Jewish date: 22 ’Av 5770 (Parashath Re’eh).
Today’s holidays: Feast Days of Eusebius of Vercelli and Peter Julian Eymard (Roman Catholicism), Feast Day of St. Robert Goddard (Church of the SubGenius).
Worthy causes of the day: “Ask Your Reps to Support the National Alzheimer's Project Act - The Petition Site”, “Support Clean Energy Jobs - Take Action Today @ The Rainforest Site”, and “Tell the FDA to Come Clean About Gulf Seafood - The Petition Site”. Also along the lines of something worthy to do: Save the oak trees.
Note: I have finished reading The Hebrew Goddess by Raphael Patai and have written a draft review of it. I hope to present the finished review tomorrow.
Topic 1: More anti-Semitism (as if you did not know that was coming): “Israel "Ethnically Cleansing" Bedouin Arabs?” and “Gaza Missile Hits, UK Press Misses” both deal with biased reporting. The Dry Bones cartoon “No Big Deal”, only less politely. “Hamas summer camp: Weapons training for leaders' kids” has a title which shows just what is considered important in Gaza. “From Gibson to Ahmadinejad” notes that anti-Semitism may often be ignored or explained away when other forms of irrational bias are not.
Topic 2: I cannot make this up: “Sharia in New Jersey: Muslim husband rapes wife, judge sees no sexual assault because Islam forbids wives to refuse sex”. The title summarizes it well, though do note the decision was overturned. References in the Islamic literature permitting marital rape are provided. Though I cannot say that the Muslim husband did anything wrong according to Islam, I am under the impression that freedom of religion stops when it tramples on the legal rights of other human beings.
Topic 3: For today’s religious humor: “Teh Ten Commanments of Ceiling Cat”: