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  • Anglican-Catholic dialogue hammering out the ‘tough difficulties’

    05/16/2016 5:14:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | May 16, 2016 | Michael Swan
    After nearly 50 years of discourse between the Catholic and Anglican communions, the official dialogue body wants to fine-tune how it studies the differences and similarities between two churches which both call themselves Catholic. “ARCIC III hasn’t proved itself yet,” Sir David Moxon, Anglican co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, told The Catholic Register following an ecumenical evensong on Pentecost Sunday. This third stage of the dialogue has been meeting since 2011, but has yet to publish a major document. It is currently studying how the Church arrives at moral teaching. The official dialogue sponsored by the Vatican and...
  • Pope Francis Wants More Dialogue With Islam. Is Egypt the Key?

    02/25/2016 4:36:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/25/16 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Feb 25, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Pope Francis, dialogue with Islam is a core issue. He recently voiced hopes to meet a major Sunni leader: the Grand Imam of al-Azhar Mosque, Ahmed el-Tayeb. "I want to meet him. I know that he would like it," the Pope said during his Feb. 18 in-flight press conference. The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, headed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, is reaching out to al-Azhar Mosque. "We are looking for the way, always through Cardinal Tauran because it is the path, but we will achieve it," Pope Francis said...
  • Christian unity demands encounter – not theory, says Pope

    01/27/2015 1:24:04 AM PST · by Grateful2God · 86 replies
    EWTN News/CNA ^ | Jan 25, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    More than “theoretical discussions,” what unites Christians is encounter, and a willingness to “challenge one another,” said Pope Francis as he marked the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. “Christian unity will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each party tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions,” the Pope said during vespers at Saint Paul Outside the Walls Basilica on Jan. 25. “To plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another, we need to encounter one another and to challenge one another under the guidance...
  • Pope Francis: This is why authentic dialogue with Islam is impossible

    01/16/2015 5:39:36 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 3 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 16, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    In his Encyclical Letter Ecclesiam Suam, Pope Paul VI told us that, "The Church must enter into dialogue with the world in which it lives. It has something to say, a message to give, a communication to make." (No. 65). The Holy Father goes on to say that, "Dialogue, therefore, is a recognized method of the apostolate. It is a way of making spiritual contact. It should however have the following characteristics: 1) Clarity before all else; the dialogue demands that what is said should be intelligible. We can think of it as a kind of thought transfusion. It is...
  • The Downside of Dialogue

    09/25/2014 7:22:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 25, 2014 | William Kilpatrick
    Dialoguers say the darndest things. The conclusion to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document, Revelation: Catholic and Muslim Perspectives, contains the following: “Both Jesus and Muhammad loved and cared for all whom they met, especially the poor and oppressed.”
  • Pope Urges Dialogue of Life to Counter Anti-Christian Violence in Africa

    09/07/2014 2:02:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | September 6, 2014 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) There is an urgent need to promote a dialogue of life with Muslims to discourage violence against Christians on the African continent, said Pope Francis Saturday in his address to the Bishops of Cameroon at the conclusion of their Ad Limina pilgrimage to the Holy See. Cameroon lies in west central Africa and is home to an estimated 4.25 million Catholics, or 26% of the population, spread throughout 24 Dioceses. It shares a border with Nigeria to the West and Chad and the Central African Republic to the east – a region that is experiencing increasing insecurity because...
  • (Islamist) Erdogan emerges victorious in Turkish presidential elections amid low turnout

    08/11/2014 2:47:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/10/2014 | Constanze Letsch
    Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the country’s first direct presidential election on Sunday, and issued a message of unity, saying he would be a president for everyone. “I will not be the president of only those who voted for me, I will be the president of 77 million,” Erdogan said in a victory speech delivered from the balcony of his Justice and Development Party headquarters in Ankara. “Today the national will won once again, today democracy won once again,” he told thousands of flag-waving, cheering supporters. “Those who didn’t vote for me won as much as those who...
  • Sources: U.S. has been conducting secret dialogue with Hezb'allah

