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Somali executed for ‘apostasy’

Posted in News by Skepdude on January 16, 2009

An Islamist militia has executed a Somali politician who they accused of changing his religion by working with non-Muslim Ethiopian forces.

An Islamist spokesman in the port of Kismayo told the BBC that Abdirahman Ahmed was shot dead on Thursday.

Mr Ahmed had worked with Kismayo’s former warlord – the MP Barre Hiraale – who is accused of attempting to retake the city with Ethiopian backing.

He is believed to be the first politician executed by the Islamists.

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE AT “BBC NEWS”

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Ever wondered what religion does to the brain? Listen to this idiot of a man!

Posted in Skepdude, Uncategorized by Skepdude on December 7, 2008

Girl strangled slowly for family’s honour

Posted in News by Skepdude on December 2, 2008

A JORDANIAN man slowly strangled his 16-year-old married sister, using wire and the girl’s scarf, after she visited a female friend because he had to “cleanse family honour”.

After jailing the unidentified 20-year-old man for seven years, Judge Hassan Amayreh said: “It took him 30 minutes to strangle his sister to death with a metal wire and her own scarf.”

The girl, who had been married for six months, died in January in the Gaze refugee camp in the town of Jerash, north of the capital.

Amayreh said the brother “has confessed, and claimed that he killed his sister to cleanse his family’s honour after her husband complained that she regularly disappeared from home without a reason”.

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Massage parlors and homophobia

Posted in Skepdude, Video by Skepdude on November 26, 2008

Pay attention around min 4:30 when he starts reading the law. The law says that if you do X the first time you get life prison, the second time you get death. The SECOND time? After life imprisonment? Does that make any sense?

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Bullshit alert-he hasn’t slept since the day he was born

Posted in Skepdude, Video by Skepdude on November 9, 2008

Allah must be great indeed. This guy has sex 15 times a day, every day, all of this without sleeping not even one minute a day. Impressive! And bullshit!

Amnesty: Rape girl, 13, killed for adultery

Posted in News by Skepdude on November 2, 2008

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A 13-year-old girl who said she had been raped was stoned to death in Somalia after being accused of adultery by Islamic militants, a human rights group said.

Dozens of men stoned Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow to death Oct. 27 in a stadium packed with 1,000 spectators in the southern port city of Kismayo, Amnesty International and Somali media reported, citing witnesses. The Islamic militia in charge of Kismayo had accused her of adultery after she reported that three men had raped her, the rights group said.

Initial local media reports said Duhulow was 23, but her father told Amnesty International she was 13. Some of the Somali journalists who first reported the killing later told Amnesty International that they had reported she was 23 based upon her physical appearance.

READ THE REST OF THIS STORY AT CNN.

Pakistan police raid child wedding

Posted in News by Skepdude on October 31, 2008

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan —

Police raided a wedding between a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl in Pakistan’s largest city, arresting the Muslim cleric officiating at the ceremony and the children’s parents, a senior officer said Friday.

The cleric had not yet begun the ceremony in Karachi, which was attended by 100 guests, said deputy superintendent of police Malik Mazhar.

Pakistan law forbids marriage below the age of 18, but some Muslim scholars say it is permissible if the bride and groom have reached puberty.

READ THE REST OF THIS STORY AT “THE SEATTLE TIMES”

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Johann Hari: Dare we stand up for Muslim women?

Posted in News by Skepdude on October 23, 2008

It’s the smell I remember. Shahnaz’s face – what was left of it – reeked of a day-old barbecue, left out in the rain. Her flesh was a mess of charred meat: her skin, the soft flesh of her cheeks, and the bones beneath had been burned away. Her nose was gone. Her lips hung down over her chin like melted wax. Her left eyelid couldn’t close, so it watered all the time in an endless stream of tears. Shahnaz – who was 21 years old – had been punished by having acid thrown in her face. Her crime was to be a Muslim woman who wanted to be treated as equal to a man.

Shahnaz loved education – especially science and poetry. But when she got married – at the insistence of her family – her husband ordered her to stop schooling and start breeding. “You are a woman, that is your only job,” he said. But she refused. She wanted to work for herself and enrich her mind. So she kept going to school, despite his beatings and ragings and threats. So one day her husband and his brothers carefully gathered up battery acid, pinned her down and hurled it into her face.

She ended up in the Acid Survivors’ Foundation in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where I saw her earlier this year. In Bangladesh, acid attacks on “uppity” women are an epidemic, peaking in 2002 with more than 500 women having their faces burned off. Fewer than 10 per cent of the attackers are ever convicted because juries and judges say the women bring it on themselves by wearing “revealing” clothes, or refusing to obey men.

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE AT “THE INDEPENDENT”

Girl set alight for wearing lipstick

Posted in News by Skepdude on October 21, 2008

An 11-year-old girl has been set on fire by a relative in India’s northern city of Jaipur for wearing lipstick and being inappropriately dressed.

Police say the girl suffered burns over 90 per cent of her body and her chances of survival are bleak.

They’ve arrested her great uncle who allegedly poured kerosene on the girl and set her alight yesterday.

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE AT “THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD”

Palestinian man in Jordan kills daughter to cleanse family honor

Posted in News by Skepdude on October 17, 2008

A Palestinian man from a refugee camp has shot to death his 17-year-old daughter allegedly to cleanse the family’s honor, a Jordanian judicial official said Thursday.

Forensic doctors said an autopsy showed the girl was still a virgin.

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE