Irish Priest Chases Away Attackers by ‘Boring Them’

If your idea of defending your home doesn’t involve a pistol or a baseball bat, take a cue from Father Arthur O’Neill.

Early Sunday morning, the Dublin priest woke to the sight of two burglars, one of whom was pointing a gun at his head.



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Congressman Rush Holt Once Again Recognizes Darwin Day in the House of Representatives

Yesterday, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) introduced H. Res. 467 (now available for viewing) on the floor of the House, expressing his support for the recognition of February 12th as Darwin Day:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="216"]Rep. Rush Holt being awesome[/caption]

“We’re pleased to join Rep. Holt again in support of a Congressional resolution honoring Darwin’s contributions to science and humanity,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “Too many people are being influenced by the dangerous creationism and so-called ‘intelligent design’ movements, and it’s time for others in Congress to stand up for true science.”

Last year, Holt introduced identical legislation as did Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA) in 2011:

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Only Pay Attention To the Part Above the Neckline: Pastor Warns the Ladies Against Looking Sensual

Pastor Paul Washer of HeartCry Missionary Society is determined to not let Muslim clerics have all the woman-oppressing fun. Claiming his own piece of that action, he’s letting everyone know in a YouTube video that Christian women whose clothes reveal the outline of their body are “sensual” and “wrong,” and that such interpretations of God’s will are “just logic.”

So, ladies — think baggy.

“God is not against beauty. He is against sensuality,” we hear Washer intone. “Your clothing is a frame for your face from which the Glory of God is to shine.”



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Medical Associations in Scandinavia Want To Stamp Out Ritual Circumcisions. Here’s Why I Might Oppose Such a Ban

European countries seem to be getting increasingly serious about ending the genital mutilation of children.

Four months ago, Eurocrats in Strasbourg overwhelmingly passed a resolution that called male ritual circumcision a “violation of the physical integrity of children.”

The resolution asked member states to

… “initiate a public debate, including intercultural and interreligious dialogue, aimed at reaching a large consensus on the rights of children to protection against violations of their physical integrity according to human rights standards” and to “adopt specific legal provisions to ensure that certain operations and practices will not be carried out before a child is old enough to be consulted.”

Practices covered by the resolution include female genital mutilation [and] the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons.



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Christian Movie’s Best Original Song Oscar Nomination Rescinded After Shady Campaign for Inclusion in the Category

Two weeks ago, when the Academy Award nominees were announced, there was a surprise inclusion in the category for Best Original Song: “Alone, Yet Not Alone” from a little-known Christian movie of the same name, written by Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel and sung by Joni Eareckson Tada.

The song was in a lineup that included “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and “Ordinary Love” by U2. Even Tada, a quadriplegic, was pleasantly shocked that the song made it in:

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