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  • Survey: Americans switch faiths early, often

    04/27/2009 12:55:36 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 1,052+ views
    Google | AP ^ | 4/27/09 | Eric Gorski
    The U.S. is a nation of religious drifters, with about half of adults restlessly switching faith affiliation at least once during their lives, a new survey has found. And the reasons behind all the swapping depend greatly on whether one grows up kneeling at Roman Catholic Mass, praying in a Protestant pew or occupied with nonreligious pursuits, according to a report issued Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. While Catholics are more likely to leave the church because they stopped believing its teachings, many Protestants are driven to trade one Protestant denomination or affiliation for another...
  • LA Times Opines There Are Too Many Catholics, Jews and Mormons in Congress

    12/21/2008 6:50:45 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 56 replies · 1,728+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/21/08 | Andrew Malcolm
    When the 111th Congress convenes on Jan. 6, Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus will be underrepresented in its membership. No shocker there perhaps. But a new analysis of incoming members' religious affiliations by the Pew Forum indicates there's no small measure of change in Congress' religious ties: It's much more diverse than just half a century ago.
  • When religions talk

    06/25/2008 10:31:47 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 69+ views
    The Economist ^ | Jun 12th 2008 | Staff
    DEBATES about Islam and the West can throw up unexpected tensions. Take the American and the Brit, successful young professionals who met recently at a seaside resort in Egypt. As it happens, both were devout Muslims who pray five times a day. But as they discovered, manifest piety, of the sort ubiquitous in poorer bits of Egypt, arouses instant suspicion in parts of the country where rich tourists and important Westerners need cocooning—even when those Westerners have come to attend the august deliberations on “Islam and the West” taking place nearby with the blessing of Egypt's government. The young men's...
  • Ms Owl Develops Sermonitis !

    09/24/2007 9:31:20 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 7 replies · 84+ views
    Finneran Lane ^ | 09/24/07 | vanity
    The usually elegant Ms Owl looked at bit shopworn when she visited today: she had a bad weekend in church ! Who knew OWLS were so devout ?
  • The Making of a Monster: A Chilling True Story

    08/20/2007 6:12:53 PM PDT · by Paige · 14 replies · 1,772+ views
    Focal Point USA ^ | August 19, 2007 | Rich Carroll
    Osman Maquati is a 22-year-old Pakistani who was raised in upper-class London. He speaks with a British accent. His articulate speech defies his outward appearance; a long beard and the clothing of an Afghan peasant. At the age of 17, Osman, along with dozens of other "good Muslim boys",was recruited by Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, London's most outspoken radical Islamic leader. Mohammed fronts the organization ww.SAKINA.org., using "peace" to camouflage their purpose, and freely claims to have recruited and sent into training over 2,000 terrorists...
  • THE LIST - World Religions (Top 10)

    06/15/2007 9:00:06 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 51 replies · 1,203+ views
    SignOnSanDiego.com ^ | June 15, 2007 | ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA
    THE LIST - World Religions (Top 10) June 15, 2007 These are the 10 largest religions in the world, by the estimated number of followers: 1. Christianity 2.1 billion 2. Islam 1.3 billion 3. Hinduism 851 million 4. Buddhism 375 million 5. Sikhism 25 million 6. Judaism 15 million 7. Baha'ism 7.5 million 8. Confucianism 6.4 million 9. Jainism 4.5 million 10. Shintoism 2.8 million SOURCE: ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA
  • Helping Democrats Bridge the 'God Gap' - How to Connect With Religious Communities

    10/21/2006 4:06:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies · 736+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 21, 2006 | Daniel Burke
    At a meeting of the House Democrats' Faith Working Group, a perplexed congressman turned to his colleagues for pastoral guidance. How could he counter a local preacher who argued that all of Jesus's moral teachings were about the world to come, not the here and now? Rep. David E. Price (D-N.C.) stood amid the sympathetic sighs and "you can't convert everyone" comments to offer a new spin on an old parable. The Good Samaritan is walking down the road and cares for a stranger who has been beaten and robbed, Price said. The next day, on the same road, another...
  • Push for national gay-marriage ban

