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Pope travels to Britain amid indifference, outrage
Post Date: 2010-09-15 19:16:54 by Brian S
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI takes his campaign to revive Christianity in an increasingly secular Europe to Britain on Thursday. He faces a daunting task in a nation largely at odds with his policies and where disgust over the church sex abuse scandal runs high. Add to that centuries of anti-Catholic sentiment, recent tensions with the Anglican church and Benedict's plan to beatify one of the most famous Anglican converts to Catholicism, and the four-day trip is shaping up as one of his most delicate to date. For a gaffe-prone papacy whose handling of the abuse scandal has been problematic at best, the potential for pitfalls looms large. Just hours before the visit, one of ...
Nashville nuns lead nation in number of newcomers
Post Date: 2010-09-15 19:16:33 by Brian S
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A handful of Roman Catholic convents are contradicting the decades-long slide in the number of women choosing to devote their lives to the sisterhood. And at least two of them are doing it by sticking to tradition, including the wearing of habits. The number of nuns in the U.S. has dropped dramatically over the last several decades as more women in religious life approach retirement and are not replaced with younger sisters. But the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville have remained an exception for years. The order has 27 postulants entering the convent this fall, likely the largest group of new nuns in training in the U.S., according to religious ...
Galileo Was Wrong, The Church Was Right
Post Date: 2010-09-14 20:00:56 by Skip Intro
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(Just How INSANE/STUPID Are Koran Worshipers?) Two Afghans Killed As Koran Protests Simmer
Post Date: 2010-09-12 16:33:11 by Murron
(Just How INSANE/STUPID Are Koran Worshipers?) Two Afghans Killed As Koran Protests Simmer By Paul Tait, Sun Sep 12 KABUL (Reuters) Two people were killed on Sunday in a third straight day of violent Afghan protests sparked by a U.S. pastor's threat to burn copies of the Koran. Hundreds of Afghans kept up the angry demonstrations, some apparently unaware that pastor Terry Jones had dropped his plans. Two protesters were shot and killed in the eastern province of Logar, a district official said, taking the death toll since last Friday to three. The furor over Jones's plan -- a grave insult to Muslims who believe the Koran to be the literal word of God -- overshadowed the ...
GUESTVIEW: The Qur’an cannot be burned!
Post Date: 2010-09-12 14:27:02 by Ferret Mike
The following is a guest contribution. Reuters is not responsible for the content and the views expressed are the authors alone. Aref Ali Nayed is director, Kalam Research & Media, Dubai. (Photo: A woman reads the Koran in Srinagar , India, September 11, 2009/Fayaz Kabli) Years ago, in Toronto, I read on the concrete walls of a highway bridge the following bold and sacrilegious message: God is dead! Signed: Nietzsche, and under it Nietzsche is dead! Signed: God! Silly as the street message may be, it brings home a simple fact: God cannot be killed! Even as all else, including Nietzsche, dies, God remains. This is because for all theists, to put it ...
Saudi Diplomat Seeking Asylum: 'My life Is In Danger' [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2010-09-11 21:31:33 by Murron
Saudi Diplomat Seeking Asylum: 'My life Is In Danger' Envoy says he fears persecution if he leaves the U.S. and returns home A ranking Saudi diplomat told NBC News that he has asked for political asylum in the United States, saying he fears for his life if he is forced to return to his native country. The diplomat, Ali Ahmad Asseri, the first secretary of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, has informed U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials that Saudi officials have refused to renew his diplomatic passport and effectively terminated his job after discovering he was gay and was close friends with a Jewish woman. In a recent letter that he posted on a Saudi website, ...
U.S. MILITARY Says, ‘Burning Qur’ans BAD’ ‘Burning Bibles GOOD!’
Post Date: 2010-09-11 04:42:22 by Murron
U.S. MILITARY Says, Burning Qurans BAD Burning Bibles GOOD! 2009: US military confiscates and burns Bibles in Afghanistan, 2010: U.S. Military tells pastor not to burn Qurans in America. One would almost think theres a Muslim running the country. CNN Military personnel threw away, and ultimately burned, confiscated Bibles that were printed in the two most common Afghan languages amid concern they would be used to try to convert Afghans, a Defense Department spokesman said Tuesday. The unsolicited Bibles sent by a church in the United States were confiscated about a year ago at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan because military rules forbid troops ...
