Updates on the Copenhagen Shootings — Dead Gunman Is Named as Known Danish Criminal Omar El-Hussein

ABC Australia:

The suspected gunman in two fatal shootings in Copenhagen has been named as 22-year-old Omar El-Hussein, who police said had a history of gang-related violence.

Police raided an internet café close to where El-Hussein was killed and said he may have been inspired by the Islamist attacks in Paris a month ago. Local reports said El-Hussein had been released from prison two weeks ago for assault. Investigators believed he was to blame for killing two men in separate gun attacks — one at a cafe where a debate on Islam and free speech was held, and another at the city’s main synagogue.

The Telegraph (U.K.):

[El-Hussein] was a Danish-born 22-year-old known to police because of past violence, gang-related activities and possession of weapons, police said in a statement on Sunday. …

The Danish Film Institute says the 55-year-old man killed in a shooting at a free speech event in Copenhagen was documentary filmmaker Finn Noergaard. The institute’s chief Henrik Bo Nielsen says he was shocked and angry to find out Noergaard was gunned down while attending a discussion on art and free speech. Noergaard directed and produced documentaries for Danish television, including the 2004 “Boomerang boy” about an Australian boy’s dreams to become a world boomerang champion, and the 2008 “Le Le” about Vietnamese immigrants in Denmark.



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New Australian Cooking Show Features Two Hilarious Atheist Hosts (One of Whom Is “Food Intolerant”)

Earlier this week, the two women behind a web-based cooking comedy, Oz actors and directors Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan, launched all six existing episodes at once on YouTube. I binge-watched all of them yesterday and am smitten. Acerbic, zany, and more than a little neurotic (McCartney, having “a largely ornamental gut,” is “food intolerant”), the Katering Show is the parody that Martha Stewart and Paula Deen have richly deserved for a long time.

In the final episode, below, the Kates, who say they’re atheists, take on preparing the traditional Christmas family feast — but without their families. That’s because, as McLellan says,

“… those family Christmases are private, and not to be discussed or filmed, we’re being told by our families’ lawyers.”

Beware: There’s intra-host hostility, diarrhea-causing holly, and turkey fisting.



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Fifty Shades of Grey Just Beat Out Passion of the Christ for Biggest February Opening Day Ever

If Christians weren’t already flipping out over Fifty Shades of Grey, this should do it:

Universal is reporting a Friday estimate of $30.2M for Fifty Shades Of Grey, making it the highest February opening day ever, beating Newmarket’s Passion Of The Christ which opened on Ash Wednesday 2004 with $26.6M.


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Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Conviction of Mother Who Attempted to Heal Her Daughter’s Cancer with Prayer

In early 2002, a doctor told 15-year-old Jessica Crank she needed to go to an emergency room because of what was later diagnosed as Ewing’s Sarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor. Instead of doing that, her mother Jacqueline Crank turned to Jesus.

Jessica died later that year.

Tennessee law has a section with definitions for aggravated child abuse and neglect that includes a religious exemption:

Nothing in this part shall be construed to mean a child is abused, neglected, or endangered, or abused, neglected or endangered in an aggravated manner, for the sole reason the child is being provided treatment by spiritual means through prayer alone, in accordance with the tenets or practices of a recognized church or religious denomination by a duly accredited practitioner of the recognized church or religious denomination, in lieu of medical or surgical treatment.

Because a trial court judge said Jacqueline Crank didn’t qualify for this exemption (since a duly accredited practitioner didn’t provide the spiritual treatment), she was given a sentence of nearly one year of unsupervised probation. (Hardy a punishment given what happened to her daughter.)

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Campaigner Against Fifty Shades Movie Claims That S&M Games Are “Brutality” — “No Woman Wants That”

It always amazes me that busybodies like Ohio activist Lynn Stevens don’t simply say “Thanks, that’s not for me.” Instead, their goody-goody view seems to be, “I don’t like it, and other people shouldn’t either.”

Lynn Stevens has been watching in horror as her friends make plans to see Fifty Shades of Grey, a film that tells the story of a recent college graduate involved with a man who introduces her to sadomasochism. “My stance is empowering women, not overpowering women,” said Stevens, who directs We Are Cherished Ohio, a group that takes the Christian message to women who work in the sex industry.

The film… “glamorizes and glorifies domestic violence” and creates a romantic image of a man who abuses and manipulates women, she said. “And that’s not a love story in any sense of the word.”

It certainly can be to people of either gender who safely and consensually engage in dominance and submission.

By the way, have you ever heard of BDSM aficionados visiting churches or prayer groups, trying to convert people away from plain-vanilla sex? Me neither. Why does this type of meddling only work one way? Why is it OK for Stevens and her posse to do what they would find offensive if it were done to them?



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