    04/24/2006 5:50:17 PM PDT · by sirchtruth · 44 replies · 1,097+ views
    UPI ^ | Apr. 24, 2006 | UPI
    Roman Catholic leaders and evangelical Protestants, joined by other religious groups, are pushing to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. As a kickoff, the group signed a petition in support of an amendment, The New York Times reported. Those who added their names included seven Catholic cardinals, a number of archbishops, some Orthodox Jewish rabbis and at least one official of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. One Catholic group -- the Knights of Columbus -- plans to distribute 10 million postcards at Catholic churches for congregants to send to their congressional representatives. "The personal involvement...
  • If..Muslims..Serious About Presenting the Radiant Face of Islam They Must Acknowledge... Dark Past

    03/28/2006 2:24:57 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 19 replies · 685+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 3/29/06
    Reformist Writer Dr. Kamel Al-Najjar: "If the Muslims are Serious About Presenting the Radiant Face of Islam… They Must… Acknowledge Their Dark Past" In January 2006, the Austrian-Iraqi Association for Development held its first conference on extremism and terrorism around the world, in Vienna. The conference was attended by Arab, Muslim and European researchers, intellectuals and diplomats. In the closing statement, the participants made the following recommendations: to present the humane and rational side of Islam which calls for co-existence and acceptance of the other; to condemn all forms of violence and terrorism; to promote dialogue and cooperation among all...
  • Rabbi calls for 'UN of religions' (Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yona Metzger)

    03/20/2006 8:26:48 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 17 replies · 515+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 2006/03/20 03:53:48 GMT | Danny Wood
    Rabbi calls for 'UN of religions' By Danny Wood BBC News, Seville The Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yona Metzger, has called for the creation of a world body with representatives from the major religious groups. Rabbi Metzger was addressing the International Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace in Seville, Spain. He called for the formation of a "United Nations of religious groups". The Imam of Gaza, Imad al-Faluji, said politicians lied but religious leaders had a different objective - to work towards a higher good. The imams and rabbis at this conference, which opened on Sunday, say the world...
  • Thinking Like an Arab

    03/06/2006 10:37:25 AM PST · by Anne_Conn · 46 replies · 1,361+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Monday, March 6, 2006 | Alan Caruba
    If it hasn’t occurred to most Americans by now, Arabs don’t think like us. They see the world in very different terms. Rationality, logic, and common sense do not rate high among their priorities.
  • A TIPPING POINT ON ISLAM'S REPUTATION

    02/09/2006 11:23:57 AM PST · by Actuality · 44 replies · 1,873+ views
    A TIPPING POINT ON ISLAM'S REPUTATION "I stand by my reaction of the past couple days. But I’ve also come to a depressing conclusion. A significant chunk of the American public, including a number of prominent thinkers on the right, have concluded that the problem with Islam… is Islam."
  • The complete and utter history of the universe parts 1 & 2.

    12/24/2005 3:38:49 AM PST · by vimto · 4 replies · 391+ views
    2005/12/23 | Vimto
  • How Islam is Responsible for Making Terrorists - (from one who should know)

    04/14/2005 9:32:47 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 516+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | APRIL 15, 2005 | ALI SINA
    In my previous article Why Good Muslims Become Terrorists I wrote:http://www.chronwatch.com/content/contentDisplay.asp?aid=13969 “Everyone who has a brush with Islam is at risk. Any Muslim can become a terrorist overnight. As long as people believe Muhammad was a messenger of God, they are at risk of contracting Islamic terrorist fever.” Not everyone agreed. Mr. Hugh Fitzgerald of jihadwatch.org in a private email wrote: "'any Muslim' and 'overnight'? I think too much is claimed”. Let me respond to this concern and clarify my position. Of course not everyone who reads the Quran becomes a terrorist overnight. I said "can" not "will". In the...
  • SCHOOLS PLAY SCROOGE AT CHRISTMAS - (WAKE UP, AMERICA!)

