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  • In a major change to Irish education, secondary school students no longer “have to” study religion

    02/20/2018 7:28:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Irish Central ^ | February 20, 2018 07:45 AM | Freya Drohan
    The Minister for Education, Richard Bruton has confirmed the change in a circular released today, stating that it is a constitutional right for students who chose not to participate in religion class to be offered an alternative, meaningful program. Community and ETB (Education and Training Board) schools will now offer students a different subject, should they opt out of studying religion. Previously, students who chose not to partake in religious education — which required parental consent and approval from the school principle (sic) — were forced to sit at the back of the class or in the library with no...
  • Turkey should again consider criminalizing adultery, Erdogan says

    02/20/2018 9:56:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 20, 2018 11:42 AM | Gulsen Solaker
    Turkey should again consider criminalizing adultery, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, revisiting an issue that caused outrage among secular Turks and warnings from the European Union when his party raised it more than a decade ago. The Islamist-rooted AK Party floated the idea in 2004, two years after it first came to power, as part of a broad overhaul of the Turkish penal code. But the proposal caused a backlash from the secular opposition and EU officials said it could jeopardize Turkey’s efforts to join the union. […] Turkey decriminalized adultery for women in the late 1990s. It had...
  • Malaysia police investigate rapper over Lunar New Year dog video

    02/19/2018 2:02:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    A rapper is under police investigation in Muslim-majority Malaysia for allegedly insulting Islam with a Lunar New Year video that features dancers wearing dog masks and performing suggestive moves, reports said Monday. The video features controversial rapper Wee Meng Chee, known by his stage name Namewee, sitting on a chair in front of a domed building and mimicking barks of canines from around the world. Several black-clad dancers wearing masks of dogs — an animal considered unclean in Islam — gyrate around him, with two of them mimicking a “doggy-style” sex move.
  • The 2nd ammendment is useless...

    02/19/2018 12:16:40 PM PST · by right way right · 24 replies
    myself | rightwayright
    Unless we use it.
  • Pope: 'I don't know how to use the internet'

    02/18/2018 10:53:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    AFP via TheLocal.it ^ | 18 February 2018 03:03 CET+01:00
    The 81-year-old Pope Francis admitted on Saturday that he struggles with modern technology. “I don’t know how to use online networks and that kind of thing, not even mobile phones; I don’t have one,” he told his audience. “I don’t know how to use the internet. When I have to send an email, I write it by hand and a secretary sends it for me,” he added. Pope Francis also joked on Saturday that he is on the “waiting list” for sainthood, along with his retired predecessor Benedict XVI. …
  • God vs. Evolution in U.S. Public Schools - William Jennings Bryan in 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial

    02/18/2018 12:17:33 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 8 replies
    Cal State ^ | 1925 | William Jennings Bryan
    Religion is not hostile to learning; Christianity has been the greatest patron learning has ever had. But Christians know that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" now just as it has been in the past, and they therefore oppose the teaching of guesses that encourage godlessness among the students. Do bad doctrines corrupt the morals of students? We have a case, Mr. Darrow, one of the most distinguished criminal lawyers in our land, was engaged about a year ago in defending two rich men's sons who were on trial for as dastardly a murder as was...
  • Today is Sunday

    02/18/2018 4:05:55 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 11 replies
    email from a friend | 2/18/2018 | unknown
    Great mental exercise for people over 50. Which of the following names are you familiar with? 1. Monica Lewinsky 2. Hillary Clinton 3. Benito Mussolini 4. Adolf Hitler 5. Jorge Bergoglio 6. Al Capone 7. Vladimir Putin 8. Linda Lovelace 9. Saddam Hussein 10. Tiger Woods You had trouble with Number 5, didn’t you? So, you know all the liars, criminals, adulterers, murderers, thieves, cheaters, but you don’t know the Pope? Lovely, just lovely… sometimes I worry about you.
  • Cardinal George Pell's Barrister: Loud, Socially Progressive and an Avowed Atheist

    02/16/2018 10:49:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    16 February 2018 | Tim Elliott
    Cardinal George Pell's barrister: loud, socially progressive and an avowed atheist (The Age cannot be posted.)
  • Sentence Handed Down to Man Who Pleaded Guilty to Mall of America Stabbings

    02/16/2018 4:41:15 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 28 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 2/16/18 | KSTP Staff
    The man who pleaded guilty to stabbing two men at the Mall of America last November was sentenced Friday. Mahad Abdiaziz Adbiraham, 20, will have to serve 10 of his 15-year sentence in prison. With good behavior, the last five years of the sentence could be served as probation. Authorities said Abdiraham stabbed two brothers - 19-year-old Alexander Sanchez and 25-year-old John Sanchez - in a dressing room at the mall's Macy' store. In the statement read by his attorney following his guilty plea last month, Abdiraham said he went to the Mall of America to answer the "call for...
  • Malaysia sorry for Chinese New Year rooster ad cock-up

    02/16/2018 3:49:56 PM PST · by csvset · 6 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | FEB 16, 2018, | AFP
    <p>KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia has apologised after a government ad in Chinese-language newspapers featuring a picture of a barking rooster to mark the Year of the Dog sparked a flood of mockery.</p> <p>The full-page advert by the domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism ministry showed a rooster emitting the word "wang", used to represent a dog's bark in Mandarin.</p>
  • Christian convert from Iran converting Muslims in Sweden

