His Dark Material In the aftermath of the clerical sex-abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church, Americans who know of the church largely through major media outlets might be forgiven for perceiving it as populated by men who are hell-bent on the destruction of children's souls.
Oddly enough, yet another report of violence from some of the practitioners of the Religion of Peace BAUCHI, Nigeria, â€“ Ten persons have been killed and three churches set on fire after Muslim high school students in this northern Nigerian city began a rampage on Tuesday (December 11) that spilled into the city. Today tensions were still high in the area.
Boy Scouts Lose Philadelphia Lease in Gay-Rights Fight For three years the Philadelphia council of the Boy Scouts of America held its ground. It resisted the cityâ€™s request to change its discriminatory policy toward gay people despite threats that if it did not do so, the city would evict the group from a municipal building where the Scouts have resided practically rent free since 1928.
We know you heard about this already, but we could not resist printing yet another inspiring example of reason and piety direct from the â€œReligion of Peaceâ€ A Sudanese court ruled that British teacher Gillian Gibbons insulted Islam for allowing her students to name a stuffed bear Mohammed - for which she was sentenced yesterday to 15 days in jail, followed by immediate deportation.
Gays challenge traditional marriage supporters: put up or shut up - Homosexual group calls for boycott of Wal-Mart, shopping at Target instead If Wal-Mart sales go down, gays will claim victory in support of same-sex "marriage" benefits
So Long, Gideons The one thing travelers could reliably count on in their hotel rooms: a Bible in the bedside table. But like many traditions, this one may be dying.
The main contributors to this column took a much needed hiatus â€“ but now we are back. Immediately following are some dated items that might be worthy to note, which had appeared while we were off lounging. Below that is an editorial comment on some current affairs.
Nepal Airline Sacrifices Two Goats to Sky God in Face of Aircraft Problems Itâ€™s not exactly the most common way to fix a commercial airliner, but officials from Nepalâ€™s state-run airline sacrificed two goats on Sunday in effort to do just that, according to Reuters. Faced with technical problems on an aging Boeing 757 aircraft, Nepal Airlines' representatives told local media the sacrifices were made to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god.
Jimmy Carter and â€˜The Eldersâ€™ To mark his 89th birthday, former South African President Nelson Mandela announced the launch of a global Council of Elders, a group boasting the alleged sagacity of nearly a thousand yearsâ€™ life experience and the belief that it can save the world. Backed in part by the resoundingly effective United Nations, â€œThe Eldersâ€ is the brainchild of businessman Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel.
The Demâ€™s Fate: On the Left Wing And a Prayer In a speech on Tuesday, Barack Obama told his audience that the 2008 presidential election would answer the question: "What kind of America will our daughters grow up in?" What, one might wonder, does he want to protect our daughters from? An oversexualized culture? Predators on the Internet? Alas, no. Mr. Obama was addressing a Planned Parenthood convention and worried that if the wrong person got into the White House, our daughters might grow up in a country without . . . partial-birth abortions. --lead from an article by Naomi Schaffer Riley in The Wall Street Journal 7.20.07