Religion News, December 7, 2010
- Muslim woman fights jail to keep hijab for mug shot Maria Hardman says removing her veil would violate her religious beliefs. Her offense is an awkward one for an observant Muslim, whose faith prohibits alcohol consumption, to explain: driving while ability-impaired, the lesser version of a DUI.
- Christian couple who cannot accept homosexuality challenge their fostering ban: they are taking their case to the UK High Court in a landmark legal challenge
- Jehovah’s Witness man on trial in Russia for alleged “incitement of religious enmity and hatred.” [Jehovah’s Witnesses]
- FBI plant banned by mosque – because he was too extreme: Recruited by the FBI to investigate radical Islam convicted criminal Craig Monteilh spent 15 months pretending to be Farouk al-Aziz, only to have a restraining order taken against him by the local Mosque after he alarmed worshippers with endless talk of violent “jihad“.
- Malaysia launches Islamic TV channel: TV Al Hijrah will propagate Islam and provide family education based on religious teachings.
Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
- Marriage: Marginalized in the Middle: The American retreat from marriage is moving into the heart of the social order: the middle class.
- Apple’s indefensible decision: The decision by Apple to remove surreptitiously an iPhone application related to the Manhattan Declaration is nonsense at best and censorship at worst. The app allowed users to sing the declaration — a 4,700-word document released last November that speaks from a biblical perspective in defense of the sanctity of human life, traditional marriage and religious liberty
- Mormon missionaries proselytize in Cambodia [Rigid rules for Mormon missionaries]
- Didn’t Jesus die for gays, too? [Religions and homosexuality]
- Book review: ‘America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag’ by Sarah Palin: In her second book, it’s clear that the former candidate for vice president is a shrewd politician ready to fight ruthlessly. She also has a range of citations that is bewildering, to say the least.
- Has Environmentalism Lost Its Spiritual Core? Environmentalism began as a religion. Certainly that’s how paleo-greens like John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, would have seen it.
- In India, the mystical owl often faces a dangerous fate: An 18-year study of the illegal owl trade in India titled “Imperilled Custodians of the Night,” published last month by the World Wildlife Fund, says, “Owls and their body parts are primarily used for black magic.”
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