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  • The Face Of Addiction

    05/22/2018 8:27:51 AM PDT · by OneVike · 109 replies
    The Courier-Tribune ^ | 5/20/18 | Annette Jordan
    On May 1, Jason Bigelow’s body was discovered in an abandoned house near High Point. He had been missing from his Asheboro home for a week, and while the autopsy results are still pending, his wife, Anna, has no doubt what the cause of death was. On April 30, the day before he was found, she posted this on Facebook in one angry, anguished burst: “My husband is missing and no one has heard from him in 6 days. Even in his darkest of times he would have not gone that long without communication. It’s hard to know what...
  • Transgender Files $50K Complaint After Muslim Woman Refuses to Wax Genitals

    05/22/2018 5:14:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 21, 2018 | Tyler O'Neal
    Earlier this month, a male-to-female transgender filed a $50,000 human rights complaint after a Muslim woman refused to perform a Brazilian wax on his genitals. The unnamed transgender person has repeatedly claimed that he called inquiring about a leg wax, but the owner of Mad Wax, the waxing studio based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, insisted the request clearly indicated his interest in a genital wax. "She never once asked for a leg wax [from] us," Mad Wax manager, president, and CEO Jason Carruthers told PJ Media. "She said, 'Women have penises and women have balls and if your staff is...
  • Danish minister: Muslims shouldn't work during Ramadan, it's dangerous for society

    05/21/2018 4:57:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies ^ | 21 May 2018 12:15 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    A Danish minister known for her strong anti-immigration views on Monday May 21st called for Muslims to take time off work during the fasting period of Ramadan, saying the practice is “dangerous for all of us”. The comments from immigration and integration minister Inger Stojberg, a member of the center-right Liberal Party, come after Ramadan, one of Islam’s most revered holidays in which Muslims around the world fast from dawn until dawn, began last week. “I want to call on Muslims to take leave from work during the month of Ramadan to avoid negative consequences for the rest of Danish...
  • Prayer request for my Parents

    05/20/2018 5:11:46 PM PDT · by Eagles6 · 45 replies
    Vanity | May 20, 2018 | Eagles6
    Dear Freepers, I am requesting prayers for my parents who will be married 65 yrs this Nov. Mom had a series of small strokes a month ago and underwent carotid artery surgery to remove a 99% blockage in the right carotid. She was home and doing well, then readmitted for a low hemoglobin count. They found bleeding ulcers from Advil but are doing a lower GI tomorrow to rule out anything else. Dad is disabled Vet who taught at the university level for 35 yrs. He was a Master Sgt. in the US Army and was blinded in his right...
  • Palestinian president hospitalized with fever

    05/20/2018 2:51:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2018 3:22 PM | Ian Deitch
    President Mahmoud Abbas was hospitalized with fever Sunday just days after undergoing surgery on his ear, an official said. The 83-year-old Abbas has endured a series of recent health scares which have revived anxiety over who will succeed him. A senior Abbas aide, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with protocol, said the Palestinian leader was diagnosed with a fever on Sunday. Abbas had an ear operation last week, and returned to the hospital late Saturday for a follow-up. Saed Sarahneh, of Istishari Arab hospital, said late Sunday that “all tests are normal and his condition is reassuring.” He...
  • NYU Abu Dhabi blocks journalists from filming John Kerry

    05/20/2018 2:36:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2018 3:54 PM | Jon Gambrell
    Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday warned that “true civil discourse” is under threat around the world while speaking to graduates at NYU Abu Dhabi, an event that the school blocked journalists from filming. While obliquely criticizing President Donald Trump, Kerry did not mention the 2015 Iran nuclear deal he secured with other world powers, an accord of which Trump now has pulled America out. […] While never naming Trump, Kerry began his remarks by saying: “Given what’s going on today, I’m glad to be invited anywhere, folks.” He quickly added that the U.S. “needs to build...
  • Democrats Reach a Tipping Point on Israel

