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  • John Jay study: Catholic Church unfairly targeted on "clergy sex abuse"?

    11/16/2007 10:08:43 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies · 83+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Nov 16 2007 | John L Allen Jr
    A study presented to the [U.S. Catholic] bishops on Monday by Karen Terry and Margaret Smith of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on the "causes and context" of the [sex abuse] crisis....said the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, which peaked numerically in the mid-1970s, for the most part reflected "overall changes in behavior, attitudes, and media representations in American society during this time period." "This is in conflict with the idea that there is something distinctive about the Catholic church that led to the sexual abuse of minors," Terry said. [snip] ...During a press briefing on...
  • [DNC Chair Howard]Dean rips GOP at G.A.(United Jewish Communities' General Assembly)

    11/14/2007 10:31:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 106+ views
    JTA ^ | November 12, 2007
    Democratic leader Howard Dean blasted the GOP's lack of diversity in a speech to Jewish communal leaders. Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, also appeared to criticize the practice of including an invocation of Jesus at the end of pre-game prayers at scholastic sporting events. Dean made the remark Sunday during a decidedly partisan speech at the opening plenary of the United Jewish Communities' General Assembly in Nashville. He painted the Republican Party as religiously and racially exclusive. His speech to the 3,500 Jewish communal leaders in attendance followed an address by the University of Tennessee's basketball coach, Bruce...
  • Board pulls out of program (Operation Christmas Child); Organizers try to understand reasoning

    11/08/2007 3:15:43 PM PST · by Heartofsong83 · 22 replies · 392+ views
    North Bay Nugget ^ | 10/08/07 | Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles
    Board pulls out of program; Organizers try to understand reasoning Posted By Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles The Nugget Posted 10 hours ago Rose Haufe doesn't buy the reason given by the area's largest school board to no longer support Operation Christmas Child. The Powassan resident told The Nugget Tuesday the project is "simply caring for people and is beyond any religious boundaries." "I'm trying to think of their motivation, but I can't think of why they wouldn't want to do this," Haufe said. "When a child gives they never forget. It's a lesson they need to learn. It teaches them there's others...
  • Secularist Conference Poster in NY to Combat Religious Faith (My Title)

    08/24/2007 12:55:48 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 60 replies · 749+ views
    Conference Poster : The Secular Society and Its Enemies
  • The New New Atheism

    07/15/2007 9:30:08 PM PDT · by gpapa · 5 replies · 559+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | July 16, 2007 | PETER BERKOWITZ
    Attacking "God" has become a lucrative book business. But there's not much substance behind the latest atheist tracts. There is nothing new under the sun," proclaims the Book of Ecclesiastes. The rise of the new new atheism confirms this ancient biblical wisdom. Of course the famous words of Ecclesiastes should not be taken in a slavishly literal sense, a technique that is all-too-common among those who think they can refute belief in God by showing that the Bible abounds in demonstrably false and self-contradictory statements.
  • Scientific fundamentalists

    06/26/2007 7:53:36 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 21 replies · 690+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/24/07 | SHMULEY BOTEACH
    I participated in two debates this week, and between them learned a great deal about the nature of science and religion in our time. The first debate, on the subject of religion, was with Richard Dawkins, the famous evolutionary biologist and atheist, in Toronto. The second, in New York, was with a leading Jewish-Christian missionary on whether Jesus died for our sins. What startled me was how, in the religion debate, although my adversary and I challenged each other's most sacredly held beliefs, there was no offense taken on either side. Less so was there any acrimony directed toward me...
  • The mother's war (Columnist Vox Day on Mother's Day, Secularization, Jihad and Feminism)

    05/14/2007 3:01:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 819+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | May 14, 2007 | Vox Day
    Mother's Day is, to be honest, somewhat of an annoyance. It's manifestly one of those tedious Hallmark holidays wherein everyone is supposed to run out and support the revenue stream of cardboard manufacturers in the name of expressing gratitude to mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone else to whom we might be related. I imagine it won't be long until Sept. 18 is declared Anonymous Sperm Donor's Day, which will probably be celebrated by giving matching card sets to one's two mommies and lighting a candle for dear old anonymous sperm donor, whoever he might be. Mothers are not only important,...
  • Turkish Ruling Party Warns Army