    11/24/2013 9:27:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 11/24/13 | Pamela Geller
      Hezb'allah and the nazi saluteThe news goes from terrible to ........ horrible. First Iran, now this. Is there any murderous jihadi that Obama won't sanction? Hezb'allah is a designated terrorist organization responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans.Obama is friend to the global jihad, enemy of American interests, an enemy in the White House, no less. Devastating.In April 1983, Hezb'Allah (party of Allah) allegedly blew up a van filled with explosives in front of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, killing 58 Americans and Lebanese. In October 1983, Iranian proxy Hezb'allah bombed our Marine barracks in Beirut, taking the...
  • Mumbling TV actors: The heart of the mutter

    07/17/2013 6:29:47 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 39 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 16, 2013 | Ben Milne
    The BBC's new director general Tony Hall has complained that actors aren't speaking clearly enough in TV drama. Is it time to cut the mumble, asks Ben Milne. "I don't want to sound like a grumpy old man," Lord Hall tells the Radio Times, "but I think muttering is something we could look at." ... Trends in acting haven't necessarily helped. Method acting tries to capture the "truth" of a character - even if that character can't be heard properly - rather than bowing to stodgy old considerations about being audible from the cheap seats. Its foremost proponent was Marlon...
  • Morsi's Spokesman: He's Made Errors; We Want Dialogue

    06/30/2013 7:18:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/7/13 | Elad Benari
    Egypt's main opposition coalition on Sunday urged hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi to stay on the streets until their goals are achieved, AFP reports. In a statement entitled "Revolution Statement 1", they urged "all the revolutionary forces and all citizens to maintain their peaceful (rallies) in all the squares and streets and villages and hamlets of the country... until the last of this dictatorial regime falls." Meanwhile, Egypt's presidency held a press conference on Sunday night at the presidential palace in Cairo, where spokesman Omar Amer stressed the presidency's respect for the demands...
  • High Hopes for Peace Smashed – Tel Aviv Journalist Returns From Dialogue with Arabs

    05/05/2013 11:36:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Baruch's Breeze ^ | 5/5/13 | Baruch
    Lital Shemesh is a 29-year-old successful, female, Israeli journalist who recently participated in a seminar with other young Israelis and Arabs in hopes of igniting optimism for peace. She returned from the seminar disappointed and disillusioned. She is a rising star in the Israeli media who openly expresses her political aspirations in the Knesset. She worked as Editor-in-Chief for the Yedioth Youth Magazines, reported for the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the Hot CableTV News channel, and is CEO and Founder of a web-based girls magazine “Pinkish – Everything that Girls Love.” In her first video blog in English two years...
  • Bishop McManus and dialogue with Muslims

    04/22/2013 7:25:57 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 3 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 22, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    In a previous post, I refuted Bishop Robert McManus' argument for rescinding the invitation of Mr. Robert Spencer to speak at this year's Catholic Men's Conference which was held in Worcester. Specifically, Bishop McManus asserted that his decision was based, "..solely on the concern that Mr. Spencer's talk would impact negatively on the Church's increasingly constructive dialogue with Muslims." And now we are suffering the aftermath of a heinous terrorist attack in Boston perpetrated by Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was radicalized by militant Islam and who possessed jihadist videos on his YouTube channel, and his younger brother Dzhokhar, who was more...
  • What do Muslims believe about Abortion? (Robert Spencer: "Not Peace but a Sword")

    04/15/2013 7:19:13 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 52 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | April15, 2013 | Catholic Answers
    New York Times best-selling author Robert Spencer investigates areas where Christians and Muslims fundamentally disagree. Do Christians and Muslims agree on the issue of abortion? Many Christians know they have some theological differences with Muslims, but still look at Islam as a valuable ally in a world increasingly threatened by secularism and immorality. Sure, we may not agree on every detail, they think, but isn’t it better to focus on what we have in common, so that we can fight moral and cultural battles together? This idea may be more popular than ever, but it is a “dangerous illusion,” says...
  • World Jewish Congress head praises Pope Francis (Jewish-Catholic ties "best in 2,000 years")

