Seven Children Perish In Brooklyn House Fire; NYFD Suspects That a Hot Plate, a Sabbath Loophole, Is To Blame

Because I wrote about it at the time, I’ve always remembered the dozens of fires that broke out during the early months of 2005 fires in Bedford Gardens, Brooklyn, a big apartment complex. That would have to be the work of a serial arsonist, right? Not so:

A fire caused by stovetop burners left on for Passover killed three boys as it whipped through a Brooklyn apartment before dawn yesterday, a few hours after the family had gone to bed at the end of a night of feasting, singing and celebrating. …

A fire official said that the Orthodox Jewish custom of leaving a flame burning during Sabbath and holidays has caused 35 kitchen fires at Bedford Gardens, the 600-unit apartment complex in Williamsburg, in the last several months.

Now, close to that same location, it’s happened again, and most likely for the same reason. This time the fire, which started early Saturday morning, engulfed a single-family house. Seven kids burned to death. The number of victims means that it’s the largest fire tragedy that New York City has seen since 2008.



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All Charges Dropped Against Woman Who Vandalized Satanic Display in Florida Capitol

Late last year, we learned that The Satanic Temple’s display in the Florida State Capitol Building had been vandalized.

It turned out that the vandal was Susan Hemeryck, a 54-year-old Tea Party activist who wore a shirt with the phrase “Catholic Warrior” on it.

At the time, she said this about her crime:

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A Compilation of Matt Dillahunty’s Best Arguments and Comebacks

Here’s a compilation of Matt Dillahunty‘s best arguments and comebacks. (Likely the first of many such videos.)



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This Humanist Group’s Inclusion on the AFA’s Bigotry Map is “Nothing Short of Saintly”

We already know reporters can’t seem to find any reason various Humanist/LGBT/AARP groups were included on the American Family Association’s “Bigotry Map.”

The American University Rationalists and Atheists (now known as the AU humanist Community) made the list — and they’re downright giddy about it:

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Human Trafficking is the Consequence of a “Godless Agenda,” Says Tony Perkins

Pop quiz: Which of the following is NOT found in Levitical law?

A) Prohibition against planting multiple types of crops in the same field

B) Mandated death for disrespectful children

C) Mandated death for slavers and those who fund them

D) Prohibition against seeking those who practice wizardry and have familiar spirits

If you answered C, a death penalty for slavers… you would be correct. It’s not found in Leviticus.

Which isn’t to say that Leviticus has nothing to say about slavery. On the contrary, Leviticus 25 spends plenty of time detailing… well… how to do it:

Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

Which, oddly, seems to be a piece of scripture missing from Family Research Council president Tony Perkins‘ Bible. You see, on his radio show Thursday, Perkins discussed the human trafficking bill that Republicans had slipped anti-abortion language into. The conversation, predictably, turned toward how we really just need more God in government, when a caller made a preposterous and counter-factual statement.

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