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Felony haircuts

One of the oddest crimes in recent history has now reached the trial stage:

Jury selection began today in the hate crimes trial of Samuel Mullet Sr. and 15 followers of his breakaway sect, who are accused of forcibly cutting the beards and hair of other Amish men and women.

Back up, harlots!

If I may be so bigoted as to criticize someone else's religious practices, this is just plain nuts:

JERUSALEM - It's the latest prescription for extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who shun contact with the opposite sex: Glasses that blur their vision, so they don't have to see women they consider to be immodestly dressed.

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Bible dumper

Today's evidence that End Times are near:

Bibles in nightstands are a familiar amenity for hotel guests, but travelers seeking to read their favorite verse at one establishment will be in for a big surprise.


You have to hand it to our old friends at Westboro for never missing an opportunity to put their demented religion on display:

The Devil made them do it

I hate being in my "It's a sick, twisted world" mood, but living in a sick, twisted world will do that to you:

A Colorado couple says they are the victims of a hate crime because someone stole a “VOTE SATAN” sign from their front porch, but police say the incident sounds more like simple theft.

Godless politics

Science and politics

The climate-change debate is one of those issues we've tossed into the great polarizing kettle. Either climate change is a catastrophe just around the corner requiring massive government intervention, or it's a lot of noise about nothing, perhaps even a hoax.

We're doomed! Again.

Malthusians just don't give up, do they?

Humans will need two Earths to support our lifestyles by 2030 because we are draining the world’s resources so quickly, a new report has warned.

Wedding bell blues

I must have outrage burnout, because here's a controversy I just can't seem to get worked up over:

A secular group has filed a federal lawsuit claiming Indiana's marriage law is unconstitutional because it doesn't allow people without religious or civic authority to perform marriages.

Dumb rules are still rules

Talk about rubbing salt in the wound. When Emily Herx was fired from her Catholic school teaching job for getting in vitro ferilization treatments, she had to listen to this:

Herx says the school's priest called her a "grave, immoral sinner" and told her she should have kept mum about her fertility treatments because some things are "better left between the individual and God," the complaint said.