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  • Abu Dhabi Legal Expert Explains the Three Divorce Rule

    08/26/2014 1:55:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    A legal expert from the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has clarified Sharia rules on divorce after a case last week where a couple sought to divorce for the third time. Muna Al Raeesi, head of legal aid at ADJD, said that when a husband and wife divorced for the first time, there was a waiting period known as “idda”, which is designed to give the couple time to reconcile without finalising the divorce procedure. The waiting period lasts for three of the wife’s menstrual cycles to ensure she is not pregnant. If she is pregnant, it lasts until the child...
  • Prayer request

    08/26/2014 12:47:17 PM PDT · by Marie · 117 replies
    vanity | 8/26/2014 | self
    Sorry folks, I'm not sure where to put this, but we've got a prayer request. My 20 year old son has been in the hospital for the last few days. They didn't know what has started all of this, but he had a heart attack last night. Right now, we're waiting for tests to come back and I'm scared out of my mind. He's just too young for this.
  • Attention gay rights lobby: your feelings aren’t constitutionally protected

    08/26/2014 12:01:43 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    http://themattwalshblog.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Matt Walsh
    Attention gay rights lobby: I read of your latest conquest with great interest. A Catholic couple in New York has been charged and fined for violating the “rights” of a gay couple by choosing not to host a gay wedding on their farm. This story has garnered little interest and virtually no media attention, which is understandable considering that everything in the world had to take a backseat while the entire nation sat enthralled for two weeks by a local police matter in a place called Ferguson. Of course, the media only considers homicide to be a “local crime story”...
  • Hands Up! Don’t Abort!

    08/25/2014 2:01:15 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-25-2014 | Mike Adams
    Something is just not right with me. In fact, I’m downright rude. I have a tendency to crash protests even though no one invited me. It happened when I donned a burka back in 2003 disguising myself as an Iraqi woman in order to infiltrate a campus protest against the War in Iraq. It happened again in 2009 when I joined a protest against myself at UMASS-Amherst. It happened yet again last Saturday night when I went to Ferguson and protested against the man while holding a sign saying “Hands up, Don’t Shoot!” I learned a lot that night. So...
  • Moral Relativists In The University: They Aren’t Who You Think They Are

    08/24/2014 1:44:13 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 8-24-14 | Collin Garbarino
    This year the movie God Is Not Dead preyed on every Christian parent’s fear of sending a child off to college only to have their family’s faith and values undermined by an atheist college professor espousing some form of moral relativism. The movie hinges on a certain cliché, but the cliché is a cliché because many of us took a class with “that professor.” He might not have been so over-the-top, but his prejudices were evident. The American university tends to be fairly hostile to the conservative movement. One of the core tenets of conservatism is the Judeo-Christian teaching that...
  • Self-Defense is a Religious Obligation

    08/22/2014 3:56:34 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 22, 2014 | Rabbi Aryeh Spero
    “Children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung and crucified. Entire Christian and non-Muslim communities are being decimated by the radical Muslim group, ISIS.” These are the words from reporters out of Iraq. What is our obligation to those under fire from Islamic terrorists? Prayer is good, but not enough. Words of support are welcome, but not enough. What can one do when terrorists are not moved by our prayers or words of support for the hunted? Our religious obligation is to fight. We fight because self-defense is a mandate from the Bible...
  • Welcome to Public Relations 101

    08/22/2014 2:40:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-22-2014 | Mike Adams
    It takes a lot to make me angry. But one thing that will do it every time is the occasional college administrator who hides behind a university spokesperson or public relations firm. Last week, Bryan College made the serious mistake of attempting to contact me through a hired public relations firm. They made the additional error of having their public relations specialist ask me questions about the “substance” (that means accuracy) of my reporting about Bryan. To be as clear as possible, I am the reporter in this situation. That means I am the one asking the questions. After Bryan’s...
  • Watson, Dawkins: What Is It with Scientists Who Become Crusading Atheists and Raging Bigots?