    03/14/2013 1:17:30 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | March 14, 2013 | Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff
    World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder congratulated Cardinal Jorge María Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, on his election as Pope Francis I on Wednesday. "Pope Francis I is no stranger to us. In recent years he attended many interfaith events co-organized by the WJC and our regional affiliate, the Latin American Jewish Congress," Lauder wrote, adding he had met Bergoglio in Buenos Aires in 2008. Lauder praised the new pope as "an experienced man, someone who is known for his open-mindedness ... a man of dialogue, a man who is able to build bridges with other faiths". "We...
  • Siljander pleads guilty in Islamic American Relief Agency lobbying case

    07/09/2010 9:23:47 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 5 replies
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 A former congressman pleaded guilty Wednesday to serving as an unregistered agent in Washington for a Missouri-based Islamic charity that the federal government said had ties to international terrorism. It was an odd outcome for Mark D. Siljander, who said he wanted to help bridge the gulf between Muslims and Christians. A Republican who attained one of Michigan's congressional seats from 1981 to 1987 with assistance from the Moral Majority, Siljander was outspoken about conservative social issues. Siljander confirmed in a Kansas City, Mo., court that he contacted members of Congress in an effort to lift...
  • Cardinal- progressive Catholics can be just as anti-semitic as traditionalists

    05/25/2012 11:22:59 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 2 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 25 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Cardinal Koch's speech in Jerusalem
  • Rabbi Amar Warns Against Civil War - Calls for Dialogue

    12/14/2011 1:41:41 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/12/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and a delegation of rabbis from Judea and Samaria met with Ephraim Brigade commander Colonel Ron Kahane of the Ephraim Brigade on Wednesday. At the meeting Kahane and his officers told the rabbis about the incident at the Ephraim Brigade headquarters, where some 50 angry youth clashed with soldiers and threw Molotov cocktails and stones at IDF vehicles after hearing rumors demolition orders were to be carried out in Jewish communities Monday evening. In a separate incident Kahane was injured on Monday when stones were thrown at his vehicle. At the meeting the rabbis shared...
  • VA Christian Activist Hopes To Distribute Korans

    09/27/2010 12:03:42 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 30 replies
    The Korans that were to be burned in a protest by a independent fringe church in Forida, are now in the hands of a local Fredericksburg Pastor. The Rev.Pat Mahoney hopes to distribute the Korans to churches for use in "interfaith dialogue." Can interfaith dialogue be a tool used by Islamists to gain legitimacy? Are there Biblical examples of "interfaith dialogue"? What are your thoughts? Link to article below:
  • Openings for US-Iran Deal? (LoL - pathetically naive)

    10/13/2008 6:26:20 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 483+ views
    yahoo/The Nation ^ | Oct 13, 2008
    Oct 13,2008 The Nation -- The elections in Iran are nearly a year away, but it's encouraging to see the emerging possibility of a new bid for the presidency by former President Mohammad Khatami. Last week, he hinted that he's considering running against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the nutball whose support lies mainly in the paramilitary Basij force and elements of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Can Khatami ju-jitsu the all-powerful Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei and his election-rigging Guardian Council? Can Khatami loom so large that even Khamenei might choose to support him over Ahmadinejad? Might Khamenei decide to back Khatami as...
  • Video: Eric Holder: "Still A Need For Dialogue" About Race

    07/12/2010 1:03:35 PM PDT · by Justaham · 35 replies · 1+ views
    ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER: "People feel uncomfortable talking about racial issues out of fear that if they express things they will be characterized in a way that's not fair."
  • Mormon Engagement with the World Religions

