A couple of pansexual flag shirts for 4 and 5 bucks respectively.
These iron islands appear in the middle of the salt lake Arizaro in Argentina, their colors are the result of oxidation across millions of years.
Сaged by Oscar Ciutat
“The project started by chance back in 2008. I was visiting the local zoo, which I hadn’t been to in ages, and started taking pictures of the captive animals, just like everyone else was doing. My attention kept being drawn to their eyes, which, to me, seemed very sad, and I ended focusing my camera on them. I was intrigued by whether my impressions would be apparent to other people in the images. I wondered if that popular old saying, referring to humans, that goes the eyes are the windows to the soul could hold true for animals as well.”
Talk about unintended consequences.
Hey! Remember that wacky Mormon polygamist cult, the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, that got in trouble because they were marrying off 12 year-old girls to old dudes? And then their leader, Warren Jeffs went to jail for it? Maybe? Hmm? Ok, I will refresh your memory. It’s the one where the ladies all looked like this:
Yeah. Them. They’re still around! There was even a show about them last year on TLC that showed that they’re still pretty much up to their old tricks–like arranged marriages and banishing teen boys from the compound so the old dudes can have all the wives– even with Jeffs in jail.
However, it seems that child rape and abandonment may not be the only ways children have been violated in the notorious cult. The group is now the subject of another federal investigation, this time citing claims of Jeffs ordering all schools to be shut down for a week so that the children of the FLDS could go work at a private ranch picking pecans.
The investigation was launched after a 2012 CNN report on the claims, in which reporters actually caught hundreds of children–some very young–working at the ranch picking pecans instead of going to school.
Federal officials wanted to compel FLDS member Vernon Steed to provide testimony that could aid in the investigation. Steed claims that he objects to providing this testimony on religious grounds, and that testifying would violate his religious vows ‘not to discuss matters related to the internal affairs or organization of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
While that may seem like total bullshit to you and I–Judge David Sam has found in his favor, citing the recent Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision to exempt him from having to testify. Because apparently all you have to do to get out of obeying a law now is say that it is your “sincere religious belief” to not follow that law.
Prior to Hobby Lobby, this argument would not have flown. In order to obtain this sort of objection he would have had to prove that testifying would have been a “substantial burden” to his free exercise of religion somehow. That, likely, would not have trumped the children’s right to not be forced into labor.
However, now all he has to do is say that it’s his “sincerely held religious belief, et voila! No one can touch him. It doesn’t even have to be an actual tenet of his religion for it to qualify. He just has to say that it is.
Judge Sam concluded, based on the Hobby Lobby decision, that the federal government “has placed substantial pressure on Mr. Steed to engage in conduct contrary to his religious belief because [it] seeks to compel that conduct by court order and imposition of sanctions if he refuses to answer questions regarding the internal affairs and organization of the FLDS Church.”
This interpretation of the decision is likely to have far-reaching effects, particularly when it comes to allegations of child abuse in religious groups. It’s possible that if this ruling was in effect at the time of Warren Jeffs’ arrest, he would not be in prison right now. I’m sure the Catholic Church will be lining up next to pull this one.
One has to wonder if the increasingly far-reaching effects of the Hobby Lobby ruling will give pause to those who didn’t really care about the decision since it only impacted women–and sexually active women at that, who are obviously the worst kind. Now that the ruling is being used to allow religious groups to keep their abuse of children to themselves, I think some might have a change of heart.