    08/21/2014 11:35:46 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 9 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 21, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    Watson, Dawkins: What Is It with Scientists Who Become Crusading Atheists and Raging Bigots? Wesley J. Smith August 21, 2014 11:00 AM | Permalink First, there was James Watson who came out as a eugenicist and also remarked about how "some anti-Semitism is justified" (he later apologized). Now Richard Dawkins has let out his own inner bigot by claiming that women have an ethical duty to abort Down babies. From the Telegraph story: Richard Dawkins, the atheist writer, has claimed it is "immoral" to allow unborn babies with Down's syndrome to live. The Oxford professor posted a message on Twitter saying would-be parents who...
  • James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head

    08/20/2014 3:50:14 PM PDT · by wtd · 124 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | August 19, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda. And the agenda was obvious from his Twitter feed. [snip] Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government. He cheered on the Sunni Muslim terrorists fighting to ethnically cleanse the Christians of Aleppo. In the conflict between Israel and Hamas, his tweets and retweets were chock full of pro-terrorist propaganda. link
  • Where It All Leads: Professor Death Supports Doctor Death

    08/20/2014 5:30:53 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 5 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 19, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    Where It All Leads: Professor Death Supports Doctor Death Wesley J. Smith August 19, 2014 2:21 PM | Permalink It is time to start calling Peter Singer "Professor Death."The Princeton moral philosopher -- surely a misnomer in his case -- is the world's foremost proponent of infanticide. He typically uses examples of disabled babies, but the reason he believes they can be killed is that they are supposedly not "persons." Thus, Singer has refused to state that killing a baby because she was ugly would be wrong.Professor Death also supports euthanasia, both voluntary and non-voluntary against ill human non-persons, such as Alzheimer's patients.He has...
  • The Culture of Blechh

    08/19/2014 3:12:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Nationak Catholic Register ^ | Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | Simcha Fisher
    The other day, I announced my pregnancy on my Patheos blog. Having used up all my creativity in making the actual baby, I didn't order custom-printed baby announcement M&M's to sprinkle around the house and then video my kids' reaction when they discovered them. I just put a picture of my belly sticking out and wrote, "Hooray!" Because I am lucky, I got dozens of happy congratulations, some from people I know, some from people I've never met or heard of. Then, inevitably, a surprsingly slow 48 hours later, a commenter left the first poo in the punchbowl, saying: "Here's...
  • A Blot On The Jewish People

    08/19/2014 2:00:40 AM PDT · by idov · 147 replies
    The Times Of Israel ^ | Aug. 19, 2014 | Dov Ivry
    There are lots of famous Jewish atheists from Sigmund Freud to Ayn Rand to Isaac Asimov to Woody Allen. How do you think the Jewish community would have reacted if what follows had happened? A Jewish couple, atheists, artists, puts on an exhibit in which they critique five major religions with artworks and commentary. At the end of the first day the gallery owner comes up to them and says, you are attacking Islam and that means you favor the Jews in "Palestine." This is "racism." They try to explain that they are critiquing five major religions equally, did not...
  • The Evil that Men Do: How Bad Governments Create Poverty

    08/18/2014 1:10:03 PM PDT · by Politically Correct · 19 replies
    Pharoah, let my people go: How did ancient Egypt become a land of slaves building fantastic monuments to dictatorial leaders? The land of Egypt was rich and fertile, a seeming paradise for egalitarian living. Stephanie Pappas writes in Live Science about how despots “evolved” in ancient societies, but that’s a misleading use of the term; it actually was a series of bad choices by free people. She writes how Simon Powers at the University of Lausanne came up with a mathematical model to explain the shift from egalitarianism to despotism. Whether it actually explains them could be disputed, but he...
  • The Kosher Controversy at Sainsbury's Speaks to a Profound Problem: Acquiescence to anti-Semitism

    08/18/2014 9:12:01 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 6 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 18th, 2014 | Brendan O'Neill
    Were you outraged by a Sainsbury's store's decision over the weekend to hide away its kosher foods in an attempt to placate anti-Israel protesters? You should have been. For this incident, though seemingly a one-off, speaks to a profound problem in Europe today – the respectable classes' acquiescence to anti-Semitism; their willingness to accept anti-Semitic sentiment as a fact of life and to shrug it off or, worse, kowtow to it. The kosher incident took place at the Sainsbury's in Holborn in London. When a mob of anti-Israel protesters gathered outside the store, the manager took the extraordinary decision to...
  • One Million Throng Korean Capital To See Pope's Mass For Martyrs

