1. Nour Eddin Al-Hanafy filed a case against his wife last month, accusing her of violating the law by having his daughters operated on without his or his daughters' consent. In a phone interview with TeN Television he said, "When my wife told me she would circumcise my daughter, I refused and warned her, but she circumcised them, so I filed a case against her to get her punished. He consulted religious scholars in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, all of whom denounced FGM. His case has been adjourned until December 24 but he vowed to continue with it. The Egyptian parliament approved a bill to tighten laws surrounding FGM in 2016.
2. Gloria Copeland, a televangelist, told her viewers not to worry catching the flu as Jesus provided his followers with a metaphorical flu shot that will protect them during flu season. She said,
“Flu, I bind you off the people in the name of Jesus. **Jesus himself gave us the flu shot, He redeemed us from the curse of flu.”
3. According to a police report released Monday, James A. Mucciaccio drove his blue Ferrari into the Lake Worth Inlet last month and told police Jesus told him to do it. He caused about $50,000 worth of damage to his 2000 Ferrari coupe when he intentionally drove it off a Palm Beach dock. The man told the police, "Jesus made me the smartest man on Earth, and it's so hard to have this much responsibility." He was able to escape the car before it sank.
4. An age-old tradition in Karnataka decorate cows with garlands and bells and then make them walk over fire. They believe that this will ensure good fortune and protect them from harm. No news from the Gau rakshaks or self-appointed groups claiming they protect cows regarding the tradition.
5. Addressing a rally attended by thousands, the Islamist leader Hefajat-e Islam chief Shah Ahmed Shafi made parents promise that they won't send their daughters to school. He said girls should not receive schooling beyond grade IV or V because education would make them disobedient. The 99-year-old Hefajat leader is no stranger to making outright vulgar remarks about women, drawing criticism from rights activists and even the prime minister of Bangladesh.
6. After a Nepali mother was banished to a "menstruation hut", she and her two children have been found dead. The woman had lit a fire to keep them warm in bitter winter temperatures. They have been suspected to have died in their sleep due to smoke inhalation. Blankets in the hut were partially burned and the mother was found with burns to her legs. In Nepal, the traditional practice of exiling menstruating women from the family home is banned but still widely practised in rural areas. Women who have their periods or who have just given birth are seen as impure or bringers of bad luck.
7. If the government does not pursue measures to end a male guardianship system that bars women from doing basic activities, a growing wave of Saudi Arabian women threaten to flee the country. Women posted using an Arabic language hashtag that roughly translates to: "remove the guardianship system or we'll all migrate," with some writing that they had been inspired by the recent case of Saudi Arabian teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun. The migration threat hashtag began to trend on Saudi Arabia social media.
8. Outside Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church is a sign that provoked outrage from the public that says: "Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not." People from across Siskiyou County gathered at a church to protest the sign, viewing it as hateful and exclusionary. The pastor said his congregants support the message.
9. At Israel's Haifa Museum of Art, a 2015 sculpture of a crucified Ronald McDonald called "McJesus" by artist Jani Leinonen, created a stir as hundreds of Arab Christians clashed with police over what they claimed was an offensive piece of art that mocked their faith. Police used tear gas and stun grenades to clear the protesters. Culture Minister Miri Regev sent Haifa Museum director Nissim Tal a letter calling for the removal of the sculpture. The museum officials did not remove it but put up a sign warning people about the potentially "offensive" pieces of art in the exhibit.
10. Denmark doctors believe circumcision has no meaningful health benefits. According to a nationally representative poll from the summer of 2016, 87% of Danes favor a legal ban on non-therapeutic circumcision of boys under the age of 18 years. Doctors and medical organizations in Denmark, the other Nordic countries and, with one notable exception, elsewhere in the Western world agree that circumcision of healthy boys is ethically problematic. Not one medical association in the whole world recommends circumcision of healthy boys.