exists to promote security and safety.



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At Anti-Abortion Rally, Non-Religious Speaker Urges Audience to Accept Atheists Who Share Their Views

At a recent pro-life (or anti-abortion or whatever you want to call it) rally in California, Monica Snyder of the group Secular Pro-Life urged the audience not to forget about the non-religious demographic when making their arguments:



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Should the United States Attempt to Kill ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islam’s Self-Proclaimed New Caliph?

In the New Republic, Graeme Wood explains what the Islamic State’s ostensible caliphate means to Muslims the world over:

The word khalifa means “successor” (to Muhammad), and as such, a rightful caliph can demand the allegiance of all Muslims. But historically, an applicant for the job has had to fulfill a few conditions. He (always he) must be Muslim, fully grown, devout, sane, and physically whole.



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Indiana Governor Says State Park’s Sculpture of a Kneeling Soldier in Front of a Christian Cross Can Stay Put

The Christian sculpture at Whitewater Memorial State Park in Liberty, Indiana that caused so much controversy can stay right where it is, says Indiana Department of Natural Resources director Cameron Clark. And Governor Mike Pence is backing him up:



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August Was a Great Month For God and His Son Appearing in Clouds… and on a Moth

A little roundup:

God’s face appeared in a cloud over a soon-to-be-demolished drive-in movie theater that was showing (this gives me chills, people!) God’s Not Dead. He’s perched over the girl’s left shoulder, looking like the product of a supernatural tryst between a drunk Dionysus and Charles Darwin.



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