Islamic Advisory Council in Pakistan Says Girls Should Be Permitted to Marry at Any Age

The prophet Mohammed famously married a six- or seven-year-old, Aisha, and consummated the marriage when the girl was nine or ten.

Even Muslim theocracies can’t get away with that kind of child rape anymore, so they’ve made concessions to modernity and raised the marriageable age of girls. In Pakistan, it’s officially 16 — but many of the nation’s top clerics now say that’s an un-Islamic innovation that ought to be reversed.

They want no marriageable age set by law. None.



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The Differences Between the Secular and Religious Arguments Against Abortion

Libby Anne offered a very interesting response to the guest post by Kristine Kruszelnicki by explaining how Kruszelnicki’s secular arguments against abortion really aren’t all that different from the religious arguments against abortion that Libby Anne grew up with:



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A Rebuttal to the Pro-Life Atheist

Blogger Avicenna at A Million Gods offers a point-by-point rebuttal to the guest post from pro-life Humanist Kristine Kruszelnicki that I think is well worth reading:



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BBC News Looks at Faith Healers — Skeptically

A BBC reporter looks into the healing power of prayer and is oddly unimpressed.

“Can I put my hand on your face?”, asks Alun Leppitt.

Alun is the pastor of a Pentecostal church in Southampton. He’s a burly man who works as a video editor to pay the bills, but his passion is curing people through the power of prayer. I don’t have much wrong with me apart from a nagging mouth ulcer, but he’s willing to give it a go.

“We command this mouth ulcer to go, in the name of Jesus,” he says, palm on my cheek. “We command any pain, infection or trauma to go.”

I don’t like to disappoint Alun, but I can’t feel any difference. He has two more attempts but there’s no change.



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Who Needs God When You Have Science?

Brandon Fibbs has a beautiful post at On Faith about how Carl Sagan took his faith away and replaced it with something so much better:



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