Jewish date: 18 Tishri 5770.
Today’s holidays: Ḥol hamMo‘edh Sukkoth (Judaism), Samhain (Wicca).
Topic 1: Unfortunately, there is a lot of religious intolerance by many of the governments of the former Soviet Union: “AZERBAIJAN: Police chief deports local-born Baptist – with no documentation”, “RUSSIA: 'You have the law, we have orders'”, “KAZAKHSTAN: Officials who raid religious communities 'merely fulfilling their duty'”, “TAJIKISTAN: 'It seems that reading the Bible together is now a criminal offence'”. Vietnam and Turkey also have problems along these lines: “Buddhist sect decries lack of religious freedom in communist Vietnam” and “Overlooking religious minorities”. The folly of a government trying to dictate truth should be obvious; reality really does not care what people or groups thereof (such as governments) think, but it is whatever it is nevertheless. It must also be noted that this is illegal under international law.
Topic 2 will be in a separate post because Blogger is giving me some nonsense about posts being limited to at most ten labels, and I have another topic to write about.