1. Proposed Alabama Bill Would Mandate Vasectomies as Men Reach Age 50
Location: Alabama, USA
2. French President: Blasphemy is no crime & religion can be mocked
3. ‘If menstruating women cook, they will be born as kutri (bitch) in next life'
4. Federal Court: Religion Doesn’t Give Professor the Right to Misgender Students
Location: Ohio, USA
5. Air Force updates its dress code policy to include turbans, beards and hijabs
6. Burmese anger grows over pornographic video shot at Buddhist site
7. TN GOP Lawmaker Says Tampons Can’t Be Tax-Free or Else Women Will Hoard Them
Location: Tennessee, USA
8. Trump’s “Spiritual Adviser” Tells Followers to Pay Her Church Before Their Bills
9. Egypt shock: Dead Sea Scroll scan suggests Noah’s Ark ‘was Great Pyramid of Giza’
10. Former judge Roy Moore throws Ten Commandments party, accuses LGBT ‘movement’ of attacking religion
Location: Alabama, USA
1. A representative from Birmingham is pushing a bill she hopes will address the role of men in unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. Rep. Rolanda Hollis filed HB 238, a bill “related to family planning” that makes vasectomies mandatory. The bill’s text is short and sweet: A man, at his own expense, shall undergo a vasectomy within one month of his 50th birthday or the birth of his third biological child, whichever comes first. Hollis has been very forthright about the purpose of the bill as a response to last year’s sweeping anti-abortion legislation.
2. French President Emmanuel Macron has added his voice to the thousands who have spoken out in defence of a schoolgirl forced into hiding after she criticised Islam. According to the Guardian Macron, in defending the girl identified only as “Mila”, insisted that blasphemy: Is no crime. The law is clear: we have the right to blaspheme, to criticise, to caricature religions …what is outlawed is to incite hatred and attack dignity.
3. If you eat food prepared by a menstruating woman even once, your next avatar will be of a 'balad' (ox). A menstruating woman who cooks food for her husband will be born as a 'kutri' (bitch). These are the preachings of Swami Krushnaswarup Dasji of Swaminarayan Bhuj Mandir that exposes the misogynistic mindset of the sect and its followers, who run the Bhuj institute where 68 hostellers were forced to strip for a menses check. Menstruating females are barred from entering the temple and kitchen.
4. A federal court has dismissed the case of an Ohio professor who claims that his religious freedom was violated when his employer disciplined him for knowingly and repeatedly misgendering a student. Humanities professor Nicholas Meriwether came into conflict with Shawnee State University, where he has worked since 1996, after they issued him a written disciplinary warning over his persistent refusal to use a transgender woman’s correct title and pronouns. Meriwether, an evangelical Christian, argued that his religious convictions required him to use masculine titles and pronouns for the student, referred to in legal documentation only as Jane Doe. U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott dismissed Meriwether's case.
5. The US Air Force has updated its dress code policy to outline a clear approval process for Sikhs and Muslims who want to serve while wearing their articles of faith. Under the new guidelines, Sikhs and Muslims can seek a religious accommodation to wear turbans, beards, unshorn hair and hijabs, and expect to be approved as long as their appearance is "neat and conservative," except under extremely limited circumstances. The final review for the accommodation must take place within 30 days for cases in the United States, and 60 days for all other cases, according to the guidelines.
6. Outrage is growing in Myanmar after the emergence of a 12-minute pornographic video shot in Bagan, the country’s best-known tourist spot and Unesco heritage site featuring thousands of revered Buddhist pagodas. The video was posted on PornHub by users who described themselves as a 23-year-old Italian couple. The couple’s naked antics against the backdrop of one of Bagan’s ancient pagodas have provoked an angry reaction in Myanmar, with condemnation spreading online.
7. In Tennessee, the male-dominated GOP legislature was debating which items should be included in the state’s tax-free holiday when State Sen. Joey Hensley pushed back on the idea of including feminine hygiene products. His reason? Women would hoard tampons. Republicans reportedly pushed back on adding the hygiene products to the list during a Tuesday hearing, arguing that people who use the products could purchase too many if not given a limit. “I would think since it’s a sales tax holiday, there’s really no limit on the number of items anybody can purchase,” state Sen. Joey Hensley, a Republican from Hohenwald.
8. Prosperity gospel preacher Paula White straddles the line between government service and private ministry with her position within Donald Trump‘s White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative, where she serves as a spiritual adviser. According to a new report on White published in Mother Jones, White advised an audience of Christians who want to prosper financially to send significant cash to church ministries, even at the expense of keeping their own lights on.
9. Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza may have been the metaphorical object used to shield civilisation from the Great Flood narrative told in the story of Noah's Ark, a historian has suggested. In the Bible, Noah’s Ark is the vessel used in the Genesis flood story through which God spares Noah, his family and a selection of all the world’s animals from a world-ending disaster. Until modern times, most Christians assumed the story referred to an actual worldwide event that happened in the relatively recent past, but modern science has suggested there has never been a global flood of this kind. Instead, historian Matthew Sibson has put forward a theory that the story actually retold a great flood in the Middle East, where Egypt’s high-rankers used the Great Pyramid of Giza to shield from disaster.
10. Anti-LGBT+ former judge Roy Moore, who thinks gay sex should be illegal, has thrown a party to unveil a Ten Commandments monument and said that the LGBT+ “movement” is attacking religious freedom. Roy Moore said if you speak about LGBT+ people, they will “come after you”.