    04/28/2007 4:00:45 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 358+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-28-2007
    Turkish ruling party warns army Turkey's army chief (left) is said to have talked to the PM by phone Turkey's ruling party has sharply criticised an army threat to intervene in politics, saying the military must remain under civilian control. Cemil Cicek, spokesman for the Islamist-rooted party, was commenting after an unusual statement by the army vowing to defend the secular system. The army, which led coups in the past, said it was concerned by the party's choice of presidential candidate. Mr Cicek said any army intervention was "inconceivable in a democratic state". "The chief of the general staff is...
  • ATHEISTS WON'T SAVE EUROPE

    04/19/2007 4:11:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies · 1,478+ views
    Grasstops USA ^ | April 18, 2007 | Don Feder
    An article in The Wall Street Journal (April 12) breathlessly informs us of the latest fad on the Incredible Shrinking Continent -- "As Religious Strife Grows, Europe's Atheists Seize Pulpit: Islam's Rise Gives Boost To Militant Unbelievers; The Celebrity Hedonist," the headline teases. The "Celebrity Hedonist," isn't geriatric frat-boy Hugh Hefner, but Michel Onfray, a 48-year-old author dubbed "France's high-priest of atheism" in the Journal piece. Reporter Andrew Higgins describes the doyen of disbelief -- commander of the faith-less -- strutting onto the stage of Caen's 500-seat Alexis de Tocqueville auditorium, dressed in black from head to toe, to deliver...
  • Atheists Split Over Message

    03/30/2007 6:20:58 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 190 replies · 1,127+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 30,2007 | JAY LINDSAY
    Atheists Split Over Message By JAY LINDSAY BOSTON - Atheists are under attack these days for being too militant, for not just disbelieving in religious faith but for trying to eradicate it. And who's leveling these accusations? Other atheists, it turns out. Among the millions of Americans who don't believe God exists, there's a split between people such as Greg Epstein, who holds the partially endowed post of humanist chaplain at Harvard University, and so-called "New Atheists." Epstein and other humanists feel their movement is on the verge of explosive growth, but are concerned it will be dragged down by...
  • CA: Group:(Fortney 'Pete') Stark is highest-ranking official to declare atheism

    03/13/2007 6:32:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 958+ views
    Secular groups applauded Rep. Pete Stark for publicly acknowledging he does not believe in a supreme being. The declaration, they said, makes the California Democrat the highest-ranking elected official - and first congressman - to publicly claim to be an atheist. The American Humanist Association took out an ad in the Washington Post on Tuesday, congratulating Stark's stance. "With Stark's courageous public announcement of his nontheism, it is our hope that he will become an inspiration for others who have hidden their conclusions for far too long," the group's executive director, Roy Speckhardt, said in a statement. Stark's beliefs garnered...
  • Former ACLU Official Charged With Child-Porn Possession

    02/28/2007 5:28:31 AM PST · by jacknhoo · 4 replies · 202+ views
    CitizenLink Magazine ^ | 2-27-2007 | Focus On The Family - CitizenLink
    -27-2007 Former ACLU Official Charged With Child-Porn Possession The former president of the Virginia American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, ABC News reported. A criminal complaint against Charles Rust-Tierney said federal investigators found evidence of multiple subscriptions to child-porn sites on his computer. In addition, court papers noted that confiscated CD-ROMs contained graphic images of rape against prepubescent girls. Rust-Tierney opposed restrictions on Internet access in Virginia public libraries, arguing that people should be trusted to act responsibly. "The default should be maximum, unrestricted access to the valuable resources of the...
  • Fighting Words For A Secular America Ashcroft & Friends VS. George Washington & The Framers

    10/07/2006 5:02:57 PM PDT · by restornu · 61 replies · 1,262+ views
    MS Magazine ^ | Fall 2004 | by Robin Morgan
    Alert: Americans who honor the U.S. Constitution’s strict separation of church and state are now genuinely alarmed. Agnostics and atheists, as well as observant people of every faith, fear — sensibly — that the religious right is gaining historic political power, via an ultraconservative movement with highly placed friends. But many of us feel helpless. We haven’t read the Founding Documents since school (if then). We lack arguing tools, “verbal karate” evidence we can cite in defending a secular United States. For instance, such extremists claim — and, too often, we ourselves assume — that U.S. law has religious...
  • Traitors to the Enlightenment - Europe turns its back on Socrates, Locke, et al.

