The Problem with Hell Houses

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the problem with Hell Houses.

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Prompted by Archangel, Schizophrenic Killer on “Mercy Mission” for God Sold Pastries With Human Flesh

A taste for religious retribution and a desire to punish evil led three people to kill female victims and use their flesh in pastries, a Brazilian court heard. So on Friday,

A jury in northeastern Brazil … delivered sentences of 20-23 years in prison for three people convicted of killing two women, eating parts of their bodies and using some of their flesh to make and sell stuffed pastries.

Jorge Beltrao Negromonte da Silveira was sentenced to 23 years in prison while his wife, Isabel Cristina Pires, and his mistress Bruna Cristina Oliveira da Silva received 20-year sentences.

Police said the three lured women to their house by promising them a job as a nanny.

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A Refreshingly No-Bullshit Take on Christian Opponents of the Death-With-Dignity Movement

Stripped of Biblical bromides and circumspect syllogisms, but infused with glorious sarcasm, here is the core belief of conservative Christians when they assail the Brittany Maynards of this world.

No One Should Have The Right To Die Until God Is Done Toying With Them

Who are we to say that our suffering has become too unbearable to go on living when God — who’s just looking for a little amusement — has weeks, months, or even years of agony lined up for us? Seriously, what kind of person ends his life before God’s batted him around a bit? He made us. He deserves a little fun.

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From the Account of a Survivor, Here’s the Fate of Many of the Yazidi Girls Kidnapped By the Islamic State

“Yazidi Girls Seized by ISIS Speak Out After Escape,” via the New York Times:

The 15-year-old girl, crying and terrified, refused to release her grip on her sister’s hand. Days earlier, Islamic State fighters had torn the girls from their family, and now were trying to split them up and distribute them as spoils of war.

The jihadist who had selected the 15-year-old as his prize pressed a pistol to her head, promising to pull the trigger. But it was only when the man put a knife to her 19-year-old sister’s neck that she finally relented, taking her next step in a dark odyssey of abduction and abuse at the hands of the Islamic State.

There are between five and seven thousand of these Yazidi female slaves who are forced to be at Islamist fighters’ beck and call. (As we learn of their fate, let’s try not to imagine too vividly what happened to the Yazidi boys and men.)

[The girls were] were taken to a three-story building crowded with hundreds of captives. The building functioned as a kind of clearinghouse. Islamic State fighters would stop by and take their pick of the girls and young women. Some, perhaps in a reflection of their lower rank, would take only one girl, while others took more, D. A. and other escapees said.

The men in this recent video, who are purported to be ISIS fighters, talk excitedly about visiting just such a slave facility.

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With Judge’s Ruling in Favor of “Traditional Healing,” a Child May Soon Fall Victim to Faith-Based Treatment

By now, you’re familiar with Makayla Sault (below), an 11-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The disease is treatable with two years of tough chemotherapy and has a nearly 90% survival rate… but Makayla no longer wanted to continue the chemo and her Ojibwe/First Nations parents were more than happy to oblige, seeking out useless faith-based treatments instead.

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