Each Friday we highlight a number of important, and often bizarre stories from around the world that my team and I are closely following:
1. Washington State will allow human body composting
It doesn’t get much greener than this.
Staking his presidential run on climate change, the Governor of Washington is set to sign a bill legalizing composting of deceased humans.
An especially high percentage of the deceased in Washington are cremated, so this alternative will cut down on carbon emissions.
Instead, family members can pay around $5,500 to turn their loved ones into compost, and use the composted-remains to plant a tree.
Hell, why not throw it right into the vegetable garden. Then your loved ones become a part of you.
Friendly reminder though, soylent green is people.
2. Satanic Temple gets tax-exempt status
Surely a sign that the end times are nigh, the Satanic Temple has successfully gained tax exempt status like any other religion.
The thing is, they aren’t really all about worshipping Satan.
The church was founded as a bit of a joke. The group is meant to protest the meddling of government and religion.
For instance, if government functions start with a prayer, they want to open with a prayer to Satan. And if a courthouse lawn has a ten commandments statue, they want Lucifer spreading his wings right there beside it.
And now they have forced the government to recognize them as a religion, with all the tax exemptions that come with it.
3. Laying the groundwork for conscientious objection to taxes
Speaking of interesting tactics to avoid taxes…
Last year a man who refused to pay taxes since 1997 had his case dismissed by a federal court.
He refused to pay because some tax dollars fund abortions which he morally objects to.
But the reason his case got dismissed had nothing to do with that.
The government couldn’t prove he evaded taxes,