    10/02/2006 6:28:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies · 3,038+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 02, 2006 | Victor Davis Hanson
    October 02, 2006, 6:02 a.m. Traitors to the EnlightenmentEurope turns its back on Socrates, Locke, et al. By Victor Davis Hanson The first Western Enlightenment of the Greek fifth-century B.C. sought to explain natural phenomena through reason rather than superstition alone. Ethics were to be discussed in the realm of logic as well as religion. Much of what Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, and the Sophists thought may today seem self-evident, if not at times nonsensical. But that century was the beginning of the uniquely Western attempt to bring to the human experience empiricism, self-criticism, irony, and tolerance in thinking. The...
  • Bold Secular Arab Woman (Powerful video)

    10/01/2006 8:26:55 PM PDT · by Kay · 18 replies · 924+ views
    Al-Jazeera TV ^ | February 21, 2006 | Wafa Sultan
    This is a video of a brave Arab woman speaking passionately against violent Muslims on Al-Jazeera TV. I'm surprised they allowed her to speak and I wonder if she is still alive today.
  • Blessing Of School May Have Done More Harm To Students Than Good

    09/09/2006 8:49:37 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 36 replies · 1,192+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 9 September 2006 | Dan Birtcher
    Blessing of school may have done more harm to students than good Saturday, September 09, 2006 I write regarding the Aug. 27 blessing of Woodward Park Middle School and the Aug. 31 editorial "No harm done." Even if I grant that the 180 people who took part in this blessing were legally exercising their free-speech rights and that no unconstitutional mixing of church and state occurred, I am far from convinced that no harm was done. Can you cite any empirical studies proving that such blessing ceremonies are safe and effective? If you can’t, is it possible that students who...
  • Katherine Harris: God Didn't Want Secular U.S.

    08/27/2006 7:01:21 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 411 replies · 3,815+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 27 August 2006
    U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris told a religious journal that separation of church and state is "a lie" and God and the nation's founding fathers did not intend the country be "a nation of secular laws." The Florida Republican candidate for U.S. Senate also said that if Christians are not elected, politicians will "legislate sin," including abortion and gay marriage. Harris made the comments - which she clarified Saturday - in the Florida Baptist Witness, the weekly journal of the Florida Baptist State Convention, which interviewed political candidates and asked them about religion and their positions on issues. Separation of church...
  • Does 'Separation of Church and State' really exist?

    07/24/2006 11:08:37 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 60 replies · 1,070+ views
    RenewAmerica.us ^ | 7/24/06 | warner todd huston
    Secularists today have a catch phrase that they use like a club against religion in America. That club is named "The Separation of Church and State." So many Americans have heard the phrase that they think it is one actually written right into the Constitution of the United States. Those who are more learned on the subject realize it is not. In fact, those who are learned on the subject know that it wasn't mentioned in any law, or even in the halls of Congress, until long after the Constitution was written. In fact, there was not much attention paid...
  • Secular Jews seek their own version of halakha [Judaism Without G-D]

    06/18/2006 6:44:23 PM PDT · by Alouette · 6 replies · 237+ views
    Haaretz ^ | June 19, 2006 | Yair Sheleg
    Shai Zarhi and Itamar Lapid want to take the renaissance of secular interest in Judaism to an unprecedented level: Now that secular study centers (batei midrash), rituals and prayers have been developed, Zarhi and Lapid, both from the Midrasha at the kibbutz movement's Seminar Oranim (the secular beit midrash that helped pioneer the phenomenon), are talking about fashioning a secular halakha, or Jewish legal code - a detailed code that, like religious halakha, will include a punctilious formulation of dos and don'ts, according to secular principles. Lapid, to be precise, refers to an "Israeli halakha," because in his vision, religious...
  • Troubled teens: Hitler king of Israel

