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Obama Defends Ground Zero Mosque Plans

President Obama has come out strongly in defense of controversial plans to erect a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City. Muslims, the president said, have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else.

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Democratic Values, Islam and the Judeo-Christian Tradition Fallacy

There are now warnings emanating from some circles that Muslim leaders are seeking gateways through which to implement an “Islamification” of American politics and society.

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Germany’s Good Fortune Tips the Scales Against Its Neighbors

The excellent second quarter export and growth results reported by Germany have set that country at an increasing, and increasingly dangerous, distance from the other members of the European Union.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Dying’ Hitchens Talks Mortality, Religion

In this frank discussion with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg and with Martin Amis, an ailing Christopher Hitchens stares down his own mortality and makes it clear that if he appears to embrace religion at any point ... (continued)

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What Would Sleestak Do?

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An Apple a Day

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Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich Need a History Lesson

No recent controversy has so plainly revealed the hollow values of the American right than the effort to prevent the construction of a community center in Lower Manhattan because it will include a mosque. It is a senseless attack on one of America’s most sacred traditions.

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Bloomberg Defends ‘Freedom to Worship as We Wish’ in NYC

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a look back through his city’s religious history as he took the podium Tuesday in support of the planned Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in Manhattan.

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Fundamentalists and Extremists Go to the Rescue in Pakistan

The Guardian reports that Islamist groups, including at least one illegal organization linked to the Mumbai terror attacks, are going to the aid of Pakistan’s flood victims while the government scrambles to cope with the disaster.

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The Day the Music Died—in Iran

Iran’s Islamic government has long had a fairly dodgy relationship with music, but just in case the crackdowns and dearth of public performances weren’t making things clear enough, the country’s supreme leader announced that teaching and promoting music is “not compatible with the highest values of the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic.”

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges Testifies About the Lies and Losses of War

Journalist, author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges brought his years of experience in the world’s war-torn zones to bear on this challenging speech he gave in March for the Truth Commission on Conscience in War at New York City’s Riverside Church.

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Battle Over Ground Zero Intensifies

While many, including President George W. Bush, gave lip service to religious tolerance in the wake of 9/11, a backlash against Islam is mounting amid growing opposition to plans to include a mosque in the reconstruction around Ground Zero in New York City. And now, unexpectedly, the Anti-Defamation League has weighed in against the mosque.

Posted on Jul 31, 2010 READ MORE


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All the Rest Is Commentary

At the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan through July 30 is an exhibition called “All the Rest Is Commentary.” In it, Beth Grossman explores 12 Golden Rules from various world religions.

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Man Who Made ‘South Park’ Threat Arrested

Looks like he just gave “South Park” some new material: Zachary Chesser, the man who posted a warning online suggesting that the cheeky cartoon’s creators might be in danger after they attempted to depict the Prophet Muhammad ...

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE



Big Oil’s War on Earth

Today on the list: The places that make the Gulf spill look like a national park, Elizabeth Warren (yay) vs. Timothy Geithner (boo), Syria bans the veil, and the strange things men pay prostitutes to do (as if you don’t already know).

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



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Vatican Issues New Rules for Tackling Sex Abuse Cases

The Vatican is finally getting the message that it needs to get with the program in terms of addressing widespread reports of sex abuse by Catholic clergy members, with the Holy See releasing a new set of rules designed to speed up and step up the process.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE



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Russia Fines Art Mongers for Provoking Church

It is officially not safe to put Mickey Mouse’s head on Jesus’ body if you live in Russia. A Russian court has fined the creators of a museum show more than $11,000 on the grounds they incited hatred.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE



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Glenn Beck University

Glenn Beck: Talk show host, human pastry ... academic? The Fox Newser has launched an online “university” strangely devoid of classes on professional crying. But for $9.95 a month, you can enroll in—and we couldn’t possibly make this up—Faith 101, Hope 101 or Charity 101. Advanced classes also available.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky on Iran

It’s a short one this morning, class, so pay close attention: Noam Chomsky sounds off on the Iranian threat, Fox makes stuff up about the oil spill, some nutty professor is claiming Jesus was never crucified and trouble in Israeli academia.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


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Pakistan to Watch Web for Blasphemous Content

Eagle-eyed Pakistani officials will be fixing their gazes on major websites like Amazon, Yahoo, Google and MSN in an attempt to zero in on, and even block, content that might be considered offensive to Muslims.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


Another World Is Possible, Another Detroit Is Happening

“I have a dream.” Ask anyone where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. first proclaimed those words, and the response will most likely be at the March on Washington in August 1963. In fact, he delivered them two months earlier, on June 23, in Detroit.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE



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Brown v. the Board of WTF

Tens of thousands of dark-suited ultra-Orthodox protesters took to the streets of Jerusalem and Bnei Brak on Thursday, angry at the arrest of parents who refused a court order requiring their children of European ancestry to go to school with Jewish children of Middle Eastern ancestry.

