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yates_arrest_130901c-615x345A woman is arrested for playing a banjo at a protest against attacking Syria. Did I mention she is a veteran of the Iraq War?

Surgery can empower female genital mutilation survivors to feel sexual pleasure.

The New York Times mentions abortion… in a wedding announcement.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd schools marriage equality critics. When a pastor asked him, “If you call yourself a Christian, why don’t you believe the words of Jesus in the Bible?” Rudd replied: “Well mate, if I was going to have that view, the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition. Because St Paul said in the New Testament, slaves be obedient to your masters. And therefore we should have all fought for the Confederacy in the US Civil War.” In case anyone missed the take away message, Rudd explained, “If we get obsessed with a particular definition of that through a form of sexuality, then I think we are missing the centrality of what the Gospel… is all about.”

Shorter judge [to woman trying to sue police for not enforcing a restraining order against her abuser, who wound up shooting her]: STFD.

Two Muslim teenage sisters are arrested by the NYPD for being Muslim doing absolutely nothing wrong. Disturbingly, but not, unfortunately, surprisingly, the cops tackle one girl, put another one in a choke-hold and remove both of their hijabs.

Russia’s anti-gay propaganda legislation is emboldening homophobes and increasing hate crimes. That’s so surprising, said no one ever.

Scary statistic: one Indian woman is killed each hour over a dowry.

Americans don’t want to attack Syria. But that doesn’t matter to the politicians who are supposed to represent us.

A 14-year-old girl goes shopping without her mother for the first time. And a store employee tells her she needs to leave because she’s “too big to be in this store.”

Our own Courtney Martin on philanthropy and radical humility.


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