Don’t Let the Pigeon Breed in the Caliphate

June 5, 2015

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Melissa Binder at The Oregonian covers the CFI-backed Secular Celebrant bill in the state that recently passed the Oregon House. 

Okay, granted, the fact of ISIS is scary and dangerous, and it's a very, very serious subject. But ZOMG:

Senior clerics fighting for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have issued an instruction banning pigeon-breeding claiming that “the sight of the birds' genitals as they fly overhead is offensive to Islam.”

Paging Mo Willems! I have a book idea for you!

Rick Perry's in the 2016 race, and man, does he like getting baptized.  

After a secret trial, it turns out eight of the ten Taliban fighters charged with the attempted murder of Malala Yousafzai were acquitted, contrary to what the Pakistani government had originally said. 

Repeat atheist-harasser Dennis Markuze, a.k.a. "David Mabus," gets a suspended sentence and three years of mandatory psychiatric treatment. 

Newly released letters show how Prince Charles lobbied ministers to fund "homeopathic hospitals" and other forms of quack alt-med. 

John Lloyd says the recent Irish referendum in favor of same-sex marriage "drives a stake through the heart" of not just the Irish Church, but the Catholic Church as a whole. 

67% of Californians support keeping unvaccinated kids out of schools. Meanwhile, in my state of Maine, vaccinations are going down, and diseases like chicken pox and whooping cough are going up. One of many reasons I rarely leave the house.

Ben Radford takes a deep look at what it is we mean when we talk about "privacy" in the context of NSA spying.

Nevada clears the way for religious schools to get taxpayer funding, as the state prepares to enact its new "school choice" law. 

Tony Blair becomes chair of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation. Hmm.

Welcome Hellboy to the dinosaur world, King of Frills.  

That fish be walking.

An example of what eternal punishment might be like. A Cambridge, Mass. Indian restaurant finds itself stuck with an Entourage poster for 11 years...into eternityThe Boston Globe reports:

[Owner Rabhbir] Singh said the poster has been locked in the frame for years. He said a representative from a local TV station made him a deal — let us come change the poster in the box every two weeks, and we’ll pay you. Singh said he can’t remember how much he was supposed to be paid because the representative put the Entourage poster in and never came back. ... It’s been locked in the frame ever since. Singh doesn’t have the key. “The box used to light up and it doesn’t anymore, but I can’t get it out,” he said. “I guess it’s stuck.” 

Best part?

Singh has never watched an episode of the show and doesn’t plan on seeing the movie.

Me neither, dude. 

Quote of the Day:

Stephen Hawking on physician assisted suicide:

To keep someone alive against their wishes is the ultimate indignity.

But he adds:

I am damned if I’m going to die before I have unraveled more of the universe.

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Original images by Mo Willems and Reuters. 

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