    05/20/2018 12:16:58 PM PDT · by pabianice · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/20/18 | Tobin
    While the Trump administration backed Israel’s right to defend its border with as much force as necessary, most Democrats didn’t agree. Many responded as the Obama administration would have been expected to, denouncing the supposedly “disproportionate” tactics of the Israel Defense Forces but also noting the role of the Hamas terrorist group, which rules Gaza, in fomenting the violence. Representative Joseph Kennedy III, a rising star in the party who gave the official Democratic response to Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this year, provided a good example of this two-faced approach when he managed to cram criticism of...
  • Controversial US bishop raises eyebrows in the chapel and sets social media alight with bizarre [tr]

    05/19/2018 5:17:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 19, 2018 | Hannah Parry
    A controversial US bishop raised a few eyebrows in the chapel with his fiery address at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. The Most Reverend Michael Curry mentioned slavery, the Old Testament and quoted the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in his unusual speech. The passionate preacher provoked a few chuckles in the chapel - and even Harry and Meghan couldn't help but snigger at one point. Meanwhile Prince William seemed to be desperately trying to hold back a fit of giggles as Rev. Curry talked about how 'fire made it possible to text and tweet’.
  • Syrian and Russian forces launch large-scale attack on Palestinian refugee camp controlled by Isil

    05/17/2018 5:32:45 AM PDT · by Netz · 16 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 16 MAY 2018 • 12:59PM | Josie Ensor
    yrian and Russian forces have launched a large-scale attack on a Palestinian refugee camp under the control of Islamic State, as the regime closed in on the last rebel-held territory in the Syrian capital. Pro-government troops fired a barrage of air strikes and surface-to-surface missiles into Yarmouk camp in southeast Damascus on Wednesday morning, as they looked to rid the areas of holdout jihadists. Rebels with the Islamist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) agreed to an evacuation deal after the government launched its offensive on April 19, however Isil militants refused to give up their fight. Air strikes have levelled...
  • Holy month of Ramadan begins for millions of Muslims

    05/16/2018 9:48:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | May 16, 2018 | Staff
    Millions of Muslims have begun the fasting month of Ramadan. The faithful in Turkey, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and others prayed the holy month's first taraweeh, a special nightly prayer and one of the hallmarks of Ramadan, on Tuesday. The Ramadan fast, in which food and even water is prohibited, falls on especially long summer days this year for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere. For Muslims who live in regions where Islam is not the dominant religion, challenging fasts are believed to come with greater blessings.
  • Presidential Message on Ramadan

    05/16/2018 2:45:26 AM PDT · by Ulmius · 44 replies
    The White House ^ | May 15, 2018 | Donald J. Trump
    With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad through fellowship and prayer. Many observe this holy time by fasting, performing acts of charity, reciting prayers, and reading the Quran. Ramadan is a time of self-reflection intended to deepen one’s spiritual growth and renew a sense of appreciation for the many blessings God provides. In this spirit of thanksgiving and reflection, those observing Ramadan can strengthen...
  • Reclaiming the Islamic Political Tradition: Reflections after ISIS

    05/15/2018 5:29:54 PM PDT · by Ulmius · 5 replies
    Traversing Tradition ^ | May 14, 2018 | Khateeb ad-Dimashqi
    One of the greatest political challenges Islam faces is the relationship between religion and state, a political construct that dominates and tolerates no rival. The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria highlighted this crisis, as the Muslim world continues to produce political bankruptcy through failed states, authoritarianism, and the ugly miscegenation of state and religion. Muslim scholars and civil society unanimously condemned ISIS as being neither Islamic nor a state, and decried it as being outside the Islamic tradition, as a literal group of Khawarij. Though well intentioned, the belief that ISIS was not a state is...
  • The Singularity Is The Pandora’s Box Of Scientism

    05/15/2018 9:58:22 AM PDT · by Politically Correct · 14 replies
    Dystopia, USA ^ | 13 May 2018 | Lord Feverstone
    Dating back to Genesis and to some of the most primordial of myths, man’s history is replete with cautionary tales created to impart wisdom to any misguided soul seeking to make a lesser god of himself or his species. Be it the fruit first plucked by Eve from the biblical Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, or Icarus’ hubristic flight on waxen wings, or the fable of the gamine Pandora’s curiosity, the moral was clear: Not all knowledge was meant for the finite minds of us mortals, nor should we fly too close to the sun lest we perish....
  • Poll: Those With No Religion Now Outnumber Protestants Among Millennials

