The Swedish church (Lutheran, formerly the state church) is advising its clergy not to baptize converts to Christianity among the asylum-seekers who reside in Sweden. The rationale is that being baptized could put an asylum-seeker in danger, especially if he subsequently returned to his home country, and would not help him in any case. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of an established church trying not to spread the faith and deliberately avoiding baptism.
Meanwhile, while everyone’s attention has been focused on the deadly Koran-burning protests in Afghanistan, demonstrators in Bangladesh have been violently protesting a new government policy that would give women equal inheritance rights. Besides burning cars and beating people up, the protesters have called a general strike.
In other news, workers at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan were forced to empty more than 11,000 tons of radioactive water into the sea in order to make room in storage structures for much more highly radioactive water that must be drained from the reactors.
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