Easter equals “winning”?


NorthRidge church thinks using Charlie Sheen’s “winning” phrase makes them relevant and hip; I think they are merely pouring old wine into new wineskins.

The nondenominational NorthRidge Church has several billboards that read “NorthRidge + Easter = ‘winning!’” One church member says, if the ad campaign “gets people’s attention and …draws them to Christ, then they worked,” according to a local news story.

The church’s Senior Pastor, Brad Powell, goes further. He blogged, “I think it’s absolutely essential that those ~read more~

beheading a human crime

islam peace calligraphy

Muzzammil “Mo” Hassan has been found guilty of second-degree murder, for beheading his wife in February 2009. Aasiya Hassan was killed after she filed for divorce from her husband.

As I blogged at the time, this heinous act was not a “Muslim crime.” Rather, it is an all-too-human crime.  Many will use this story as evidence that all people who follow the Islamic faith are prone to violence (even terrorism).  But husbands have been killing wives, and wives have been killing ~read more~

Oklahoma bans 10 Commandments?

Voters in Oklahoma may have made it illegal to consider the Christian Ten Commandments in court cases. They amended their state constitution in an attempt to prevent courts from referring to Sharia (Islamic law) when deciding cases. According to a CNN story, there has never been a case of an Oklahoman court referring to Sharia, but now it–and possibly the Ten Commandments, as an international law created in another country–are definitively ruled out. 

Legal scholars are calling ~read more~

infinite incandescence of Islam (sermon; 090607)

Elements of a service celebrated at
the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse
on 07 June 2009
Rev. Chip Roush

The Holy Cross Catholic church, up on Beaver Island, just finished tolling its bells to begin their second service of the morning; our friends of Congregation Ahavat Shalom
began their Hebrew School an hour or so ago; the Islam Center of America, downstate in Dearborn, the largest mosque in the U.S., when it opened four years ago, played its call to ~read more~

cruel to be kind

A newspaper has apologized for depicting Muslims in a *positive* light.

On September 11th, the Portland Press Herald published a story titled “A Show of Faith and Forgiveness: Muslims mark the end of Ramadan with a celebration of life and an outpouring for those less fortunate.”

Almost immediately, complaints began pouring in, and the paper apologized: “We have acknowledged that we erred by at least not offering balance to the story and its prominent position on the front ~read more~

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