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Muslim Scholars Blast ISIS Ideology
News, Culture, Society
Written by laika   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 12:14

At The Huffington Post:

More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the “fighters and followers” of the Islamic State, denouncing them as un-Islamic by using the most Islamic of terms.

Relying heavily on the Quran, the 18-page letter released Wednesday (Sept. 24) picks apart the extremist ideology of the militants who have left a wake of brutal death and destruction in their bid to establish a transnational Islamic state in Iraq and Syria.

 
Pope Possible Target of ISIS
Persecution for Christ
Written by laika   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:58

At The Daily Beast:

[...]the Roman newspaper Il Tempo published a disturbing report that Francis is “in the crosshairs” of ISIS for “bearing false witness” against Islam. Citing anonymous sources within Italy’s intelligence community and pointing to notable heightened security in Rome, the paper went on to say that ISIS plans to heat things up by “raising the level of confrontation” with Europe, Italy and very specifically Pope Francis, the “greatest exponent of the Christian religions.” The Vatican downplayed the concerns, calling them unfounded despite growing concern in Italy that it is not just the Pope who is under threat. “There is nothing serious to this,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told Catholic News Agency. “There is no particular concern in the Vatican.”

 
Rediscovering Celibacy?
Sex & Sexuality
Written by laika   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:23

At The Washington Post:

When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. Rodgers had grown up in a nondenominational evangelical church where she assumed being gay wasn’t an option.

Rodgers spent several years in Exodus, the now-defunct ex-gay ministry, before deciding she couldn’t become straight after trying to date men. Instead, she has chosen celibacy.

 
Gaza Muslims Find Refuge in Christian Church
Interfaith
Written by laika   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 23:57

At The Daily Beast:

There is very little left of what used to be a lively and densely populated neighborhood near the border between Gaza and Israel. Many of its people ran away on Sunday as Israeli troops advanced. Others—almost 1,000 of them, almost all of them Muslims—have crowded into Gaza City’s only Greek Orthodox Church, hoping that it will not become a target. Others lie dead, or, worse, or not yet dead beneath the rubble.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:04
 
Coptic Christians Flee Eygpt for US
News, Culture, Society
Written by laika   
Friday, 13 September 2013 12:59

At PBS NewsHour:

When Mary, a 29-year-old Coptic Christian from Minya, Egypt, landed seven months ago at Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia, many thoughts were swirling in her head.

How would she fare in the United States knowing so little English? Would her brother and other relatives she left behind in Egypt be OK?

Her motivation for leaving an increasingly dangerous Egypt was embodied in her two lively little boys, ages 4 and 7.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 13:03
 
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