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Are All These Christians’ Complaints of Persecution Just So Much Empty Whining?

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The headlines are alarming: “Catholic-Owned Company Wins Religious Freedom Court Decision,” “Death Toll Rises to 65 in Boko Haram Attack on Students,” “Little Sisters Catholic Charity Victimized By Obamacare,” “Christians Sought Out, Murdered in the Kenyan Mall Massacre,” “Judicial Watch […]

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Who should be allowed to pray for Obama?

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It seems preposterous, but there’s a major debate over who is worthy to invoke the presence and blessing of the Almighty on the leaders of this land we love! So, who is qualified to pray for the President of the […]

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ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour: Not your ordinary Christmases

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Christmas has unique memories for international journalist Christiane Amanpour, the ABC News Global Affairs Anchor. As a small child, she remembers wonderful times, “my family with a Christmas tree and presents and a family gathering.” But her father was Muslim. Her mother […]

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Iran’s mad imams should be given nukes?

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With the Iranian army practicing mock missile strikes on U.S. bases in Afghanistan, China only begrudgingly joining the European Union’s sanctions against Tehran, and the Israeli air force calculating firing solutions on Iran’s nuclear facilities, the headline in Foreign Affairs […]

Is Atatürk’s dream of a secular Turkey lost?

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Turkey – for almost a century the most secular and moderate nation in the Muslim world – seems to be flirting with its Islamic caliphate roots, dreaming of the Ottoman Empire’s glory days, jihad, conquest and superiority over the “infidel” West. Mustafa Kamal Atatürk, father of modern Turkey Turks are being […]

Is Iran about to drag us into Armageddon?

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Should we be worried that Iran is about to tip the entire world into World War III?  Are some folks reading far too much into all of today’s saber-rattling? Are they drawing wild conclusions from popular interpretations of Bible prophecy […]

Challenges to faith, tradition swirl in Britain

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Is political correctness running amuck in Great Britain? Officials have decided to forbid British schoolchildren from having best friends. The government says it will back a ban on employees wearing crucifixes or any other Christian symbol. A court says UK […]

Ramadan, Iranian hijabs, Sikh daggers add unexpected drama to the London Olympics

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This year at the London Olympics, Sikh athletes will be allowed to carry daggers – and some Muslim competitors may be exempted from their annual Ramadan fast. But a decision to experiment with the safety of  hijab headcoverings for Muslim women soccer players may […]

Internet spreading new accusations connecting Rick Warren with “Chrislam”

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New accusations that mega-church pastor Rick Warren is promoting a new world religion that will usher in the Antichrist– are raging again, despite Warren’s adamant and frustrated denials. Fanning the flames on the Internet this time are none other than […]

PETA wants equal time for dogs on TLC’s reality TV show “All-American Muslim”

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Irritated over an episode of the already controversial TLC cable TV reality program “All-American Muslim,” the animal advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is demanding equal time for canines. At issue is Islamic — or perhaps Arab […]

Muslim women to shun bananas, cucumbers?

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Yes, he’s read the reports that a Muslim cleric announced women should not touch cucumbers, carrots or bananas lest they become sexually impure, admits Egyptian newspaper editor Muna Khan in the Cairo daily al-Arabiya. And Khan says he is just […]

Church of the Nativity scheduled for a facelift

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Fearing that the 1,500-year-old roof of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity could collapse at any time, the Palestinian Authority is looking into how to repair the wooden and leaking top of the basilica built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian around […]

Iran official says illegal churches harm youth

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As the anniversary of Iran’s 2010 Christmas raids on Christian homes and house-based churches approaches, Iran’s minister of intelligence has announced that underground Evangelical churches pose a serious threat to the nation’s youth. Meanwhile a senior Iranian religious official said […]

Will “Mecca Time” replace Greenwich Mean Time?

