Category: Islam

All along the watchtower

 Having just finished a book that extols the virtue of harmonizing right-wing elements of Protestant and Roman Catholic Christianity (see http://tinyurl.com/b3levz and http://tinyurl.com/ahashg), I found the following Fisk commentary on papal perspective most interesting.  And more than a bit alarming…  http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fiskrsquos-world-examine-the-popes-words-and-theres-only-one-thing-to-conclude-1634266.html and/or  ttp://tinyurl.com/avwuz3  Fisk’s last paragraph And what do I make of all this? Well, I don’t think the …

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Book review: The Faith

 My suspicion, somewhat validated by the more critical articles I’ve read, is that Colson’s alarmist worldview stems in large part from what he sees as an Islamic encroachment on his prison ministry.  He has become a darling of the right-wing “news” entertainment circuit — Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, etc. — by bashing gays, espousing unregulated capitalism, and hawking Bush’s …

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Lest we forget

 Near the end of Obama’s inaugural address was this stirring rhetoric: “To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict or blame their society’s ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on …

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Rabbi Fox

Ms. Gassaway, I had hoped the rabbi’s recent rant would be disregarded by your readers as the specious partisan pandering it obviously is to anyone who understands even the smallest bits of Middle Eastern history and contemporary realities “over there.”  However, given that more than a week has passed, and now today’s follow-on huzzahs by …

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Lebanon falls

 Sent: Wed 6/11/2008 8:15 PM To: [deleted] Subject: RE: Lebanon Falls. Dear [deleted] and friends, Normally I wouldn’t respond to something like this, but when you wrote that this was “the clearest picture of the situation in Lebanon and the Middle East” that you have seen, I felt it deserved a closer look.  Because it is …

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A century of willful ignorance

 A friend of mine just sent me an interesting article by Ramzy Baroud, about Johns Hagee and McCain:  http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=13720  Here’s the first paragraph from Baroud’s article:  A memorable quote in Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894) still carries a wealth of relevance. He writes, “They own the [holy] land, just the mere land, and that’s …

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You bastards!

 Today’s “You bastards!” letter for all your continued clamoring over Obama’s pastor:  Where is the “fair and balanced” coverage of John McSame’s spiritual advisors? Here’s a bit from a March 12 article in Mother Jones: Senator John McCain hailed as a spiritual adviser an Ohio megachurch pastor who has called upon Christians to wage a “war” against the …

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