Jewish date: 25 Nisan 5770 (Parashath Shemini).
Today’s holidays: Day 10 of the ‘Omer (Judaism), Friday in the Octave of Easter (Roman Catholicism), St. Tommy Geogiarides (Church of the Subgenius), Feast Day of Francis Bacon Lord Verulam and Feast Day of Rabelais and Feast for the Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law (Thelema).
Topic 1: “Georgian convicts swap cells for monastery”: This is an interesting approach to rehabilitating criminals.
Topic 2: “Islamic groups block shaving contest”: Gillette Pakistan decided to create a new world record of the most people shaving at the same time. I see no problem with Islamic groups protesting the contest, claiming that shaving is against Islam. After all, freedom of speech includes expressing offense, no matter how innocuous others think something is. However death threats are beyond the limits of civil society and legitimate discourse; threatening to kill one’s opponents does not make one’s claims any more correct. Very strange is referring to the contest as “blasphemous”, as if it were all about defaming Islam. (People interested in defaming Islam usually are much more explicit.)
Topic 3: For today’s religious humor: “Ceiling Cat please hides me!!”:
Peace and Shabbath shalom.