    08/16/2014 10:01:22 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    ChannelNewsAsia ^ | August16, 2014 | Chief Lim Yun Suk
    On By Korea Bureau Chief Lim Yun Suk 16 Aug 2014 SEOUL: Nearly one million turned up in the capital Seoul on Saturday (Aug 16) for Pope Francis to beatify 124 Korean martyrs who were killed in Korea for their faith in the 18th and 19th centuries. Roads near Gwanghwanmun square in the heart of Seoul were closed as people gathered as early as Friday night to attend this ceremony. Only some 170,000 people were officially invited to the ceremony - they were the ones who got to sit near the altar which was set up in front of Gwanghwamun,...
  • Lesbian Bridezillas Bully Bridal Shop Owner Over Religious Beliefs

    08/15/2014 4:23:37 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/112/14 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    A Pennsylvania Christian bridal shop owner who refused to provide wedding gowns to a lesbian couple because of her religious beliefs was bullied by the lesbians on Facebook, where their post about the shop owner’s refusal to serve them went viral. The New York Daily News reports the lesbians, who tried to schedule an appointment at W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, were “unidentified,” but said the owner – who was identified as Victoria Miller – told them she “[does] not service same-sex couples.” “We feel we have to answer to God for what we do,” Miller told The Press...
  • Baker on Not Providing Wedding Cake to Lesbians: ‘I Have to Stand True’ to God

    08/15/2014 1:16:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 15, 2014 - 3:30 PM | Penny Starr
    A bakery in Pennsylvania has come under scrutiny after the owner declined to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple who were planning to renew their vows. “It was hard to do,” Lorraine Fleming, the owner of The Cake Pros bakery in Schuylkill Haven, Pa., told WBRE-TV on Tuesday. “We have homosexuality in our family, and it was a hard decision to make, but in the end, when I die and I’m one on one with God I have to stand true to him.” …
  • Atheist Richard Dawkins’ Claim ‘Moderate Religious People’ Might Be Empowering Religious Extremists

    08/15/2014 12:55:45 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Aug. 15, 2014 | Billy Hallowell
    Famed evolutionary biologist and atheist leader Richard Dawkins reportedly said this week that “nice Christians” and “nice Muslims” might actually be making the “world safe for extremists.”...Dawkins apparently claimed that moderates inadvertently contribute to faith-fueled fundamentalism and extremism.“It’s very important that we should not demonize ordinary, law-abiding, very decent Muslims which of course is the vast majority in this country,” Dawkins said, according to the Telegraph.He continued, “... the difference between moderate religious people and extremist fundamentalists is that although of course it’s only a tiny minority of any sect which is ever going to get violent or horrible, there...
  • The West’s Prostration to Islam

    08/14/2014 5:11:33 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 10 replies
    Raymond Ibrahim....Islam Translated ^ | 8-5-14 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Editor’s note: Raymond Ibrahim was recently interviewed by Fronda, a leading website in Poland. The English-language version of the Polish interview, originally titled “Raymond Ibrahim: Prostration before Islam,” follows: Who is Raymond Ibrahim? A scholar, a writer, an activist? What is his mission and the main goal? Raymond Ibrahim: I am a little of all that and more. Due to my background, academic and personal, I have had a long interest in the Middle East and Islam, especially the historic and contemporary interaction between Islam and Christianity. After the strikes of September 11, 2001, I took an interest in the...
  • Topless dancers protest outside Ohio church for its opposition to strip clubs

    08/13/2014 1:30:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 51 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Ben Johnson
    A half-dozen strippers paraded topless outside a rural Ohio church as its parishioners entered and exited this Sunday as a counterprotest to the church's efforts to close their business. A total of 30 dancers, friends, fellow employees, and strip industry executives gathered outside New Beginnings Ministries in Warsaw, Ohio, on Sunday, the second week the sex workers protested the evangelical church's strong moral stance. The church, which has about 125 members in a city of 700, has protested the Foxhole North, located just nine miles down the road from its sanctuary, for years. Thomas George who owns that location and...
  • "Boy, you are insane!" "No, I'm just evolved."

