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Posted 7/30/14 at 5:33 PM | Robin Schumacher

Should You Be Islamophobic (Part 2)?

In Part 1 of this post, we reviewed recent examples of Islamic-inspired violence (see another example of that here), looked at statements made in Quran and hadith material that appeared to prescribe violence, and proposed a couple of questions that help understand what any religion or worldview really teaches:

  1. Are the practices in question a reflection of the worldview/religion’s explicit and prescriptive teachings and/or a logical outworking of the worldview’s philosophical conclusions?
  2. Are the particular teachings/instructions in question properly taken from the religious text’s context and is the historical milieu considered?

Application to Islam

What happens when we apply our two questions above to Islam? In short, it’s difficult to do and former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi tells us why. FULL POST

Posted 7/30/14 at 10:30 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

How to Make a Bad Time Even Worse

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By Joe McKeever

“I have sinned against the Lord.” (2 Samuel 12:13)

The former mayor of New Orleans, C. Ray Nagin, has been sentenced to federal prison for 10 years. The charges involved kickbacks, bribery, and general crookedness. If making promises he never followed through on were a crime, the man would never leave the big house.

Observers say Mr. Nagin got a break from Judge Ginger Berrigan. She could easily have given him twice that long–federal guidelines set the minimum as considerably more than 10 years–but she went easy on him.

The only person griping about that is Nagin himself.

Even though found guilty by a jury, and in spite of outright falsehoods in his testimony, the man is certain he was framed and wants to be sure you and I know it. FULL POST

Posted 7/29/14 at 4:09 PM | Barry Bowen

Guess What Legislation Killed 4 Million Americans

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Dr. Mary Ruwart, a pharmaceutical researcher that develeped new medicines and author of Healing Our World in an Age of Aggression, estimates that more than 4 million Americans died prematurely because of the 1962 Kefauver Harris Amendment. Congress amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to protect consumers from dangerous drugs. The new legislation added 10 years to the testing of drugs.

The Food and Drug Administration reported, "Before marketing a drug, firms now had to prove not only safety, but also provide substantial evidence of effectiveness for the product's intended use."

According to Dr. Ruwart, the new legislation was economically impractical for the pharmaceutical companies: FULL POST

Posted 7/29/14 at 12:43 PM | Alliance Defending Freedom |


Executive Order: Conform Your Theology, or Stop Helping People

This week, President Obama made an executive order demanding that only organizations who agree with the administration’s view of sexuality are eligible to receive government contracts, refusing the requests from Christian and other religious faith leaders for an exemption for religious non-profits.

What Changed?

This order amends an order from 1965 prohibiting contractors from discriminating “against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” The President’s revision added “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

Because they can’t “discriminate,” religious organizations with federal contracts won’t be able to require their employees to hold to the tenets of their faith. For example, a Catholic organization wouldn’t be able to refuse to hire someone who doesn’t hold to the Catholic beliefs about marriage and sexuality.

But there is a sort of “patchwork of protections” in place, because this order doesn’t do away with a 2002 order from George W. Bush that allows religious groups to “consult their beliefs” when hiring or firing. FULL POST

Posted 7/29/14 at 12:37 PM | Alliance Defending Freedom

Three Acres is the Space You’ll Need?

Rockdale County courthouse
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Three-acre minimum – that was what New Generation Christian Church in Rockdale County, Georgia was told it must buy if it wanted access to property for its worship services.

Yes. Three acres…Minimum.

Apparently officials in Rockdale County haven’t read Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Odd … Jesus didn’t say anything about a minimum amount of land. I mean, could you imagine three people needing three acres of land to worship the Lord? That may be a little too much.

So you can imagine the dilemma for New Generation Christian Church, a small, startup church that could not afford three acres of land. After being denied permission to use several different properties for its worship services, the church was forced to meet in the inadequate basement of a jewelry store.

That’s right. The church was forced underground right here in the United States. And, during this time, sports facilities, daycare centers, libraries, performing arts centers, recreational clubs, and educational institutions did not face the same restriction. Does that sound like religious freedom to you? FULL POST

Posted 7/29/14 at 10:38 AM | Ann Frailey

Praying and Killing in the Name of the Same God

There is more to this world than we can see with our eyes. Even with the aide of books and movies – we cannot encompass the powers, life & vibrancy that exists beyond our sight.

I have read (with grief) the stories of the fighting in the Middle East, (and elsewhere) – the lives of innocent children, men, and women lost to misdirected bullets and perhaps well aimed bullets. The greater grief, in my mind, is that much of the present torturing & killing has been done in the name of the same God. Everyone from Putin to Hamas believe that they are serving God in their own way by serving the “Good of their people”. That was one reason why I liked the movie Noah – I was surprised by many things in it – but I was moved deeply be the sincere portrayal of humanity’s struggle to know the will of God. God, how we struggle with that!