    06/15/2006 9:18:36 AM PDT · by Alouette · 16 replies · 861+ views
    YNet ^ | June 15, 2006 | Natasha Mozgovia
    Call for help: High-risk teenagers, mostly new immigrants, use swastikas, racial slurs to convey their emotions; draw pictures of wounded ultra-Orthodox man saying ‘Hail Hitler’ and another calling for 'death to Jews.' Educators: Using Nazi symbols became most effective way of protest for them The repeated cases of swastikas spray-painted in synagogues and in public places, which naturally caused a storm all around Israel, do not surprise education experts who work with new immigrant high-risk teens. Nazi symbols and anti-Semite slurs have become the main and most effective means of protest against the injustice they feel they are subject to...
  • Dennis Prager's "Jews Explained" Series

    06/03/2006 10:26:47 AM PDT · by LA Conservative · 12 replies · 1,608+ views
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | May 30, 2006 | Dennis Prager
    Explaining Jews, Part I By Dennis Prager FrontPageMagazine.com | January 4, 2006 Years ago, on a flight to Louisville, KY, the woman seated next to me asked what brought me from Los Angeles to Louisville. "I will be giving a lecture," I responded. "To whom?" the personable middle-aged woman asked. "To the Jewish community," I responded. She then proceeded to engage me in a discussion about Jews, and it became apparent that she believed Jews wielded great influence in society. So I decided to ask her a question: "There are almost 300 million Americans. How many of them do you...
  • New Martyrs of the East and Coming Trials in the West

    05/20/2006 6:36:41 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 8 replies · 1,502+ views
    The Chronicles Magazine ^ | Friday, May 19, 2006 | Srdja Trifkovic
    Persecution and martyrdom of Christians under 20th century totalitarianism - mainly of Russian Orthodox Christians under Bolshevism - is by far the greatest crime in all of recorded history. It is several times greater than the Holocaust in terms of innocent lives brutally destroyed. It has killed more Christians in a few decades than all other causes put together in all ages, with Islam a distant second as the cause of their death and suffering. And yet it still remains a largely unknown, often minimized, or scandalously glossed over crime. According to the respected and reliable OUP World Christian...
  • Study: Secular Jews the Minority in Israel

    04/10/2006 10:05:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 514+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Apr 10, '06 | Staff
    Orthodox and traditional Jews comprise a majority of Israel's Jewish population according to a Central Bureau of Statistics study published Sunday. According to the study, which was carried out from 2002 to 2004, 8% of Israeli Jews defined themselves as hareidi-religious, 9% as Orthodox and 39% as traditional – leaving secular Jews as a minority of 44%. The rate of those identifying as secular is much higher among native Israelis of European and North American origin (63%) than those from Asian origin (33%) or Sephardic and North African origin (25%). When the questions used terms of religiosity instead of denominational...
  • Thundering Theophobes (They see Richard John Neuhaus behind every corner.)

    03/29/2006 10:20:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 625+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 3/30/2006 | Mark Gauvreau Judge
    At some future date, an intrepid scientist will announce that he has made a discovery: there is a correlation between heroin and liberal outrage. Apparently, when a leftist goes off on a tirade against conservatives, religion, or Evil America, it triggers an opiate release in the brain that causes a blissed-out high. Thus, as the addict must hunt down smack, the liberal must have a constant supply of outrages to feed his jones. If none are available -- if, indeed, our modern age is criminally short of witch hunts, McCarthyism, religious intolerance and racism -- then one must be made...
  • How to be a Perfect Liberal Democrat (vanity)

    02/20/2006 6:30:48 AM PST · by timsbella · 56 replies · 2,059+ views
    email | 20 Feb 2006 | Unknown
    1. You have to be against capital punishment, but support abortion on demand. 2. You have to believe that businesses create oppression and governments create prosperity. 3. You have to believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding Americans are more of a threat than U.S. nuclear weapons technology in the hands of Chinese and North Korean communists. 4. You have to believe that there was no art before Federal funding. 5. You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical documented changes in the earth's climate and more affected by soccer moms driving SUV's. 6. You...
  • The Passion of the Left: Hating Christians

