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We Are Not Witches!
Every year, Thousands of vulnerable children and elders are attacked and driven out of their homes or killed each year by family and neighbors who have been told they are "witches".
BY SARAH POSNER / RELIGION DISPATCHES
UP DATE: Following this morning's hearing, Kim Davis has been taken into custody by U.S. Marshals for contempt of court.
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, not known for shying away from hot-button religious culture war battles, "visited by phone" with Rowan County, Kentucky court clerk Kim Davis yesterday, according to a statement issued by his campaign. "I let her know how proud I am of her for not abandoning her religious convictions and standing strong for religious liberty," the former pastor, Arkansas governor, and now two-time presidential candidate said in a statement. Arguing that "the Supreme Court cannot and did not make a law," but only a "ruling on a law," Huckabee maintained that "Kim does not have the Constitutional authority to issue a marriage license to homosexual couples."
Davis will be in federal court later this morning, for a hearing on whether she should be held in contempt of court. Translation: federal courts do indeed have the authority to decide whether Davis is obligated to issue those marriage licenses.
Acoording to RT, An Iraqi woman has taken revenge on the Islamic State commander who forced her into sex slavery, killing him near the city of Mosul.
The woman killed a senior commander known as "Abu Anas" three months after he forced her to marry several men under his command, Kurdistan Democratic Party spokesman Saeed Mamouzini told al-Sumaria TV.
The commander was killed on Saturday in the Tal Roman district, west of militant-held Mosul, according to Mamouzini.
There is no information on how the militant was killed or what has become of the woman, who some reports say is a member of the Yazidi-Kurdish minority.
According to the ABNA news agency, the report emerged just days after an unspecified number of "non-Iraqi" women were transported into Mosul for use as sex slaves, under a direct order from the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
According to Metro, Islamic State militants who contracted HIV from sex slaves will be forced to become suicide bombers, it has been claimed.
At least 16 members of ISIS are said to have tested positive for the virus after raping two Moroccan women held by the terrorist who had the disease.
They are now being held in quarantine after being diagnosed in al-Mayadeen city in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, reports indicate.
'IS leadership is planning to assign suicide attacks for its militants who are tested positive with AIDS,' a civil rights activist told ARA News.
According to Raw Story, Kim Davis, the defiant Kentucky county clerk, was found in contempt of court and taken into federal custody — and she will be spending the night in jail.
U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning ordered Davis, the Rowan County clerk, to be jailed on the contempt charges until she agrees to comply with multiple court orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
"The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order," Bunning said. "If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that's what potentially causes problems."
Teenager is gang-raped then has her eyes gouged out by her own sister in brutal exorcism ritual ordered by a PASTOR in Argentina
By JAMES DUNN FOR MAILONLINE
A teenager was brutally gang-raped then had her eyes gouged out by her sister in a brutal exorcism ritual that the rapists claim was ordered by a local pastor.
According to Daily Mail, the victim, aged just 16, is now fighting for her life in hospital after the horrific ordeal, which her family said they orchestrated because they believed she was possessed by the devil.
After the terrible ordeal, the teenager was pinned down and her elder sister cut both of her eyes out.
The victim's sister claimed that the religious centre even gave her the sharp knife used in the attack and said that she must personally carry out the brutal act in order to cure her.
According to Global News Nigeria, ten members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram have been executed by firing squad in Chad.
It comes a day after they were found guilty of terror charges at a trial in the capital N'Djamena.
Security sources said they were shot at a firing range norh of the capital.
All 10 were convicted over their roles in twin attacks on the capital in June, which killed at least 38. A month after the attack, Chad reintroduced the death penalty for acts of terror.
"They were shot this morning at the Massaguet firing range," a source told Reuters news agency, referring to a city about 60km (40 miles) north-east of N'Djamena.
An attempted attack by a heavily armed man on a train in France last week was premeditated and well prepared, according to a French prosecutor.
Accordiing to BBC, Ayoub El-Khazzani, 25, was carrying 270 bullets for his assault rifle and a bottle of petrol, prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters on Tuesday.
The Moroccan's phone showed that he had watched a jihadist video shortly before launching the attack, Mr Molins added.
Prosecutors have now filed formal charges against him.
Mr Khazzani is accused of carrying out a "targeted and premeditated" jihadist attack.
He is also accused of firearms offences and "participation in a terrorist association with a view to organising one or several damaging crimes," according to prosecutors' documents quoted by the AFP news agency.
According to Religion Dispatches, one of the first posts I wrote for RD was whether or not there was or would be a discernible "Francis effect," a term used in a variety of ways, but frequently understood to indicate an uptick in attendance and the return of disillusioned Catholics.
Some bloggers took me to task for writing that early polling confirmed my suspicion that the doctrinal disconnect between lay Catholics and the hierarchy was so wide that, without significant change, Francis would amount to little more than a new and improved mascot for the church who would make the faithful "feel better about their damaged church."
At the time, Francis had only been pope for a year, so it's fair to say that the judge was still out on whether he would reinvigorate and rebuild the Catholic Church.
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