Can’t Turn Off Your Lights on the Sabbath? No Problem. Just Ask the Local Police to Do It For You

Lakewood, New Jersey is home to about 60,000 Orthodox Jews who take the “resting on Sabbath Day” rule very seriously. That means, among other things, that they don’t use modern technology between Friday evening and Saturday evening.

So what happens when they need to turn off the lights or drive to get some groceries?

They’re enlisting the help of local law enforcement:



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They Must Sing These Songs at Camp Quest

If you ignore the fact that comedian Tim Hawkins doesn’t understand what the Sunday Assembly is, or why we accept evolution, or how atheists think, I suppose his roundup of atheist kids’ songs is pretty funny:



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Kirk Cameron Finds It “Really Hard” to Give the Benefit of the Doubt to “Enemies” Who Criticize His Video to Women

Last week, actor and self-appointed culture warrior Kirk Cameron, while promoting his newest film Saving Christmas, took to his Facebook page with a very special message for the women-folk. It boiled down, more or less, to: stay home to cook, decorate, and be extra joyful… unless they were seeing his movie, which, of course, they were encouraged to do.



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When Influential Muslims Speak Out Against Islamist Terrorism, Do the Media Ignore Them?

Qasim Rashid, who writes for the Huffington Post, is frustrated with the mainstream media (join the club).

There exist two scenarios where no one can hear you scream. The first is of course, in space because there’s no oxygen. And the second is on Earth, but only if you’re a global Muslim leader condemning ISIS and promoting universal religious freedom.

Such was the result of the landmark address His Holiness the Khalifa of Islam, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, delivered last week in London before 1,000 dignitaries, politicians, faith and thought leaders, and academics at the 2014 Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Symposium.

To Mr. Rashid’s chagrin, the event didn’t get much press, despite the fact that Mr. Ahmad condemned forced conversions (“all people are free to believe or not to believe”) and, without naming names, called upon “certain powers,” including “oil-rich states,” to stop financing extremist groups. Admittedly, that’s decent-to-good stuff.

The term “His Holiness” appears 13 times in Rashid’s 800-word article, by the way, so it’s fair to say that he’s quite the fan.

And why wouldn’t he be? Like Sufi Islam, Ahmaddiyya Islam is generally a peaceful faith; a key website of the movement has the URL LoveForAllHatredForNone.org. Works for me.



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Atheist Bus Ads Go Up in Washington State

The newly-formed Mid-Columbia Coalition of Reason just announced the purchase of six king-size ads on the sides of Ben Franklin Transit buses in order to introduce themselves to the locals:



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