When an Orthodox-Jewish marriage ends, under Judaic law, only the husband has the power to pronounce a divorce. That is, he is the one who has to provide his estranged wife with a get, a document that proves that she is newly unattached and allowed to move on with her life. Frequently, if the relationship is toxic enough, the husband flat-out refuses, often out of spite, and/or so that he can use the get as a bargaining chip in disputes over alimony or child custody. It happens often enough that it’s almost unremarkable, but a California man called Israel Meir Kin has just taken this kind of male privilege to new heights.
Jewish Bigamist Is Picketed At His Own Wedding For Not Giving His First Wife the Traditional Divorce Document
In a fascinating story for the New Yorker — subtitled “How not to negotiate with believers” — Malcolm Gladwell takes us back to the tragedy in Waco more than two decades ago, when 76 members of the Branch Davidian sect were killed (many of them children), and suggests that the massacre could have been avoided if we just tried to learn more about their religious beliefs instead of simply dismissing them for being so ludicrous:
‘God’s Not Dead’ Didn’t Have a Horrible Opening Weekend at the Box Office… and That Should Terrify All of Us
According to Box Office Mojo, one of the highest-grossing movies this weekend was… God’s Not Dead:
That would be the Christian movie starring Kevin “Hercules” Sorbo. He plays a godless college professor trying to indoctrinate his students into losing their faith… until he runs into one brave Christian. It’s one of those movies ripped right from the pages of Snopes.
Christopher Hitchens is still publishing books years after his death. Simon & Schuster will be releasing Why Religion is Immoral: And Other Interventions this November. It’s not clear whether this is a compilation of material we’ve seen before or a never-published book that Hitchens was working on before his death, but it’s available for pre-order right now.