    08/13/2014 10:47:22 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 28 replies
    "Boy, you are insane!" "No, I'm just evolved." Wesley J. Smith August 13, 2014 10:28 AM | Permalink My wife Debra and I have been enjoying the new TNT television crime drama Murder in the First. The other night, the villain articulated his value system -- and it is pure anti-human exceptionalism.POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT for those who haven't seen the program or the final episode yet.The villain admits to a friend that he killed his pregnant girl friend. (I will not name the characters.) From the script: Friend: She was carrying your child!Villain: She was carrying a fetus. I told her...
  • Robin Williams’ Last Gift: Angering ISIS

    08/13/2014 8:03:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/13/2014 | BRIDGET JOHNSON
    The Islamic State is omnipresent on Twitter these days, so it was curious to see the jihadists weighing in on the death of Robin Williams just as the rest of the world was last night.However, they weren’t as kind to the kafir, heavily citing the above hilarious sketch he did about jihad and the whole idea of getting 72 virgins upon martyrdom. For those who talk about the khanzer Robin Williams, you need to double check your Al-Wala’ Wal Bara’ aqeeda #ISIS http://t.co/jv09gajduT— Abu Bakr Al-Janabi (@Alansarialjanab) August 12, 2014   Those of you who say “RIP” to #RobinWilliams check...
  • Why you should stop believing in evolution: You either understand it or you don't

    08/13/2014 5:40:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    The Week ^ | 08/13/2014 | By Keith Blanchard
    When people joyously discover on Ancestry.com that they're related to, say, a medieval archduke or a notorious Victorian criminal, evolutionary biologists may be permitted to snicker. Because in actuality, we are all related: Humans all share at least one common ancestor if you go far enough back. You are related to every king and criminal who ever lived, to Gandhi and Paris Hilton and Carrot Top. You are even related to me. But buckle up — that's only the beginning. Humanity, after all, is but one ugly branch on the big tree of life. Go back far enough, and you'll...
  • What The Walking Dead Can Teach Pro-Lifers

    08/12/2014 9:16:24 PM PDT · by boatbums · 47 replies
    Christian Research Institute ^ | 06/17/2014 | Scott Klusendorf
    Season One of AMC’s The Walking Dead is gory, brutal, and not for the faint of heart. Yet I’m fascinated by it and think Christian apologists may want to give it a watch. I can live without the blood, thank you, and Episode 2 contains a graphic sex scene I chose not to watch. What grips me, nevertheless, is the drama of a tiny group of humans fighting to survive against overwhelming odds. This is not your daddy’s 1970s zombie film. Indeed, unlike those earlier offerings, this one has believable characters in a realistic location (Atlanta). Its realness is gripping....
  • Please Pray for my friend

    08/11/2014 7:23:33 AM PDT · by Kidlett CLR · 37 replies
    My friend Roy is in a very tight spot. She has diabetes and got a really bad infection in her left leg, she has been seeing he dr. regularly to try and fix it with meds but it's getting worse. Today she got on and I asked how she was. She told me that her dr. wants her in the hospital but sadly there was no room in the hospital where she is. She will be going to the hospital in 2 days when a room is open and saved for her. Please pray for a safe recovery of what...
  • China Will Create Own Christian Belief System Amid Tensions With Church (Says Chinese Gov't)

    08/10/2014 8:27:26 PM PDT · by PGR88 · 24 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | August 10, 2014 | South China Morning Post
    China will construct a "Chinese Christian theology" suitable for the country, state media reported on Thursday, as both the number of believers and tensions with the authorities are on the rise. China has between 23 million and 40 million Protestants, accounting for 1.7 to 2.9 per cent of the total population, the state-run China Daily said, citing figures given at a seminar in Shanghai. About 500,000 people are baptised as Protestants every year, it added. "Over the past decades, the Protestant churches in China have developed very quickly with the implementation of the country's religious policy," the paper quoted Wang...
  • Central African Republic names first Muslim prime minister

    08/10/2014 1:38:09 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 08/10/2014 | Christian Panika
    Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - The Central African Republic named its first Muslim prime minister on Sunday as part of an effort to create a more inclusive government and end more than a year of sectarian violence. Together with Samba-Panza, a Christian, Kamoun faces the difficult task of revitalising a delicate political transition aimed at ending deadly sectarian violence and disarming militias in one of Africa's poorest countries. The latest unrest in the CAR began in March 2013 when the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition toppled the ruling regime and put Michel Djotodia -- the country's first Muslim president...
  • Revealed: the man deported from Saudi Arabia for being too handsome (true story)

    08/09/2014 1:36:07 PM PDT · by Innovative · 45 replies
    The Week, UK ^ | 2013 Apr 25 | The Week, UK
    WITH HIS dreamy eyes, well-groomed beard and razor-sharp cheekbones, Omar Borkan Al Gala is undeniably handsome. And according to US website Jezebel he’s one of three men who were deported last week from Saudi Arabia - reportedly because of his good looks. The first images of the swoonsome Dubai-based actor and photographer emerged after Arabic newspaper Elaph reported a trio of hunks had been deported from Saudi Arabia over fears women would find them irresistible.
  • Judge rules Ten Commandments monument must go (Bloomfield, New Mexico)