Atheist Billboard Provokes Oklahoman Christians
Post Date: 2010-09-10 14:11:59 by Brian S
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Atheists in Oklahoma City have erected a billboard seeking fellow non-believers and Satanists have scheduled a conference in a city-owned building, drawing criticism from ministers in a state where more than 8 out of 10 people say they are Christians. "It's not a question of `Can you?' It's a question of `Should you?'" said Dan Fisher, pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church in Yukon. "It's kind of like they're poking a finger in your eye." Nick Singer, the coordinator of a local atheists' group called "Coalition of Reason," recently received $5,250 from its national counterpart to erect the billboard along ...
Reality Check for all Islamophobic Christians–Jesus Didn’t Warn Us About the Muslims. He Warned Us About the Jews
Post Date: 2010-09-10 13:10:53 by mininggold
Reality Check for all Islamophobic ChristiansJesus Didnt Warn Us About the Muslims. He Warned Us About the Jews Thats right, for all you folks out there in the Christianite community frothing at the mouth and getting yourselves all hot-n-bothered these days over THEM MOOZLIMS taking over America, implementing Sharia law, cutting off heads, circumcising our women, forcing us to wear burkhas and all the rest, as much as I hate to douse your much-anticipated version of Armageddon with the cleansing waters of reality, nevertheless for the sake of posterity, its got to be done. The fact is (and as disappointing as it will no doubt be for those of you out ...
Military Burns Unsolicited Bibles Sent to Afghanistan
Post Date: 2010-09-09 11:11:17 by Murron
Military Burns Unsolicited Bibles Sent to Afghanistan Sep 9, 2010 (CNN) -- Military personnel threw away, and ultimately burned, confiscated Bibles that were printed in the two most common Afghan languages amid concern they would be used to try to convert Afghans, a Defense Department spokesman said Tuesday. Afghan workers enter a walkway on March 3, 2009, at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. The unsolicited Bibles sent by a church in the United States were confiscated about a year ago at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan because military rules forbid troops of any religion from proselytizing while deployed there, Lt. Col. Mark Wright said. Such religious outreach can endanger American troops ...
Quran Burning Pastor: Judaism, Other Religions "Of The Devil"
Post Date: 2010-09-08 15:47:58 by Brian S
An excerpt from a deposition of Pastor Terry Jones, August 10, 2010. Pastor Terry Jones who caused international controversy with his Quran burning plan, believes that Islam is "of the devil" and apparently has similar problems with other religions. Last month, in a deposition from a court case in which Jones was a witness, attorney Michael Spellman asked Jones what else he believed was "of the devil." Q. And you believe that everything that is not from god is of the devil. Is that right? A. Yeah, I guess so. Uh-huh. Then again, it depends on what you're talking about. I don't believe necessarily baseball is from the devil because it's not from god. ...
Sharia for Dummies: Imam Feisal Abdel Rauf Claims US Constitution Is Sharia Compliant [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2010-09-08 10:54:02 by Murron
Imam Feisal Abdel Rauf Claims That the US Constitution Is Sharia Compliant Now let us examine below a few laws of Sharia to see if Imam Rauf is truthful or a fraud: 1- Jihad defined as to war against non-Muslims to establish the religion is the duty of every Muslim and Muslim head of state (Caliph). Muslim Caliphs who refuse jihad are in violation of Sharia and unfit to rule. 2- A Caliph can hold office through seizure of power meaning through force. 3- A Caliph is exempt from being charged with serious crimes such as murder, adultery, robbery, theft, drinking and in some cases of rape. 4- A percentage of Zakat (alms) must go towards jihad. 5- It is obligatory to obey the ...
(my title) An Islamic Practice: Temporary’ Marriage & Sex With 4 year old, Sodomizing; Masterbating on Child (no penetration) Who Did This? Video
Post Date: 2010-09-07 23:15:06 by Murron
(my title) An Islamic Practice: Temporary Marriage & Sex with 4 year old, Sodomizing; Masterbating on Child (no penetration) Who Did This? Video Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, The Supreme Leader of Iran, 1979-89, was attracted to the 4 year old daughter of a family he was visiting and asked the father if he could have her for a temporary marriage. The father agreed, happily. The Ayatollah spent the night with the little girl, who was heard screaming and crying all night long. When asked about it the next day, he said,there was no penetration, just grabbing, kissing, and thighing. Thighing means masterbating between the legs of a female infant or ...
