So beliefs are harmless?

Ask an African living with Albinism"The dismembered body of a young albino boy has been found in a river on the Burundi-Tanzania border, reports say. The boy, aged nine, was taken from Makamba province... The dismembered body of a young albino boy has been found in a river on the Burundi-Tanzania border, reports say. The boy, aged nine, was taken from Makamba province.Just. Ffffffuuuuuuhhhhh.... … [Read more...]

Quote of the Moment: Judicial Violence

by VorJackOver at the Accidental Historian, Geds is starting a series on the Byzantine Empire. Like all good historians, he realizes that to talk about a period of history, he has to go back to well before that period actually began. Back to, say, when the universe cooled enough for protons to form.Geds splits the difference and goes back to before Constantine, to the appearance of Christianity. In his discussion of religion in the Greco-Roman world, he throws out this:There was … [Read more...]

The slow death of a religious sect.

News came out on Tuesday that the Church of England (CofE, what Americans would call the Episcopal Church) have decided to go ahead and ordain women bishops. To a secular person, that doesn't seem like a big deal - gender discrimination is, after all, illegal in Great Britain - but to many in the Church, this seems to be a herald of doom. Some high-ranking "traditionalists" are even threatening to convert to Catholicism:Bishop Broadhurst, who is the chairman of the Forward in Faith … [Read more...]

Religious Enforcement in Texas

by VorJackSaudi Arabia has its mutaween, self-appointed religious police who enforce Sharia law. It looks like Texas is starting to develop its own Christian version.The Texas Observer has an article about the organization based in Amarillo, Texas, called "Repent Amarillo." It looks to be a conservative Christian militant group dedicated to harassing and shutting down organizations that the group and its leader, David Grisham, consider sinful. The article focuses on the largely successful … [Read more...]

Atheist Politician Threatened With Lawsuit

Ashville, NC City Councilman Cecil Bothwell is an atheist. That bothers some other people, like bigot H.K. Edgerton: "My father was a Baptist minister. I'm a Christian man. I have problems with people who don't believe in God," said Edgerton, a former local NAACP president and founder of Southern Heritage 411, an organization that promotes the interests of black southerners. Indeed, he has such a problem with it Edgerton is threatening to file a lawsuit, claiming Bothwell isn't qualified to hold … [Read more...]


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