Saturday, August 27, 2016

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect bans women from going to college

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According to a document, obtained by 'The Independent,' conservative Jewish Rabbis are banning women from obtaining college degrees because “It is very dangerous.”

The decree warns: 

“It has lately become the new trend that girls and married women are pursuing degrees in special education. Some attend classes and others online. And so we’d like to let their parents know that it is against the Torah." 

“We will be very strict about this. No girls attending our school are allowed to study and get a degree. It is dangerous. Girls who will not abide will be forced to leave our school. Also, we will not give any jobs or teaching position in the school to girls who’ve been to college or have a degree.
“We have to keep our school safe and we can’t allow any secular influences in our holy environment. It is against the base upon which our Mosed was built.”

This is taking place in the same community (the Satmar sect), by the way, where women and girls are told that they can’t drive (Satmar was founded in 1905 by Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, in city of Satu More, Transylvania/Romania).

israel is a highly developed country, where women and men have equal rights in law. The majority of the population is democratic. But some religious organizations want to have their own 'laws.' They often oppress women and LGBT people

Saturday, August 13, 2016

WATCH: Christian protestor laugh at gay man grieving over his dead husband

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In Alabama Roy Moore was speaking after being suspended for defying the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. He will go on trial in September. 

"A few hundred feet away from Moore’s speech to crowds with many holding signs like ‘homosexuality destroy families’ and ‘sodomy ruins nations’, there was an alternative press conference organized by the Human Rights Campaign.

Among the people speaking there were people like Dr Paul Hard, who has been involved in a legal fight for his husband who died five years ago to be recognized as his husband.

And when he began to speak about his partner’s death, a man in the crowd laughed," reports GAYSTARNEWS

John Archibald, a columnist who was there at the conference, asked: ‘How can any man, no matter his position on Roy Moore or any issue, stand before another and mock his pain?

‘How can one stand under the banner of God and laugh at another man’s death?

‘How — in the name of God — can one deride genuine grief?’

He added: ‘Christians cannot let these people define their religion. All they have is volume. As a substitute for moral authority.’ 

According to scientific research, homophobia is a mental illness. Homophobic people are really sick. And religion is also sick. No wonder that homophobia and religion are soulmates. 

Russia's antimonopoly agency bans Hieronymus Bosch

Russia's antimonopoly agency has found that Artplay company violated the advertising law when promoting “Bosch. Visions Alive,” the watchdog reports in a press-release a few days ago.

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A concerned Russian citizen has turned to AA with a complaint about an advertisement containing a reproduction of Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” 

Upon reviewing the case materials, the agency (AA) concluded that on the whole the images of people in the advertisement were 'indecent' or 'immoral' and thus contravened the federal advertising law of Russia.

According to RAPSINEWS, Russia's antimonopoly agency issued an order to rectify the violation addressed to Artplay, which was found to be the organizer and advertiser of the exhibition. The antimonopoly agency is also working on materials needed to initiate an administrative case against the company, which may face a fine amounting from 100,000 to 500,000 rubles.

According to the advertising law, no profanities, indecent or abusive images, comparisons and expressions relating to gender, race, ethnicity, profession, social status, age, language, official state or religious symbols, as well as national and UNESCO heritage objects are allowed in advertisements, whereas advertisers should be responsible for respective violations.

In reality, the only reason to ban was the great similarity between the Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin and a face on the painting of Bosch.

Hieronymus Bosch was always one of the most remarkable and original painters of all time. And irresistible is the art of the death agony of feudalism today highly topical for Russia.

The true art is not immoral. The true art is immortal. 

Hieronymus Bosch: Garden of Earthly Delights

By David Chutlashvili | 13 August 2016 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

No abortions for pregnant women infected with Zika, Marco Rubio says

Marco Rubio (R) — an American politican and attorney, the junior United States Senator from Florida, said on Saturday that pregnant women who are infected with the ZIKV, should not be allowed to terminate their pregnancies.

In an interview with Politico‘s Mike Caputo, Rubio said:

“I understand a lot of people disagree with my view — but I believe that all human life is worthy of protection of our laws. And when you present it in the context of Zika or any prenatal condition, it’s a difficult question and a hard one. But if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of life.”

Zika is believed to cause severe birth defects like microcephaly. And microcephaly involves debilitating deformities of the brain and babies born with the condition begin their lives very critically ill. 

“Obviously, microcephaly is a terrible prenatal condition that kids are born with. And when they are, it’s a lifetime of difficulties,” Rubio told Politico. “So I get it. I’m not pretending to you that that’s an easy question you asked me. But I’m pro-life. And I’m strongly pro-life. I believe all human life should be protected by our law, irrespective of the circumstances or condition of that life.”