Church Rebuffs Military Concerns On Quran Burning
Post Date: 2010-09-07 12:12:36 by Brian S
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A Christian minister said Tuesday that he will go ahead with plans to burn copies of the Quran this weekend to protest the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks despite a warning from the top U.S. general in Afghanistan that doing so would endanger American troops. Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center said he understands Gen. David Petraeus' concerns, but plans to go forward with the burning this Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the attacks. He left the door open to change his mind, however, saying that he is still praying about his decision. Petraeus warned Tuesday in an e-mail to The Associated Press that "images of the burning of a Quran ...
Afghanistan's dirty little secret [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2010-09-06 19:47:19 by Mad Dog
Western forces fighting in southern Afghanistan had a problem. Too often, soldiers on patrol passed an older man walking hand-in-hand with a pretty young boy. Their behavior suggested he was not the boy's father. Then, British soldiers found that young Afghan men were actually trying to "touch and fondle them," military investigator AnnaMaria Cardinalli told me. "The soldiers didn't understand." All of this was so disconcerting that the Defense Department hired Cardinalli, a social scientist, to examine this mystery. Her report, "Pashtun Sexuality," startled not even one Afghan. But Western forces were shocked - and repulsed. For centuries, Afghan men ...
Afghans Protest US Church’s Plans To Burn Quran
Post Date: 2010-09-06 10:14:05 by Brian S
Afghan protesters denounce US after American church vows to burn Islamic holy book on 9/11 Hundreds of Afghans railed against the United States and called for President Barack Obama's death at a rally in the capital Monday to denounce an American church's plans to burn the Islamic holy book on 9/11. The crowd in Kabul, numbering as many as 500, chanted "Long live Islam" and "Death to America" as they listened to fiery speeches from members of parliament, provincial council deputies, and Islamic clerics who criticized the U.S. and demanded the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country. Some threw rocks when a U.S. military convoy passed, but speakers ...
Jewish Fundamentalist Rabbis: It’s Okay To Exterminate Palestinians, and Non-Jews
Post Date: 2010-09-02 14:31:35 by Brian S
Award-winning journalist Max Blumenthal, author of "Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party" has written a very informative article about a book called "Torat HaMelech," by Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira. The book states that the murder of non-Jews without cause is legitimate, and that it is even necessary to kill infants. There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults. The article by Blumenthal is called, "How To Kill Goyim And Influence People: Leading Israeli Rabbis Defend Manual for For ...
Mormon Church, Jewish Leaders Tackle Proxy Baptism
Post Date: 2010-09-01 13:42:10 by Brian S
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Mormon church says it has changed its genealogical database to better prevent the names of Jews killed in Nazi concentration camps from being submitted for posthumous baptism by proxy. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe the baptism gives deceased people in the afterlife the opportunity to receive the Gospel. Church members are baptized in the place of people whose names are drawn from a church-run database. Jews are offended by the idea that Mormons are trying to alter the religion of Holocaust victims, who were murdered because of their religion. In 1995, the church agreed to eliminate most Holocaust victims from baptism. But database ...
Captured on Video: Fundraising for Hamas in U.S. Mosque
Post Date: 2010-08-31 10:26:13 by Murron
Captured on Video: Fundraising for Hamas in U.S. Mosque An alarming, must-see video at Big Peace shows prominent leaders of the Islamic community in the United States openly raising money for terrorism at a Saudi-funded mosque in central Florida. Organized by the Islamic Society of Central Floridas Imam Muhammad Musri, the compelling video features leftist former UK MP George Galloway and three-time felon Mahdi Bray of the Muslim American Societys Freedom Foundation raising at least $55,000 for Hamas. The fundraiser held at Masjid Al-Rahman mosque in Orlando, Florida was intended to raise money for Galloways Viva Palestina, then funneling money openly to ...