    08/08/2014 8:10:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 8, 2014 10:19 AM EDT
    A federal judge says a New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall. The Daily Times reports that Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker issued a ruling Thursday in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, saying the monument constitutes government speech and has the “principal effect of endorsing religion.” …
  • More Studies Show Children Are Wired for Religious Belief: A Brief Literature Review

    08/07/2014 7:03:27 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 16 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 7, 2014 | Casey Luskin
    More Studies Show Children Are Wired for Religious Belief: A Brief Literature Review Casey Luskin August 7, 2014 4:07 AM | Permalink Back in April, David Klinghoffer noted a story in the Wall Street Journal about how Boston University psychologist Deborah Kelemen advocates "suppressing" belief in a "God-like designer" by trying "to get young children to understand the mechanism of natural selection before the alternative intentional-design theory had become too entrenched." What was intriguing was not just how evolutionary scientists are scrambling to indoctrinate children against perceiving intelligent design in nature, but also how children have an innate tendency to...
  • Is monogamy on the way out? Polyamorists believe their time has come.

    08/06/2014 7:16:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    The Week ^ | 08/06/2014 | By Damon Linker
    When the fight for gay marriage began to gain traction back in the early years of the last decade, social conservative critics usually went beyond denying that marriage could be redefined to include same-sex couples. Many of them argued that homosexuals were much less inclined than heterosexuals to valorize the ideal of monogamy. Allowing gays and lesbians to marry would therefore introduce a polyamorous option into the institution, and adultery would come to be viewed as an acceptable option for all marriages.A spate of recent articles explicitly making the case for polyamory would seem to vindicate those conservative predictions and...
  • Just watched "God's not dead" on Amazon. Terrific film!

    08/06/2014 5:33:02 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    This movie is wonderful. Because it is a message movie, it is a wee bit predictable.But it is wonderful...unless you are an atheist. Atheists are at risk of conversion.
  • U.S. searches for MN preacher accused of 59 counts of molestation

    08/06/2014 10:35:13 AM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    FOX44 ^ | CNN Steve Almasy and Carman Hassan
    CNN) — Preacher accused of 59 counts of molesting girls in Minnesota Authorities nationwide are searching for a Minnesota minister accused of 59 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct with two young girls while they were members of his church. Victor Barnard, 52, was last seen in Spokane, Washington, according to a written statement from the Washington State Patro
  • Baby finds happy ending after Nevada judge tried to have her forcibly aborted

    08/05/2014 8:26:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Life Site ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    The baby at the center of 2012’s shocking forced abortion case in Nevada has been legally adopted by her grandparents, who fought to save her life after a county judge considered ordering their mentally handicapped daughter to have an abortion. Cierramaria Cecilia Bauer, now 15 months old, was conceived when her mother, Elisa Bauer, wandered away from an assisted living facility for mentally handicapped adults and was impregnated by an unknown sexual predator. Elisa has the mental capacity of a third grader, and when workers at the facility discovered she was pregnant, they called social services, which led to a...
  • Syria: Muslims force Christian to accept Islam, then behead him

    08/05/2014 5:55:35 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 22 replies
    pamelageller.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    Beheading, Islamic ritual slaughter. Why would these devout Muslims behead the man after he converted to Islam? The vicious, bloodthirsty savages most likely wanted to humiliate him, break him and then kill him, but not before they stripped him of his faith, his pride, his G-d. Apparently the Obama administration was too preoccupied with condemning Israel for Hamas-staged “attacks” to comment on the relentless genocide of religious minorities under Muslim rule. Why they said he was a non-Muslim after he made the Islamic profession of faith is unclear. Maybe they didn’t think he was sincere — and he may not...
  • Why I'm not a Libertarian

    08/04/2014 5:37:03 PM PDT · by chuckles · 152 replies
    vanity | 08/04/2014 | chuckles
    I'm 63 years old and in my lifetime, I have been political almost all of it. In my youth, the Viet Nam War was topic one, every day, all day. If you were against the war, you were a Democrat and for the war, a Republican. It was an easy line to see and pretty much lasted through Nixon into the Carter years. During Carter, we were reminded that the economy didn't have to remain bullet proof just because we were Americans. This is where I was intrigued by the fledgling libertarians that had the "pure" economic theory that was...
  • Muslim Shooting King Could Be Stripped of Title

