Friday, March 7, 2014
“We must focus on this issue of health care and making sure that affordable health care is available to all of our citizens, without discrimination. This is a battle that will not be won in a moment, it will not be won in a year. It will take all of our lives.”
Source/Credit: Think Progress
By Sy Mukherjee | March 7, 2014
An interfaith group of religious leaders and community activists in Racine, Wisconsin will be fasting every Saturday this Lent to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-WI) decision to reject the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion and kick nearly 80,000 people off of the state’s current, relatively generous Medicaid program, BadgerCare.
The campaign, called Fast4Fairness, is being organized by the Racine Interfaith Coalition (RIC) and advocacy group Community for Change. Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and agnostic Racine County residents held a press conference on Ash Wednesday to announce the effort.
“We have a system that is not a level playing field for all of us,” said Jameel Ghuari of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, urging a multi-faith effort to expand health care to the needy. “We must focus on this issue of health care and making sure that affordable health care is available to all of our citizens, without discrimination. This is a battle that will not be won in a moment, it will not be won in a year. It will take all of our lives.”
“This is part of religious history. It’s an act of religious symbolism. It is a shrine now. That miracle cross should be moved back to St. Peter’s where it was for five years.”
Source/Credit: CBS New York
By CBS New York | March 6, 2014
Arguments were heard Thursday in a case brought by an atheist group against placing what’s known as the World Trade Center cross in the National September 11 Museum.
As WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reported, the lawyer for the 9/11 museum, Mark Alcott, called the steel beam cross an artifact during oral arguments at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
But American Atheists attorney Edwin Kagan called the 17-foot-tall crossed beams a religious symbol that only gives one story of the people who suffered and has no place on government-owned land. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey owns the site where the museum is located.
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I started wearing hijab in 1997. I played my last season in the fall. I was told I had to either "take it off on the pitch" or "wait until I was ready to commit fully to the rules of the game."
Source/Credit: The Huffington Post
By Shireen Ahmed | March 6, 2014
Here is my reality.
I have been contacted many, many times since March 1 when FIFA announced that IFAB formally overturned their decision to ban headcoverings on the pitch.
Family, friends and colleagues have sent me congratulatory notes and news reports.
Since July 2012, I have blogged, written and expressed happiness, hope, gratitude and sometimes frustration with this process.
One more step towards the pitch!
I was elated.
Women from all qualifying nations will attend the Women's World Cup 2015 in Canada. My country. There will be women from Asia, Africa and from Europe. There will be women in hijab, in pants and in shorts.
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"People will stop by, we'll have a small prayer, we'll consecrate them with the ashes and they can go on and begin lent."
Source/Credit: The Huffington Post
By The Huffington Post | March 5, 2014
Too busy to stop by a church this Ash Wednesday?
Bethesda United Methodist Church in Sykesville, Md., has come up with an unconventional way to meet the spiritual needs of a busy congregation, and will be offering a drive-through Ash Wednesday service this year, reports WBal.
"We're doing this as a service to the community, so people with a busy schedule will stop here and get the ashes and begin lent," George W. Murphy, a parishioner, said to WBal TV. "People will stop by, we'll have a small prayer, we'll consecrate them with the ashes and they can go on and begin lent."
Read original post here: Drive-Thru Ash Wednesday Service Offered At Bethesda United Methodist Church
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The community's leader Refat Chubarov - once outspoken in his opposition to the prospect that Russia might try to seize the peninsula - chose his words carefully at a press conference in Simferopol on Saturday.
Source/Credit: The Hufington Post / Reuters
By Alissa De Carbonel | March 3, 2014
Only five days ago, Tatars of Ukraine's Crimea came out in their thousands, chanting Allahu Akbar in a show of loyalty to the new authorities in Kiev and opposition to separatist demands by the region's Russian ethnic majority.
But now, with Moscow's military forces having unexpectedly seized control, the indigenous Muslim people of the isolated Black Sea peninsula have all but vanished from the public square, keeping their heads down to avoid being sucked into war.
"If there is a conflict, as the minority, we will be the first to suffer," said Usein Sarano, 57, as the midday call to prayer rung out from the 16th-century stone minarets of Bakhchisaray, once an ancient Tatar capital.
"We are scared for our families, for our children. This could be a new Yugoslavia."
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Thursday, March 6, 2014
McDaniel also called the Democratic party "a party of sex on demand" and warned of a plan by Democrats to make "homosexual marriage and polygamy completely legal in all 50 states."
Source/Credit: The Huffington Post
By Samantha Lachman | January 14, 2014
Mississippi Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Ellisville), who is challenging Sen. Thad Cochran (R), remarked in 2006 that Hollywood avoids portraying Muslims as villains.
McDaniel made the comment during a 2006 episode of "Right Side Radio," a syndicated show he hosted before being elected to the Mississippi state Senate in 2007. The remarks were first reported by Dark Horse Mississippi, a local politics blog.
"It's funny how the movies have portrayed themselves lately and how the video games have portrayed themselves lately," McDaniel said in the segment. "There's one person that cannot be a villain in Hollywood, ever. One group that cannot be villains. Who is that? [Cohost: The Muslims.] Yeah, isn't that neat? They'll go out of their way to find some Russian white guy that's just nuts, and he's the terrorist, which I've never seen that. But the Muslims, they've just disappeared from Hollywood's radar."
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