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A man rapes his young daughter, impregnating her. The new laws passed in Alabama and in Missouri bar her from undergoing an abortion in these states. A wealthy, well-connected woman will be able to arrange an abortion for herself. A frightened teen can expect difficulties that in some cases will continue throughout her life. A handmaid’s tale. These are the “family values” of the Christian right in the United States. A direct line leads from them to the demands in the coalition negotiations of ...
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Israel’s Passover Law À La Saudi Arabia and Iran

“Oy, you poor people can’t buy chametz on Passover? Well, get it through your skulls – this is a Jewish state.” That’s more or less the arrogant response anyone gets for complaining about the so-called chametz law, which prohibits the public display of chametz – leaven – for sale or consumption during Passover. It’s one of Israel’s more twisted pieces of legislation, and it’s purely about religious coercion. Yes, “it lasts only a week,” and there are places that violate the law. But the ver...
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