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The new tower on the skyline in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, looks incredibly like London’s Big Ben — and there’s a good reason. A number of Muslims are calling for Greenwich Mean Time — the standard by which the world sets its clocks […]

Egyptian Muslims, Christians reach agreement to ease church repair rules

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Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church and the Muslim group Al-Azhar have come to an agreement on a unified law for building houses of worship, according to the Cairo daily newspaper al-Masry al-Youm. Egypt has long had strict rules prohibiting the repair or […]

Israel nabs terrorist leader Hassan Yousef, father of bestselling “Son of Hamas” author

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Sheikh Hassan Yousef, co-founder of the Palestinian terror group Hamas and father of New York Times bestselling author Hosab Hassan Yousef, has been picked up in a raid inside the Palestinian territories by Israeli Defense Forces. The elder Yousef had been freed from […]

Complaint says crosses at Catholic school offensive, prevent Muslim prayers

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Crosses in every room at Washingon D.C.’s Catholic University of America are a human rights violation that prevent Muslim students from praying. That’s the complaint to the Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights filed by a professor from rival George Washington University […]

Saudis underwrite organization to bring world’s religions under one roof

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is financing a new organization designed to bring all the world’s religions together. “The organization hopes to prevent conflict through interfaith dialogue,” writes Spencer Kimball for the German news site Deutsche Welle.  “The foreign ministers of […]

Tear gas fired as mob protests TV station cartoon image of Allah

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Crowds protesting a TV station’s broadcast of a cartoon of Allah were dispersed by tear gas Friday in Tunis, the capital of the African nation of Tunisia. The crowds were brought out by Friday sermons in mosques across the capital accusing […]

All women political candidates must be veiled and silent, says Egyptian politician

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All Egyptian women seeking office in upcoming elections must be veiled and not speak to men, says a top Egyptian politician, adding to growing concerns that “Arab Spring” has been a setback for human rights in the Arab world’s most populous nation. […]

Iraq’s Kurds offer homes to refugee Christians

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Iraq’s Kurdish minority is offering homes to refugee Christians who have been driven out of southern Iraq and Baghdad by Islamist extremists. Aboout 30 million Kurds inhabit a region historically known as Kurdistan which crosses the borders of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. About 4 million […]

Peaceful protest sparks deadly riots, opportunity to point accusing fingers

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At least 24 have died and 200 have been injured after street protests turned into violent clashes between the Egyptian army and unarmed protesters of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority. The were protesting a lack of government response when mobs torched a number of churches. They were also calling […]

Arab nation needs Muslim law, says leader

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Personal freedom would not be at risk if the north African nation of Tunisia were to embrace Islamic shari’ah law, says Islamist leader Rachid Ghannouchi. “Tunisia’s most important Islamist party would prefer to see a mild form of shari’a law […]

What is “Chrislam” and who preaches it?

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Are Christianity and Islam about to merge in to a worldwide mega-religion called Chrislam? Popular TV preacher Jack Van Impe recently ended his decades-long run on Trinity Broadcasting Network after he publicly accused California megachurch founder Rick Warren of mixing […]

Muslim expert: Let the pastor go free!

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“Here we go again: an Iranian Pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, faces execution if he does not recant his conversion to Christianity,” writes Beliefnet’s Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa. “Last year, Mr. Nadarkhani was found guilty of “apostasy” last year, which was upheld […]

Is Indonesia in danger of becoming another Pakistan?

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Islam’s most populous nation, Indonesia, is the most diverse nation imaginable — a far-flung archipelego of 13,466 islands where 238 million people speaking 742 languages live in everything from luxurious skyscraper penthouses to squalid cardboard slums, mountainside-hugging bamboo huts and rain-forest tree houses. The government […]

Does bestselling author Rick Warren want Christianity, Islam to merge into ‘Chrislam?’

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CLICK HERE to find out more about “Chrislam”! If there’s any hope for America, radio talk show host Dr. Laurie Roth is having trouble seeing it. “Everywhere we look today politicians, media and global elite are severing the traditional and […]

Does bestselling author Rick Warren want Christianity, Islam to merge into ‘Chrislam’?

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CLICK HERE to find out more about “Chrislam”! If there’s any hope for America, radio talk show host Dr. Laurie Roth is having trouble seeing it. “Everywhere we look today politicians, media and global elite are severing the traditional and […]

Muslim leader: Iran’s death penalty for Christian pastor violates treaties, Koran

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Editor’s Note: With its plans to execute Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, Iran’s Shi’ite Muslim government is violating not only international treaties, but the very teachings of the Prophet Mohammed, says an American Muslim leader, Harris Zafar of the Ahmadiyya Muslim […]

Iran claims condemned Pastor actually a Zionist, extortionist, ran a brothel and guilty of “security-related crimes”

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As his family prayed that a miracle will spare the life of Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, the Iranian state-controlled media has announced that he isn’t scheduled for execution for apostasy after all. “His crime is not, as some claim, converting […]

Will you ask Pakistan to release this mom sentenced to die for believing in Jesus?