    07/04/2010 5:10:15 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 46 replies
    The Mormon Chapter of the Foundation for Interreligious Diplomacy is organizing its 2010 conference to address issues surrounding the relationship between Latter-day Saints and the Abrahamic traditions. Recent events have demonstrated the Church’s interest in participating more actively in interfaith dialogue and LDS leaders have encouraged their members to engage more directly in productive exchanges that are aimed primarily at the cultivation of mutual understanding. The conference is designed to explore various perspectives and methods for thinking about Latter-day Saints among the faiths and cultures of world. Its aim will be to connect theology with practice in allowing space for...
  • French Jews end dialogue with Muslims

    03/24/2009 12:09:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 362+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/24/09 | staff
    The Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF), the umbrella body of French Jewry, will not renew dialogue with French Muslim groups that equated Operation Cast Lead in Gaza with the Holocaust, the group's vice president, Meyer Habib, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. Palestinian supporters protest against the Israeli operation in Gaza, in Berlin. Similar protests were held in France. During Operation Cast Lead, some Muslim organizers of pro-Palestinian demonstrations equated Israel's actions with the Nazi Holocaust, and even carried banners that read "death to Jews."
  • Islamic summit seeks dialogue with Christian world (to promote a "dialogue of civilizations")

    03/14/2008 9:26:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 456+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/14/08 | Daniel Flynn and Lamine Ghanmi
    DAKAR (Reuters) - World Muslim leaders on Friday condemned extremism and terrorism as incompatible with Islam and proposed a high-level international meeting to promote a "dialogue of civilizations" with the Christian world. Leaders of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which represents 1.5 billion Muslims from across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, made the "Dakar Declaration" after a two-day summit in Senegal's capital. "We continue to strongly condemn all forms of extremism and dogmatism which are incompatible with Islam, a religion of moderation and peaceful coexistence," the declaration said. "We believe that it is important to plan...
  • Pakistani Taliban ready for dialogue

    02/24/2008 10:49:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 131+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/24/08 | Robert H. Reid - ap
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistani Taliban fighters battling government forces in the northwest said Sunday they are ready for dialogue with the winners of last week's election, and called on the new leadership to abandon President Pervez Musharraf's war on terror. The party of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, which will lead the new government, called for an end to military operations against insurgents in another restive area — the southwestern province of Baluchistan where the Afghan government believes the leadership of the Afghan Taliban may be hiding. U.S. officials are concerned about the future of Pakistan's role in the war...
  • Are Human Beings Reasonable By Nature? Does it Matter?

    09/25/2007 6:41:08 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 23 replies · 84+ views ^ | 25 September, 2007 | .cnI redruM
    Columbia University created quite a stir this week by having Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad address members of their student body. In some respects, it was more of a stir than University President Lee Bollinger had bargained for. Columbia wanted attention and passion. They got it in spades. However self-serving and sensationalistic Columbia’s motives may have been, an argument has been put forward that the invitation is valid. Today, the Wall Street Journal described the reasoning that would justify a dialogue with the anti-American ideologue under the belief that "even the enemies of reason cannot be the enemies of reason. Even...
  • Papal Speech to Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue Panel

    02/01/2007 6:27:33 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 328+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 1, 2007
    VATICAN CITY, FEB. 1, 2007 ( Here is the address Benedict XVI delivered today to the members of the Catholic-Orthodox Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue. * * * Dear Brothers in Christ, It is with great joy that I welcome you, the members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches, on the occasion of your fourth plenary meeting. Through you, I gladly extend fraternal greetings to my Venerable Brothers, the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches: His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, His Holiness Patriarch Zakka I Iwas, His Holiness...
  • Rice rejects dialogue with Iran, Syria

    01/11/2007 7:30:56 PM PST · by jdm · 8 replies · 455+ views
    JPost ^ | Jan 11, 2007 | HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
    Ahead of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's departure for Israel and other Middle Eastern states this weekend, she rejected proposals to open a diplomatic dialogue with Iran and Syria as a way to help stabilize Iraq. She repeated an offer, however, to meet with her Iranian counterpart "any time, anywhere" if the Islamic Republic were to accede to international demands to suspend its uranium enrichment program. As for Syria, she said President Bashar Assad would demand an easing of the US opposition to Syrian policies in Lebanon as his price for cooperation. Rice testified before the Senate Foreign Relations...
  • Thanks to the Pope, Now We're Talking

