Woman kills toddler while reenacting story of Abraham

Bible study gone wrong: Inspired by a church sermon on the Book of Genesis, a Florida woman allegedly killed a 2-year-old girl and attempted to kill the girl's 10-year-old brother in a failed attempt to recreate the Biblical story of Abraham. According to police, Kymberley Dawn Lucas, 40, is accused of killing 2-year-old Elliana  and trying to kill her 10-year-old brother Ethan before trying, unsuccessfully, to end her own life. Lucas and her longtime partner had raised the boy and girl since … [Read more...]

Pat Robertson says wife owes husband sex for doing the dishes

Quid pro quo? Televangelist Pat Robertson advises women to pay their husbands with sexual favors when the men perform household chores like doing the dishes. On Tuesday’s edition of the 700 Club Robertson said that wives need to understand the “male psyche,” noting that doing chores is a man’s “way of saying I love you.” Robertson was responding to a viewer who said she was bothered that her husband “has always felt the need to point out when he helps with chores around the house” by reminding … [Read more...]

Angry Muslims declare jihad on Cadbury chocolates

Chocolate jihad? Angry Malaysian Muslims are calling for a holy war against confectionery giant Cadbury after pork DNA was found in some of its products. The controversy started when pig traces were found in two Cadbury chocolate products following tests conducted by the Malaysian Health Ministry. Reacting to the discovery, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department immediately suspended the products' halal certification. Cadbury said it would recall all pork tainted items from … [Read more...]

Slavery in South Carolina: Bible College is forced labor camp for foreign students

Cathedral Bible College

Biblical morality? A South Carolina Bible College lured foreign students into their academic program only to exploit the students as forced labor by threatening their legal status. Reginald Wayne Miller, the president of Cathedral Bible College, was arrested late last week on accusations that he forced foreign students to work long hours for low wages by threatening to revoke their student visas if they complained or failed to comply with his demands. In essence, the Bible College treated … [Read more...]

Twitter caves to Islamic censors, blocks ‘blasphemous’ content in Pakistan

Twitter betrays the promise of Internet freedom by blocking content deemed ‘“blasphemous” by Islamic censors in Pakistan. Multiple reports indicate Twitter has been blocking so-called “blasphemous content” in Pakistan at the request of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority. The New York Times reports it is the first time Twitter has deployed its controversial country-specific censorship policy, first unveiled in 2012. The Times goes on to report a number of Twitter accounts seemed to have … [Read more...]

Virginia county board prohibits pagans, polytheists, from delivering prayers

Christian extremists threaten secular values.

In Virginia, the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors is under fire after prohibiting prayers invoking “neo-pagan, polytheistic, pre-Christian deities” that fail to fall within “the Judeo-Christian tradition.” The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors limited opening prayers before public meetings to ordained leaders of monotheistic religions after denying a Wiccan’s request to be added to the invocation list. The county denied the Wiccan’s request on the ground that Wicca is “neo-pagan … [Read more...]

Toni Braxton: Autistic son is punishment from God for abortion

In her new autobiography, Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir, R&B star Toni Braxton says God punished her for having an abortion by giving her an autistic son. In her recently released memoir, Braxton writes:“I was suddenly faced with a choice I’d never thought I’d have to make. Amid my major misgivings about abortion, I eventually made the gut-wrenching decision… In my heart, I believed I had taken a life — an action that I thought God might one day punish me for. … My initial rage was quickl … [Read more...]

Macklemore apologizes for anti-semitic costume

Anti-semitism? Rapper Macklemore has apologized after taking the stage in his hometown of Seattle wearing a dark wig, big beard and fake hooked nose as part of a costume that many saw as a collection of offensive Jewish stereotypes. According to reports, Macklemore “looked an awful lot like a hoary old anti-Semitic Jewish caricature” while giving a surprise performance at Seattle's EMP Museum last Friday, May 16. Macklemore and his producing partner Ryan Lewis performed at the opening night of t … [Read more...]