    01/21/2006 8:36:14 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 75 replies · 2,121+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 1/21/2006 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    If viewers happened to be tuned into CSPAN several weeks ago, they were in for quite a spectacle. CSPAN was re-airing a conference that took place in May of 2005 with the ominous title, “Examining the Real Agenda of the Far Religious Right.” Sponsored by the New York Open Center, the conference was anything but open-minded. Instead, participants launched into a litany of complaints against the so-called Christian Right that bordered on bigotry. I half expected it to end with a pitchfork armed mob breaking down the doors of a local church. Perusing the Open Center’s website, one will find...
  • God, Darwinism, Intelligent Design and Secular Humanists. (VANITY)

    12/23/2005 1:35:25 PM PST · by 2banana · 9 replies · 400+ views
    2banana's mind | December 23, 2005 | 2banana
    God, Darwinism, Intelligent Design and Secular Humanists. My humble opinion: The Theory of Evolution is just that - A Theory. The Theory of Intelligent Design is just that - A Theory. Both theories have some facts that support them - and other facts that don't support them. It used to be that places of higher learning taught students to think for themselves based on scientific facts and evidence. But what "facts" support intelligent design? 1. Evolution doesn't explain anything on how it all began. As a theory, it is grossly incomplete. At least intelligent design has a theory on the...
  • About those "secular" menorahs

    12/21/2005 4:22:50 PM PST · by Coleus · 18 replies · 574+ views
    CERC ^ | 12.07.05 | Terry Mattingly
    About those "secular" menorahs    TERRY MATTINGLY When it comes to decorating tabernacles and temples, the God of Israel cares about the fine details. Consider these Exodus instructions: "Thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side." Counting the center candlestick, this created a...
  • The War Against The Light

    12/21/2005 9:51:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies · 170+ views
    The Wanderer ^ | 12/22/2005 | GEORGE A. KENDALL
    The War Against The Light By GEORGE A. KENDALL    We elderly and semi-elderly people can still remember a time when nothing was less controversial than the words “Merry Christmas.” If you said them in July, of course, you might be regarded as more than a little eccentric, perhaps in need of professional help of some kind, but even then people would have been puzzled, not offended. In my childhood, in the 1940s and 1950s, I used to go about town, at Christmastime, and wish everyone I saw a Merry Christmas, without having an anxiety attack over the possibility that...
  • IRAN: JAILED JOURNALIST AKBAR GANJI RECEIVES NEW DEATH THREATS

    12/17/2005 5:34:53 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 5 replies · 349+ views
    AKI ^ | 16-Dec-05
    Tehran, 16 Dec. (AKI) - The wife of Iranian journalist, Akbar Ganji, who is imprisoned in a Tehran jail has said that her husband has again received death threats in prison. "A representative of the chief prosecutor visited my husband in jail, and issued a new death threat saying that he will only leave the cell wearing a 'kaftan' [the traditional white blanket that is used to wrap those who die in Islamic countries]," said Massoumeh Shafii, the wife of the dissident journalist. She said she was told this by prison officials - who over the last four weeks have...
  • Is God Bad for Society ? (Study Claims Atheistic Societies are Safer)

    09/29/2005 3:11:16 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 160 replies · 2,603+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 9/29/2005 | Joseph Farrah
    IS GOD BAD FOR SOCIETY ? Europeans are much better off than Americans because of their lack of faith. That's the conclusion of a paper published in the Journal of Religion and Society. Once, secularists, atheists, agnostics and materialists argued that a society without faith could be as just and moral as one built on the absolute standards of a Judeo-Christian foundation. Today, as the secular world's war with God rages, they are going further – building a pseudo-scientific case that faithless societies are actually better off. Gregory Paul, the author of the study and a self-proclaimed "social scientist," writes:...
  • Iran jails dissident student leader

    09/27/2005 9:57:59 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 5 replies · 337+ views
    IranMania.com ^ | Tuesday, September 27, 2005
    LONDON, September 27 (IranMania) - Iranian dissident student leader Ali Afshari has been sentenced to six years in jail for "attacking national security", a source close to him said. He was also sentenced to five years deprivation of civic rights, which bars him from holding any official post, such as teaching, as well as public speaking. Afshari can appeal both Revolutionary Court verdicts, according to AFP. The activist, a member of a pro-reform student movement known as the Office to Consolidate Unity, has spent three years behind bars since 2000 including one year in solitary confinement. In 2001, Afshari appeared...
  • Canada: Iran Violates Human Rights

