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Archive for August, 2007

County Judge Mandates Gay Marriage In Iowa

Friday, August 31st, 2007

A county judge in Iowa overturned Iowa’s ban on same sex marriage by judicial fiat. Judge Robert Hanson ruled Thursday that the Iowa marriage law was unconstitutional and immediately ordered the county officials to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. The ruling will be appealed but in the mean time Iowa apparently joins Massachusetts […]

Taliban Releases the Rest of the Korean Hostages

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

The Taliban finally released today the rest of the Korean hostages after six weeks of captivity and continual crisis. The former captives were taken away and the press was not allowed to interview them. Some nations including the Afghan government are somewhat critical of the South Korean negotiations with the Taliban. Many continue to believe […]

Nomination of Lesbian for Bishop Adds to the Episcopal/Anglican Division

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Recently nominated Rev. Tracey Lind, an openly lesbian priest, for Bishop. This comes at a time when the Anglican Communion has challenged the Episcopal Church USA to stop ordaining gay Bishops and has given the American Church until September 30, 2007 to answer their demands. Many believe that this nomination […]

Update: Taliban Begins to Release the Korean Hostages

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

The first group of eight were released early Wednesday, and later 4 more were freed. So far 12 of the 19 remaining Korean hostages have been released by the Taliban. Apparently they are in satisfactory condition.             *Top

Taliban Agrees to Free Korean Hostages

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

The Taliban has agreed to free the remaining 19 hostages soon. The South Korean government negotiated an agreement with the radical Islamic group to end the crisis. The Koreans for their part agreed to pull all of their troops (they were support non-combatants) out of Afghanistan by the end of the year (which they had […]

German Chancellor Merkel Challenges China on Human Rights

Monday, August 27th, 2007

We have been posting recently about the poor treatment of religious groups and minorities in China. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is quoted as being critical of China’s human rights record in a speech during an official visit to China. Merkel was particularly critical of the Chinese government on their treatment of minorities, religious groups, and […]

China Continues To Clamp Down on Christian House Churches

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Chinese officials have intensified their crackdown and persecution of Christians who worship in unofficial ‘house’ churches rather than the communist dominated official ones. Religious activities conducted outside of the designated churches are considered illegal and members of the underground churches continue to face fines, imprisonment, and sometimes even torture for their faith. For a long […]

Is Hillary Clinton Sending Al Qaida A Message?

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

Senator Hillary Clinton while campaigning in New Hampshire indicated that if another terrorist attack on America came before the 2008 election that it would help the Republican Party: “It’s a horrible prospect to ask yourself, ‘What if? What if?’ But, if certain things happen between now and the election, particularly with respect to terrorism, that […]

Should Christians Use the Name ‘Allah’ For God?

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Recently a Catholic Bishop in the Netherlands supported the use of ‘Allah’ instead of God. I wrote about this prospect earlier on this blog and offered a link to the original article. I continue the discussion from a Christian perspective in my Apologetica section. Here is a link to the article. *Top

Chinese Catholic Bishop is Arrested Again

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo was arrested today by the Chinese Public Security and Religious Bureau. The Chinese government has long held that they should have the final authority in choosing Bishops in China. The Roman Catholic Church has defied the Red Chinese officials and have continued to choose their own Bishops and issue messages from […]