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ISIS: Pure Islam?
Interfaith
Written by fructocentric   
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 13:34

At The Atlantic:

The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn largely from the disaffected populations of the Middle East and Europe. But the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam.

 
ISIS beheads 21 Coptic Christians
Persecution for Christ
Written by laika   
Sunday, 15 February 2015 17:49

At The Jerusalem Post:

Islamic State released a video on Sunday purporting to show the beheading of a group of Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya, violence likely to deepen Cairo's concerns over security threats from militants thriving in the neighboring country's chaos.

Egypt's state news agency MENA quoted the spokesman for the Coptic Church as confirming that 21 Egyptian Christians believed to be held by Islamic State were dead.

 
Gun Control and the Church
News, Culture, Society
Written by UpOnBlocks   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:18

At The Atlantic:

Gary Hall, the dean of the Washington National Cathedral, has also used the [Episcopal] church's prominent position to advocate forcefully for stricter gun laws. Hall sees this sort of advocacy as a religious imperative. "Christians follow someone who died at the hands of human violence. They didn’t have handguns in his day, but the cross is essentially a form of human torture and execution," he told me in 2013. "For me the great reason that gun control is a theological issue is because it's tied to the church's compassion for victims of violence, and it's tied to the fact that part of our job is to be a community that heals the world."

 
The forbidden Bible
Persecution for Christ
Written by Nash Dent   
Saturday, 31 January 2015 18:03

At Fox News:

Religious persecution is not something that most Americans have personally experienced. While we may hear the odd snide remark about our religious group or be offended by the depiction of our faith in popular entertainment, we nevertheless experience an unsurpassed degree of religious freedom. We wake up each day with the ability to read our sacred texts, attend our religious services, and speak and write freely about our beliefs. While incidences of targeted religious hostilities do exist in the U.S., they are relatively few and far between.

But religious persecution is all too common in many parts of the world. And religious persecution targeting Christians is on the rise.

 
Pope to Catholics: Don't breed 'like rabbits'
Catholicism
Written by laika   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 18:26

At BBC News:

Good Roman Catholics do not need to breed like "rabbits", the Pope has said, but should practise "responsible" parenting instead.

Pope Francis spoke as he returned from the Philippines, where he met former street children abandoned by parents unable to afford to care for them.

Standing firm against artificial birth control, he said new life was "part of the sacrament of marriage".

But he said population experts advised three children per family.

 
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