    10/24/2006 3:27:24 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 44 replies · 1,221+ views
    RealClear Politics ^ | October 24, 2006 | David Warren
    An extraordinary thing happened a week ago. Thirty-eight Muslim scholars and chief muftis, from across the Muslim world, jointly replied to the Pope's speech at Regensburg (and more have associated their names with this document, since). It was presented to the Vatican's envoy at Amman; the full text in English is available through the Islamica magazine website, the Catholic website, Chiesa, and elsewhere. I look through the list of signatories, and they are a "who's who" of the learned leaders of a faith that has always aspired to be led by its most learned. --snip--The signatories renounced and condemned violence...
  • Pope urges Christians to keep identity firm

    10/11/2006 5:45:23 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 31 replies · 521+ views
    Pope Benedict says Christians cannot allow their beliefs and identity to be diluted for the sake of dialogue with other religions. The question of how much dialogue Catholics should have with other religions has become a point of debate in the Church since the Pontiff made controversial comments about Islam a month ago. "We have to remember that this identity of ours calls for strength, clarity, and courage in the world in which we live," he told pilgrims and tourists at his weekly general audience. Some Catholics feel they have compromised too much of their Christian identity in the four...
  • Being Nice will get Us Killed

    09/21/2006 5:58:23 PM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 17 replies · 1,099+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 9/21/06 | Deroy Murdock
    From the Vatican to the Pentagon, goodwill gestures offered to the Muslim world too often blow up in the West’s collective face. The nicer we are to them, the harsher they are to us. The olive branch Pope Benedict XVI extended to Muslims is obscured by the smoke that has billowed since his address at Bavaria’s Regensburg University. The pope cited a conversation between “an educated Persian” and the 14th-century Byzantine emperor, Manuel II Paleologus. They discussed, the pope said September 7, “the subject of Christianity and Islam, and the truth of both.” He then quoted Paleologus who said: “Show...
  • An Islamic Speaks Up (Burt Prelutsky Shows Dialogue With A Muslim Is A Dialogue Of The Deaf Alert)

    09/20/2006 12:04:29 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies · 864+ views ^ | 09/20/06 | Burt Prelutsky
    Recently, I posted a piece – "Jihad This!" – in which I stated that the time for political correctness had long since passed and that, at least so far as I was concerned, America's entire Muslim population was suspect. For one thing, large numbers of them continued to wire funds to terrorist organizations even after 9/11, and instead of speaking out against their fellow Islamics or placing a reward on Osama bin Laden's head, they bellyache about racial profiling. Frankly, I expected that a lot of people were going to take me to task for denouncing millions of our fellow...
  • Dialogue Vs The Sword (Democracy Is Based On Consent, Islam is Based On Coercion Alert)

    09/19/2006 7:55:56 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 27 replies · 756+ views
    Daniel ^ | 09/19/06 | Paul Eidelberg
    The violent Muslim reaction to Pope Benedict's reference to Muhammad involves far more than the issue of freedom of speech. The ultimate issue is one of theological truth on the one hand, and the true nature of Islam on the other. Pope Benedict's "indirect" disparagement of Muhammad--who was will denigrated by St. Thomas Aquinas, the touchstone of Roman Catholicism--is by definition a disparagement of Islam. Be this as it may, the Pope now calls for "dialogue." When Islam substitutes dialogue for the sword it will cease to be Islam. Islamic leaders from Muhammad to Ahmadinejad have ever declared war on...
  • Diaz seeks 'dialogue' with Boy Scouts

