Donald Trump, Interrupted. He Calls Flint Pastor Who Cut In ‘a Nervous Mess.’ – The New York Times

“Everyone plays their games, it doesn’t bother me,” Mr. Trump said, claiming Pastor Timmons was shaking when she came up to him. He added: “She was so nervous, she was like a nervous mess. I figured something was up.” Some conservatives defended Mr. Trump on Thursday, pointing to a Facebook post in which she wrote that the visit was an opportunity to educate Republican candidate as evidence that she was planning to embarrass him. While that post does not appear on her Facebook page, Pastor Timmons did address the controversy there on Wednesday night. “Had he stuck to what his camp claimed he came to do, we would not have had a problem!” she wrote.

Source: Donald Trump, Interrupted. He Calls Flint Pastor Who Cut In ‘a Nervous Mess.’ – The New York Times

The Push and Pull of Gender for Muslims at the Hajj – The New York Times

“Treat your women well and be kind to them,” Muhammad himself urged in his last sermon, during his final pilgrimage to Mecca. “It is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you.” So, kindness and rights, but also women as something less than men. It can feel patronizing, and diminishing of our full humanity. It is why I started to lose faith after a childhood in an observant family and what I still struggle with, at 38, living a life that is secular but guided by Islamic values. Each day in Mecca provided powerful reminders of a religion that seems to simultaneously embrace women and push them away.

Source: The Push and Pull of Gender for Muslims at the Hajj – The New York Times

Sarkozy comes out of the closet as a climate skeptic – The Local – “What he really supports is eugenics, fewer colored, non-white French and definitely no more Polish immigrants like himself?”

The former president believes the world should be concentrating on the rise in the population and movement of people rather than worrying so much about global warming. “Never has the earth experienced such a demographic shock as it is about to,

Source: Sarkozy comes out of the closet as a climate skeptic – The Local