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Posted: Apr 26, 2016 - 3:00pm

A New Perspective of 'Jihad' in Christianity and Islam
Craig Considine
Politicians and anti-Muslim activists frequently take to audiences and websites to criticize the term “jihad” as a form of Islamic supremacism, oppression, and violence. Muslim extremists, on the other hand, argue that “jihad” refers to a “holy war” against non-Muslims. Viewing the term “jihad” though these frameworks alone, however, would be playing into the hands of extremists who forego the other elements encompassed by the term “jihad.” (...)
Two sides of the same extremist coin...
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Posted: Apr 18, 2016 - 12:18pm

Arab Youth view ISIL as major Mideast Obstacle, want less Religion | Informed Comment
The annual Arab Youth survey conducted by pollsters Burson-Marsteller is out, reporting on 3500 interviews with Arabs 18-24 years of age in 16 countries. (...)

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Posted: Apr 16, 2016 - 12:06pm

There's Only One State Where You Can Marry Without God as a Witness
The surprisingly sweet and tolerant uses of a 330-year-old law.
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Posted: Apr 16, 2016 - 6:20am

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Posted: Apr 16, 2016 - 2:14am




'Noodly knot' tied in religion's first legal wedding


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Posted: Apr 14, 2016 - 11:05am

She runs disastrous day cares. But her church makes her untouchable | Reveal
Deborah Stokes, seen in a mug shot, has operated a string of church day cares across southern Alabama even though she has been arrested multiple times, for crimes ranging from theft to child endangerment.

Deborah Stokes, seen in a mug shot, has operated a string of church day cares across southern Alabama even though she has been arrested multiple times, for crimes ranging from theft to child endangerment. Credit: Courtesy of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office

She’s been called a crook. A con artist. A snake in the grass. But in Alabama, the only thing that really matters to state regulators is that she calls herself a Christian. (...)


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Posted: Apr 14, 2016 - 8:23am

Indonesia's Aceh province canes non-Muslim for selling booze

A 60-year-old Christian woman was whipped nearly 30 times with a rattan cane before a crowd of hundreds in Aceh province for selling alcohol. 

 

 

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-s-aceh-province/2691464.html?cid=fbint

 


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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 - 1:25pm

not sure where to post this so i'll try here
i stumbled across this and thought it would be of interest
Musk is 44 years old, give me 44 million years i'd still not catch up
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http://fundersandfounders.com/how-elon-musk-started/

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Posted: Apr 10, 2016 - 1:03pm

Spirituality in a bottle: Indian guru builds empire on ‘holy’ bodywash for the faithful
Yoga teacher Baba Ramdev is now a key political figure as his retail empire takes £530m in past year

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Posted: Apr 9, 2016 - 2:16am

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Posted: Apr 7, 2016 - 1:55pm

Pat Robertson: Islam Is A Dangerous Infection That Must Be Eliminated

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Posted: Apr 7, 2016 - 12:27pm

Sharia is alive and well in America, but here it's called "religious freedom".
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Posted: Apr 7, 2016 - 11:44am

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Mass-produced opium...

 
There was an old movie called In God We Trust starring Marty Feldman as Brother Ambrose, an innocent sent out into cold cruel world to get money to save the monastery.  One of my favorite scenes was where he briefly gets a job doing that manually and has such a pained apologetic look as he tacks them on and then has to wash his hands after each one.
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Posted: Apr 7, 2016 - 11:06am

Mass-produced opium...

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Posted: Apr 7, 2016 - 6:58am

A Look Inside Britain's Muslim Sex Grooming Gang Scandal

 

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/04/a_look_inside_britains_muslim_sex_grooming_gang_scandal.html

 

 


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Posted: Apr 7, 2016 - 6:33am

Bangladeshi Students Take to Streets After Activist Is Hacked to Death

 

https://news.vice.com/article/bangladeshi-students-take-to-streets-after-law-student-is-hacked-to-death?utm_source=vicenewsfb&utm_medium=vicenewsfbuk

 

 


Postgraduate law student Nazimuddin Samad, 28, was attacked as he was returning from a class at his university in the capital, Dhaka, late on Wednesday, police said.