    05/15/2018 5:13:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 14, 2018 | Allahpundit
    Nothing rounds out the day like a good “America in decline” poll. I don’t think is evidence of decline per se, of course. I’m not religious myself. But it’s hard not to notice that tribalism, political and otherwise, seems to be expanding as religious identity weakens. And that many of those substitute tribal identities are underwhelming or obnoxious.
  • Christians Must 'Unhitch' Old Testament From Their Faith, Says Andy Stanley

    05/14/2018 1:24:16 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 93 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 5/9/18 | Michael Grybroski
    North Point Community Church Senior Pastor Andy Stanley has stated that Christians need to "unhitch" the Old Testament from their faith. In the final part of a recent sermon series, Stanley explained that while he believes that the Old Testament is "divinely inspired," it should not be "the go-to source regarding any behavior in the church." To justify this, Stanley preached last month about Acts 15, which described how the early church decided that Gentile converts did not need to strictly observe Jewish law to become Christians. "[First century] Church leaders unhitched the church from the worldview, value system, and...
  • Eurovision Victory for Israel and the Phrase, "Next Year in Jerusalem". What does it mean?

    05/13/2018 5:27:29 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Freerepublic | 13 May 2018 | Jan_Sobieski
    The victory of Israeli, Netta Barzilai, and her song 'Toy' in the May 2018, Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal, was not so much amazing or spectacular. The talented young lady's unremarkable song, 'Toy', resembles more of a techno 'Hokey Pokey' or contemporary 'Chicken Dance' rather than a vocal masterpiece. However, what was remarkable were the words she used in her victory speech saying, "Next year in Jerusalem!" What does her phrase mean? 2000 year ago the Jewish people were expelled by the Romans from their land and dispersed to the four corners of the earth (even China!). Since then...
  • The Evidence for Noah's Flood

    05/12/2018 4:35:00 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 88 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | May 12, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    By Philip Cottraux First, some background info. A friend of mine posted a recent chat on her YouTube channel with an orthodox professor of Biblical studies who doesn't believe the first 11 chapters of Genesis should be taken literally. While he still maintains to be a Christian, he believes that the Garden of Eden, the flood, and the tower of Babel are myths that God used as symbols of his relationship with man. I thought I would present historical evidence for Noah’s flood to contribute to their discussion (I've linked the following blog to them on Twitter to read and...
  • Angela Merkel at Catholic Convention: 'We want to strengthen multilateralism'

    05/12/2018 9:48:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.11.2018 | Carla Bleiker
    She’s the most high-profile guest of the “Katholikentag,” Germany’s Catholic Convention: Chancellor Angela Merkel came to the five-day event in Münster as it turned its attention to international politics on Friday. Merkel called the US decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal “a cause of great concern,” in a panel discussion and emphasized the role of international cooperation when confronting crises. […] Merkel has come under criticism for a refugee policy that some conservatives call too generous and how best to integrate, support or expel asylum-seekers continues to divide many in Germany. Cardinal Peter Turkson, a prefect in the Vatican...
  • Who Is a Muslim?

    05/11/2018 9:59:22 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11 May, 2018 | Amil Imani
    ....According to the cardinal rule of Islam, non-Muslims are kefirs (infidels). The kefirs are fair game to be maltreated, plundered, taken as slaves, and slaughtered. It just so happens that the followers of Muhammad, before rasul-ul-allah (the messenger of Allah) was even buried, started having disagreements among themselves about who was a real Muslim and who was a pretender and actually a kefir. The house of Muhammad, in no time at all, splintered into sects, sub-sects, and sub-sub-sects and whatnot. And each of these "real and true" Muslims started treating other Muslims as he would treat the kefirs, in obedience...
  • Protestants decline, more have no religion in a sharply shifting religious landscape

    05/10/2018 10:49:53 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/10/18 | Allison De Jong
    The nation’s religious makeup has shifted dramatically in the past 15 years, with a sharp drop in the number of Americans who say they’re members of a Protestant denomination – still the nation’s most prevalent religious group – and a rise in the number who profess no religion. On average last year, 36 percent of Americans in ABC News/Washington Post polls identified themselves as members of a Protestant faith, extending a gradual trend down from 50 percent in 2003. That includes an 8-point drop in the number of evangelical white Protestants, an important political group. Reflecting the change among Protestants,...