Dispatches from the Creation Wars

This is kind of interesting. Iraq is trying to diminish the fighting between Sunnis and Shiites by encouraging them to marry one another:

Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi has an unusual proposal to mend some of Iraq’s sectarian wounds: He offers mixed couples a $2,000 “gift” if they get married…

About a dozen mixed couples will take part in a mass wedding Friday and will receive their $2,000 gifts, Mohammed said. An additional 375 same-sect couples will join the celebration, but they’ll receive $750, Mohammed said. The government wants to help those cash-strapped couples in getting their start, he said.

Just don’t ask a certain (in)justice of the peace in Louisiana to officiate. He’ll let you use his bathroom, but he doesn’t like that kind of thing.