News stories that should make one pause…


4/25/2008 Remove story about adulteress from Bible

As Bart Ehrman also argues (quite convincingly) that the story of "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" found only in the Gospel of John, was a later addition.

3/27/2008 - Parents pick prayer over docs; girl dies

An 11-year-old girl died death from an undiagnosed, treatable form of diabetes after her parents chose to pray for her rather than take her to a doctor.

"An autopsy showed Madeline Neumann died Sunday of diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition that left too little insulin in her body, Everest Metro Police Chief Dan Vergin said.

She had probably been ill for about a month, suffering symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness, the chief said Wednesday, noting that he expects to complete the investigation by Friday and forward the results to the district attorney.

The girl's mother, Leilani Neumann, said that she and her family believe in the Bible and that healing comes from God, but that they do not belong to an organized religion or faith, are not fanatics and have nothing against doctors."


1/23/2008 - Hindu fundamentalists ransack TV station in Gujarat
"The attack was prompted by a poll organised by the TV station in which viewers were invited to send SMS messages saying who they thought should receive India's highest civilian award for national service. A shortlist proposed by the station included M.F. Hussein, a well-known artist who has lived in self-imposed exile in Dubai in recent years because of threats from Hindu fundamentalists over paintings showing divinities half-naked. Extremists even put a price on his head in 2006."


10/22/2008 - Afghan student gets 20 years instead of death for blasphemy — "An Afghanistan appeals court overturns the death sentence for Parwez Kambakhsh, who circulated an article about the rights of women under Islam."

9/2/2008 - Pakistan investigates 'honor killings' of 5 women — "'These are centuries-old traditions and I will continue to defend them,' Israr Ullah Zehri, who represents the province where the women died, told the chamber on Saturday."

8/12/2008 - Saudi man kills daughter for converting to Christianity

"A Saudi man working with the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice recently killed his daughter for converting to Christianity."

3/27/2008 - Fitna the Movie: Geert Wilders' film about the Quran (English)

All right, so the LiveLeak site took the video down because of death threats, but google video is currently hosting it, so until that gets taken down, it's embedded here. Be warned… it's disturbing.

3/15/2008 - Top Saudi cleric calls for writers' deaths

Saudi Arabia's most revered cleric wants writers of an article to be put on trial, and if found guilty, to be put to death for apostasy.

"Anyone who claims this has refuted Islam and should be tried in order to take it back. If not, he should be killed as an apostate from the religion of Islam," said the fatwa… Ah yes, apostasy.

In case you might think that the rest of the clerics of the country would denounce this:

Saudi clerics back death fatwa for liberal writers You'd be wrong!

3/4/2008 - Afghan Lawmakers Challenge Danish Prophet Cartoon "More than 200 lawmakers shouted "Death to the enemies of Islam" during an angry demonstration outside the Afghan parliament protesting the reprinting of a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad in Denmark and an upcoming Dutch film criticizing the Quran."

200 Lawmakers chanting "Death to the enemies of Islam!" Really? Can a cartoon make a sane person so angry that they want to kill the cartoonist?

2/12/2008 - 'Terror plot' to kill Mohammed cartoonist

  1. Danish police say several arrested for plotting "terror-related assassination"
  2. Newspaper says the target was its cartoonist Kurt Westergaard
  3. Westergaard one of 12 cartoonists behind Prophet Mohammed drawings
  4. Drawings sparked protests, some deadly, in the Muslim world two years ago

1/23/2008 - Afghan 'blasphemy' death sentence An Afghan journalist has been sentenced to death by a provincial court for distributing "blasphemous" material.

UPDATE 3/13/2008 Euro MPs urge Afghanistan to free 'blasphemy' reporter
The story tells how the European Parliament is working to free this guy.

Remember, his "crime" is: "He had downloaded from the Internet and distributed among his fellow students articles that were said to question some of the tenets of Islam, including those related to the role of women."

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