- Jon Swift — I correct a linguistic detail, and point out what kind of God these warbloggers seem to believe in.
- Sadly, No! — affirming the parallels between Mark Twain's latter years and our current times
- Glenn Greenwald examines a fascinating psychological profile.
- PZ Myers hopes that church leaders will feel freer with the tool of excommunication after reading this:
Rapist, the evildoer? Where do they get these crazy ideas? Don't they read their Bible?
A Vatican official has said the Catholic church will excommunicate a medical team who performed Colombia's first legal abortion on an 11-year-old girl, who was eight weeks pregnant after being raped by her stepfather.
Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, the president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family, said in addition to the doctors and nurses, the measure could apply to "relatives, politicians and lawmakers" whom he called "protagonists in this abominable crime".
"We acted within the constitutional framework," Dr Lemus said. "We were faced with the petition of a girl who wanted to go back to playing with her toys."
He said Cardinal Trujillo "calls the doctors and nurses 'evildoers'. I think the person who raped her is the evildoer".