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Egypt anger over virginity faking

Posted in News by Skepdude on September 28, 2009

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A leading Egyptian scholar has demanded that people caught importing a female virginity-faking device into the country should face the death penalty.

Abdul Mouti Bayoumi said supplying the item was akin to spreading vice in society, a crime punishable by death in Islamic Sharia law.

The device is said to release liquid imitating blood, allowing a female to feign virginity on her wedding night.

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Sudan women ‘lashed for trousers’

Posted in News by Skepdude on July 14, 2009

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Several Sudanese women have been flogged as a punishment for dressing “indecently”, according to a local journalist who was arrested with them.

Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein, who says she is facing 40 lashes, said she and 12 other women wearing trousers were arrested in a restaurant in the capital, Khartoum.

She told the BBC several of the women had pleaded guilty to the charges and had 10 lashes immediately.

Khartoum, unlike South Sudan, is governed by Sharia law.

Several of those punished were from the mainly Christian and animist south, Ms Hussein said.

Non-Muslims are not supposed to be subject to Islamic law, even in Khartoum and other parts of the mainly Muslim north.

She said that a group of about 20 or 30 police officers entered the popular Khartoum restaurant and arrested all the women wearing trousers.

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Skepnews – 8/6/08

Posted in Skepnews by Skepdude on August 6, 2008

  • Acupuncture helps shed pounds… says Men’s Fitness magazine – Acupuncture can drastically speed recovery from sports injuries and increase the effectiveness of your workouts. It is also known to help shed pounds, reduce stress, and improve performance in the bedroom—so you can return your body to the temple it’s meant to be. – Temple of stupidity that is! Good thing I don’t subscribe to this garbage!
  • Preacher kills 85 year old man after stealing more than $1 million from him A rural California preacher was convicted Monday of murdering an 85-year-old farmer after stealing more than $1 million from the elderly bachelor’s trust. Prosecutors accused Porter, 57, of staging two auto wrecks to cover up the more than $1.1 million he stole from Craig’s sizable fortune.  The first crash left Craig unable to walk, and the second – in April 2004 – plunged the pair into an irrigation canal where Craig drowned. – Now if he repents does that mean he’ll go to heaven? What kind of BS would that be?
  • Iran suspends death by stoningA judiciary spokesman said four people sentenced to die by stoning had had their sentences commuted and that all other cases had been put under review. Stoning is the penalty for crimes such as adultery under Iranian law, but it is rarely carried out. The last such execution was reportedly last year. The country’s penal code stipulates that before carrying out the punishment, men should be buried up to their waists and women up to their chests. The stones used must be large enough to cause the condemned pain, but not sufficient to kill immediately.– It’s a step in the right direction, but it won’t mean much until it’s completely abolished.
  • Couples marrying on 8/8/08 ’cause it’s luckyThe number eight has long been considered fortuitous in China, where people pay extra to have it in phone numbers and license plates – and the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympic Games falls on Aug. 8. “We chose the date because eight has always been our lucky number,” said upcoming bride Denise Becker, 26, a middle school teacher in East Northport, N.Y. She and her fiance always found themselves in Seat 8, Row 8, at movie theaters with eight screens. She started planning her wedding 1 1/2 years ago and was surprised that venues were booked. – Now, just how the hell do you go about figuring out your lucky number? And why do people stick with a number from 0-9? I would like for once to meet a person whose lucky number was something like 3,457,289,004,111! That’s a hell of a lot better than 8, I think!
  • Muslim holiday at Tyson pisses off Christians The union that represents workers at a Tyson Foods poultry plant in Tennessee has negotiated a contract that substitutes a Muslim holiday for Labor Day as one of the eight paid holidays at the plant. “You are a union that is proud of achieving a Muslim holiday and prayer room?” one person wrote the union. “A union in the U.S.A., a country based on Christianity. You call yourselves Americans? Have you forgotten 9/11?” Another wrote: “You had no right to drop Labor Day. Muslim employees must integrate Labor Day into THEIR lives if they are going to live in America.” – Bigotry…check! Hypocrisy…check. Paranoia…check! America, the land of the free? Not if these nut jobs are in charge…wait a minute one of them is! Now, I would expect Tyson to offer the same deal to atheists of course! Wait a minute, that will enrage both the christians and the muslims! Tough!