Police officer Tapan Chandra Shaha said three or four men attacked Samad with machetes and then shot him after he fell to the ground. People heard the attackers shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is great) as they fled, he said.

Samad had criticized state religion on his Facebook page, reported the Guardian, writing "Evolution is a scientific truth. Religion and race are invention of the savage and uncivil people." His name appeared on a hit list of 84 "enemies of Islam" drawn up by a group of hardline clerics which was widely publicized in Bangladeshi media in March 2013.

He deactivated his Facebook account about a month ago, his friend Wafi Chowdhury told the Guardian.


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Posted: Apr 6, 2016 - 11:26am

Study shows human sacrifice was less likely in more equal societies

(...) They identified 20 egalitarian societies, and found that human sacrifice had been practiced in just five of them. They identified 27 highly stratified societies, and found that 18 of them depended on ritual human sacrifice. But although the study has implications for modern political systems, the researchers are not talking about Downton Abbey, or the court of Louis XIV.

“For a death to be called human sacrifice it must be religiously motivated,” Watts says. “While human sacrifice is not used for control in modern societies, religion more broadly could still serve this function. Our study highlights how religion is vulnerable to exploitation by social elites and can become a tool for building and maintaining social control – the use of human sacrifice as a means of social control provides a grisly example of just how far this can go.”

This lithograph from 1819 by Jacques Arago shows human sacrifice under the direction of a Hawaiian priest. Photograph: Alamy
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Posted: Apr 5, 2016 - 11:14am

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Hmm, Wednesday's garbage pick-up day in my neighborhood; should I bother?
 
Might wanna bring a truck and see what others are putting to the road...
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Posted: Apr 5, 2016 - 10:38am

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Hmm, Wednesday's garbage pick-up day in my neighborhood; should I bother?
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Posted: Apr 5, 2016 - 10:23am

The end is nigh (again)...
Members of the FLDS polygamous community sect are reportedly bracing for the Apocalypse on Wednesday.

Elissa Wall, who escaped the FLDS years ago, told The Guardian that Warren Jeffs (the man they consider their prophet) told the FLDS people he will be freed from jail when an earthquake crumbles the walls of the prison.

At the same time, his brother Lyle Jeffs, who ran the FLDS community in his absence but was recently jailed on fraud charges, will break free from the Salt Lake federal court house when he appears for a hearing.

Tonia Tewell, Executive Director and Founder of Holding Out Help, a group that helps about 200 people escape polygamy every year, said she too has heard about the end-of-the-world prophesy and she feels confident Warren Jeffs sent that message to his followers from his Texas prison cell.

"I think it's very convenient that April 6 is the apocalypse," said Tewell.

She said her gut tells her that Warren Jeffs made the prophesy because he needs money for the legal defense of his brother Lyle and ten others who were also recently charged with committing food stamp fraud — duping the government out of millions of dollars.

Tewell said in the past, when Jeffs predicted doom for his people, he also asked them for money. In the past, some FLDS people have reached out to her group desperate for loans to fulfill the requests of their leaders.

"You are loyal to the church and do exactly what Warren says because Warren hears directly from God and you want to please God," she said of the FLDS people's dilemma who live in fear of not going to heaven.

Tewell said she doesn't know for sure but she suspects that people in the FLDS community are already feeling paralyzed without their leaders running the community. With the apocalypse looming, they are waiting to see what happens.

"When the apocalypse doesn't happen Warren will usually say it's because people were not worthy enough" she said that Jeffs will likely then tell people they need to cleanse and repent.

For years, certainly since Warren Jeffs was convicted of child rape, the FLDS have been living under the most strict rules. No internet, no television, no movies. Children reportedly can't play or ride bikes.

"There's been no laughter at all," said Tewell who heard that since the recent arrests, children have been riding bikes again.

The FLDS community has been fractured with some people sent away to repent for not being loyal. Leaders have split up families and some have left on their own.

Tewell knows that after Wednesday, many FLDS will stay fiercely loyal to Warren Jeffs. She hopes others who may ask questions will be strong enough to walk away and find meaningful lives on the outside.

"I just hope they wake up and see Warren is not a true prophet," she said.

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