    09/25/2005 8:31:28 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 18 replies · 567+ views
    Rooz Online ^ | Monday, Sep 26, 2005
    While the pro hardline government media in Iran called the meeting between the Iranian and Canadian foreign ministers successful, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, said, after meeting with his Iranian counterpart that his country had prepared a new resolution to condemn human rights violations in Iran and would propose it to the United Nations General Assembly. The new resolution condemning Iran's human rights record followed by IAEA resolution last week, which paves the way for referring Iran's nuclear file to the UN Security Council, has already created new challenges for Iran's foreign policy makers. An Iran analyst believes that although...
  • SPECIAL UN ENVOY ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION CONCERNED OVER SITUATION OF IRANIAN JOURNALIST (Ganji)

    09/18/2005 6:39:57 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 4 replies · 225+ views
    UNITED NATIONS ^ | 16 September 2005
    The following statement was issued today by the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Ambeyi Ligabo: "I wish to express again my deepest concern regarding the situation of journalist and writer Akbar Ganji whom I met on 8 November 2003 at the Evin prison, while visiting the Islamic Republic of Iran in my official capacity as Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. On that occasion, relevant Iranian authorities...
  • Hijab and chador notwithstanding, Iranian women have carved out a space for themselves in society

    09/11/2005 12:02:03 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 6 replies · 562+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Sunday, September 11, 2005 | Shubha Singh
    Why Iran, asked friends and relatives. Why should a group of women journalists decide to go on a busman’s holiday to Iran of all places? “You will have to cover your heads and won't be allowed to talk to men,” exclaimed a colleague. Iranian embassy officials were equally curious. The usual reasons were trotted out — it is an unlikely destination for a holiday with the family, but it is of interest to journalists as an important country in India’s neighbourhood. The visas finally arrived, just as we were giving up hope, and were accompanied by elaborate instructions — heads...
  • Student activist gets one year jail time in Iran

    08/22/2005 9:05:48 PM PDT · by humint · 2 replies · 408+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | Mon. 22 Aug 2005 | Iran Focus
    Tehran, Iran, Aug. 22 – An Iranian student activist was sentenced to one year in prison for organising anti-government demonstrations, the head of a student organisation said on Monday. Amir-Hossein Balali, a former student activist in Amir-Kabir University of Technology, had also been accused of inciting public anger against the state during the years 1998-2001, Yashar Qajar said. He also faced charges of insulting Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Balali had previously been arrested in the summer 2001 and held in solitary confinement for one month on similar charges. According to Qajar, Balali has been active in setting up...
  • The Anti-Religious Left at Its Most Silly (Caption)

    08/19/2005 10:30:08 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 32 replies · 1,244+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/19/2005 | n/a
    A woman dressed as a bishop leads an anti-religion demonstration in Cologne August 19, 2005. Pope Benedict arrived in his German homeland on Thursday on the first international trip of his pontificate, a visit to the World Youth Day attended by hundreds of thousands of young Catholics. After the jubilant reception he received from 400,000 young Catholics Benedict's agenda centred on the closed-door talks at the presidential villa in nearby Bonn and the religious meetings in Cologne. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski Demonstrators dressed as a priest and a nun kiss in front of a large model dinosaur during an anti-religion demonstration in...
  • Why secular people still want Christian funerals

    08/13/2005 4:23:35 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 32 replies · 629+ views
    Church Times of London ^ | August 5, 2005 | Alan Billings
    APART FROM the horseracing tipster on the BBC’s Today programme, no one has a worse record for predictions than the sociologist of religion. The classical sociologists expected organised religion to wither on the vine. Religion might be the heart of a heartless world and the opiate of the people, but, once the people were liberated and prosperous, there would be no need for supernatural consolations. As societies modernised, and human life was organised in an increasingly rational manner, superstition (for which read religion) would disappear. In global terms, none predicted the pentecostal and charismatic surge within Christianity. None foresaw the...
  • Orgainsed Islamic Terror