    02/16/2018 1:10:45 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | Hollie McKay
    From escaping Iran through the mountains as a Muslim refugee, to surviving domestic abuse and imprisonment in a Turkish prison, to carving out a life in Sweden, Annahita Parsan’s story is the stuff of a Hollywood movie. Parsan, a convert from Islam to Christianity and mother of two, has emerged as one of the most prominent religious figures in Europe, both because of her unlikely geographic and spiritual pilgrimage and her decision to reach out to Muslims with the gospel -- at great personal risk. The former refugee is now the leader of two congregations in Sweden. She not only...
  • No, Oprah's not running for president in 2020

    02/16/2018 7:34:34 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 6 replies
    Cbsnews ^ | 02/15/2018 | BRIT MCHANDLESS FARMER
    But Winfrey told Overtime that she has not heard the call to higher office: "And wouldn't I know? Because if God actually wanted me to run, wouldn't God kinda tell me? And I haven't heard that," she says.
  • Saint Valentine beheaded - Feb 14, 278 A.D.

    02/15/2018 3:10:43 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 10 replies
    On February 14 around the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed. Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families. To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of...
  • "A look at some Israeli West Bank settlements"

    02/15/2018 7:45:21 AM PST · by Voption · 9 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | April 25, 2017 | Robert Zimmerman
    As my regular readers know, I periodically take trips to Israel to visit family. When I return, I then post my impressions and what I have learned, thereby providing an eye-witness perspective to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • He got Creation Museum, Ark built in Kentucky, but he can’t speak on Oklahoma campus

    02/14/2018 12:13:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Kentucky Herald Leader ^ | 02/14/2018 | GREG KOCHER
    The president and founder of Kentucky’s Creation Museum in Petersburg and the Ark Encounter in Williamstown has been dropped as a speaker at the University of Central Oklahoma after a LGBT group objected. Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, had been scheduled to speak March 5 at the public university in Edmond, Okla. Stockton Duvall, student body president at the university, took responsibility for the decision to rescind Ham’s invitation after learning of the opposition to his visit. Duvall told The Oklahoman newspaper that a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning group opposed Ham’s visit because of his view...
  • Don't be fooled: Assad is no friend of Syria's Christian minorities

    02/14/2018 10:37:45 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2017 | Syrian Christian contributors
    During a markup of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher asserted that the Assad regime was “the protector of the Christians” in Syria. As Syrian Christians who grew up in Syria, we would beg to differ. Hundreds of innocent Christians seeking freedom have been tortured to death in Assad’s jails or shot to death by his brutal thugs – including the activist Bassel Shehadeh, who was killed at a protest, then killed in spirit because Assad forces prevented his friends from going to church to pray for his soul. Human rights lawyer Khalil Maatouk has been detained in...
  • How Islam is Changing Russia

    02/14/2018 10:32:31 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 18 replies
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | 2016 | Marlene Laruelle
    Russia is becoming increasingly a Muslim country. Russia counts about 15 million people (in a total population of over 146 million, including two million in annexed Crimea) of Muslim background, or about 11 percent of its population. All are not fervent believers, and even fewer practice Islam routinely. Moscow has the largest Muslim community in Europe: about one million Muslim residents and up to 1.5 million Muslim migrant workers. Given demographic changes, Muslims will represent between one third (the most conservative estimate) and one half (the most generous estimate) of the Russian population by around 2050. Russia’s Muslims mostly belong...
  • ‘The View’ star Joy Behar mocks Mike Pence’s Christian faith: ‘That’s called mental illness’

    02/13/2018 4:12:14 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 13, 2018 | Brian Flood
    The women of ABC News' “The View” took a shot a Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith on Tuesday, mocking the former governor of Indiana for talking to Jesus and even calling it a “mental illness.” It all started when they played a clip from “Celebrity Big Brother,” in which former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman discussed the vice president. “As bad as you think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence… everyone that is wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their life,” she said in the clip. “I am Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks...
  • Donald Trump and Fourth Generation War

    02/13/2018 6:57:14 AM PST · by Neoliberalnot · 18 replies
    TraditionalRight ^ | December 16, 2015 | William Lind
    Donald Trump’s recent proposals to register Islamics living in the United States and to bar more Islamics from entering this country until we can determine how to separate the dangerous ones from those who are not dangerous show that he is the only candidate who understands what a Fourth Generation world will be like. The hysterical denunciations from all other candidates except Senator Cruz demonstrate they don’t get it. While that alone may not be enough to indicate Trump would be a good president, it strongly suggests none of his opponents are fit to hold the office. Whether they like...
  • Irish church deserves to die, says outspoken Irish priest [barf]

    02/12/2018 10:29:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Irish Central ^ | February 10, 2018 06:15 AM | James O’Shea
    An outspoken priest in the Dublin archdiocese has written a highly controversial book titled Five Reasons the Irish Church Deserves to Die.Father Joe MacDonald was a late vocation at 45, but 11 years later he is a highly popular figure in his home parish of St. Matthews in Ballyfermot, a working class area of Dublin. He believes the church desperately needs to modernize, and that the continued lack of vocations will eventually cripple the church. Dublin now has only 220 priests, the vast majority of them elderly, for a population of one million. The church must change or die, he...