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Lipstick reminder for Muslim women

Authorities in a northern Malaysian city are reminding Muslim women not to wear bright lipstick and noisy high-heeled shoes if they want to follow the “100 percent Islamic way”.

Council spokesman Azman Mohamad Daham […] said the suggestions aim to prevent rape and to protect the women’s dignity and morals.

– Source: Lipstick reminder for Muslim women, Daily Express, UK, June 24, 2008

Bizarre sex death of model Aussie preacher

Sydney’s Baptist community is reeling following the bizarre death of one its leaders.

Daniel Verbanaz, a pastor at Ashfield Spanish Baptist Church, was found by his distraught wife bound and unconscious at his home in Greystanes on Thursday.

Australian police are not treating the death as suspicious. An autopsy will be held to determine the cause of death but police sources said Mr Verbanaz may have died while attempting an act of auto-erotic asphyxiation.

– Source: Eamon Duff, Bizarre sex death of model Aussie preacher, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), via, June 23, 2008

God is arrested outside church

God has been arrested for allegedly dealing cocaine – outside a church.

The 39-year-old man – named God Lucky Howard – was arrested by cops in Tampa, Florida.

He was charged with one count each of delivery of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church, a school and public housing.

– Source: God is arrested outside church, The Sun, UK, June 24, 2008

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