    08/04/2014 4:49:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 04 Aug 2014
    A Muslim father could be stripped of his title as shooting champion for a town in western Germany because he is not Christian. Foreigners less likely to get jobs than Germans (31 Jul 14) Germany's biggest tabloid attacks Islam (28 Jul 14) Attacks on foreigners on the rise (18 Jun 14) Mithat Gedik, 33, was born to Turkish parents and grew up in Werl, North Rhine-Westphalia. On July 18th he was crowned Schützenkönig (shooting king), a traditional German title. by his local club. Gedik studied Catholicism at school, works for a Mannheim-based company and lives with his German wife and...
  • 'God has a call on my life': U.S. doctor infected with Ebola, WHY he moved his family to Liberia...

    08/04/2014 12:35:48 PM PDT · by EBH · 3 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 8/4/2014
    Before Brantly went to Liberia last October, he returned to his hometown of Indianapolis and gave a sermon at the Southeastern Church of Christ, which has been obtained by The Blaze. 'For two years we will live and work and serve among the people who, until the last 10 years of peace, had known nothing but the violence and devastation of war for the previous 20 years,' Brantly told the congregation. 'I've never been to Liberia. '(I'm going) because God has a call on my life.' 'On difficult days, when I want to give up or when I wonder if...
  • Q&A: What is Hamas? (2012)

    08/04/2014 11:50:12 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/24/2012 | CNN
    (CNN) -- Four years after the last major conflict in the region, Israel and Hamas have once again been on the brink of war in Gaza, though an Egypt-brokered cease-fire appears to be holding, paving the way for peace talks in future. So what is the group, and what does it hope to achieve by its rocket attacks on Israeli targets? What is Hamas? Hamas is a militant fundamentalist Islamic organization operating in the West Bank and Gaza. The name Hamas is an acronym for "Harakat Al-Muqawama Al-Islamia," or Islamic Resistance Movement in English. The word "hamas" means zeal, or...
  • Woman finds Ikea bags stuffed with 80 skeletons

    08/04/2014 6:18:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 86 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | Updated: 01 Aug 2014 11:51 GMT+02:00 | Staff
    UPDATED: A woman in southern Sweden is furious after stumbling upon scores of skulls and human bones inside Ikea bags in a church. The man who dug up the bones, however, says it's not as bad as it looks. The Kläckeberga church is using Ikea bags to store the remains of around 80 people who were once buried under the floorboards. The macabre collection, which is almost overflowing from a set of large blue Ikea bags, was found by local woman Kicki Karlén. "There were around 80 skeletons," she told The Local. "And it made me very angry about how...
  • A new life for Haleigh

    08/03/2014 6:38:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    boston globe ^ | Patricia Wen
    WESTFIELD — The minister winds up his welcome to some 400 people, and soon lyrics flash karaoke-like on a large screen. A spirited Christian pop song, “Blessed be Your Name,” fills the Westfield Evangelical Free Church. In the back row, a young woman, sitting in a wheelchair next to her adoptive parents, lights up. Though she can’t read all the words, she sways to the music and claps her hands, the nails painted pink with white polka dots. She loves cheerful tunes and a crowd, and on this Sunday, she has both. Keith and Becky Arnett could have predicted that...
  • Turkish Deputy PM: Women Shouldn’t Laugh in Public

    08/03/2014 12:17:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | Tue, July 29, 2014
    The Deputy PM of Turkey Bülent Arınç said today that women should refrain from laughing in public, because it’s immodest. In response to Arınç’s remarks, hundreds of Turkish women posted pictures of themselves laughing on social media platforms. […] Arınç chided Turkish women saying, “Where are our girls, who slightly blush, lower their heads and turn their eyes away when we look at their face, becoming the symbol of chastity?” he said. This is not the first time that a member of PM Erdogan’s AK Party espoused misogynist views in public. …
  • Following Outrage Over Conchita, Russia Is Reviving Its Own Straight Eurovision (USSR Intervision)

