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Friday, May 11, 2007

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Here is something to make you smile, maybe.  This is what happens when believers of Jesus Christ debate ‘believers’ of Jesus Christ. You decide for yourself.



Posted by SPN on 05/11 at 08:07 AM in Religion / Sprituality
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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Won’t you sign the Divest for Darfur petition?

It’s only been two days since we launched our Divest for Darfur petition and already more than 57,000 people have added their names to this effort to cut off financial support for the genocide.

It’s not too late for you to get involved.

Click here to sign the petition calling on Fidelity Investments to divest from companies that help fund the genocide.

By withdrawing investments from companies that help finance the genocide, we can build economic pressure to end the atrocities.

That’s why we are calling on investment firms with the largest ties to Sudan to divest their holdings now, before more lives are lost.

Fidelity is a major holder of PetroChina, the Chinese oil company that is one of the biggest offenders in helping to fund the genocide in Darfur.

Despite complaints from concerned citizens and investors, Fidelity has not accepted responsibility for its role in investing in companies that fund the genocide in Darfur and has thus far refused to withdraw these investments.

Tell Fidelity the people of Darfur can’t afford to wait.  Click here to sign the petition asking them to cut their ties with companies that help fund the genocide.

While diplomacy is crucial, most international efforts have failed to get through to Sudan.

But money talks—Sudan has been very responsive to economic pressure in the past.  That is why we believe divestment could be highly effective in forcing Sudan to cooperate with the international community.

Divestment helped end apartheid in South Africa in the late 1980’s and it can help end genocide in Darfur in 2007.

Click here to demand that Fidelity do its part to help end the violence by divesting from companies that help fund the genocide.

Once you’ve signed, please forward this message to your friends and family and ask them to join you in helping to cut off funding by adding their names to the petition to Fidelity.

Thank you again for your commitment to helping the innocent people of Darfur.

Best regards,

David Rubenstein
Save Darfur Coalition

Posted by SPN on 05/10 at 02:09 PM in Justice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityInternationalRacism / Prejudice
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Friday, February 23, 2007

Summit for Islamic Reform

I just hope that the “reform” is reasonable and doesn’t itself take on a radical tone.
I am sad but not shocked not to see the inclusion of Imam M.D. Mohammed though. But this looks like it’s going to be an “immigrant”, Arab/Asian Muslim thing (not that that’s totally bad). I’ve often said that “they” should take the lead in the media after 9/11 since they’re going to bear more of the suspicion.
I wish them as best as I can and I hope it turns out well for us all.  - Cricket

The Free Muslims Coalition brings to your attention a Muslim reform summit that will
be
held in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 4-5.  This summit is open to all people and we
encourage you to attend the summit which will be covered by CNN’s Glenn Beck show and
other media personalities.

Muslim thinkers will be asking what went wrong? How did Middle Eastern cultures
transform from the openness and intellectual ferment of the medieval period to the
closed theocrat societies of today? Where are the secular voices of the Muslim world?
Now, bold critics of orthodoxy are calling for sweeping reforms from inside Muslim
societies. With the intent of catalyzing a global movement for reason, humanist values,
and freedom of conscience, delegates from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, Iraq,
Pakistan and Bangladesh will assemble March 4-5 in St. Petersburg, Florida for an
unprecedented Summit (see http://www.secularislam.org).

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Posted by cricket on 02/23 at 11:02 PM in Religion / Sprituality
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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The many faces of American Muslims

I found this story in Salon magazine about this book very interesting. 
Author Paul Barrett deftly upends the stereotypes that Westerners harbor about Muslims—and shows why militant Islamism is less likely to take root here than in other countries. By Laura Miller

Jan. 15, 2007 | “American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion,” by Paul Barrett, is the ideal book to enlighten a whole host of people who don’t realize they need it. That includes everyone who claims that moderate Muslims haven’t spoken up against fundamentalist militants or that all Muslim women go around veiled or that the religion is inherently warlike. It also includes everyone whose only response to Islamist terrorism is to talk about the sins of Israel, those who claim that Islam doesn’t have a growing problem with violent fanatics or the role of women, and those who insist that it is purely a religion of peace.

Barrett, a former reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal, has done a nearly miraculous job of writing thoughtfully, clearly and sensibly about a subject that usually stirs up a viper’s nest of prejudice, defensiveness and paranoia. Yet “American Islam” isn’t, strictly speaking, objective, newspaper-style reporting—even if it has some of the characteristics of that school of journalism. In this collection of portraits of American Muslims, all struggling with their religion and its place in their world in one way or another, Barrett doesn’t forgo all judgment. He has his own firm notions of right and wrong when it comes to the issues his book raises, and he’s not afraid to challenge his subjects. But he keeps himself in the background and doesn’t make a spectacle of his own role in researching their stories, as a showier (or greener) journalist might be tempted to do. “American Islam” is above all a scrupulously fair book.