NY Temple Plot Jury Hears Suspect Rant About Jews
Post Date: 2010-08-30 13:56:47 by Murron
NY Temple Plot Jury Hears Suspect Rant About Jews By TOM HAYS, Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- A man accused of plotting to bomb New York synagogues and shoot down military planes ranted against Jews and mused about "taking down" targets in the United States, according to audio tapes played Monday at his federal trial. Courtroom sketch of James Cromitie, right The tapes were secretly recorded by a paid informant testifying against James Cromitie and three other men who were arrested in 2009 on their way to the synagogues. The informant, Shahed Hussain, met Cromitie in 2008 after being sent by the FBI to infiltrate a Newburgh, N.Y., mosque. While wearing a wire, he ...
Authorities Investigate Shots Fired Near Islamic Center Site (Tenn): Fire at Tenn. Mosque Building Site Ruled Arson (Tenn)
Post Date: 2010-08-30 02:28:42 by Murron
Authorities Investigate Shots Fired Near Islamic Center Site Rutherford County Sheriffs deputies are investigating a complaint about shots being fired near the construction site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro on Veals Road off Bradyville Pike. A group of congregation members were at the site looking at the damage done to construction equipment over the weekend when they heard nine shots fired from two directions. Around 3:15, they reported hearing six shots coming from one direction, and about three minutes later they heard three more shots from another direction, said Saleh Sbenaty, a congregation member and MTSU professor. He wasnt sure if the shots were being fired ...
Former president's investing may have cost church $15 million
Post Date: 2010-08-28 23:06:21 by Skip Intro
Foursquare sinner forgiven Former president's investing may have cost church $15 million Saying he has "been to hell and back,'' the former president of one of the nation's best-known Pentecostal churches is in San Francisco this week seeking forgiveness for his role in a huge evangelical investment scam that could cost his flock some $15 million. The Rev. Paul Risser, the disgraced leader of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, appeared to receive that forgiveness Wednesday, as nearly 3,000 church members stood in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel to salute him with rousing choruses of "Amazing Grace.'' The weeklong annual ...
Ground Zero Mosque Imam (Feisal Abdul Rauf): Obama Took Speech From Me
Post Date: 2010-08-26 21:20:55 by Murron
Ground Zero Mosque Imam (Feisal Abdul Rauf): Obama Took Speech From Me Rauf claims his book forms heart of Cairo address to Muslim world JERUSALEM Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the controversial Islamic leader behind the proposed Ground Zero mosque, has claimed President Obama's historic address to Muslim world was "all taken" from Rauf's book. "If you examine this chapter you will find that the (Obama) speech in Cairo was all taken from this section," Rauf stated in a February recording, which was first posted by Islam critic Walid Shoebat. Rauf mistakenly referred to Obama as "Bush" but was clearly speaking about Obama's address to the ...
Man Is Arraigned in Anti-Muslim Stabbing of Cabdriver
Post Date: 2010-08-25 18:35:02 by Brian S
Pool photo by Steven Hirsch Michael Enright, right, with his lawyer, Jason Martin, at his arraignment on hate-crime charges Wednesday. Update, 5:24 p.m. | The man charged with the anti-Muslim slashing and stabbing of a cabdriver was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime, first-degree assault as a hate crime and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. An emergency medical technician said that had the cut been any deeper or longer, the driver would have died, prosecutors said. Judge ShawnDya L. Simpson ordered the man, Michael Enright, 21, held without bail. James Zaleta, an assistant district attorney, ...
Poll: Americans Believe Islam No More Prone To Violence Than Other Faiths
Post Date: 2010-08-24 17:19:51 by Brian S
Americans doubt that Islam is likelier than other faiths to encourage violence, but their overall view of the religion has worsened over the past five years, a poll revealed on Tuesday. Americans doubt that Islam is likelier than other faiths to encourage violence, but their overall view of the religion has worsened over the past five years, a poll revealed on Tuesday. Muslim worshippers in Paris AP Sept. 3, 2004 Hundreds of Muslim worshippers praying in Paris on September 3, 2004. Photo by: AP In a survey that underlined the complex views people have about Muslims, 51 percent agreed that a Muslim center should not be built near the former site of New York's World Trade Center, ...
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