    08/02/2014 10:24:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Newsweak ^ | July 25, 2014 6:03 AM EDT | William Lee Adams
    When Conchita Wurst raised her microphone-shaped winner’s trophy at the Eurovision Song Contest in May, she smashed through a lavender ceiling. […] … Russian politicians interpreted the result as a sign of moral decay in the West. “This is the end of Europe,” railed Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the Liberal Democratic party of Russia. “It’s rotted away. There are no more men and women. There is just ‘it’.” Valery Rashkin, the deputy leader of the ­Communist Party, demanded that Russia leave the frothy competition and establish a heterosexual alternative, tentatively called The Voice of ­Eurasia. […] Now he’s getting...
  • North Carolina restaurant offers a 15 percent discount to pray in public

    08/01/2014 9:14:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 01, 2014
    A Winston-Salem restaurant is giving customers a 15 percent discount if they pray in public. Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem gives the discount for anyone who takes the time to appreciate their food before digging in. Although the restaurant has been offering the special for four years, a recent Facebook post featuring a receipt with the discount has gone viral, highlighting the practice. …
  • This diner gives 15% off if you pray over your meal

    08/01/2014 2:22:46 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    http://www.hlntv.com ^ | august 1, 2014 | jonathan anker
    There is clearly no separation of church and plate at Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The pious ("pie"-us?) proof has been delivered unto the social media masses in the form of a picture of a receipt from the restaurant, showing a 15% discount applied for "Praying in Public." The tab belonged to Jordan Smith, who had traveled to Winston-Salem for a business trip and stopped for breakfast at Mary's with two colleagues Wednesday morning. She tells HLN the group "prayed over our meal and the waitress came over at the end of the meal and said, 'Just so...
  • Theology Question

    08/01/2014 1:47:03 PM PDT · by MNDude · 63 replies
    I have a theological question that I have not heard asked before. As we know, God gave his only Son to suffer and to die for our sins. As we can imagine, a parent seeing their son suffer must be the hardest thing possible, and the Father must have grieved greatly to see His Son suffer. My question is, did the death itself of His son cause the Father to grieve as well? I mean, when we humans lose a loved one, one of the biggest reasons is that this person is removed from Point A (where we are) to...
  • Meet Africa's First Arab and Muslim Sumo Wrestler

    08/01/2014 12:51:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 8/1 | Mariaa Khan
    Egyptian sumo wrestler Osunaarashi arrives at the Aichi Prefecture Gymnasium, where the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament is being held on July 22, 2014 in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan(Getty Images) Abdelrahman Shaalan who goes by the ring name of Osunaarashi, (which translates into Great Sandstorm in Japanese) has become the first Arab and muslim to compete as a professional sumo wrestler in Japan. The 22-year-old is also the first Egyptian and African to achieve the feat. At the begining, Shaalan was a big, muscular Egyptian teenager passionate about body-building, but despite a friend's recommendation to try the ancient Japanese sport of Sumo...
  • Poll: Record 53% Disapprove of Obamacare

    08/01/2014 9:51:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 1, 2014 - 8:54 AM | Barbara Boland
    53% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Obamacare, up 8% since last month. This is the largest unfavorable opinion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the survey’s four year history, a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds. Only 37% of people actually have a favorable opinion of the law. Obamacare lost favorability with women, whites, and those in the low and middle income brackets, along with other groups—including Democrats. …
  • Tucker Carlson, Kirsten Powers Clash Over America’s ‘Moral Obligation’ To Illegal Refugees [VIDEO]

    08/01/2014 3:43:41 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7-31-2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson and contributor Kirsten Powers bitterly clashed over the United States’ supposed “moral obligation” to illegal immigrant refugees around the world, with Powers invoking Christian principles and Carlson countering that “this is not a theocracy” and no one has “a moral right to American tax dollars and physical asylum in the United States.” Carlson — who is also editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller — and Powers appeared on Fox’s “Outnumbered” on Thursday to discuss growing opposition to President Obama’s handling of illegal immigration. As tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children cross the border claiming refugee...
  • Uganda court to rule on legality of anti-gay law

    08/01/2014 2:02:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 1, 2014 3:30 AM EDT | Rodney Muhumuza
    A Ugandan court is expected to rule Friday on a petition by activists who say the East African country’s new anti-gay measure is invalid because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked quorum. If the panel of judges on Uganda’s Constitutional Court agrees, the whole law could be jettisoned. If no, then the judges will continue to hear the activists’ argument that the law is unconstitutional. …