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Confessions of a Catholic convert to capitalism. The greatest conversion story of all time began at daybreak on Dec. 9, 1531, on a hill outside Mexico City.

Confessions of a Catholic convert to capitalism

The ruthless Spanish conquest of the indigenous peoples was proving an uncompelling advertisement for the Catholic faith. It had produced a meager stream of voluntary converts up to that point. That morning, according to tradition, an indigenous, Mexican peasant named Juan Diego reported an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her message was simple. “Dear little son, I love you,” she told him. Faisal Al Mutar on Media Bubbles, the Two Faces of Al Jazeera, and Nuance – Areo Magazine. | by Malhar Mali | Faisal Al Mutar is a secular and human rights activist who was awarded The President’s Volunteer Service Award, Gold, from the Obama Administration in 2016.

Faisal Al Mutar on Media Bubbles, the Two Faces of Al Jazeera, and Nuance – Areo Magazine

He’s experienced life under Saddam Hussein and lived in Iraq during the American invasion and civil war which followed after. He escaped Iraq in 2009 after the loss of his brother, cousin, and friends to Al Qaeda. Why ISIS Hates Archaeology and Blew Up Ancient Iraqi Palace. On April 11th, a brief video appeared on social media and quickly became the subject of international news headlines and the target of global condemnation.

Why ISIS Hates Archaeology and Blew Up Ancient Iraqi Palace

It was exactly what the Islamic State (ISIS) wanted. Middle East Gay Pride and LGBT Safety Exist Only in Israel. Tel Aviv just hosted its 15th annual Gay Pride Festival, attended by a record-breaking 100,000 spectators and participants, including some of Israel's most powerful politicians.

Middle East Gay Pride and LGBT Safety Exist Only in Israel

Here is The Times of Israel report on the event: Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai kicked off the festivities with a speech that reflected on the journey since the first annual Pride Parade, which he emceed in 1998... [T]he finance minister [said] that every couple, gay or straight, has the right to get married and have children [and mentioned] his...party's 'deep indebtedness' to the LGBT community.Also addressing the crowd, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro [said] 'There's no better place to celebrate than in Tel Aviv, the friendliest city in the world to the LGBT community,' he said. The event demonstrates that Israel's culture of tolerance equals (and often surpasses) that of North America and Western Europe.

Sexual minorities are as unwelcome in the Middle East as are religious minorities. Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitism. Get Over It. Is anti-Zionism any different from anti-Semitism?

Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitism. Get Over It.

The question is probably the most accurate seismograph we’ve got to measure where one stands on the ever-tremorous political grounds we all walk when we talk about Israel. Not that there’s necessarily any right or wrong answer; civil, well-meaning people can make arguments on both ends. Yes, because Jews and Jewish life cannot be reduced to the national aspirations of the Jewish state. Kesha, Chained Woman. Kesha is a chained woman.

Kesha, Chained Woman

If you think comparing the pop singer to agunot—the unfortunate Jewish women whose husbands refuse to grant them a get, or religious divorce—is a bit much, consider the singer’s sorrows. In 2005, Kesha, then a senior in high school, met Lukasz Guttwald, or Dr. Luke. Saying It Has Nothing to Do with Terrorism Is a Lie. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File.

Saying It Has Nothing to Do with Terrorism Is a Lie

Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Including those of you stunned by the news that Charlie Sheen has a sexually transmitted disease. What ISIS Really Wants. Untitled. WikimediaHe has been called the "slum pope" and "a pope for the poor.

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" And indeed, it's true that Pope Francis, leader to 1.3 billion Roman Catholics, speaks often of those in need. He's described the amount of poverty and inequality in the world as "a scandal" and implored the Church to fight what he sees as a "culture of exclusion. " Yet even as he calls for greater concern for the marginalized, he broadly and cavalierly condemns the market-driven economic development that has lifted a billion people out of extreme poverty within the lifetime of the typical millennial. Given his vast influence, which extends far beyond practicing Catholics, this type of rhetoric is deeply troubling. How Aviya Kushner Rediscovered the Bible at the University of Iowa. In August 2002, Aviya Kushner left Jerusalem, where she had been a correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, returned to her parents’ home in Monsey, New York, and then drove a thousand miles west to Iowa City to begin an MFA program in nonfiction writing.

How Aviya Kushner Rediscovered the Bible at the University of Iowa

She left with just one name in her pocket: Marilynne Robinson. The essayist and novelist usually taught classes on 19th-century literature, and in her first year Kushner took one. How and Why Muhammad Made a Difference. Key West, Florida Some of the nation’s leading journalists gathered in Key West, Florida, in May 2006 for the Pew Forum’s biannual Faith Angle conference on religion, politics and public life.

How and Why Muhammad Made a Difference

Conference speaker Michael Cook, widely considered among the most outstanding scholars on the history of Islam, is the author of several classic works on Muhammad and early Islamic theology, including A Brief History of the Human Race (2005) and Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought (2001) In this presentation, Cook vividly described the merging of politics and religion in the life of Muhammad and how this legacy shapes the Muslim world today. Speaker:Michael Cook, Cleveland Dodge professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University Moderator:Michael Cromartie, Vice President, Ethics & Public Policy Center; Senior Adviser, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life In Mr. MICHAEL CROMARTIE: Welcome to Key West. Researchers Just Made A Bombshell Discovery That Could Shake Islam To Its Core. ISIS Causes Bafflement: a Reasonable Response to a Barbarian Upsurge.

Why do American diplomats sign their essays Anonymous whenever they have something large and upsetting to say? Why not Publius? It was Anonymous, anyway, who published a commentary on the Islamic State in the New York Review of Books of August 13—Anonymous, who is said, by the editors, to be “formerly an official of a NATO country,” which could mean Canada, of course, or Estonia. But the United States does seem probable. Black Lives Matter – Except Biram Dah Ould Abeid’s. It is a curious study in contrasts. American cities are currently experiencing continuous outbreaks of violence and arson in the wake of disputed police shootings by white officers of African-Americans. The Left's Blatant Double Standard. Montpelier, Vt. — “Nice flag!” The woman shouted sarcastically, adding: “F*** you!” The woman was seated on the patio of a restaurant overlooking Main Street in this famously liberal capital of this famously liberal state when a truck sporting the Confederate emblem passed by.

I could understand the sentiment (particularly given the fact that her lunch partner was an African-American man). When Jews Were Like ISIS. Literary critic Adam Kirsch is reading a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world. Over the last few weeks, Daf Yomi readers have followed the debates in Tractate Ketubot about how to punish a man who rapes or seduces an unmarried young girl. In most circumstances, his penalty involves paying a fine to the girl’s father and offering to marry the girl himself. But what if a girl, while she is betrothed to one man, has sexual relations with another? The Corner. Why Is the Islamist Death Cult So Appealing? Pope Francis’s Unsexy Reforms. Pope Francis’s legacy is increasingly becoming bound up in the public eye with eternally recurring issues of marriage and sexuality. This has become especially true after the recent Synod of Bishops, in which both liberal and conservative Catholic saw a Pope determined to shift the Catholic Church’s rhetoric and practice towards a more “liberal” stance.

What Pope Francis really said about atheists. From Google to God — TheLi.st @ Medium. Four and half years ago, when my daughter Zia was born, I decided that I needed to find God. I told myself it was because she would eventually ask me questions that I couldn’t answer, and that completely unraveled me. The Christian Element in the Hong Kong Protests.