    08/07/2005 12:46:33 AM PDT · by Khashayar · 4 replies · 786+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | Aug 6, 2005 | Dawood Cohan
    Al Muhajiroun (Khavarej) is referred to a clandestine group of four who cooperated to assassinate four leaders at promptly the same time: Imam Ali who was a religious leader (the fourth Suni's Khalif and the first Shiite's Imam), Moavieh who was the leader of the land, Amro Aas who was a canning politician and a senior advisor to Moavieh, and - Of the four only one, namely Ibn Moljam, successfully carried out his assassination by wounding Imam Ali with a poisonous sword, during the Imam's pray. Imam Ali died of his wound on the third night, the 21st, of Ramadan....
  • Dying For Democracy (Ganji and the movement for freedom and ending religious rule in Iran)

    08/07/2005 12:29:10 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 216+ views
    iranian.com ^ | August 6, 2005 | Jahanshah Javid
    Akbar Ganji is dying in a hospital in Tehran. He is not a prophet. He is not calling for a revolution. He is not doing George Bush a favor. He is a man who speaks his mind and is willing to die for it. But he must not die. We must do everything we can to force the authorities to let him go home. Ganji is not everyone's favorite dissident. He quotes Khomeini, he looks up to Ayatollah Montazeri, and his circle of friends and allies includes leading religious reformists such as Saeed Hajjarian and Abdolkarim Soroush. Because of his...
  • 'Jailed journalist Ganji will die if world fails to react'

    08/05/2005 5:50:13 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 4 replies · 352+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 06, 2005 | Ramita Navai in Tehran
    SMUGGLED photographs of Akbar Ganji, Iran’s most famous political prisoner, show him ghostly white and gaunt with sunken eyes. He is close to death after 56 days of a hunger strike. Mr Ganji was rushed from the Evin prison in Tehran to Milad Hospital last week as his health deteriorated. Massoumeh Shafiie, his wife, said doctors have tried to feed him intravenously but he has pulled out the feeding tubes. Mr Ganji, an investigative journalist, was jailed for six years in 2000 on charges of “acting against national security”. Some charges related to an article he wrote linking some of...
  • Iran: Harassment of Rights Defenders Escalates

    08/02/2005 9:05:35 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 175+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02 Aug 2005 | HRW
    New York, August 3, 2005) - The Iranian government intensified its attacks on independent human rights defenders by arresting prominent lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani and threatening Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, Human Rights Watch said today. On Saturday evening, July 30, agents of the Judiciary, operating under the authority of Tehran chief prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi, arrested Soltani inside the offices of the Lawyers Association in Tehran. The next day, a Judiciary spokesman announced that Soltani was arrested for "revealing secrets relating to the case of nuclear spies." Soltani is currently being held in Evin prison in Tehran but has yet to be...
  • Fried in Turkey: Is democracy on the outs?

    08/02/2005 1:15:57 PM PDT · by forty_years · 5 replies · 462+ views
    http://netwmd.com ^ | August 2, 2005 | Michael Rubin
    On June 8, 2005, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited President Bush in the White House. Among the topics the two discussed were freedom, democracy, and the rule of law. Speaking from the Oval Office, Bush declared Turkey's democracy to be "an important example for the people of the broader Middle East."Turkey remains an important ally of the United States despite recent bilateral tensions over the Iraq war and its aftermath. Both Republican and Democratic administrations have valued Turkey not only as a strategic military partner in the Cold War but also, in recent decades, as a democratic outpost...
  • The Black Family: 40 Years of Lies

    07/25/2005 4:34:39 PM PDT · by StoneGiant · 133 replies · 5,703+ views
    City Journal ^ | Summer, 2005 | Kay S. Hymowitz
     The Black Family: 40 Years of Lies Kay S. Hymowitz Summer 2005 Read through the megazillion words on class, income mobility, and poverty in the recent New York Times series “Class Matters” and you still won’t grasp two of the most basic truths on the subject: 1. entrenched, multigenerational poverty is largely black; and 2. it is intricately intertwined with the collapse of the nuclear family in the inner city. By now, these facts shouldn’t be hard to grasp. Almost 70 percent of black children are born to single mothers. Those mothers are far more likely than married mothers to be...
  • Two Competing Religions--The Legacy of the 1960s

