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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As You’d Expect, God Was Promoted on Century-Old Chalkboards Found in Oklahoma School

Over the weekend, workers at Emerson High School in Oklahoma discovered slate blackboards that still had writing on it from nearly a century ago.

It seems that Oklahoma circa 1917 isn’t very different from Oklahoma today, still promoting God:



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Ex-Muslim Student’s Op-Ed About Leaving Islam Removed Due to “Personal Safety Concerns”

Last week, the Daily Californian, an independent student-run newspaper serving the UC Berkeley campus, published a really terrific op-ed by a former Muslim:



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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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Going to Church? Hope You Were Prepared for It…

In a great clip from his special Freaked Out, comedian Tom Papa talks about taking his daughter to church for the first time:



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