Murder of Three Employees Cows Liberal Pakistani Newspaper Into Near-Silence About Violent Fundamentalism

The Press Tribune newspaper was supposed to be a voice for liberal Pakistanis who’d had it with their country’s Islamist thugs. A partner of the New York Times, the Tribune launched four years ago, covering topics that most of the country’s conservative-leaning press wouldn’t touch.

It was a brave initiative, and eventually, the Pakistani Taliban responded the only way it knows how. With bullets.

Six weeks ago, three employees of the media group that owns the Press Tribune were shot to death. Not surprisingly,

The attack was later claimed by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a large coalition of militant groups, which accused the media group of disseminating anti-Taliban propaganda.

No arrests were made, which was par for the course. The police hadn’t nabbed any perpetrators in earlier attacks against the newspaper either:

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Vicar of Indian Church Says Men Can Only Get Married There If They Prove They Can Produce Sperm

If you’re a man and you want to get married in the Santa Cruz Basilica (pictured below) at Fort Kochi, India, Catholic vicar Francis Fernandez would like to make sure you can produce sperm. So says this article from the New India Express. The vicar requires that you undergo a “potency test,” which I infer means the proven ability to ejaculate, as one quoted expert questions the efficacy of such tests by saying

Some can’t stimulate themselves under artificial circumstances.”



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Louisiana Pastor Accused of Repeatedly Raping Mentally Challenged Women After Her Father Offered Her For Sex

When a man of God meets a mentally challenged young woman who has the brain capacity of a seven-year-old, what ensues? It doesn’t appear to have been Christian love in the case of Baton Rouge pastor David “Scott” Lemley. Lemley allegedly decided to rape her on several occasions because his own wife had been sick and sexually unavailable.

Can it get worse? Yes: The victim’s own father offered her to Lemley, police say.

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Quiverfull-Friendly Minister Placed on Leave After 34 Sexual Harassment Allegations

In a dramatic (if commonplace) turn of events, a prominent Christian luminary who advocated home-schooling, traditional gender roles, and purity before marriage has been removed from his position following allegations of sexual misconduct.

At least 34 women who have been involved with the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) over the past 40 years claim they have been sexually harassed by the ministry’s founder, Bill Gothard (no, really, that’s his last name). He has also been accused of molestation and failure to report child abuse.

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The Best Way To Lure ‘Unchurched’ Men to Jesus? Kentucky Baptist Convention Says It’s With Free Guns and Steak

From the Onion the Courier-Journal:

In an effort its spokesman has described as “outreach to rednecks,” the Kentucky Baptist Convention is leading “Second Amendment Celebrations,” where churches around the state give away guns as door prizes to lure in nonbelievers in hopes of converting them to Christ.

As many as 1,000 people are expected at the next one, on Thursday at Lone Oak Baptist Church in Paducah, where they will be given a free steak dinner and the chance to win one of 25 handguns, long guns and shotguns.



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