    07/27/2006 12:01:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies · 1,082+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | July 27, 2006 | Tina Moore
    City Solicitor Romulo L. Diaz Jr. said a recent push to force the Cradle of Liberty Boy Scouts Council to denounce the national organization's antigay policy had nothing to do with his own homosexuality. "My own sexuality, my own sexual orientation, has never been hidden and never played into my decision," Diaz said in an interview yesterday with The Inquirer. "It has, perhaps, made me more sensitive to the issues." Diaz said he sent another letter yesterday morning seeking a meeting with William T. Dwyer III, council chief executive officer and president. Diaz, the city's first openly gay solicitor and...
  • Episcopal boredom

    06/19/2006 8:30:43 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 5 replies · 541+ views
    Worldnet Daily ^ | June 15, 2006 | Hans Zeiger
    Episcopal boredom Posted: June 15, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Hans Zeiger Let me see if I can capture the mood at the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Columbus, Ohio. The main thing about it is the generation. It is a gathering, chiefly, of baby boomers on the older end of their cohort. If they preceded the boom, they at least participated in the '60s. I half expected the long hair and dope to flow with the crowds that came yesterday to hear the debates about homosexuality and the consequently precarious relations of the Episcopal...
  • CA: Immigration forum aims to keep dialogue open [``Walls or Welcome?'' ]

    05/22/2006 12:33:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 423+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5/22/06 | Kimra McPherson
    Lorena Solorio remembers her younger brother teasing her as a child, telling her he was better than she was. Born in the United States, he was a citizen. Brought to the country in the trunk of a car, she was not. ``I couldn't understand why we had to sneak in,'' she said Sunday. Now an employee of Catholic Charities of San Jose and a U.S. citizen, Solorio works with many children who are in the country illegally. As the national debate over illegal immigration continues to swirl, she said, she sees in those children the same confusion she felt as...
  • CA: Border dialogue turns into forum on illegals, fence - San Diego Dialogue Forum Fronterizo

    03/16/2006 9:16:11 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 537+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/16/06 | Sandra Dibble
    A meeting of civic, business and government leaders from both sides of the border yesterday was intended to foster economic integration of San Diego County and Baja California. But participants in the Forum Fronterizo soon found themselves addressing a very different topic: illegal immigration and the proposal for a new border fence. “Building a wall is an anachronism,” said Jessie J. Knight Jr., president and chief executive of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Nobody can possibly believe that this is the solution. . . . There are other ways to ensure security.” The Forum Fronterizo, sponsored by the...
  • I've given up on trying to teach anyone here anything (They gave Socrates hemlock, now this guy.)

    02/12/2006 7:39:47 AM PST · by a true thinker · 336 replies · 7,739+ views
    There's no helping you. This site is now just a diversion -- like a train wreck. This site is inherently for and about raving egomaniacs, and Jim's site policies -- which amount to excluding reality and actual dialogue in favor of political/militaristic pornography -- is conducive to cognitive dissonance, which at the times your worldview is threatened leads you into psychotic breaks (on the political cognitive plane, that is, and just maybe in other realms too). Not to mention that your baseline politics is based in mythology about American demographics, science, economics, ethics etc. You spoonfeed each other in the...
  • Dialoguing for Dollars: The Ford Foundation offers college a blather subsidy.

    12/30/2005 12:38:44 PM PST · by maryz · 12 replies · 542+ views
    OpinionJournal ^ | 12/30/05 | Charlotte Hays
    At a party in Washington, I once listened as a clueless couple, high-powered liberals both, descanted on their desire to know "more blacks and gays." An African-American child happened to be sitting on the porch with us. It was a golden opportunity for the couple to realize half their goal, but they ignored her. Why not simply speak to the girl and get the ball rolling? I wondered. But now I realize that the pair was an ideal candidate to participate in one of the Ford Foundation's "Difficult Dialogues." The program, which was announced earlier this month, actually pays colleges...
  • Essay Contest for College Students -- topic: American POWs of the Japanese during WWII

