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Pastor’s wife was treated as a ‘sex slave’ and frequently raped

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In a harrowing TV interview, Australian Joy Harris, 63, above, spoke for the first time this week about the horrific treatment she suffered for years at the hands of her abusive husband, an fanatical Baptist pastor who is currently serving a five year jail term for raping her.

Speaking in a 60 Minutes exclusive, the Cairns grandmother said she had been raped up to seven time a day by her husband, Pastor Larry Harris.

Joy Harris said that the most devastating aspect of her ordeal was being shunned by her own son – an Independent Baptist pastor like his father – because he blamed her for his dad’s actions.

I’m totally heartbroken. He hasn’t even let me see his children, because I have to repent first.

She said of her husband:

He thought the more times a day he could have it, the more of a man he was. He would get up to 6, 7 times a day and he didn’t care if it caused me pain.

Pastor Harris pleaded guilty to two counts of rape in Queensland in January. His wife, however, wants fresh charges to be brought against him in New South Wales, where most of the abuse allegedly occurred.

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Government in rethink of fully segregated ‘faith’ schools proposal?

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Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman said she was ‘uncomfortable’ with plans to remove the cap

Ministers may be reconsidering controversial proposals to allow new state-funded religious schools to become fully segregated along religious lines, according to Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman, who has stated that ‘admission 100% on faith leads to increased levels of segregation within communities’. Humanists UK, which campaigns in favour of fully inclusive schools and has been leading opposition to the plans, has cautiously welcomed her comments, and urged the Government to respect the evidence by keeping the cap in place.

In September last year the Government consulted on proposals to end the current requirement that all new religious schools leave at least half of their places open to local children irrespective of religion or belief. The plan was also included in the Government’s manifesto prior to the general election.

However, evidence from a range of sources released in recent months has been overwhelming in its condemnation of the move, revealing that removing the so-called 50% cap on religious selection would not only lead to increased levels of segregation in schools and communities, but also damage social mobility and reduce the access of …read more

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Sweden mocked for bringing fun and laughter to refugees

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Now and again I get sent links to reports published by far-right hate sites and I routinely bin them.

However, today I was compelled to dig deeper into a Front Page report which mocked the Swedish authorities for wasting valuable resources by employing clowns to help integrate ‘mostly Muslim’ refugees. This, proclaimed writer Bruce Bawer, was ‘tragically idiotic’.

The Swedish Migration Board has managed to find an unspecified number of kronor – apparently in the millions – to spend on the services of an organization called Clowner utan Gränser. Translation: Clowns without Borders … CWB plans to ‘play’ its way to better integration.

I had never heard of Clowns without Borders, so I hopped over to its website, where I found a robust response to Bawer’s piece. “Naomi” wrote:

Mr Bawer’s main critique of the program is that Sweden’s Migration Board is using laughter to integrate Syrian refugees, and claims that ‘Swedish authorities still don’t know the first damned thing about Islam.’

This is based on Khomeini’s proclamation that, ‘There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam.’ This, like the rest of Khomeinism, is the founding …read more

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Vast majority of Welsh councils no longer hold prayers during meetings

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Councils across Wales no longer hold prayers as part of their official business after the National Secular Society won a court battle over the practice.

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Fire Brigades Union called out over heated Pride blog post

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The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) is awaiting a response from the Fire Brigades Union to a letter it wrote after a member of the union said in a blog post that there should be no place at London Pride for the CEMB.

After Lucy Masoud, above, treasurer of the Fire Brigades Union in London, accused the CEMB of spreading hate in a blog post (no longer accessible) on the Union’s website, a letter was sent to Matt Wrack, FBU General Secretary, asking him to clarify the union’s official position vis-a-vis CEMB supporters and Pride.

The CEMB wrote:

As we have mentioned in our response to Ms Masoud, there is a clear distinction between criticism of religion and the religious-Right versus bigotry against people. Charges of Islamophobia erroneously conflate the two. In fact, CEMB’s presence at Pride aimed to combat the hate perpetrated against ex-Muslims and LGBT and to defend the right to reject and criticise religion without fear. This was political protest at its best. Had the FBU not recently backed calls to reclaim Pride as political protest?

