Item no. 1: Via Jim Downey at Unscrewing the Inscrutable, a perfect example on what religious law will give you. I imagine it wasn’t that much different in Europe some hundred years ago. This is the shit: a boy and a girl, walking together in public even though they were not yet married.
According to the Supreme Court’s earlier decision, the killers, who are members of the Basiji Force, volunteer vigilantes favored by the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, considered their victims morally corrupt and, according to Islamic teachings and Iran’s Islamic penal code, their blood could therefore be shed.The last victims, for example, were a young couple engaged to be married who the killers claimed were walking together in public.Iran’s Islamic penal code, a parallel system to its civic code, says murder charges can be dropped if the accused can prove the killing was done because the victim was morally corrupt.
Item no. 2: It would seem that Einstein was probably right. If someone was wondering. And also note, nutcases, that this is science working, they’re still trying to find errors with his ideas. So if you think science is dogmatic and religious, well, show the religion where its members work their asses off trying to prove their profets wrong. Hm? No? Ok, then find out what the Gravity Probe B is. Go on. Its fascinating.