War’s many victims

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Atrocities, culture and religion Erasmus, Religion and public policy / Τhe Economist – BY B.C IF YOU know anything about the laws of conflict, you probably know that destroying or stealing the cultural and spiritual heritage of an enemy or an occupied land can be a war crime, especially if it’s done in a systematic way. That principle is laid out with ever-growing clarity in every modern document that aspires to ... Read More »

Mosque’s land in Istanbul to return to Greek-origin citizen

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A precious plot on Istanbul’s Anatolian side, where a mosque is now located, has been returned to the 92-year-old sole heir of former Fener Greek Patriarch Maximus V, daily Milliyet reported on Dec. 18. Hurriyet Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals approved the decision to return the area, located in the Kadıköy district near the shores of the Marmara Sea, to ... Read More »

Christian Lobby Groups vowing to fight for religious freedom in Victoria

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The recent State election in Victoria saw Labor come to power with a majority in the lower house, causing some to fear for the future of religious freedom in the state. Bible Society - Sophie Timothy In the lead up to the election, a number of conservative Christian groups were concerned about Labor’s pledge to make changes to the Equal Opportunities ... Read More »

Statement of Geert Wilders during His Interrogation by the State Police

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( Geert Wilders - Gatestone Institute ) - As a democratically elected politician I name the problems that I see…. That is my duty. That is why I have been elected. I rely on objective facts and figures…. Because they are the truth. I do not intend to hurt or offend people either… Already for over 10 years, I have lost my personal ... Read More »

Why angry Australian gamers want to ban the Bible

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This week, the Australian franchises of Kmart and Target opted not to stockthe video game “Grand Theft Auto V,” which came out last year but was re-released for newer consoles in November. The move followed an online petition campaign with tens of thousands of signatures, saying the game “encourages players to murder women for entertainment.” Critics of the game have long ... Read More »

A Day of Great Moral Failure

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 The Uniting Church in Australia has expressed its dismay at changes passed to the Migration and Maritime Powers Acts which will cause greater suffering for those vulnerable people seeking refuge in Australia. “Today is a day of great moral failure for Australia,” said Uniting Church President, Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney, in response to the legislation which passed the Senate in ... Read More »

Islamic State (ISIS) Releases Pamphlet On Female Slaves


The Research and Fatwa Department of the Islamic State (ISIS) has released a pamphlet on the topic of female captives and slaves. The pamphlet, which is dated Muharram 1436 (October/November 2014) and was printed by ISIS’s publishing house, Al-Himma Library, is titled Su’al wa-Jawab fi al-Sabi wa-Riqab (“Questions and Answers on Taking Captives and Slaves”). It was presumably released in response ... Read More »

Pope Francis: ‘I am skeptical’ unity will be reached

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Buried in an Associated Press article about Pope Francis’ recent visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate is a strong statement expressing doubt concerning reconciliation between Catholics and Orthodox Christians. Orthodox Christian Network – Seraphim Danckaert in The Sounding “We’re on this path [to unity],” the Pope said, “but we must wait until the theologians agree among themselves. We’ll never get to that ... Read More »

Atul Gawande: The Smiling Angel of a Happy Death


It is said that victorious Roman generals, on city parades following battlefield triumphs, would be followed by a servant. “Memento Mori,” the servant would say over and over. “Remember that you have to die.” Later, still-life paintings were punctuated by symbols of the finite – rotting fruit, wilting flowers, bubbles – as reminders of life’s transience. Early self-help books, with ... Read More »

Pope denounces euthanasia as ‘sin against God and creation’

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has denounced the right to die movement, saying it’s a “false sense of compassion” to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when it’s a sin against God and creation. Pope Francis made the comments to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors on Saturday. Earlier this month, the Vatican’s top bioethics official condemned as “reprehensible” ... Read More »