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Will you sign this petition for Asia Bibi? She’s been in jail for more than a year. What is her crime? The Christian mother of five said to a fellow Pakistani co-worker, “Jesus saved me. What has Mohammed ever done for you?” Speaking against Islam, the […]

Now that he’s out of Iran, synagogue dares to reveal hiker Josh Fattal is one of their own

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When hiker Josh Fattal was finally released after being held for two years in Iran, his friends and family — and particularly his synagogue — could finally reveal a secret kept under wraps even by the news media. Iran — an Islamic […]

Washington Post: Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Faces Potential Execution Today

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From Jordan Sekulow’s blog Religious Right Now at The Washington Post’s “On Faith”: Just days after Iran released two Americans accused of spying, an Iranian court has upheld the apostasy conviction and executionsentence of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Pastor Youcef will be […]

Saudi woman driver sentenced: 10 lashes

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Today a Saudi Arabian woman who defied the local religious police was convicted and sentenced to 10 lashes for driving a car. Shaima Ghassaniya was found guilty of driving without the government’s permission. The ruling came just two days after […]

Mattingly: A doomed Iranian pastor [Yawn!]

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Why doesn’t the press care that Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces execution for refusing to deny Jesus Christ? The former Muslim turned Christian preacher in Iran has twice refused to recant his Christian faith during two court hearings held in Rasht, Gilan Province, […]

Bestselling lesbian Muslim author says her mission is to spark discussion, debate

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If it’s debate she wanted to spark, Irshad Manji has been successful. Her first book, The Trouble With Islam, was called “Bin Laden’s worst nightmare” by one reviewer. In a controversial 2007 documentary, Faith Without Fear, the unabashed lesbian — who remains a devout Muslim […]

She wears the Islamic full-body veil and is running for President of France

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Kenza Drider was one of the first to be arrested for appearing in public in a traditional Muslim robe that covers everything but her eyes and hands — and she’s running for president of France. The a mother of four wears a niqab – which […]

NY Times: Somali radio gives 10-year-old contest winners AK-47 assault rifles, grenades

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A radio station run by Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamist group has awarded AK-47 assault rifles to children as young as 10 who won a Koran-reciting and general knowledge contest. Andulus radio, based near the Somali capital of Mogadishu, gave students who won top honors in the […]

Jews, Palestinians have close genetic ties, say researchers

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As many as 90 percent of Palestinians in some areas have close genetic ties to Jews, according to researchers. Ariella Oppenheim Ph.D., a researcher at Hebrew University and the Hadassah Medical School labs, has published the result of DNA studies […]

Dutch consider $500 fine for wearing full-body veil in public

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The Netherlands appears about to join France and Belgium in banning the public wearing of full-body veils. Violators wearing the Muslim burqa or niqab will be fined U.S. $500 if proposed legislation is approved by the Dutch cabinet. The need for […]

Muslims fill French streets, sidewalks, defying ban on public mass prayers

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Hundreds of Muslims on Friday defied a new French ban on outdoor group prayer, filling the streets and sidewalks of  some neighborhoods to kneel on prayer rugs and observe the Islamic requirement for five-times-daily prayer while facing Mecca. The ban […]

High court orders Pakistan to let Hindus worship in historic temple

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Pakistan’s Peshawar High Court on Thursday ordered the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to allow Hindus to worship in a temple closed after Pakistan’s independence 64 years ago. A two-member judicial panel comprised of Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice […]

Is the Daily Beast too generous in declaring Turkey’s prime minister not “a Jew-hating jihadi”?

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Is the Daily Beast, a news and opinion website published by British-born Tina Brown in conjunction with Newsweek magazine, being over-generous in defending Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan — who has broken off relations with Israel and says the Turkish navy will […]

Iran will release U.S. hikers as Ahmadinejad prepares to speak at UN

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Two American hikers imprisoned in Iran for more than two years are about to be released as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepares for his annual trip to the United Nations. Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd were arrested and convicted of […]

CBN: Saudi-born Christian warns “the Koran tells you to hate Christians and Jews”

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Al Fadi, a Saudi native now living in America, says the truth must be proclaimed about the religion in which he was raised. However, because he has been candid, his life is at risk, he says. Speaking on the Christian […]

