Religion Rundown 12.1.2012

Posted on December 3, 2012 by

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Nov. 24- Pakistani Taliban suspected behind roadside bomb that killed at least seven people during the Shia Muslim’s holy month of Muharram.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/24/pakistan-bomb-kills-seven

Nov. 25- Pakistani Taliban admit responsibility to bombing that killed at least 5 during the Shia holiday of Ashura.

“The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for all the attacks. Its spokesman, Ehasanullah Ehsan, said the group would not relent and “looks forward to more [attacks]”.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/25/pakistan-bomb-shia-procession-taliban

Nov. 26- Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia challenges Obama healthcare law for “violating” the school’s religious freedom.

“The court on Monday ordered the federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, to consider the claim by Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, that Obama’s healthcare law violates the school’s religious freedoms.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2012/nov/26/obama-healthcare-challenged-christian-court

Nov. 26- Out of the 74 members that voted against the allowance of female bishops in the Church of England, 33 were women. Image

 

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/26/church-radical-strategy-female-bishops-memo

Nov. 27- Tension between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria threaten the country down to it’s educational systems.

“But with terrorist attacks on churches and cathedrals and subsequent lethal reprisals against Muslims, these assets are themselves being challenged. In that context a large population divided almost equally between Muslims and Christians in a multitude of states, is in one respect a potential formula for unmanageable conflict.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/nov/27/nigeria-future-religious-groups

Nov. 28- Participants in ‘Innocence of Muslims’ video sentenced to death by Cairo Court.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/28/innocence-of-muslims-death-sentence

Nov. 28- Archbishop’s Council urges Church to revise “no women bishops” ruling for fear of image problems in the future.

“Even though it wasn’t unanimous in council, there was a substantial group of us who would like to go forward with simpler, more straightforward legislation to achieve the main objective of the measure, which is to get women into the episcopate”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/28/church-of-england-female-bishops

Nov. 28- Soulforce, faith-based LGBT rights organization, begins “Repent Campaign,” trying to create dialogue and open up communication with specific, well-known, anti-gay political figures.

“Soulforce is asking participants to submit their stories about being LGBT and to express their hope for reconciliation with anti-gay leaders.” 

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http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/candacechellew-hodge/6644/campaign_calls_on_anti_gay_leaders_to__repent_

Nov. 28- ‘Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing,’ a conversion-therapy group designed to eradicate a person’s same-sex attractions, to be sued by four former clients for violating the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. Image

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http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/joannabrooks/6642/mormon__jewish_gay_men_sue__conversion_therapy__outfit_for_fraud/

Nov. 28- Turkey lifts ban on headscarfs in schools and secularists cry out “Pro-Islam agenda!” Image

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/28/turkey-lifts-ban-headscarves-schools
Nov. 29- Angus T. Jones (Child star of the show Two and a Half Men) calls the show “filth” after a religious conversion, then proceeds to voice his opinion on the black community, and his seeking out of their churches.
“Finding God doesn’t magically impart a sense of what not to say if you don’t want to get your holy hiney fired.”
http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/sarahmoricebrubaker/6646/two_and_a_half_men_child_star_calls_show__filth_/

Nov. 29- Frustrated Dalai Lama calls for new perspectives on religious ethics and how to use them.

“All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.”

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http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/atheologies/6647/did_the_dalai_lama_just_call_for_an_end_to_religion/#disqus_thread

Nov. 30- Schools in Britain are allowed to teach creationism as a scientific theory, even after the government mandate “to make provision for the teaching of evolution as a comprehensive, coherent and extensively evidenced theory.”

“We do not believe that the very plain evidence supporting a lengthy process of evolution needs to be challenged by Christians … We will teach evolution as an established scientific principle, as far as it goes.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/nov/30/free-schools-creationism

Nov. 30- Korean Central News Agency reports that archaeologists in Pyongyang have discovered a unicorn’s lair—the very unicorn ridden by the ancient Korean King Tongmyong. Image

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/30/unicorn-lair-discovered-north-korea

Dec. 1- Lorna Byrne and approximately 1/3 the population of Britain believe in angels: maybe we should, too.

“I imagine that a good few of the positive respondents in those surveys believed in angels in the way that Abba believed in them, or Robbie Williams did. However, even when the questions got more pointed there was still a degree of certainty. Slightly fewer than 29% of adults believed they had a guardian angel watching over them personally; 5% claimed they had actually seen or spoken with an angel (though in Nottingham for some reason, this figure rose to 17%).”

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/dec/02/lorna-byrne-angels-interview-supernatural

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