• Daniela wrote a new post, Global Quickies: Devil-Guided Journalism, Sexual bias, and More, on the site Skepchick 5 years, 5 months ago

    Doubts are growing about the authenticity of an edict attributed to the Sunni Islamist group Isis controlling the Iraqi city of Mosul about ordering all females aged between 11 and 46 to undergo female […]

    • The ISIS announcement was a bit odd. Why 11? If the proclamation was coming from Islamists, why not go for the Quranically approved 9? Of course where this barbarism is encouraged, even ‘delaying’ THAT long is regarded as dicey.

      • Before the invasion of Iraq, I heard right-wing radio personalities talking about infibulation.

        This particular variant reminds me of Maccabees. In much the same way that the holy family hiding in Egypt comes from Exodus, the story of Judas comes from the story of Joseph, and much of the Apocalypse of John the Divine is cribbed from the Book of Daniel. People love to allude to older myths when they make newer ones.