From the Account of a Survivor, Here’s the Fate of Many of the Yazidi Girls Kidnapped By the Islamic State

“Yazidi Girls Seized by ISIS Speak Out After Escape,” via the New York Times:

The 15-year-old girl, crying and terrified, refused to release her grip on her sister’s hand. Days earlier, Islamic State fighters had torn the girls from their family, and now were trying to split them up and distribute them as spoils of war.

The jihadist who had selected the 15-year-old as his prize pressed a pistol to her head, promising to pull the trigger. But it was only when the man put a knife to her 19-year-old sister’s neck that she finally relented, taking her next step in a dark odyssey of abduction and abuse at the hands of the Islamic State.

There are between five and seven thousand of these Yazidi female slaves who are forced to be at Islamist fighters’ beck and call. (As we learn of their fate, let’s try not to imagine too vividly what happened to the Yazidi boys and men.)

[The girls were] were taken to a three-story building crowded with hundreds of captives. The building functioned as a kind of clearinghouse. Islamic State fighters would stop by and take their pick of the girls and young women. Some, perhaps in a reflection of their lower rank, would take only one girl, while others took more, D. A. and other escapees said.

The men in this recent video, who are purported to be ISIS fighters, talk excitedly about visiting just such a slave facility.

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With Judge’s Ruling in Favor of “Traditional Healing,” a Child May Soon Fall Victim to Faith-Based Treatment

By now, you’re familiar with Makayla Sault (below), an 11-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The disease is treatable with two years of tough chemotherapy and has a nearly 90% survival rate… but Makayla no longer wanted to continue the chemo and her Ojibwe/First Nations parents were more than happy to oblige, seeking out useless faith-based treatments instead.

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You’re Not a Real Muslim. And That Guy Isn’t Either. Nor That One Over There. Why? Because I Say So

The New York Times article about the Yazidi girls used as sex slaves brought lots of people to the paper’s Facebook page, putting in the obligatory word in defense of Islam. More specifically, the action of the fighters of the Islamic State have nothing to do with Islam, they swore.

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Freethinker Faceoff for Camp Quest

Camp Quest, the summer camp for children of atheist parents, is raising some much-needed funds by creating a deck of cards featuring famous freethinkers. But they don’t know which ones will appear on the face cards. That’s where you come in.

It begins with the single head-to-head match-ups:

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Help the Pennsylvania Nonbelievers Feed the Hungry

The Pennsylvania Nonbelievers are working with a non-profit called End Hunger NE to pack food for the hungry, something they’ll do at their upcoming PAStAHCon conference.

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