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Archive for June, 2007

Iraqi Christians Are Being Forced out of Baghdad

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Bands of radical Islamists are declaring that Baghdad neighborhoods are part of a new ‘Islamic State of Iraq’ and are forcing Christians to move, pay a special tax, or convert.  Christian leaders say that as many as 500 families have moved out of Dora, which was once a thriving Christian conclave in south Baghdad. Apparently, […]

The Dutch are Rethinking Their ‘Anything Goes’ Culture

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

For an entire generation, the Netherlands have had an ‘anything goes’ policy towards a number of societal issues such as prostitution and drugs. According to an article in the Washington Post, many are rethinking and changing their attitudes towards these stands in response to where it has all taken them. Their society and culture is […]

Poll: Trust In Organized Religion at a Near Low

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

According to a recent poll taken by Gallup, only 46% have confidence in any kind of organized religion.  This was down from 68% in 1975, but slightly better than 45% in 2003. Obviously, recent divisions in some of the denominations, like the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterians, have not helped to inspire greater trust. Even […]

A Muslim Offended by Muslim Reactions to Rushdie

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Here is a fine article from a Muslim in the UK, Irshad Manji, posted on The Times Online. He says that it is not the ‘royal’ treatment of Salman Rushdie that really bothers him, but the reaction of his fellow Muslims: “As a Muslim, you better believe I am offended – by these absurd reactions. […]

Sir Salman Rushdie? Knighthood Causes a Stir and There’s a Reward For His Death

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Most of us probably forgot all about Salman Rushdie the famous author of The Satanic Verses which was published in 1988 and caused such a controversy among Muslims at the time. If you remember, the Ayatollah Khomeini had put up a fatwa against Rushdie and called for his death. Well it has started all over […]

Religious Book Sales Increase But So Does Porn Addiction?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

I find it interesting that Religious book sales are on the increase according to one article, while another article claims that an increasing number of Christians are viewing internet porn. According to a study cited in the article, 50% of Christian men and 20% of Christian women are actually addicted to pornography. Both articles came […]