    11/27/2004 1:43:00 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 38 replies · 2,653+ views
    DON FEDER'S COLD STEEL CAUCUS ^ | NOVEMBER 27, 2004 | DON FEDER
    In Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooge wishes that “every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.” Scrooge would make the perfect public-school bureaucrat -- except he’d insist on calling it a holiday pudding, playing “Winter Wonderland” as background music, and doing it all in the name of inclusiveness, sensitivity and church-state separation. In the latest manifestation of what Rabbi Daniel Lapin of Toward Tradition calls “secular fundamentalism,” the South Orange/Mapplewood, New Jersey School District has banned playing the instrumental...
  • In homes of Democrats, a mirror of a new America [BARF ALERT]

    01/18/2004 10:25:04 AM PST · by MegaSilver · 7 replies · 185+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 18 January 2004 | Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times Service
    <p>Two religions, two incomes, children from two marriages -- the lives of Democratic hopefuls reflect new times, not campaign fliers of old.</p> <p>DES MOINES - Dennis Kucinich, on the phone en route to a campaign event, is annoyed. The Ohio representative and presidential hopeful, twice divorced and currently single, is fresh off a date organized by a website trying to find him a wife. His romantic track record raises a fairly obvious, if irritating, question: Could Americans have a problem voting for a man who has trouble staying married?</p>
  • The Ten Commandments Exterminators

    08/01/2003 10:50:41 AM PDT · by WaterDragon · 13 replies · 372+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | August 1, 2003 | Hans Zeiger
    The Ten Commandment exterminators are out in full force. All around America, public displays of the Ten Commandments are the object of lawsuits, ACLU threats, city council battles, and civil disobedience. As Slate magazine writes, “It’s starting to be the Summer of Decalogues....(snip .....the people who are offended by the Ten Commandments are the ones who are eager to make it easier to violate them. They may not be murderers, rapists, and robbers, but they probably want greater leeway in the sentencing of thugs. They probably don’t cheat on taxes, but they didn’t mind when a president lied in court....
  • Religious Bodies of the World with at Least 1 Million Adherents

    06/11/2003 7:00:34 AM PDT · by Onelifetogive · 10 replies · 45+ views
    adherents.com ^ | unknown | adherents.com
    Catholic Church 1,050,000,000 Sunni Islam 900,000,000 Eastern Orthodox Church 225,000,000 Jinja Honcho 83,000,000 Anglican Communion 73,000,000 Ethiopian Orthodox Church 35,000,000 Assemblies of God 32,000,000 Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD) 27,400,000 Sikhism 23,000,000 Juche (North Korea) 19,000,000
  • Important Court Decisions On Schools - Poll: 87% Support "In God We Trust"

    07/10/2002 6:49:29 PM PDT · by Asmodeus · 5 replies · 353+ views
    Phyllis Schlafly ^ | 10 July 2002 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The atheists overplayed their hand. After their string of victories banning prayer and the Ten Commandments, they must have thought the time was ripe to get rid of God in the Pledge of Allegiance. But our country simply isn't going to stand for the ridiculous Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. A Newsweek poll found that a phenomenal 87 percent of Americans support "under God" in the Pledge. Congress should not wait for the Supreme Court to reverse the Pledge decision. Congress should immediately use its Article III constitutional power to withdraw jurisdiction from the federal courts by passing a...
  • Would The World Be better Without Religion

    04/11/2002 2:47:21 PM PDT · by catonsville · 92 replies · 793+ views
    Gregg Easterbrook
    Tangents Gregg Easterbrook Would the World Be Safer Without Religion? Faith makes people want to kill each other--from Israel to Northern Ireland, to Afghanistan and back Israelis and Palestinians are killing each other by the hundreds in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Hindus and Muslims are slaughtering each other in India, herding neighbors into house or trains then setting them afire. Catholics and Protestants continue to kill each other in Northern Ireland. Sunnis and Shias have their arms wrapped around each other's throats throughout the Islamic world. And of course, on Sept. 11, 19 Muslims were so determined to...