Ever since I was a child and first saw a bully attack an innocent person, I have wished I could jump in stop senseless violence – but as always – I find myself up against powers too great for me. That is perhaps why I write the novels I do – to reach humanity on a level where we once again see ourselves in context of being united by the same God. We also are united by the reality of death – and what comes after. We cannot escape the fact that in the end we do not judge. We are judged – by the same God who created us and our enemies. In other words – we may not be looking at things from His point of view. FULL POST

Posted 7/28/14 at 4:43 PM | CP Blogs

Stephen Colbert's Political Humor: Vampires Are Democrats

bat on vampire zone sign
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If you are in the mood for political and religious humor, recently Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert made a humorous observation after describing an HBO show featuring vampires targeting a Ted Cruz/Republican political event.

Colbert reported, "TV entertainment drives our political discourse. Remember, no one was talking about income inequality until the debut of 2 Broke Girls. But we should not be surprised at all that vampires are Democrats -- after all, they scream when they see a cross."

The video can be viewed here.

Have you wondered where the myth began that vampires were afraid of crosses?

This superstition may have originated from Greek folklore. Some Greeks feared the vrykolakas, an undead being. John Cuthbert Lawson, the author of Modern Greek Folklore and Ancient Greek Religion, writes that in ancient Greece, when the dead body was prepared for burial, a wax cross was placed on the lips of the dead person. Lawson explains the purpose of this burial preparation was to prevent "any evil spirit from entering the dead body and making of it a vrykolakas."

HT: CNS News


Posted 7/28/14 at 7:48 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Boko Haram a modern day Goliath

According to Wikipedia Boko Haram (pronounced [bōːkòː hàrâm]; usually translated as "Western education is a sin"), is a militant Islamist sect based in northern Nigeria and reportedly have connections to Al-Qa'ida This group continues its onslaught of attacks against the village of Nigerian kidnapped girls. They walk into villages kidnapping and killing at will and have kidnapped many others whose stories have not been reported on.

. Eleven parents of the kidnapped girls have died. Seven parents died during a militant attack and four others from heart failure and other illness. Reportedly, one parent went into a coma like state repeating the name of his daughters continuously until he died. This group has released videos making mockery of ‘#bringbackourgirls” by chanting bring back our soldiers.

All of this in spite of the fact that the military knows where the girls are but are afraid that they will all be killed during a rescue attempt. The government is reportedly negotiating on their behalf. A report by MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press states “At least two have died of snake bites, a mediator who was liaising with Boko Haram told AP two months ago. At that time he said at least 20 of the girls were ill - not surprising given that they are probably being held in an area infested with malarial mosquitoes, poisonous snakes and spiders, and relying on unclean water from rivers.” FULL POST

Posted 7/27/14 at 5:29 PM | Robin Schumacher

Should You Be Islamophobic (Part 1)?

Current news headlines are filled with examples of Islamic-inspired violence and terror, with CNN recently reporting that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed 270 in an attack in central Syria. Moreover, ISIS is also moving through Iraq with a “convert or die” campaign, which is forcing Christians and other faiths to flee their homes.

Hamas openly continues to pursue their goal, which is the extinction of the Jewish people.

In addition, the world community raised its voice a few months ago to protest Sudan’s death sentence on Meriam Ibrahim, a pregnant Christian woman who refused to renounce her faith and convert to Islam. Though she suffered many hardships, thankfully she has recently become free, unlike many of the 200+ girls kidnapped by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram (whose name means “Western or non-Islamic education is a sin”). FULL POST

Posted 7/25/14 at 3:06 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Hegel and the Man-God

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Portrait of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel from 1831.

By Murray Rothbard

The key step in secularizing dialectic theology, and thus in paving the way for Marxism, was taken by the lion of German philosophy, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831). Born in Stuttgart, Hegel studied theology at the University of Tubingen, and then taught theology and philosophy at the Universities of Jena and Heidelberg before becoming the leading philosopher at the new jewel in the Prussian academic crown, the University of Berlin. Coming to Berlin in 1817, Hegel remained there until his death, ending his days as rector of the university.

In the spirit of the Romantic movement in Germany, Hegel pursued the goal of unifying man and God by virtually identifying God as man, and thereby submerging the former into the latter. Goethe had recently popularized the Faust theme, centering on Faust's intense desire for divine, or absolute knowledge, as well as divine power. In orthodox Christianity, of course, the overweening pride of man in trying to achieve god-like knowledge and power is precisely the root cause of sin and man's fall. But, on the contrary, Hegel, a most heretical Lutheran indeed, had the temerity to generalize the Faustian urge into a world-philosophy, and into an alleged insight into the inevitable workings of the historical process. FULL POST

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