This, unfortunately, makes it unfashionable at a time when many confuse incisiveness with leaping to an opinion and defending it fiercely, whether or not you know what you’re talking about. All those people who falsely believe that they’re already well enough informed about Islam to merit their fiery conclusions—as well as those who don’t really care whether they are or not—will probably never crack open a copy of “American Islam.” True, those are the people who need it most, but readers with curious and open minds will still find a lot that’s intriguing and revelatory in Barrett’s book.

The topic is especially important now, after the discovery of the plot to smuggle explosives on transatlantic flights this past summer and the successful London transit attacks of the summer before. That conspirators in both plots included British natives shocked many observers; previously, the Islamist terrorism directed at Western civilians had mostly been perpetrated by the disgruntled citizens of Middle Eastern nations. If Britain was producing homegrown Muslim terrorists, what about the United States? So far, U.S. citizens have been rare among the ranks of militant Islam (Jose Padilla, a prison convert, is the best-known exception), even though America ranks right up there with Israel as the Great Satan in the Islamist worldview. 

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Posted by Nuttshell on 01/17 at 04:12 PM in Religion / Sprituality
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Friday, January 12, 2007

The holy blitz rolls on

I am not anti-religious but I found some of the things discussed by the author to be instructive about the rising “fascism” that is tolerated by the Christian Right.

The Christian right is a “deeply anti-democratic movement” that gains force by exploiting Americans’ fears, argues Chris Hedges. Salon talks with the former New York Times reporter about his fearless new book, “American Fascists.”
By Michelle Goldberg

Jan. 08, 2007 | Longtime war correspondent Chris Hedges, the former New York Times bureau chief in the Middle East and the Balkans, knows a lot about the savagery that people are capable of, especially when they’re besotted with dreams of religious or national redemption. In his acclaimed 2002 book, “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning,” he wrote: “I have been in ambushes on desolate stretches of Central American roads, shot at in the marshes of Southern Iraq, imprisoned in the Sudan, beaten by Saudi military police, deported from Libya and Iran, captured and held for a week by Iraqi Republican Guard during the Shiite rebellion following the Gulf War, strafed by Russian Mig-21s in Bosnia, fired upon by Serb snipers, and shelled for days in Sarajevo with deafening rounds of heavy artillery that threw out thousands of deadly bits of iron fragments.” Hedges was part of New York Times team of reporters that won a 2002 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting about global terrorism.

Given such intimacy with horror, one might expect him to be aloof from the seemingly less urgent cultural disputes that dominate domestic American politics. Yet in the rise of America’s religious right, Hedges senses something akin to the brutal movements he’s spent his life chronicling. The title of his new book speaks for itself: “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.” Scores of volumes about the religious right have recently been published (one of them, “Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism,” by me), but Hedges’ book is perhaps the most furious and foreboding, all the more so because he knows what fascism looks like.

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Posted by Nuttshell on 01/12 at 05:21 PM in Religion / Sprituality
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Monday, December 11, 2006

Leader of Free Muslims Against Terrorism to appear on TV tonight

Kamal Nawash will appear on the Glenn Beck show tonight. The show airs at 7 p.m. ET and
replays at 9 p.m. and midnight on CNN’s Headline News.

Kamal will discuss the issue of whether Islam needs a reformation.  This show is
inspired by the Milford Bible Church in Milford, Pennsylvania, where the preacher argued
that Islam is a “clear and present danger” to the world.  Kamal Nawash will
respond to
the Millford Bible Church and explain the source of extremism among some Muslims.

Please join the fight against terror by contributing to the Free Muslims at:
http://freemuslims.org/support/donate.php

For more information, visit our web site at http://www.freemuslims.org

Posted by cricket on 12/11 at 03:20 PM in Religion / Sprituality
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Darfur Army

Why can’t we create an armed force of African peoples from all over the Diaspora going into Sudan and kicking the Jinjaweed and the corrupt Sudanese government out?  Everytime I read or see something on tv about the deliberate genocide of the Black Africans by the Arab Africans, my blood boils.  I am normally a very non-violent person but frankly I want to kick some butt.  If the rest of the world community is not willing to help the people in Darfut, why don’t we go ahead and do it ourselves?

Posted by Nuttshell on 11/14 at 04:38 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityInternationalRacism / Prejudice
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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Once Again The Islamic World Shows Its Ass

We can dish it out but we can’t take it.
Poor ole Pope was just reading a quote.

