Jewish date: 29 Marḥeshwan 5770 (Parashath Toledhoth).
Today’s holiday: Saint Day of Margaret of Scotland (Roman Catholicism).
Topic 1: “Non Believers”: This Dry Bones cartoon deals with how wishful thinking about Islamists never, ever works. Come to think of it wishful thinking never, ever works, and physical reality never conforms itself to what we want it to be. Human beings are also pretty stubborn in that way, too. Sometimes even people recognize the truth they may want to cover it up anyway, e.g., “Memorial to Conn. 9/11 victim halted as town refuses to make reference to 'Muslim terrorists'”.
Topic 2: More religious persecution: “Egypt's Copts facing persecution”, “BELARUS: "We have Orthodox, Catholics and Muslims – all the others are sects"”, “”KYRGYZSTAN: Why is new Religious Education Law being hurried?”, “KAZAKHSTAN: "They can meet and pray to God, but the Law says they have to register"”. Governments trying to dictate or censor the truth does not work either.
Topic 3: “Phoenix Methodist church loses appeal; can no longer offer meals to the needy”: I cannot make something like this up. It makes no sense to me. A church was feeding the homeless, and for some reason this is considered illegal in a residential zone. This is a disgraceful violation of freedom of religion—yes, helping the needy is a religious duty—and senselessly antisocial. May the legislators of Arizona change the law soon, and may everyone break it if they do not.