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Sundown: Foxholes and Kid Lit

Strange places for atheists, the plight of prisoners, and baseball takes a stand

by
Hadara Graubart
July 07, 2009

•A game show in Turkey called Penitents Compete pits religious leaders from the world’s major faiths against each other in the battle for the soul of a nonbeliever. The atheists are examined by a panel of theologians to prove their sincerity—presumably based on how well they know their Hitchens. [CNN]
•One atheist who has yet to be won over was relegated to reading All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten at his niece’s bat mitzvah. [Examiner]
•Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak swears that kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is A-OK. [JTA]
•Former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Mordechai Eliyahu has declared it preferable for IDF soldiers to go to jail rather than listen to a woman sing at an army event. Perhaps he has been reading too much American news and has the wrong idea about what prison’s like. [Arutz Sheva]
•A Jewish blogger says that although he’s “about as far from joining the Anti-Defamation League as you will find,” he’s glad the Atlantic Coast Conference has moved its baseball tournament from South Carolina after the state refused to remove a Confederate flag. [East Coast Bias]

Hadara Graubart was formerly a writer and editor for Tablet Magazine.

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