My thoughts: freedom of religion is about keeping the state out of religion, not religion out of the state. Having said that, the state does not recognize all belief systems *as* religions. A first step need to be the declassification of Islam as a religion. Yes, religion is part of Islam, though perhaps “cult” would be the better term to use, but it is also a nation building, political ideology that is at odds with basic tenets enshrined in our constitutions, such as freedom of speech and, ironically, freedom of religion, neither of which Islamic ideology accepts, nor does it accept equality of persons.
 June 2, 2016 at 5:48pm
I can’t help but think we’ve really screwed people up by our use of language. By talking about homosexuality as sexual attraction, we’re being dishonest. It’s about lust. Now, though using the more bland and generic term “attraction” and equating it with sexual attraction, people are growing up thinking that if you’re attracted to someone of the same gender, that means you want to have sex with them. Humans are perfectly capable of being attracted to each other – even recognizing sexual attraction – and not want to have sex with them.
Not only does it create an artificial category of emotion, but sexualizing attraction has lead to denying people vital, close emotional bonds of friendship and love with people of the same gender. Men need to have close male friends. Women need to have close female friends. But now, we can’t develop these close relationships without sexualizing them. And we are worse off for it.
This is a topic that should be discussed. We women have always had wonderful female friends that we share the deepest problems with regarding female problems, family, even our secret recipes and we have hugged and tell each other we love them, but it does not imply sexual advances at all. There is a difference in agape love that given by God in bonding with one another in a healthy way without demanding anything in return, and lust which oftentimes is controlling without genuine concern and lack of real loyal commitment.
 June 1, 2016 at 1:34pm
As the article pointed out, not a new thing. While there is some question about whether the translation is white raisins specifically, it’s pretty sure that the reward is some type of luxury food. “What the Koran Really Says” is a good place to start. It also deals with how the koran is most likely to have been written in Syriac, as there was no standardized written Arabic at the time. Read as Arabic, 20% of the koran is basically gibberish. Read as Syriac, and one passage given as an example becomes a rather lovely poem; most likely a Christian hymn. Even the word koran is Syriac and means “lectionary.” Based on historical evidence, the most likely source of the “Ishmaelites” and “Haggarians” (what muslims were called before the words Islam or muslim came into use) is one of the groups rejected by the Nicene council as heretical, some of which rejected the deity of Christ, as Islam does. Back then, there was no name “mohammad”. It was a title, meaning “blessed one” or something like that.
The hadith were just made up years later, for political purposes, with different factions claiming their own hadiths as being true.
Islam is an ideology founded on lies, errors and revisionist history.
 April 9, 2016 at 12:24pm
I don’t know about google algorithms, but this is not a new issue, by any means. Nor is it “racist” in that this is something perpetuated by white people. The reality is that, somewhere along the line, the “ideal” hair for women (and, increasingly, men) became very narrow. Basically, straight hair, preferably lighter in colour, but not an “in between” colour. For example, blonde hair or brown hair, but not “ash blonde” – also known as “mousey.”
Blame “racism” all you want, but it is often people of colour who perpetuate the stigma by viewing “beauty” as “lighter skin” (skin lightening creams are immensely popular in India, for example) and straight hair (just look at Michelle Obama).
March 29, 2016 at 2:15pm
Another modern Pharisee.
Easter (by whatever language it’s called) is Christianity’s oldest and most important celebration. Just because something isn’t specifically mentioned, that doesn’t mean it’s forbidden. That’s Islamic thinking.
[-1] March 28, 2016 at 8:42pm
“But they (the Jews) were deceptive, and Allah was deceptive, for Allah is the best of deceivers (Wamakaroo wamakara Allahu waAllahu khayru al-makireena)! S. 3:54; cf. 8:30″
“Are they then secure from Allah’s deception (makra Allahi)? None deemeth himself secure from Allah’s deception (makra Allahi) save folk that perish. S. 7:99″
“The word for deception/deceiver/scheme is makr. The lexical sources define the term as: Miim-Kaf-Ra = To practice deceit or guile or circumvention, practice evasion or elusion, to plot, to exercise art or craft or cunning, act with policy, practice stratagem.”
Of course, we all know who the greatest of deceivers really is, which means that the allah of the koran is not the God of the Jews and Christians at all, but the king of lies; the devil.
“Islam’s biggest enemy is the Quran. If people learn what is in that book, Islam will be finished.” – Ali Sina
[-1] March 28, 2016 at 8:33pm
” I’m led to believe that there are some 1000 different sects and denominations of Christians among the whites and some 3000 different sects and denominations amongst the blacks, each group claiming to have the holy spirit and each group going in a different direction. ”
Led to believe by whom?
Islam has many different sects, too. So what? That doesn’t change what the scriptures say.
And yes, the original KJV has translation problems, because people didn’t know enough about the orignal languages to be able to accurately translate. That’s why it’s important to go back to the original texts, of which hundreds of thousands, many dating back to living memory of Jesus, is important. It’s not enough to know what the words translated to, but to understand the context and culture of the time, because languages change over time.