Unfortunately is no wonder what Rubio says. The intolerant speeches are not exotic for him. Rubio hates women. He said last year also that he opposes abortion access for women who have been the victims of rape or incest (!!!). 

"CBS said in June that while some individuals born with microcephaly can live somewhat normal lives, most are severely disabled. Many pass away at a very young age, but those who do not can require constant care for the rest of their lives. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s Director Dr. Thomas Frieden estimated that the total lifetime medical costs for each microcephalic individual ranges from $1 million to $10 million or more. The first reports of Zika associated microcephaly came from Brazil and scientists quickly raised the alarm that it could spread throughout the tropics and to the United States. In June the CDC and the Obama administration attempted to pass a bill allocating funding to fight and research the disease, but Republicans blocked it," says RAWSTORY's David Ferguson in his article. 
Any conservative and very religious politician worldwide generally opposes abortion. And they are especially dangerous for democracy. 

Marco Rubio. Image: USATODAY

By David Chutlashvili | 7 August 2016 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Arrested Afghan cleric after marrying a 6-year-old girl

Image: Jorge Silva / Reuters

A cleric in his 60s has been arrested in Afghanistan after he married a 6-year-old girl. The arrested man says that the child was sent to him as a “gift,” but the rescued girl has a different opinion saying: “I am afraid of this man.”
The arrest took place in a village in the Ghor province in central Afghanistan. Mohammad Karim claims he married the child as a "religious offering,” adding that the parents of the girl were fully aware of their marriage.

Mohammad Karim. Image: RFELR.ORG
"The girl was given to me as a gift and we were married so I could raise her," Karim told Radio Free Europe. "After the parents gave their daughter to me, they said, 'you can take her wherever you want.’”
Muhhamad  Karim said that the marriage was performed “during Ramadan in the presence of 30 to 40 people.”
However, the parents tell another story – they say they are shocked, adding that the child was kidnapped from western Herat province.

"This man has said his wedding to this girl was approved by her mother and father," said Mohammad Zeman Azami, the deputy police commander of Ghor.
"We spoke to her parents and they strongly deny they attended the wedding. On the phone, the parents told me their daughter was kidnapped."
The girl’s parents have already headed to take her back from a woman's shelter in Ghor where she has been held ever since, government officials told AFP.
"This girl does not speak, but repeats only one thing: 'I am afraid of this man,’" said Masoom Anwari, head of the women affairs department in Ghor.

According to Dr. Nashafarin Shihab, who works at the main hospital in Firuz Koh, the medical examination showed that the girl had endured no physical or psychological harm."

The governor's spokesman Abdul Hai Khatibi confirmed that the cleric "has been jailed and our investigation is on going.”
The Afghan Civil Code states that the legal age of marriage is 16 years for women and 18 years for men. The Karzai government has relaxed policies around women's rights, and in Kabul women can be seen driving cars and engaging in many other activities that they would have previously been banned from participating in. But in spite of everything Violence against (young) women is yet usually in Afghanistan. The father of the girl may give consent to her marriage if she is as young as 15. Poor families consider a daughter “as an economic burden who must be married quickly to reduce the financial strain,” UNICEF report says, adding that with the on going conflict in the country many parents marry their daughters at young ages to 'secure their futures.'
"Of course, this is such a fundamental breach of a child's basic rights," the organization says

WATCH: Scientists discovered a mysterious glowing purple orb at the bottom of the ocean

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Near the Channel Islands, very deep under the sea, several kilometers off the coast of Los Angeles, marine scientists noticed a mysterious glowing purple orb hiding in the rocks. They zoomed in on the creature with an underwater robot camera and were completely shocked. They had never seen anything like this before. 

“I’m stumped,” you can hear one of the scientists say in the video below. “I have no idea. I couldn’t even hazard a guess.”

In the video below, you can hear the scientists — part of the ocean research vessel E/V Nautilus — chatter in real time, completely agog about what they are approaching.

Some sentences from their conversation:

“What if it’s an egg sack of some sort?”
“Is that a little embryo-type thing inside?”
“Maybe it’s a spider egg sack?”
“Maybe we should leave it, then, we don’t want to mess with spider egg sacks.”
“Get some lasers.”
“It looks like a disco ball right now.”

The group of marine scientists brought it onboard the ship for further analysis. And they still have no idea what it is. 

Their best guess is that it’s a type of pleurobranch. Or it could be a newly discovered species altogether. 

The ocean is still a very mysterious place. In total, humans have explored less than 5 percent of the ocean floor. Ocean can be our future; We could find a lot of drugs and other very useful things in the ocean. But we pray. We pray and pray and pray. 'God' promises us eternal life, and we think that life is truly eternal.