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1  General Category / The Newsroom / Pakistani court upholds death sentence for Christian woman accused of .... on: Yesterday at 10:54:14 PM
Pakistani court upholds death sentence for Christian woman accused of insulting Islam

Asia Bibi was harvesting berries in Pakistan five years ago when she took the drink of water that could cost her her life.

A Christian in the Muslim-dominated and increasingly intolerant nation, the mother of five was quickly assailed by the other women working the field in a tiny village in the Punjab province. First they said they would not drink from the same water bucket as a Christian. Later, they told police Bibi had insulted the Muslim Prophet Mohammad. The crime, blasphemy, is punishable by death.

Bibi, who denies insulting Mohammad and maintains her co-workers falsely accused her, was convicted in 2010. Last week, despite an international outcry, a court in Lahore upheld the verdict and affirmed the sentence that Bibi be hanged. The 50-year-old has 30 days to appeal to the nation's highest court.

“This is a grave injustice,” said David Griffiths, Amnesty International’s deputy Asia Pacific director. “Asia Bibi should never have been convicted in the first place – still less sentenced to death – and the fact that she could pay with her life for an argument is sickening.”

Griffiths said the blasphemy laws being used to prosecute Bibi violate international law.

Christians make up less than 2 percent of Pakistan's 180 million population, and they have been persecuted at an alarming rate in recent years as the Taliban and other Islamist groups have become more powerful. Qanta Ahmed, a British-born Pakistani human rights activist and author of "In the Land of Invisible Women," said those accused of blasphemy are usually dealt with by mobs and not the justice system.

"The vast majority of those being accused of blasphemy don't even make it to execution," Ahmed said. "They are usually lynched or murdered in custody."

Continued here: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/10/21/pakistani-court-upholds-death-sentence-for-christian-woman-accused-insulting/

"I don't think it's about the Christians or Christian beliefs," Ahmed continued. "This is about the majority, the ferocious Islamists who are enormously intolerant and when you're intolerant who do you target? The vulnerable, disenfranchised, oppressed members of society."
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2  General Category / The Newsroom / President: Time to admit that Israel is a sick society that needs treatment on: Yesterday at 10:51:33 PM
The time has come to admit that Israel is a sick society, with an illness that demands treatment, President Reuven Rivlin said at the opening session on Sunday of a conference on From Hatred of the Stranger to Acceptance of the Other.

Both Rivlin and Prof. Ruth Arnon, president of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, which organized the conference at its premises on the capital’s Jabotinsky Street, spoke of the painful and bloody summer, and the resultant resurgence of animosity between Arabs and Jews that had escalated to new heights.

Referring to the mutual expressions of hatred and incitement, Arnon said that Jews, who in the Diaspora had been exposed to anti-Semitism and persecution, should be more sensitive to the dangers of incitement. “But are we?” she asked.

Rivlin wondered aloud whether Jews and Arabs had abandoned the secret of dialogue.

With regard to Jews he said: “I’m not asking if they’ve forgotten how to be Jews, but if they’ve forgotten how to be decent human beings. Have they forgotten how to converse?” In Rivlin’s eyes, the academy has a vital task to reduce violence in Israeli society by encouraging dialogue and the study of different cultures and languages with the aim of promoting mutual understanding, so that there can be civilized meetings between the sectors of society.

He urged the academy to take on this challenge and to eradicate the violence that threatens to scar Israel’s image.

Continued here: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/President-Rivlin-Time-to-admit-that-Israel-is-a-sick-society-that-needs-treatment-379223
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3  General Category / The Newsroom / Teacher fired for starring in vintage erotic films on: Yesterday at 10:29:03 PM

Until recently, Jaqueline Laurent-Auger was a teacher at the Montreal private school, Le Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf. She taught theatre, a subject close to her heart, since she's been an actress for decades. But, a few particular credits on Ms. Laurent-Auger's resumé caused the school to fire her. In the 60s and 70s, as a young actress working in France, she starred in a handful of erotic films.

