Jewish date: 23 Shevaṭ 5770 (Parashath Mishpaṭim).
Today’s holiday: Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Roman Catholicism).
Worthy cause of the day: “Time to shame Sen. Shelby”.
Topic 1: Episode 2 of Caprica: “Rebirth”. The series finally moves beyond the pilot. This episode deals largely with (1) Zoe Graystone II trying to hide from everyone except Lacy Rand that she is not an ordinary, insentient Cylon, and (2) many of the other major characters, unsurprisingly, still having severely disturbed behavior and emotions. Most of what else happens is not especially religious in nature. However, we do get a peak into the lives of the Soldiers of the One. Lacy visits Sister Clarice Willow at home to discover that the latter is in a polygamous marriage—and I mean polygamous, not polygynous; there are multiple wives and husbands. There is also the strong implication that Sister Clarice has had sex with students for (allegedly) therapeutic purposes. I will take this as a sign that the writers are trying to make the Soldiers of the One unsympathetic.
Topic 2: More religious intolerance (and, no, this recurring topic is not going away anytime soon): “Constitutional Court Taking Up Indonesia's Thorny Religious Row”, “Pakistan double bombing kills Shia Muslims”, “Anti-Semitic attacks against Jews 'rise in the UK'”, “Attacks on Christians in India’s Karnataka Frequent, Furious”, and “Arrested Evangelists in Tanzania Say Muslims Colluded with Police”. Meanwhile, Ṣippi Livni, Israel’s opposition leader, is planning to visit the UK in a direct challenge to laws there allowing for the arrest under universal jurisdiction of anyone who has allegedly committed war crimes. There has been a threat of abuse of such laws by anti-Semites against Israelis. I have to admire her attitude. There is some effort at changing the law in the UK, but we yet have to see if anything substantial comes of it.
Topic 3: For today’s religious humor: “Well, this is going back”: