Religion

Anti-Muslim backlash not yet felt in New Zealand

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The fallout from radical Islam extremists is taking its toll on Kiwi Muslims who are being targeted on social media.

Social media backlash against Kiwi Muslims has increased over the past three months as a direct result of Australia’s largest “counter-terrorism” raids in Sydney and Brisbane and the horrific ISIS beheadings.

President of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand Inc, Dr Anwar Ghani said Kiwi Muslims are keeping silent on social media due to the comments being made.

Our moderators regularly have to block and delete hateful messages from people with pro-Islam viewpoints.  Not because of their views, but because of the way they are expressed.  The same thing happened with pro-Hamas readers losing the plot. Read more »

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Standing up to ISIS, Muslim scholars make a stand

Muslim scholars have challenged the rantings of ISIS, probably marking them for execution should ISIS gain more control.

Nonetheless at last some Islamic moderates are speaking out.

VICE reports:

More than a hundred Muslim scholars and leaders from around the world released an open letter addressed to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Wednesday, telling the self-proclaimed caliph, in no uncertain terms, that the group’s use of Islamic scripture is illegitimate and perverse.

The document, which was issued in Arabic and English on the website Letter to Baghdadi and is embedded below, begins with a list of practices employed by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) that its authors say are explicitly forbidden by Islam. They include torture, slavery, forced conversions, the denial of rights for women and children, and the killing of innocents.

The letter emphasizes that Baghdadi’s claims to a caliphate spanning eastern Syria and western Iraq are void.   Read more »

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Does God Exist?

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread ;)….

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Watching the nightly news with events happening daily in places like Syria & the Gaza strip, you’d almost be forgiven for thinking there is no God. How could any just and fair God allow such misery heaped upon misery to continue for years, in a situation that seems near on impossible to “fix”

For all the tyrant that was Saddam Hussain, he at least kept some semblance of order in the country, keeping the lights on and as inefficient and terrible as “public services” went, at least it was considerably better than what Iraq faces today. Does swift, brutal action on a few justify the safety/longevity for the many? The many would say yes, the few would say no… and both would be correct from their own stand point. Read more »

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Photo Of The Day

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme sits in an interrogation room September 5, 1975, just after her assassination attempt on Gerald R. Ford.

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme sits in an interrogation room September 5, 1975, just after her assassination attempt on Gerald R. Ford.

Squeaky Fromme

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This bloke would be a bettter MP than Rajan Prasad

In a case of life imitating art, in Indian they have the hindu equivalent of the dead parrot sketch from Monty Python…except it is a guru wot is not dead, ‘e’s restin’, or ‘e’s stunned.

The family and followers of one of India’s wealthiest Hindu spiritual leaders are fighting a legal battle over whether he is dead or simply in a deep state of meditation.

His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, the founder of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan religious order with a property estate worth an estimated ÂŁ100 million, died in January, according to his wife and son.

However, his disciples at his Ashram have refused to let the family take his body for cremation because they claim he is still alive.    Read more »

Public outrage at Church ultimatum

via sojo.net

via sojo.net

You may recall our article on this topic yesterday:  a 72 year old lady, how had lived with her unmarried partner for 3 years was told she no longer could remain a member of the church; unless she married him.

Bridget Railton provides an update   Read more »

Map of the Day

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Sadly, Belfast is a city divided along religious grounds. This map shows the Catholic/ Protestant lines of Belfast

We will live again – Cryogenics

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Map of the Day

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The map highlights 8 major Christian denominations, showing where they represent a plurality (and in counties marked with a + at least 50%) of the relevant counties’ population. This shows that there are quite a few remarkably contiguous religious blocks in the US

Anyone silly enough to want more than one mother in law deserves them

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Polygamy may well be part of the slippery slope that comes from legalising gay marriage…but my view remains that anyone silly enough to want more than one mother in laws deserves them.

The New York Times looks at polygamy and reality TV.

Kody Brown, his four wives and 17 children want to be the new face of polygamy, what some consider the next frontier after same-sex marriage.

That is why, the Browns say, they invited TLC television cameras into their homes for their reality show “Sister Wives,” why they have written a best-selling book about their lives, and why they challenged Utah’s polygamy ban in federal court.

Fear of prosecution under that law led them to flee to Nevada. Last month, a federal judge partly overturned the ban, ruling that prohibiting “cohabitation” violates the First Amendment guarantee of free exercise of religion.  Read more »

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