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Half Fool Half Empathy

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Death of a Salesman

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Palin’s Payday, Flotilla Folly and Priest-Love, All in One

Why shooting peace activists to death is a big deal—even in foreign policy circles, what priests’ mistresses think of celibacy, and how much public money Sarah Palin got paid to attempt public speech.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


Family Values and Glass Houses

Enough with dividing the world between moral, family-loving Christians on the one side and supposedly permissive, corrupt, family-destroying secularists on the other.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Anthony Kenny on ‘Atheist Delusions’

Can traditional Christianity survive the assault of its critics? Has it really been misunderstood and slandered by its cultural despisers?

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE



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First Female Priest to Raise Italian Eyebrows, Blood Pressure

Maria Longhitano, a married teacher, will be the first woman priest ordained in Italy when she takes her vows at an Anglican church near the Vatican. The Roman Catholic Church, which continues to oppose she-priests in all their heretical curviness, will surely be irked by the proceedings.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE



Worst Popes Edition

Glenn Beck’s Mormon masterpiece theater, why humans sigh, the 10 worst popes (and no, Benedict isn’t among them) and Aaron Sorkin’s response to the Newsweek gay actor saga.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE



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How Rude: France Condemns the Veil

It isn’t an outright ban—yet—but the French parliament agreed unanimously (except for 30 protesters who walked out) to condemn the face veil worn by some Muslim women as “an affront to the nation’s values of dignity and equality.”

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE



Lingua Franca Edition

Why assassinating U.S. citizens is a bad idea, why Americans are watching fewer foreign films, and how English became the international language of choice.

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If I Had a Hammer

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AP / Olivier Laban-Mattei

After Religion Fizzles, We’re Stuck With Nietzsche

The traditional religious institutions are in irreversible decline. They have nothing left to say. And their aging congregants, who are fleeing the church in droves, know it. But don’t think the world will be a better place for their demise.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE



Boca Edition (Update: Now With More Rent Boy)

Israel faces scrutiny over its nuclear stockpile, Fox responds to disaster by calling for more drilling, and what Boca Raton looked like when it was a Japanese-American kibbutz.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE



Hava Nagila Edition

Noam Chomsky on “the evil scourge of terrorism,” Glenn Greenwald on White House reporters being afraid of the White House, plus: why you can’t be a cop in Papua, Indonesia, if you’ve had your penis enlarged.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE



‘Fake’ Bob Dylan Edition

Joni Mitchell calls Bob Dylan a “plagiarist” and a “fake,” GM sells more cars in China than in the U.S., and the short, bloody history of heaven.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


What Would Benedict Do?

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Sam Harris: ‘The Separation Between Science and Human Values Is an Illusion’

We were a little slow on the uptake when it came to finding this TED talk that author and Truthdig contributor Sam Harris gave this past winter, but it’s definitely worth a belated look, or even a second look, as the case may be.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


Better Dead Than Red

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The Flock

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There Are Crazies on One Side

It is disingenuous for mainstream purveyors of incendiary far-right rhetoric to dismiss groups such as the Hutaree militia by saying that there are “crazies on both sides.” This simply is not true.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



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Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism’?

Fritz Stern wrote “In Germany there was a yearning for fascism before fascism was invented.” It is the yearning that we now see, and it is dangerous.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


Daddy Dearest

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How the Pope Can End the Scandal

As the church rightly teaches, acknowledging the true nature of our sin is the one and only path to redemption and forgiveness.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


The Crisis of Catholicism

I would think one judgment history will make on the Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council (1962-65), under Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI, will be a reproach for its failure to lift the rule of celibacy for secular priests.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


Vow of Silence [A Cartoon From Austria]

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On Health Care, Listen to the Nuns

One of the tragedies of the viciously politicized battle over health care reform is the defection of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops from a cause they have championed for decades. Thank God for the nuns.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


The Truth About American and Israeli Interests Comes Out

The relationship between the United States and Israel has always rested on a number of pretensions, politically useful to politicians on both sides, but because they are untrue, certain eventually to prove destructive to both countries.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


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