Jewish date: 11 ’Iyyar 5770 (Parashath ’Emor).
Today’s holidays: Day 26 of the ‘Omer (Judaism), Festival of Ridvan (Bahá’í Faith), Fourth Sunday of Easter (Roman Catholicism), Feast Day of St. T (Church of the SubGenius), Feast of Manes (Thelema), Apostle and Evangelist Mark (Greek Orthodox Christianity).
Worthy causes of the day: “Reform Immigration For America | Racial profiling? Not in our America!”, “Tell Obama to Further Support Malaria Vaccine Research - Take Action Today @ The Hunger Site”, “Friends of the Earth U.S.: Tell the Obama Administration to Reject a New Pipeline for the World's Dirtiest Oil”, “CARE: Child Marriage: A Promise of Poverty”, “Health Care for America NOW! | Demand Our $$ Spent on Health Care Not Profits”, “Take Action: TrueMajority.org: WITH WALL STREET OR WITH US?”, “Stop senseless wolf killing in our country! - The Petition Site”, “Take Action | Earth Day Network”, “Take Action: Speak out for Sudan | Save Darfur”, “MoveOn.org Political Action: We need a criminal investigation of Wall Street”, “Tell Big Banks: Party's Over - The Petition Site”, and “Close the Loophole: Help Close the Gun Show Loophole. Keep Guns Out of the Hands of Criminals.”. (My posting got put off due to working on a review of the Uplift Series, so there is a big backlog.)
Topic 1: “Iranian cleric blames quakes on promiscuous women”: Considering that Hojjat ol-eslam Kazem Sediqi is not a prophet, HOW DOES HE KNOW? Also to be noted, but which he does not seem to realize, is that it takes two to tango. Therefore the young men allegedly being tempted into adultery should be held accountable for their failure to resist temptation.
Topic 2: The periodic anti-Semitism roundup: “Anti-Israel Programmer Suspended by Montreal Campus Radio” (baseless accusations), “A taboo that harms Arabs too” and “The False Religion of Mideast Peace: And Why I'm No Longer a Believer” (forget the peace process; the way things are now it will not work). On the bright side (submitted by Harold), “Palestinian Zionist Organization is Founded”.
Topic 3: “South Africa: Religious Uproar Over Jewish Judge Who Criticized Israel”. To make a long story short, the man from which the disgraceful Goldstone Report takes its name will not be attending the bar miṣwah ceremony of his grandson, as people really hate his guts and do not wish to be around him. “This isn’t about Goldstone, it’s about Judaism” and “Condemn His Report, But Welcome Goldstone” argue that despite the fact that Richard Goldstone has committed has done something truly despicable, he should not be barred from attending the bar miṣwah ceremony because that is simply not the way Jews are supposed to behave.
Topic 4: For today’s religious humor: “You know your haircut’s bad”: