Mafia boss Lucky Luciano’s “favorite assassin”, “Red” Levine, an Orthodox Jew never planned to murder from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. If he had to make the hit on Shabbat, he would first put on a prayer shawl, say his prayers, and then do the job.
Classical “angels” are the lowest tier of God’s servants in traditional Christian Angelology. There are actually nine angelic orders, each with distinct responsibilities. The highest orders appear as firey beings with six wings, four-faced creatures covered in eyes, and chariot wheels.
Although they aren’t consumed by Jewish people, giraffes are Kosher. The giraffe does not have a masorah (tradition) for its consumption by any Jewish community. Though it is commonly believed that it is not known where on a giraffes neck shechita (ritual slaughter) can be performed, this is incorrect as the shechita can be performed anywhere on the neck. The reason many people will not eat it is for the lack of tradition of eating it, and Judaism relies heavily on tradition. the people who would eat it anyway won’t because the cost is too high, something like a few hundred per steak.
Ancient Israelites burned cannabis during worship. Cannabis residue was first discovered in a 2700 year old temple in Tel Arad. It was important for rituals and was a very important ingredient as shown by ancient holy texts. Not only that, but it gave a feeling of bliss among worshippers.
The last person to be convicted of blasphemy in the United States was an Arkansas man who in 1928 put a sign in his storefront reading, “Evolution Is True. The Bible’s a Lie. God’s a Ghost.” He spent 3 months in jail.
An Italian atheist group wanted to advertise on buses “The bad news is that God does not exist. The good news is you don’t need it”. When they were refused, they changed it to “The good news is there are millions of atheists in Italy. The excellent news is they believe in freedom of speech”.
Christian-based company In-N-Out Burger not only prints the bible verse JOHN 3:16 on it’s soda cups but also prints different bible verses on it’s milkshake cups, burger wrappers, and french fry holders.
The Catholic Church closed a Louisiana parish in 1955 after its members refused to let a black priest be assigned to it.
A few local Catholics sent a petition to Pope Pius XII, requesting a papal decree supporting segregation. The papacy responded by describing racism as a major evil.
A new religion has emerged in Tennessee that believes all US voting days are a religious holiday, legally allowing all members to vote by mail. They have Ministers in Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia.
In 1965, sister Mary Kenneth Keller was the first woman to get a Ph.D in computer science. She believed that the use of computers have boundless capacity for the sharing of information.
Sister Mary worked on developing the BASIC programming language. BASIC is a way of translating the zeroes and ones of computer code into something more intuitive and straightforward. It is a general-purpose, high level programming language which helped broaden computer programming into non maths and science fields, subsequently giving many people their first experience with programming.