"Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their wives ravished." - Isaiah 13:16
All of today's section is various prophecies against many of the kingdoms of the ancient world.
The first is Babylon. The oracle says that God will make everyone writhe in pain like a woman in labor. He will blot out the sun, the moon, and the stars and "punish the world for its evil". If God catches any Babylonians as they flee back to their homeland, he's going to smash their babies on the rocks, and have their wives raped (I'm assuming he's not going to do that himself). What's God's obsession with making people kill and/or eat babies?
He mentions that Israel will be saved. As usual. God tells the Israelites that on the day the Babylonians are killed they should taunt them. In fact, God suggest a full page worth of taunting. I'll spare you the details, but it can essentially be boiled down to "We win, you're dead, haha".
The next is the Assyrians. They're really getting a raw deal, because God is going to use them to teach Israel a lesson, then destroy them even though they helped God. God also says that he is going to destroy the Philistines. I'm not sure what they did.
Boy, this is a depressing section. All of chapter 15 is about God completely destroying Moab. God says he is going to fill whole towns with the blood of the Moabites. When the people flee the cities he will send lions after them.
Moab flees from God and tries to find refuge for the entirety of chapter 16. God says that within three years, all of the Moabite survivors will be feeble and despised.
All the way up to the last chapter for today, we have prophecies of destruction. This time God says that the city of Damascus will be reduced to ruin, and Jacob will waste away to nothing.
I hope nobody flips their bible open to Isaiah for comfort.
Tennessee resident Kurt Zimmermann asked the Knox County Board of Education to remove a biology book that refers to creationism as "the biblical myth that the universe was created by the Judeo-Christian God in 7 days."
Why does he want it removed? He feels that it shows a bias toward Christianity. Fine. But somehow I don't think he would be satisfied by the book defining creationism as "the myth that a God created the universe". This is not to mention that "creationism" is generally tied (especially in America) to Christians, and the bible.
Zimmerman was turned down by the Board of Education and has appealed the decision.