Ruling: Irish abortion laws breach human rights *

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Because there is no exception when the woman’s life is at stake. Ireland says this is sensitive and deep.… Read the rest

Not festive reading for Catholic clerics in Dublin and Rome *

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How could they have allowed a man they knew to have a track record as a child abuser go forward for ordination as a priest?… Read the rest

Witheld chapter of Murphy report to be published *

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Material on Tony Walsh was witheld because criminal proceedings were pending on charges of the sexual abuse of three children.… Read the rest

Pope says Christians are the most persecuted *

Dec 16th, 2010 | Filed by

Cites “sophisticated forms of hostility to religion, which, in Western countries, occasionally find expression in the rejection of religious symbols.”… Read the rest

God tortures only those who ask for it

Dec 15th, 2010 11:03 am | By

William C Chittick PhD is a professor of religious studies at SUNY Stony Brook. He wants us to understand “the Islamic notion of mercy.” He tells a story to illustrate it.

Another account tells us that the Prophet had stopped to rest at a bedouin camp, where a woman with an infant was baking bread over an open fire. The child slipped away and approached the fire, and the mother quickly pulled him back. She turned to the Prophet and said, “Do you not say that God is ‘the most merciful of the merciful’?” He replied that he did. She said, “No mother would throw her child into the fire.” For a moment the Prophet turned away and wept. Then

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Joseph Hoffmann on giving up on spirituality *

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Rule number one: it has to be easy. Rule two: it has to be available. Rule three: it has to be blendable.… Read the rest

Jack of Kent on Pilger on Assange *

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Pilger cheerfully accuses others of criminal activity while briskly dismissing such accusations against Assange.… Read the rest

William Chittick on the Islamic notion of mercy *

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“The Prophet said that God puts into hellfire only those who refuse to go anywhere else.” How merciful.… Read the rest

A flawed museum show on “Muslim Heritage” *

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“1001 Inventions,” the literature says, “is a nonreligious and non-political project.” But it actually is a little religious and even more political.… Read the rest

Natasha Fatah on the cost of Sweden’s kindness *

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Malmö was supposed to be a symbol of Sweden’s multiculturalism. But it is in danger of turning into an Islamist ghetto.… Read the rest

After the storm

Dec 14th, 2010 11:47 am | By

You should see Puget Sound right now.

We get a very interesting phenomenon here in the aftermath of a particular kind of winter storm, locally called a “pineapple express,” in which warm temperatures combine with heavy rain to cause massive river-flooding. The phenomenon is that Puget Sound is two colors instead of one. For a distance of maybe a quarter of a mile from shore, the water is pale green, and beyond that it is the usual grey.

I remember staring at this oddity in befuddlement the first time I ever spotted it, and then suddenly realizing what it is. Silt, of course.

It’s incredibly impressive. That is one hell of a lot of mud, that can turn all that … Read the rest

Berlusconi hangs on by 3 votes *

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And riots erupt in Rome.… Read the rest

Sudan’s “judiciary” launches “investigation” *

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Oh, you saw that? Well we’ll look into it right away. We’re shocked, shocked.… Read the rest

Life with sadistic laughing bastards *

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In Sudan, watching men whip a terrified woman is a source of amusement.… Read the rest

The “Islamophobia” myth *

Dec 13th, 2010 | Filed by

American Jews are far more likely to be the victims of religious hate crime than members of any other group.… Read the rest

Off with his head!

Dec 13th, 2010 11:25 am | By

They’re kidding, right? This is a joke? It has to be a joke – right? They can’t be serious?

A doctor has been arrested for insulting the Prophet Mohammed in Pakistan…

Naushad Valiyani was detained on Friday following a complaint by a medical representative who visited the doctor in the city of Hyderabad.

“The arrest was made after the complainant told the police that Valiyani threw his business card, which had his full name, Muhammad Faizan, in a dustbin during a visit to his clinic,” regional police chief Mushtaq Shah told AFP.

“Faizan accused Valiyani of committing blasphemy and asked police to register a case against the doctor.”

And the police obliged.

So………no phone books can be thrown out in … Read the rest

Pakistan: doctor arrested for “blasphemy” *

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A sales rep named Mohammed Faizan gave the doctor a business card; the doctor put it in the wastebasket. Blasphemy!… Read the rest

Sweden bomber lived in Luton *

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He had a BSc in sports therapy from the University of Bedfordshire and a hobby of trying to explode people.… Read the rest

Court rules against Helen Ukpabio and the Liberty Gospel Church

Dec 13th, 2010 | By Leo Igwe

Today a Federal High Court in Calabar in Cross River State, presided over by Justice P.J. Nneke, dismissed the application by Helen Ukpabio and some members of the Liberty Gospel Church seeking to enforce their fundamental rights against Akwa Ibom state government, the Commissioner of Police of Cross River state, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Leo Igwe, Sam Ituama, Gary Foxcroft and others as respondents for daring to organize a workshop which they perceived to be critical of their activities. They asked the respondents to pay them 200 billion naira ($.1.3 million dollars) in damages.

The court wondered why Helen and her church members attacked some of the respondents and still came to court to enforce their fundamental rights for … Read the rest

Nigeria: court rules against Helen Ukpabio *

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Last year over 150 thugs from Ukpabio’s Liberty Gospel Church invaded a workshop on Witchcraft and Child Rights and attacked the organizers.… Read the rest