The Debate Surrounding Religious Rules for Slaughtering Animals

“There are some religious-freedom arguments where even the time-honoured principle of “live and let live” fails to provide democracies with any easy answers,” The Economist writes.

I think freedom of religion triumphs any concern for animal welfare, but I’m also not convinced that animals suffer more from shechita than other methods of slaughter. But I do kind of like Isaac Bashevis Singer, who, according to the article, once said, “As long as human beings go on shedding the blood of animals, there will never be any peace. There is only one little step from killing animals to creating gas chambers.”

It’s a Scandalous Decision to Drop Assange Rape Probe

“It is a scandal that a suspected rapist can escape justice and thereby avoid the courts. There is evidence in the case, and that evidence should have been tested in court,” Elisabeth Massi Fritz, the rape victims’ lawyer says, according to The Local. “A trial is very important for someone who has been subjected to a rape, as is the possibility to obtain redress.”

German Court Rules that It’s OK to Describe a Nazi Slut as a ‘Nazi Slut’

“When a TV comedian called Alternative for Germany (AfD) leader Alice Weidel a 'Nazi slut' on air, she decided to take legal action,” The Local reports. “But a Hamburg court ruled on Wednesday that it was all in the name of satire.”

It’s fascinating how the extreme right talk about free speech and the menace of political correctness only as long as it doesn’t include criticism of themselves.

Lesbian Mother Heads Germany’s Far Right

“Weidel’s rise is the latest expression of a growing, if seemingly ironic, trend,” Anthony Faiola of the Washington Post writes. “In their policies, nationalist movements in the West often oppose full gay rights, including same-sex marriage. But many such parties are increasingly trying to portray themselves as more tolerant than their images suggest, in part by making space for gay men and lesbians.”

Disturbing trend.