Weekend Coffee: May 31

Weekend Coffee: May 31 May 31, 2015

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• Rabbis in a British branch of ultra-Orthodox Judaism forbid women from driving – and threaten to expel their children from school if they’re caught violating the ban.

• The horrific news keeps coming out of Bangladesh, as Islamists circulate a hit list of secular writers whom they want to kill.

• “As the country becomes less religious, it is also becoming more socially liberal.

• The number-two Vatican official says that Ireland’s legalization of same-sex marriage is a “defeat for humanity“. Catholics who wrongly believe Pope Francis will liberalize the church continue to be confused.

• A creationist in Alberta accidentally digs up a superb and scientifically important set of 60-million-year-old fossils. It’s like rain on your wedding day…

• Another day, another Catholic apologist who thinks that a children’s game can cause accidental demon possession.

• “Don’t thank God that Nebraska just voted to end the death penalty. Thank an atheist instead.

• You can’t say it often enough: The American religious right began as a backlash against desegregation, not abortion.

• And last but not least, the bizarre-but-true story of Christina Johansdotter, a medieval woman who murdered a child and then repented before her execution, in an attempt to get around a religious ban on suicide.

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