I am STILL Muslim despite the pathetic behavior of my co-religionists overseas. I wish they would tittle the religion THEY"RE practicing “Is Lame”.

1] As a muslim, I can respect the Pope but in the end , I could really care less what he has to say. even if this was his own opinion.

2] These demonstrations are as absurd as the post Rodney King riots. Churches attacked, a nun killed......  What happened to that ayat about respecting ALL the houses where God’s name is remembered.

3] What? C’mon Imam, you’ve never said derogatory things about Christianity and Judaism? You’re going to tell ME that Islam was spread ENTIRELY through trade and contact. That NO ONE on “our side” was an oppressive invader and occupier? You may have to talk to a Sikh brother about how HIS religion got started.

4] I’m tired of all these apologists getting on the news talking about how tolerant Islam is. It’s true, most religions are, but people choose not to be. We’ll all be better off when we recognize THAT fact. There are doers of evil under the guises of them all.

I believe that the “bad” that is in scripture is there so that we can recognize the propensity for evil in the person that can see only THAT bad and none of the good. ex.] Slaughtering of Caananites. Qur’anic intolerance. Synagogue of Satan. The “Curse of Ham”. etc.
People who continually harp on themes like these without seeing the greatier good in scripture, will show their evil by trying to show a superiority / inferiority.

Get off your Golden Age of Islam high horse, recognise and submit to truth, and then make the improvements. No matter WHO points out your shortcomings.

Posted by cricket on 09/17 at 07:40 PM in Religion / Sprituality
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Friday, July 07, 2006

Fallen soldier gets a Bronze one but no Wiccan star

The deal is that you get to serve and die, but your religious preference is a budgetary issue.  This is why I selected “No Preference” when I was in the USMCR.  Zealots still don’t seem to understand that this is a country that was founded by Christians that fled religious persecution.  They fled because the practice of their religion was hindered by the state.  I don’t know what it looks like, but maybe the Bronze Star is similar enough to the Wiccan Star that they’ll use the Bronze Star as the symbol of his religion.

“I’m sorry sir, we don’t have that symbol to honor your sacrifice.  Won’t you choose from one of our more popular icons?”

At the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in the small town of Fernley, Nev., there is a wall of brass plaques for local heroes. But one space is blank. There is no memorial for Sgt. Patrick D. Stewart.

That’s because Stewart was a Wiccan, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has refused to allow a symbol of the Wicca religion—a five-pointed star within a circle, called a pentacle—to be inscribed on U.S. military memorials or grave markers.

The world is home to many spiritual stories, and we’d like to hear yours. Tell us, in 400 words or less, about a time of crisis that tested your faith, the person who most influenced your beliefs, a life-changing event that shaped your spiritual identity, or a religious teaching or ritual that you find especially moving.

The department has approved the symbols of 38 other faiths; about half of are versions of the Christian cross. It also allows the Jewish Star of David, the Muslim crescent, the Buddhist wheel, the Mormon angel, the nine-pointed star of Bahai and something that looks like an atomic symbol for atheists.

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Posted by SPN on 07/07 at 02:49 PM in Religion / Sprituality
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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Commentary: Emphasis on Wealth in Some Black Churches Costs in Spiritual Currency

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this commentary are neither the opinions of SoulPhoto.net or its members it is just posted from Black America Web.  If you would like to contact the author of this commentary please utilize Black America Web to do so.  I posted this commentary because it was interesting. I’m just wondering why in the context of this commentary regarding mega churches only Bishop Long was singled out.

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006
By: Tonyaa Weathersbee, BlackAmericaWeb.com

It’s the kind of controversy that I pray will turn into a productive conversation among black people of faith.

Last weekend, James H. Cone, a prominent theologian who has used the teachings of compassion for the downtrodden espoused by Martin Luther King Jr. to shape a generation of black ministers, decided to sit out graduation ceremonies at the Interdenominational Theological Center after officials invited Bishop Eddie Long to speak at its commencement. A number of students had also threatened to boycott the ceremony as well.

Long is senior pastor at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, an Atlanta church that boasts more than 25,000 members. Theologians such as Cone and others have begun to speak out against the teachings of many megachurch pastors because they tend to focus on worship as the path towards earning personal riches rather than as a tool to enrich the lives of people who grapple with injustice and oppression.

In other words, they preach—or rather, the message that many in their flock absorb—is that obedience to God is all about making their wallets fatter, not making the world a better place.

That trend troubles Cone. And it troubles me as well.

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Posted by loni on 05/17 at 08:42 AM in Religion / Sprituality
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