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Iran’s Bob Dylan

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In an article “Iran’s ‘Bob Dylan’ Under Fire Over Qu’ran Song,” Radio Farda reports that Mohsen Namjoo, Iran’s most popular, and controversial, musician, has provoked the wrath of  “Qu’ran experts and religious figures” who say . . . . Continue Reading »

RE: Faithful Citizens

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Thanks to Amanda for highlighting the relevant section from the New York Catholic bishops’ statement, ” Our Cherished Right, Our Solemn Duty .” The inalienable right to life of every innocent human person outweighs other concerns where Catholics may use prudential judgment, such . . . . Continue Reading »

Iran’s Apostasy Bill

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Last month, Iran’s parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill that would make apostasy (converting from Islam to another religion) punishable by death. The Christian human rights group, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, has applauded the European Union for issuing a declaration that urges Iran . . . . Continue Reading »

The Scoop on Sarah Palin’s Religion

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In his Weekly Standard article “Clinging to Her Religion: The Faith Journey of Sarah Palin,” Christian Terry Eastland rises above the hysteria and the noise in the best article yet on Sarah Palin’s religion. A sample: Kroon [Palin’s pastor at Wasilla Bible Church] says that . . . . Continue Reading »

“Ignorant and easily led …”

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Some years back, the Washington Post editorial board apologized for an editorial calling evangelical Christians “poor, ignorant, and easily led.” Good thing, too. Writing in the Wall Street Journal , Mollie Ziegler Hemingway reports : From Hollywood to the academy, nonbelievers are . . . . Continue Reading »

When Not Aborting Is Immoral

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From over on starboard side, Nicholas Provenzo of the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism is ” troubled ” by the implications of Gov. Sarah Palin’s “decision to knowingly give birth to a child disabled with Down syndrome.” He . . . . Continue Reading »

Palin the Theocrat and Non-Woman

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Michael Gerson in this morning’s Washington Post takes on the Faith-Based Condescension in the intellectual and media elites’ criticism of Gov. Sarah Palin. “Palin is portrayed as a ‘theocrat’—a Muslim fundamentalist in lipstick. She has ‘a right to her . . . . Continue Reading »

“Officially Ridiculous”

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Kathryn Jean Lopez at National Review Online calls our attention to Congressman Steve Cohen (Democrat, Tennessee) who has taken to the floor of the House of Representatives to persuade us to vote for Senator Obama. Senator Obama you see was, like Jesus, a community organizer. Pontius Pilate, on the . . . . Continue Reading »