Given that apostasy, blasphemy and homosexuality are punishable by death in many countries under Islamic rule, our being at Pride was …read more

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US radio station slammed for cancelling Dawkins event

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A radio station in Berkeley, California, has pulled the plug on a talk scheduled to be given by Professor Richard Dawkins in August, much to the fury of free speech advocates.

KPFA, organisers of the talk, said it had cancelled the event because of Dawlins’ “abusive” comments about Islam. A statement from KPFA said:

We regret to inform you that KPFA has canceled our event with Richard Dawkins. We had booked this event based entirely on his excellent new book on science, when we didn’t know he had offended and hurt – in his tweets and other comments on Islam, so many people.

KPFA does not endorse hurtful speech. While KPFA emphatically supports serious free speech, we do not support abusive speech. We apologize for not having had broader knowledge of Dawkins views much earlier. We also apologize to all those inconvenienced by this cancellation. Your ticket purchases will automatically be refunded by Brown Paper Tickets.

This is what KPFA tweeted yesterday:

The Center for Inquiry reacted with alarm, saying in a statement that it was “stunned and deeply dismayed” by the cancellation:

The station alleged without evidence that the world renowned evolutionary biologist had engaged in ‘abusive speech’, against Islam, a justification …read more

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Right Wing Round-Up: 99 Problems

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Right Wing Bonus Tracks: The Moon Landing Was Faked

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  • White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned today.
  • Andrew Bieszad of Shoebat.com is not particularly saddened by the news that Sen. John McCain has brain cancer because “John McCain is a unrepentant political criminal with a history of lying, cheating, stealing, and manipulating the general public for his own benefit. He is the quintessential politician, who most likely threw the 2008 presidential election in order that Barack Hussein Obama could win.”
  • Sean Hannity will no longer be receiving the Media Research Center’s William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence.
  • The couples who were denied marriage licenses by Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in her fight against the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling have been awarded more than $200,000 in legal costs.
  • Finally, Dave Daubenmire is now questioning the legitimacy of the 1969 moon landing.

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Bryan Fischer: Opposition To LGBTQ Rights Is A Test Of Who Can Govern When Jesus Returns

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On his American Family Radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer explained that the whole purpose of life is for people to prepare themselves to help Jesus Christ govern the world when he returns and that taking a stand against things like marriage equality and LGBTQ rights now is a sign that one can be trusted to help Christ “right the world right” in the world to come.

“When Christ returns, he is going to rule on the surface of the earth,” Fischer said, “and he is going to be asking us to help him run things. We’re now going to be under Christ’s reign in positions of authority to help him manage and direct and govern the Kingdom of God as it comes to earth and as it is administered on earth.”

Fischer said that “this life is designed by God to be like grammar school, like elementary school; the day is going to come when we are going to graduate and he wants us to be mature enough and wise enough to help him manage affairs on earth. It’s preparing us to exercise authority in the age to come.”

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Kris Kobach: States Refusing Data to ‘Voter Fraud’ Commission Must Be Hiding ‘Aliens’ On Voter Rolls

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Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and vice chairman of President Trump’s “commission on election integrity” joined Alex Marlow at “Breitbart News Daily” this morning to defend the commission against criticism that it is a façade for voter suppression efforts.

Marlow asked Kobach if he had any suspicions of what the critics of the commission are trying to hide, since “they’re certainly hiding something, it’s crystal clear.”

Kobach responded that he’s getting pushback from “organizations on the left that have benefited from the claim that voter fraud is a myth and their existence is all about propagating this claim that there is no such thing as voter fraud.”

But he also said that the dozens of states that have refused to give his commission the extensive voter data that they have asked for must be hiding something.

“I think you may have some states—California being one that jumps to mind—that have said, or at least the secretary of state has said, ‘We aren’t going to provide this data,’” Kobach said. “In that case, the leadership of the state may be saying, ‘Look, we don’t want the extent to which our voter rolls are inaccurate or filled with people who are …read more

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