Category: Offbeat News

This section of Religion News Blog highlights religion-related news stories that may tickle your funny-bone, leave you flabbergasted, or at least scratching your head wondering: What were they thinking?

These items are not intended to ridicule or otherwise poke fun at those involved.

Kosher comedy site gives bubbe and zeyde a chance to take over the mike

What happens when you put a bunch of old Jews on a soundstage and invite them to crack wise? Thirteen hours and about 140 video clips later, they’re still funny — and they’ve eaten all the pastrami sandwiches and cookies.

The concept behind the wildly popular Web site Old Jews Telling Jokes is simple. It basically involves everybody’s bubbe and zeyde telling their time-tested jokes in front of the camera.

Saudi Arabia women threaten to breastfeed drivers if they aren’t allowed to drive

Breast milk Many were stunned when Saudi cleric Sheik Abdel Mohsen Obeikan recently issued a fatwa, or Islamic ruling, calling on women to give breast milk to their male colleagues or men they come into regular contact with so as to avoid illicit mixing between the sexes.

But a group of Saudi women has taken the controversial decree a step further in a new campaign to gain the right to drive in the ultra-conservative kingdom, media reports say.

Saudi Arabia: Cleric in hot seat after calling for women to give men breast milk to avoid illicit mixing

Breast milk A Saudi cleric finds himself in the hot seat after issuing a decree permitting unrelated women and men mingle so long as the guy drinks the woman’s breast milk.

Sheik Abdel Mohsen Obeikan, a scholar and a consultant at Saudi Arabia’s royal court, has called for women to give men breast milk to establish maternal relations and get around the ultra-conservative kingdom’s ban on mixing between men and women who are unrelated.

Dutch church set up as a haven for smokers

Coffeeshop Old Church in Amsterdam Dutch smokers are flocking to a religious movement known as “The Only and Universal Smokers Church of God” following a ban on tobacco smoking indoors.

Michiel Eijsbouts, founder and “Smokelighter” of the church he founded in 2001, has insisted that the Dutch smoking ban in place does not apply to members of his church under national and European human rights legislation.