    Essay Contest on POWs of the Japanese US-JAPAN DIALOGUE ON POWS, INC., a California non-profit organization, is pleased to announce that it will hold its first essay writing contest. The purpose of this contest is to promote understanding and dialogue among/between college students in Japan and the United States on the history of American POWs of the Japanese during WWII. We look forward to receiving many submissions from both countries. Two winners, one from Japan and the other from the United States, will win a free trip to Phoenix, Arizona, where the annual convention of American Defenders of Bataan and...
  • Britain leads threat to impose nuclear sanctions on Iran

    09/15/2005 8:28:48 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 9 replies · 497+ views
    Britain will lead a drive to have Iran referred to the UN security council, with the possibility of sanctions being imposed if the newly elected hardline president does not stop uranium enrichment or restart negotiations with Europe and America. Reflecting the level of concern about Iran's intentions, foreign secretary Jack Straw was due to meet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday on the sidelines of the United Nations summit to try to resolve the stand-off. Mr Straw was making a joint approach with French prime minister Dominique de Villepin and German foreign minister Joschka Fischer. The Europeans have been pursuing the diplomatic...
  • Bianca Jagger seeks to kindle U.S.-Iran dialogue

    09/13/2005 2:46:10 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 23 replies · 780+ views
    Reuters ^ | 13 Sep 2005
    TEHRAN, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Back in 1968 Mick Jagger had plenty of "Sympathy for the Devil", but his first wife Bianca is far more critical of "The Great Satan" and fears U.S. unwillingness to talk to Iran could lead to conflict. Rights campaigner Jagger, the Council of Europe's goodwill ambassador, has travelled to Iran with a group called "U.S. Academics for Peace", seeking to ensure the Islamic Republic does not become the next Iraq. The group argues the mudslinging rhetoric branding the United States as "The Great Satan" and Iran as part of the "axis of evil" is one...
  • Science and Religion

    08/25/2005 12:52:04 AM PDT · by Dahmed · 149+ views
    Dr Dildar Ahmed
    SCIENCE AND RELIGION- AN EMERGING INTERDISCIPLINARY SUBJECT By Dr Dildar Ahmed “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” Galileo Galilei Abstract ‘Science and religion’ is an emerging interdisciplinary subject. Many institutions in the West are already engaged in research on various topics of science and religion having historical and contemporary importance and are conducting courses leading to higher degrees. There are many areas which are common between science and religion and it is realized that the interrelationship of science and...
  • "Dare to Be Catholic!"

    03/29/2005 12:41:21 PM PST · by concernedAmerican1 · 5 replies · 630+ views
    TFP Student Action ^ | 03-29-05 | by John Ritchie
    Catholic University hosts sacrilegious display against the Blessed Mother, offending students, faculty and Catholics nationwide Something extremely alarming and shameful occurred at the University of Dayton, where Our Blessed Mother was depicted in an exhibit amid pictures of prostitutes and pornography.1 The sacrilegious display, "Heartlands," by Derek A. Cracco, an assistant professor of art at the University of Alabama, was on public display in the Rike Center Gallery of the University of Dayton from February 22 to March 11. Ranking among the ten largest Catholic universities in the country, the University of Dayton, founded by the Society of Mary in...
  • Pro-Life Leaders Seek Face to Face Meeting with Hillary - Begin Dialogue about Abortion & Abstinence

    02/08/2005 6:36:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies · 589+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/08/05
    Pro-Life Leaders Seek Face to Face Meeting with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to Begin Dialogue about Abortion and Abstinence Tue Feb 8,10:12 AM ET To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, 202-547-1735 or 540-538-4741 (cell) News Advisory: The Christian Defense Coalition will hold a news conference on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m., outside of the Russell Office Building on the corner of Constitution and 1st St. NE. The group will then go to Sen. Clinton's office to schedule a meeting and present the senator with a letter discussing reasons why a...
  • Iran report fuels worries

    01/22/2005 11:04:01 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 32 replies · 979+ views
    F.A.Z. Weekly, Germany ^ | 21. Januar 2005
    21. Januar 2005 F.A.Z. Weekly. The week of President George W. Bush's second inauguration began with a report that disturbed German politicians inside and outside the national government. The story, written by the prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh for the New Yorker magazine, said on Monday that the Bush administration had been conducting secret spying missions inside Iran since mid-2004. The story said the missions were designed to gather intelligence on declared and suspected nuclear, chemical and missile sites. These targets ”could be destroyed by precision strikes and short-term commando raids,” Hersh wrote. In Germany, the report triggered criticism from politicians...