Libyan rebels say they will impose Islamic law

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Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the chairman of the National Transitional Council, has a message for Libyans: Fear not, Sharia law is on the way. In a broadcast on the Arabic cable channel al-Jazeera, he assured a cheering crowd that the new […]

Militants order Somali schools: ban English, teach Arabic

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The militant group al-Shabab, one of several vying for control of Somalia, has ordered all schools to quit teaching English or face violent consequences. Since Somalia has had no government for more than 20 years, all schools are run by charitable groups. The militant group […]

Belgian Muslims can now go to their own “shari’ah” courts for divorces, annullments

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A shari’ah court based on Islamic law has been established for Muslims in Antwerp, Belgium, but has the same legal status as “Judge Judy” on American TV, according to officials. The Muslim court will handle marriage disputes and inheritance issues if requested […]

Condemned Pakistani Christian prays Finland will overturn his asylum denial

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Clive Trevor, who fled his native Pakistan with his family after he was accused of blasphemy by a Muslim cleric, is praying that Finland will give him sanctuary, reports the Pakistan Christian Post, an online newspaper. After months in hiding in […]

Saudi schoolteacher accused of raping 13 students

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The lawyer of a Saudi schoolteacher accused of raping 13 underage girls has called for dropping 11 out of 13 charges against his client and asked for the case to be heard quickly. “My client is innocent of all the […]

Peace conference stirs up conflict between Muslim scholars

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The Dalai Lama will join controversial Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan in Montreal on Wednesday for a conference on world religions and peace in the aftermath of 9/11. “But rather than promising inspiration in a world plagued by religious tumult, the […]

Arab officials monitor mosque sermons, ban some topics, OK others

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“Whether as a conduit for government policy or the headquarters for insurgencies, mosques have always played an important political role in political events,” writes David E. Miller in the Jerusalem Post. “But the Arab Spring is playing havoc with the […]

Muslim protesters “will make as much noise as possible” during 9/11 moment of silence

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Demonstrators from London’s “Muslims Against Crusades,” whose website shows a graphic of a plane heading towards New York’s World Trade Center, say they “will make as much noise as possible during the planned mark of respect for the dead.” Their disruption […]

Christian Pakistanis refuse to convert to Islam, are beaten, hospitalized

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Two Christian men were attacked and beaten to unconsciousness in the Pakistani city of Karachi when they refused to convert to Islam, according to the Compass Direct news service. Liaqat Munawar, a resident of Essa Nagri in Karachi, told Compass […]

Tony Blair’s sister converts to Islam, calls for the destruction of Israel

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Laura Booth, sister-in-law of former British prime minister Tony Blair, has called on Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt to invade Israel. No stranger to Middle Eastern politics, she sailed to Gaza in the flotilla protest. At a rally in London Trafalgar’s Square, she proclaimed […]

13 arrested when NY amusement park bans headgear on Muslim holiday

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A melee broke out Tuesday afternoon at Playland Amusement Park in Rye, New York, as Muslim visitors became angry when the park enforced a longstanding safety-related ban on headgear on some rides. Park officials said the no-scarf rule on thrill rides was adopted in 2007 to avoid […]

Turkish Prime Minister invites Christians, Jews to reclaim property seized 75 years ago

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In an unexpected move, the Turkish government is releasing hundreds of properties seized 75 years ago from Jews as well as Christians in Turkey’s Greek, Armenian and Syriac communities. “The times when citizens in our country were oppressed for their beliefs, their ethnic […]

Times of India: Pakistanis kidnapping Hindu, Sikh girls for forced conversions, ransom

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Incidents of abduction of Hindus and Sikhs girls, for forced conversion and marriages to Muslims, as well as for ransom have increased, a Pakistani official told the Times of India newspaper. Pakistani parliament member Dr. Haresh Chopra of the Pakistan Muslim League […]

Wall Street Journal: Does Ramadan end Tuesday or Wednesday?

