Sunday, September 21, 2014

Nigeria: Communion Rites May Be Putting Worshipers At Risk For Ebola

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Despite the official orders, some faithful Christians are still choosing to receive the elements in the mouth, Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper reports.

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By Carol Kuruvilla | September 17, 2014

Nigerian Christians are fearful that practicing one of their religion’s most sacred rites might lead to death by Ebola.

In response to the spread of the deadly virus, prominent Nigerian churches have asked parishioners to stop taking the Communion elements in the mouth and refrain from shaking hands as a ceremonial sign of peace.

Nigeria’s Catholic and Anglican churches issued statements in August asking priests to deliver communion elements into parishioner’s cupped palms, instead of placing the wafers on the tongue. The churches also approved the practice of “intinction,” or dipping the communion wafer into the cup of wine before placing it in the mouth.

French Government Upsets Islamic State With New Name For Them

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“I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims and Islamists. The Arabs call it ‘Daesh,’ and I will be calling them the ‘Daesh cutthroats.'"

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By Kira Brekke | September 19, 2014

ISIS, IS, the Islamic State, ISIL -- the international community can't seem to decide what to call the Islamic extremists who have been terrorizing the Middle East, and now the French government has announced it will use yet another name for them, which is reportedly upsetting the group.

The French foreign ministry released a statement earlier this week referencing the Islamic State group as "Daesh." The new moniker is a transliteration of an acronym of the group's Arabic name "al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham. It is also similar to the arabic word that means "to trample."

France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius explained that he views the organization as "a terrorist group, not a state."

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Israel: Court-sanctioned discrimination committees | Haaretz Editorial

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Under the law, the committee may reject candidates deemed unsuitable to the “social life” or the “sociocultural fabric” of the community.

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By Haaretz Editorial | September 19, 2014

High Court's decision to uphold the residential screening law – intended to keep Arabs out of small communities – will have a chilling effect on battle against discrimination.

The decision of the High Court of Justice to reject several petitions against a law allowing one type of small rural community to screen applicants using an admissions committee is yet another expression of a worldview that prefers passivity to judicial activism, and whose leading practitioner is Supreme Court President Asher Grunis. This narrow 5-4 ruling by an expanded panel of justices is liable to have a chilling effect on the battle against various kinds of discrimination in Israel. Granted, the law’s drafters intended it to be used primarily to keep Arabs out of such intentional communities, which in Hebrew are called yishuvim kehilati’im, or community settlements. But the law will also affect other groups whose members are seen as threatening the rather homogenous social fabric of these communities.

Pakistan: Police Question Karachi Faculty Over Moderate Islamic Professor’s Murder

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“They all were involved in the SMS controversy for which the late Dr. Auj had registered the case two years back fearing risks to his life.”

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By AFP | September 20, 2014

Police on Friday interrogated University of Karachi faculty in connection with the murder of a professor of Islam known for his liberal views who had been labeled a “blasphemer” in a text message campaign.

Mohammad Shakil Auj, the 54-year-old dean of Islamic Studies at the university, was called an apostate in the widely circulated message that said he should be beheaded after he issued controversial religious decrees. They included allowing a Muslim woman to marry out of her faith and to pray while wearing lipstick and nail polish.

He was shot dead while driving to an Iranian cultural center where he was invited as a guest of honor on Thursday, while a junior colleague traveling with him received a bullet wound to her arm. Auj, a recipient of a presidential medal of distinction, had been fighting a case against the originators of the text message campaign, which began two years ago.

USA: MTA refuses to run anti-islamic ad on city buses

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Governor Cuomo said Friday the state was beefing up the law-enforcement presence at major transit hubs like Penn Station and Central, including more bag checks and K-9s.

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By Rebecca Harshbarger | September 19, 2014

The MTA said Friday it would not allow a hateful ad by an anti-Islamic group to run on city buses, and said it might spark violent attacks on Jewish people.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative is running several incendiary ads next week that include an image of James Foley before he was executed and one that compares a Muslim civil liberties group to Hamas.

The ad the MTA is forbidding has a quote that reads “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah,” and attributes it to Hamas MTV.

It then reads, “That’s His Jihad. What’s yours?”

The MTA’s director of Safety and Security Raymond Riaz said the image could incite violence in New York City, particularly because of the turmoil in Gaza, Syria, and Iraq.

USA: Shocking anti-Islam ad campaign coming to MTA buses, subway stations

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"Our organization has created this campaign in order to educate people about Jihad. I don't think the truth is controversial. I think we're entering a very dangerous period and I don't think the American people should be disarmed in the information battle space."

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By CBS/AP | September 19, 2014

NEW YORK -- Anti-Islamic ads will begin appearing on a hundred New York City buses and at two subway entrances next week.

The six ads include an image of American journalist James Foley, just before he was beheaded, standing next to his masked executioner.

The ads are paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative run by anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller. She says the campaign tells truths about Islam and jihad that the U.S. government and mainstream media ignore.

"Our organization has created this campaign in order to educate people about Jihad," Geller told 1010 WINS. "I don't think the truth is controversial. I think we're entering a very dangerous period and I don't think the American people should be disarmed in the information battle space."

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