    09/20/2004 2:20:26 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 1,047+ views ^ | SEPTEMBER 20, 2004 | JOAN SWIRSKY
    why on earth would Kerry tell the Council on Foreign Relations in December that, if elected, he would abandon the president's war on terror, begin a dialogue with terrorist regimes and apologize for the "years of mistakes by the Bush administration"? In an article in the March issue of Insight magazine, author Kenneth R. Timmerman described the meeting: "Kerry promised to spend the first 100 days of his administration traveling the world to denounce his predecessor, apologize for his ‘radically wrong' policy, and seek ‘cooperation and compromise` with friend and foe alike." Timmerman cited a seven-page e-mail, "confirmed as authentic...
  • Beyond the Myth of Ostpolitik: A Lesson for the Challenge of Islamism

    09/19/2004 7:05:34 PM PDT · by tlrugit · 1 replies · 312+ views
    WWW.CHIESA ^ | 9/16/2004 | Sandro Magister
    In 1964, the first accord between the Holy See and a communist government was signed. And the myth of dialogue was born. A book by Cardinal Casaroli, published after his death, dismantles it. The same dilemma arises today: resistance, or surrender? ROMA - One September morning forty years ago, a prelate left the Vatican for Budapest. On the 15th of that month in 1964, he signed in the capital of Hungary the first in a series of accords between the Holy See and the communist regimes of the East. The man was Agostino Casaroli (in the photo with Ronald Reagan),...
  • Canada slams dialogue with Iran as "a farce"

    08/31/2004 10:53:48 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 14 replies · 458+ views
    Reuters ^ | 31 Aug 2004 | Sebastian Alison
    BRUSSELS, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Canada's foreign minister slammed Tehran on Tuesday for turning a dialogue over a Canadian citizen who died in Iranian custody into "a farce", but added that unilateral sanctions would probably not be effective. Pierre Pettigrew also said there was no improvement in the human rights situation in Iran, and that Canada may press its allies to consider joint pressure on Tehran. The Canadian government has accused Iran's hardline courts of covering up the true circumstances of Iranian-born photographer Zahra Kazemi's death last year in order to protect senior judiciary officials implicated in her murder. "We've...
  • Film on Crusades Could Become Hollywood's Next Battleground

    08/24/2004 12:24:08 PM PDT · by JeepInMazar · 63 replies · 2,346+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 12, 2004 | Sharon Waxman
    With bloody images of Muslims and Westerners battling in Iraq and elsewhere on the nightly news, it may seem like odd timing to unveil a big-budget Hollywood epic depicting the ferocious fight between Christians and Muslims over Jerusalem in the Crusade of the 12th century. 20th Century Fox is planning a release next year for ''Kingdom of Heaven,'' a $130 million production by the Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott, shot in Morocco with hundreds of extras, horses and elaborate costumes. The script, by William Monahan, is based on real characters of the three-century Crusades, including Balian of Ibelin, a Crusader knight...
  • Pope affirms value of inter-religious dialogue

    05/17/2004 5:39:29 PM PDT · by AskStPhilomena · 3 replies · 94+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | 17th May 2004
    Pope John Paul II encouraged inter-religious dialogue as a "sure basis for peace," as he met on May 15 in a private audience with the members of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, who were gathered in Rome for their plenary meeting. The Holy Father told the members that-- as they mark the 40th anniversary of the Pontifical Council's establishment-- that their work was a product of "the atmosphere of unity and hope that marked Vatican II so clearly." He predicted that the “coming years will see the Church even more committed to respond to the great challenges of...