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There’s confusion this year about Eid-ul-Fitr, the day Muslims break their month-long Ramadan fast. “Some Muslims in North America, Europe and the Middle East say the holy day falls Tuesday,” reports Tom Wright for the Wall Street Journal. “Others, including those in India, […]

Bikini under scrutiny in “new” Egypt; hardliners want ancients to cover up, too

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Sunbathing in Alexandria may soon be a thing of the past, at least if some Egyptian Islamist politicians have their way. “Egypt’s tourism industry has suffered a severe blow since the outburst of anti-regime demonstrations in January,” reports journalist David […]

Canada’s National Post: Gaddafi’s eccentric philosophies even pushed Islam aside

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Muammar Gaddafi was never your average dictator. Fueled by Libya’s oil billions, he “morphed into something more closely resembling a cult leader and quasi-mystic than a conventional Arab autocrat,” writes  Jonathan Kay in Canada’s National Post newspaper. “Dictatorships come in different flavors,” […]

Sydney Morning Herald: Muslim accused of sending hate mail seeks “free speech” protection

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A Muslim man who sent letters to the families of Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan telling them that their sons were war criminals is trying to have the indictment quashed on the grounds that it is unconstitutional, according to […]

Iran’s morality police warn kindergartners to stop dancing

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Iran’s morality police have a new target: dancing kindergartners. Ahmad Esfandiari, the head of the state’s Welfare Department, has issued a stern warning in the news media, notifying Iranian kindergartens that any programs which continue to teach five-year-olds how to dance […]

Washington Post: Are U.S. inmates being turned into radical Muslims?

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Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, thinks Muslim Americans are being radicalized in U.S. prisons, and he’s promised a “deliberate and thoughtful examination of the issue” during a hearing on Wednesday. “To which detractors say: […]

NPR: Tennessee church lends sanctuary to local Muslims

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A Tennessee pastor startled his neighborhood, his congregation and local Muslims when he invited the local Islamic community to celebrate Ramadan inside his church. Their own cultural center was under construction nearby. So, Pastor Steve Stone offered the main sanctuary at his 550-member Heartsong Church in […]

Ghana’s opposition party sets up Christian, Muslim prayer groups

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The leadership of the African nation of Ghana’s opposition New Patriotic Party has directed all of its party branches nationwide to set up prayer groups, both Christian and Muslim, by August 20 “to seek God’s favor in their quest to win the […]

A British lesson in combatting extremism

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By H.A. Hellyer of The Washington Post’s “On Faith” Learning lessons is always hard – especially when you’re in a higher position of power than everyone else. Paradoxically, its usually those in power that are in need of learning from […]

Nashville sheriff bows to ACLU, will allow Muslims to wear face veils for mugshots

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A Muslim woman told to remove the veil covering her face to pose for a jail mugshot has prompted Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall in Nashville, Tennessee, to revise his policy regarding religious headwear. The woman complained to the American Civil Liberties Union, […]

Ramadan not always easy for Turkey’s non-Muslims

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“Fasting, feasting and spiritual contemplation define Ramadan for Muslims, but some not-so-religious residents say it’s a time of traffic jams, late-night noise pollution and judgmental stares for them,” reports Özgur Ögret in Turkey’s Hürriyet Daily News. The social pressure goes both […]

Malaysian TV station pulls Ramadan commercials aimed at non-Muslims

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Malaysian television station 8TV has withdrawn a series of public service announcements that instruct non-Muslims how to behave during the Islamic month of Ramadan. About 60 percent of Malaysians profess Islam. The local broadcaster “ran a trio of 30-seconds clips in the first […]

After sunset, Istanbul district filling with festive Ramadan fast-breakers

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The tradition of breaking the daily fast at sunset during Ramadan turns Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district into a festival, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. And the tradition is continuing this year, reports staffer Çagla Pinar Tunel, who describes “thousands of people […]

Turkey voices “concern” over 20 deaths in violence against Chinese Muslims

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 Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed concern a new outbreak of violence against Muslim ethnic Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang region. About 20 Uyghurs were killed in separate incidents in the cities in Kashghar and Hotan in the southern part of China’s Xinjiang […]

Muslim “sharia” law comes to Britain

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Should America welcome Islamic law? Voters in Oklahoma banned it last year. Other states have considered it. Diversity proponents say we should not fear — that we should embrace what other cultures bring to us. Across Britain, Muslims now can apply to weekly […]

Ramadan fast longer for Muslims in world’s tallest building

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Apartment residents in the upper floors of Dubai’s  Burj Khalifa tower will have to endure a longer daily Ramadan fast, according to the United Arab Emirates city’s top cleric. During the month of Ramadan, the faithful cannot eat or drink […]

So, it’s Ramadan, you’ve fasted all day, but now it’s sundown: What’s for dinner?!!!