    07/18/2005 6:53:10 AM PDT · by Pete · 24 replies · 762+ views
    Crosswalk.com ^ | Juluy 18, 2005 (Originally published May 26, 2004) | Albert Mohler
    Today's culture wars can be directly traced to the cultural transformations of the 1960's. As a matter of fact, that critical decade represented nothing less than a cultural revolution of sorts--a revolution Stanley Kurtz describes as "both a fulfillment and a repudiation of the vision of America's founders." Kurtz makes his case in "Culture and Values in the 1960's," a fascinating essay published in Never a Matter of Indifference: Sustaining Virtue in a Free Republic, recently released by the Hoover Institution Press. Edited by Peter Berkowitz, Never a Matter of Indifference is a thought-provoking collection of essays on moral character...
  • Back to first principles - (is God gone from Europe? - post 7/7 reflections on looming crisis)

    07/12/2005 9:06:01 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 419+ views
    TOWNHALL.COM ^ | JULY 12, 2005 | BILL MURCHISON
    On Sunday they packed 'em in -- a circumstance you wouldn't have noted for some long while in English churches, which, like European churches in general, seem to resound mainly with historic echoes. But there was praying to be done, and it seemed to the English people meet, right and their bounden duty -- as the Book of Common Prayer would have it -- to lay their sorrows and perplexities before the Lord. And so, three days after the explosions and screams that scarred a London morning, something like the old European civilization popped back into view. I didn't say...
  • The ACLU: Lost without a compass - (relentlessly attacking Boy Scouts, Virginia & God!)

    07/11/2005 4:12:24 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 14 replies · 879+ views
    WORLD NET DAILY.COM ^ | JULY 11, 2005 | ALAN SEARS
    Some recent events would seem to indicate that the American Civil Liberties Union is lost in the woods without a compass. A moral compass, that is. For the last five years, the ACLU has been fighting the federal departments of Defense and Housing and Urban Development because of their support for the Boy Scouts of America – support that has taken the form of raising money for their national jamborees, allowing military personnel to lead Scout troops in their personal capacities, and providing access to government facilities for free. Now, a federal judge has sided with the ACLU and ruled...
  • A Letter to Free People From Iran's Akbar Ganji

    07/07/2005 7:52:27 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 2 replies · 362+ views
    Freedom For Akbar Ganji
    Nineteen days have passed since I began my hunger strike. I have lost nineteen kilograms. I am imprisoned. I do not have permission to make phone calls or read newspapers. I have been denied visitation. I cannot walk outside my cell. The liars say they have no political prisoners. They say the political prisoners are not on hunger strike. They distort the facts by calling a cell a suite, saying that prisons are as comfortable as they can be in a hotel! Calling a donkey a parrot does not miraculously turn the donkey into a parrot! Prisoner is someone whose...
  • THEY REALLY, REALLY HATE US - (Christians "an ugly, violent lot" - Don Feder's exposé on libs)

    06/27/2005 3:51:39 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 16 replies · 541+ views
    DON FEDER'S COLD STEEL CAUCUS ^ | JUNE 24, 2005 | DON FEDER
    If you’re an evangelical Christian, a Jew, a Catholic or any kind of believer – you have an implacable enemy – one who hates you and wants to destroy you. When I say hate, I’m not talking about pique, annoyance or a vague aversion. I mean hate the way Nazis hated Jews, the way white supremacists hate blacks, the way the Hutus hated the Tutsis. Once you reach this realization, it gives you an almost Zen-like clarity of vision and focus. Because then you understand your enemy, what motivates him, and what he is capable of. And you begin to...
  • Exceptionally Conservative: The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America (great read!)

    06/24/2005 9:10:46 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 713+ views
    CLAREMONT INSTITUTE.ORG ^ | JUNE 24, 2005 | Editor
    Is Conservatism compatible with capitalism? Theorists such as Joseph Schumpeter thought (as did Marx) that the central process of capitalism was "creative destruction." Too much destruction, and there isn't much left to conserve. The conclusion would have to be that capitalism drives out conservatism, but for the last half century, America has been developing a dramatic refutation of this abstract thesis. It is a development that would have astonished students of American culture in the middle of the 20th century. In those days, Louis Hartz declared that America was a liberal society lacking both conservatism and socialism because it had...