Ms. Laurent-Auger is now 73 years old. She says she is surprised her past would cause the school to fire her. "[That] a young woman [in her twenties] is doing a movie [where] we see her naked... There's nothing wrong with that!"

The two films that the school has a problem with include Le Journal intime d'une nymphomane (1973) and Dany la ravageuse (1972). In a statement, school officials maintain that"We're not talking about paintings or sculptures of naked bodies produced with artistry and aesthetics in mind. There are erotic scenes destined for an adult audience."

After starring in a few European films where she appeared naked, Laurent-Auger took on other roles and her career grew. "I did so many wonderful things afterwards. It was a little, little, little part of my career, for Pete's sake!"

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4  General Category / Discussion & Mobile Reviews / Is anyone here using Micromax / Lenovo / Lava? on: October 17, 2014, 08:38:28 PM
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2) Micromax Canvas Nitro A310
3) Lenovo S850
4) Lava Iris 504q+

Has anyone here used one or more of the above smartphones? I am looking to buy one of these but not decided which one to buy Undecided
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5  Fun Zone / The Video Zone / Would you like to have sex with me? on: October 14, 2014, 09:10:37 PM

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6  Fun Zone / The Video Zone / Indian Girl asks for Condoms (See Public reaction) on: October 14, 2014, 08:53:17 PM
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7  General Category / The Newsroom / Pastor admits to having AIDS, sleeping with church members on: October 11, 2014, 10:24:30 PM
An Alabama pastor shocked his flock by reportedly confessing from the pulpit that he has AIDS, had slept with church members, used drugs and misused funds. Rev. Juan Demetrius McFarland of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery confirmed to NBC affiliate WSFA that he made the admissions in a series of sermons that began in September. Deacon Nathan Williams said the church membership voted 80-1 to remove McFarland as pastor on Oct. 5, but he refused to step down.

"He fraudulently concealed from the congregation...that he had knowingly engaged in adultery in the church building with female members of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church while knowingly having AIDS," said the resolution to remove McFarland.

He also "fraudulently withheld information that he had been engaging in the use of illegal drugs while preaching and performing pastoral duties" and "withheld information from church membership that he had misused church funds," the resolution said.

Continued here: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/alabama-church-says-pastor-confessed-he-has-aids-slept-flock-n222211
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8  Image Zone / Funny Pictures / Anyone tried this? on: October 09, 2014, 02:46:14 PM
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10  General Category / The Newsroom / Supreme Court paves way for gay marriage on: October 08, 2014, 07:47:17 PM
The Supreme Court on Monday turned away appeals from five states looking to prohibit gay marriage, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in those states and likely others -- but also leaving the issue unresolved nationally.

The justices rejected appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court's order immediately ends delays on gay marriage in those states.

Couples in six other states -- Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming -- also should be able to get married in short order. Those states would be bound by the same appellate rulings that were put on hold pending the Supreme Court's review. That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

In Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert said he was "surprised" and "disappointed" by Monday's development. But the Republican governor said that "while I continue to believe that the states do have the right to define marriage and create laws regarding marriage, ultimately we are a nation of laws, and we here in Utah will uphold the law."

With no other state cases currently pending before the court, the decision to reject the appeals means the justices -- for now -- will not be considering the question of same-sex marriage nationwide.

Experts and advocates on both sides of the issue believed the justices would step in and decide gay marriage cases this term. The justices have an obligation to settle an issue of such national importance, not abdicate that responsibility to lower court judges, the advocates said. Opting out of hearing the cases leaves those lower court rulings in place.

Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, called on the high court to "finish the job." Wolfson said the court's "delay in affirming the freedom to marry nationwide prolongs the patchwork of state-to-state discrimination and the harms and indignity that the denial of marriage still inflicts on too many couples in too many places."

Ed Whelan of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, an opponent of same-sex marriage, also chastised the court for its "irresponsible denial of review in the cases."

Continued here: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/10/06/supreme-court-denies-gay-marriage-appeals/
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