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After sunset each day during the Islamic month of Ramadan, faithful Muslims are allowed to break their day-long fast with festive meals to which family, friends and neighbors are often invited. If you’re not Muslim, don’t worry — the Koran does not require fasting of […]

Jerusalem Post: Norweigan madman’s endorsement of hardliners will temper their rhetoric

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What does it mean that Anders Behring Breivik, confessed Norwegian mass murderer, endorses Israel throughout his rambling 1,518-page manifesto? “What does this mean for Israel,” writes the Jerusalem Post‘s Larry Derfner, “that this neo-Nazi monster repeatedly expressed his affinity for […]

Signs proclaiming Muslim “shariah” law zones go up in England

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In Stratford, England, non-Muslim residents say they are feeling “threatened and intimidated” as posters declaring neighborhood under Islamic shariah law are showing up on walls and lampposts. The bright yellow signs read “Shariah Controlled Zone” with “Islamic rules enforced” in smaller text — and […]

Chuck Norris: Why are mosques being built with U.S. tax money?

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“As the White House and Congress debate cuts in federal spending, millions of dollars are being funneled overseas to help build many Islamic mosques and structures,” alleges TV star Chuck Norris. He says a USAID official confirmed about $2.3 million […]

Canadian public school obeys Islamic law, girls sit in the back if they’re on their period

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Valley Park Middle School in Toronto, already under fire for allowing Muslim students to use the cafeteria for Friday prayers, is following Islamic shari’a by having girls on their period sit on their in the back of the room, not partaking in the prayer. […]

Christian Post: Chrislam is the “spirit of the anti-Christ”

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Chrislam, the popular acceptance of Islam by Christian, is “the spirit of the anti-Christ,” writes the Christian Post‘s David Dollins: “I want to address what is beginning to occur in the Church and why it must be rejected outright,” he […]

Washington Post: Cain says communities can ban mosques

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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that communities have a right to ban Islamic mosques. Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO said protests and legal challenges to a planned mosque in Tennessee city are an […]

Egyptian Muslims torch 8 Christian homes on rumors of church construction

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A mob of nearly 200 Muslims torched eight Christian homes on Saturday morning in the Egyptian village of Awlad Khalaf, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. The attack was initiated by a rumor that a house being built by a […]

Muslim Brotherhood Calls on Arab Youth to Launch Islamic Revolution in the West

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From The Blaze: MEMRI (The Middle East Media Research Institute) reports that in an “interview with the Egyptian daily Al-Shorouq, Dr. Kamal Al-Helbawy, former Muslim Brotherhood spokesman in the West, called upon the Arab youth to launch a new revolution […]

Muslim group targets Ethiopian Christians

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Churches in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria, Africa, are now being fitted with metal detectors because of threats of bomb attacks. Worshippers in Christian churches are also having their bags and persons searched over fears of explosives being smuggled inside. The […]

Egypt’s new leaders issue troubling statements

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“Lately, a slew of video clips have been leaking that expose radically terrifying and offensive words coming from the mouths of Egypt’s Islamic leaders,” writes Billy Hallowell of the internet news site The Blaze. “Recently, we had Ahmed Ezz El-Arab, […]

Iran Supreme Court to Christian convert: Return to Islam or die

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Iran’s Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence of a Christian pastor for leaving Islam. He was reported to have been given a choice on Saturday, July 2, to repudiate his faith in Christ or be executed. Yousef Nadarkhani, 33, had appealed to the […]

Tweet of Mickey & Minnie in Muslim attire stirs Egyptian fury

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Naguib Sawiris A Christian businessman who is one of Egypt’s richest entrepreneurs, has run afoul of the internet’s social media after sending out a message of Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed as conservative Muslims. The cartoon, which was already circulating by email and on […]

Jewish leader’s blog too controversial for America On Line’s “The Huffington Post”?

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David Harris is Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee.  The New York Times has called the AJC, which was founded in 1906,  “the dean of American Jewish organizations.”  So it’s not that radical of an outfit.  But the position […]

Kidnapped 9-year-old Pakistani girl told to go kill policemen

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Nine-year-old Sohana Jawed was snatched off the street, drugged, outfitted in a suicide vest and told to go kill Pakistani policemen. The third grader refused to cooperate, throwing off the vest as she ran toward police screaming for help, according […]

Evangelicals wade into circumcision debate

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals is siding with Jews and Muslims in opposition of a proposed ban on infant male circumcision in San Francisco. “Jews, Muslims, and Christians all trace […]

