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Resolving the refugee paradox â€“ how to feel good about saving people from certain death
by Bock the Robber
a person who, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country;
â€” 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees
That is the internationally-accepted definition of a refugee. Itâ€™s not up for debate.
To be regarded as a refugee, a personâ€™s fear of persecution must be well-founded and that persecution must be because of their
- Membership of a social group
- Political opinion
An Atheist Reads The Bible: Purge The Evil
by Robert Nielsen
Hello and welcome to another instalment of An Atheist Reads The Bible. Chances are that by now you all know how this works and donâ€™t need any introduction, so letâ€™s jump right into the second half of Deuteronomy which is a particularly violent section, obsessed with purging the evil from society.
Chapter 21 begins with a bit odd advice for dealing with unsolved murders. If someone is found murdered in a field, you must take a heifer to a valley with running water and untilled land and break the heifersâ€™ neck. The elders of the city will then wash their hands and say they didnâ€™t kill the man. This purges the guilt of innocent blood from the town, which begs the question, would God have blamed them otherwise? Why? Wouldnâ€™t it be more helpful to, you know, actually find who committed the murder rather than some superstitious ritual to cover your ass? Crime fighting in ancient times was probably useless unless someone saw the crime, but at times like these, an all-seeing, all-knowing deity would sure come in handy. Read more