Muslim cabbie fights ticket over religious cap

By KEN LEISER c. 2011 St. Louis Post-Dispatch ST. LOUIS (RNS) Taxi driver Nabeel Langrial was chatting with another cabbie last summer when an enforcement agent for the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission stopped to tell him his hat did not conform […]

Egyptians want advice, not rule, of clerics

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Four months after the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a new Gallup survey says a majority of Egyptians want religious leaders to advise the nation’s officials but they […]

Religious Leaders Call a Strike On Tobacco

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Religious leaders are hoping to hit a home run in a campaign to get Major League Baseball players to ban tobacco use on fields and dugouts of the national pastime. […]

Muhammad Ali pleads for prisoners’ release

By LAUREN MARKOE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali joined other prominent Muslim Americans on Tuesday (May 24) to plead for the release of two American hikers who have been imprisoned in Iran for nearly […]

Muslims Wait for Signs of Change from Obama

By OMAR SACIRBEY c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Officially, President Obama was talking to the Muslim world in his State Department speech on Thursday (May 19), but U.S. Muslims were equally interested in how their faith will be treated […]

Churches Asked to Share Pulpits with Muslims

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Religious and human rights activists are asking U.S. churches to invite Jewish and Muslim clergy to their sanctuaries to read from sacred texts next month in an initiative designed to […]

Muslims Battle to be Official Voice of U.S. Islam

By OMAR SACIRBEY c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) As president of the Phoenix-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy, an eight-year-old group that twins conservative and Islamic values, Zuhdi Jasser is no fan of the more visible Council on American-Islamic […]

Muslims Hope Bias Ends with bin Laden’s Death

By ALEXI FRIEDMAN and DAN GOLDBERG c. 2011 Religion News Service PATERSON, N.J. (RNS) Hours after Osama bin Laden’s death was announced, the American Arab Forum received a phone call. The person on the line was looking for Aref Assaf, […]

BBC Says Muslims Selling Tainted Holy Water from Mecca

By AL WEBB c. 2011 Religion News Service LONDON (RNS) A BBC investigation is claiming that holy drinking water from Mecca is contaminated with arsenic and is being sold illegally to Muslims at shops in Britain. The BBC report on […]

Muslims Confront Government over Travel Woes

By JAMES EWINGER c. 2011 Religion News Service PARMA, Ohio (RNS) Government officials told Arab-Americans and Muslims that some post-9/11 security measures are easing, and acknowledged that Muslims are often subject to a higher degree of discrimination in travel. The […]

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Hispanics turning evangelical, Jews secular
Worship service attendance is up in New York City, but down among young adult Jews, according to recent studies. On the other hand, fewer Spanish-speaking teens are attending Catholic mass, but more are showing up at Evangelical churches. [caption id="attachment_12343" align="alignleft" width="48

posted 3:10:30pm Nov. 05, 2013 | read full post »

Billy Graham: I know where I'm going
“Daddy thinks the Lord will allow him to live to 95,” said Franklin Graham recently. It was not a prophecy but a hope, Franklin explained, that he would live to see the beginning of a Christian re

posted 10:02:01am Oct. 24, 2013 | read full post »

Are All These Christians' Complaints of Persecution Just So Much Empty Whining?
The headlines are alarming: “Catholic-Owned Company Wins Religious Freedom Court Decision,” “Death Toll Rises to 65 in Boko Haram Attack on Students,” “Little Sisters Catholic Charity Victimized By Obamacare,” “Christians Sought Out, Murdered in the Kenyan Mall Massacre,” “Judicial

posted 2:41:26am Oct. 07, 2013 | read full post »

How can Christians defend themselves against today's random violence?
So, a crazed gunman opens fire and you’re caught in the middle. How can you survive? Heroes come in all sorts of packages. And they wield all sorts of defensive weapons. Such as guns and Jesus. Sometimes both at the same time. [caption id="attachment_12246" align="alignleft" width="480"] Ant

posted 2:53:48pm Sep. 27, 2013 | read full post »

Does Sunday Morning Church Really Need All This Glitter, Showmanship and Gimmickry?
What’s wrong with church today? Are we in danger of turning worship into a flashy concert? Of watering down the message so nobody is offended? Of forgetting the simplicity of the Gospel? I grew up with a preacher’s kid. He was a fake following in the footsteps of his flimflamming father who d

posted 11:26:20am Sep. 20, 2013 | read full post »

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