Scholarly examination and physical evidence proves the accuracy of the Bible. Hundreds of witnesses who saw the crucifixion, saw dead body, saw the burial, then saw, touched, and ate with Jesus after the resurrection, testifies to the truth of His Godhead. Jesus Himself said he was God – that’s what got him crucified, after all.
What scholarly examination proves the koran? Such examination is forbidden, but the few who dared have found that Islam is founded on falsehoods and perpetuates lies. Allah himself is described as the greatest of deceivers.
[-1] March 28, 2016 at 8:25pm
“Jeremiah 8:8 “How can you say, we are wise, for we have the law of the Lord. When actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely, and changed it to a lie.””
Jeremiah is not talking about scriptures being changed. The Jews kept adding layers upon layers of laws, until the actual scripture was lost. Different issue entirely.
“I’m told there are some 24,000 manuscripts used in order to produce the versions of the Bible we have today. :
There are over 300,000 surviving texts, and the differences are the equivalent of typos.
“And of those 24,000 documents no two documents are alike. Meaning they are all different, they don’t support one another. ”
Notice what you did there? You just equated differences in text with them not supporting each other. Which is quite the slight of hand. They absolutely support each other.
Unlike the koran, which has nothing to support it, and after it was cobbled together, the other texts were burnt.
[-1] March 28, 2016 at 8:17pm
There is plenty more of the above, but to be more specific…
Bukhari (52:177) – Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”
Tabari 7:97 The morning after the murder of Ashraf, the Prophet declared, “Kill any Jew who falls under your power.”
Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 484: – “Allah said, ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land. Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah desires killing them to manifest the religion.’”
Saifur Rahman, The Sealed Nectar p.227-228 – “Embrace Islam… If you two accept Islam, you will remain in command of your country; but if your refuse my Call, you’ve got to remember that all of your possessions are perishable. My horsemen will appropriate your land, and my Prophethood will assume preponderance over your kingship.”
I’m not to quote the over 100 passages in Islamic scripture that demand killing of disbelievers…
[-1] March 28, 2016 at 8:14pm
Oh, where to start…
How about with quotes from the koran.
Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing…
but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun(the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)” (note that the polytheists includes Christians, even though Christians are monotheist)
Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”
Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”
Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
So basically, anyone who isn’t Islamic is to be killed…
[-1] March 28, 2016 at 2:03am
“So where did easter bunnies and eggs come from?”
There are plenty of cultures that have Easter baskets that traditionally don’t include chocolate of any kind. Eggs have been symbols of rebirth pretty much everywhere, since birds are everywhere, but rabbits are a regional animal, so not as widespread as a symbol.
People think in symbols. Symbols help create a tangible connection to metaphysical realities. Adding new symbols does not have to mean the message is lost. If the message is being lost, it is not because of the symbol, but because there is a lack of teaching.
[-1] March 28, 2016 at 1:56am
You do realize that when pagans converted to Christianity, they didn’t pop out from a vacuum – nor where they required to pretend they did? They brought with them rich cultural heritages. They applied new meanings to their beloved symbols.
In my own ethnic heritage, we will be celebrating 1050 years of Christendom. Before then, we were pagans. My Easter basket was full of traditional items. The handful of tiny chocolate eggs are just a modern treat to a basket filled with food, each full of symbolism. Eggs, ham, butter, salt, bread – a feast for the body as well as the soul. That my ancestors were pagans who embraced Christianity makes the symbolism even more powerful.
*Possible* origin of the English word. No one actually knows the origin of the word.
Which doesn’t change that what we, in English, call Easter, has been Christianity’s oldest and most important celebration since the Resurrection itself. Easter is not a pagan festival and never has been.
[-1] March 28, 2016 at 1:38am
“The Qur’an is not here to replace the Bible. It confirms the things that are true in it, corrects things that are false in it,”
Again, this shows the koran as self refuting. If the Bible is the word of God, then God would not allow false statements in it, just as the koran claims God would not allow it to be changed or corrupted. So if the koran is right about the Bible, then it is false, but if it is wrong about the Bible, then it is again, false.
“Jesus is mentioned by name in the Qur’an a whopping 500% more times than Muhammad is mentioned by name.”
Of course. Mohammad was not a name 1700 years ago. It was a title meaning something along the lines of “blessed one.”
The reality is, the koran wasn’t even written in Arabic, since there was no standardized written Arabic at the time, but in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, and the lingua franca of the region. Translated as Syriac, the koran reads quite differently (those hoping for 72 virgins are going to be quite surprised when they’re handed a bowl of white raisins). The origins of Islam appear to be from a heretical sect of Christianity that denied the deity of Jesus.
Of course, the koran forbids Muslims from studying its history, so most Muslims would never be allowed to know this. Just as they would know that and individual named Mohammad didn’t really exist, but was probably a combination of several people.
[-1] March 28, 2016 at 1:31am
“Since God Almighty is the Author of the Qur’an, and He has all Knowledge, He ought to know what happened that day. ”
You’d think he would. Curious that he somehow kept getting it wrong. Oh, right – Gabriel dictated it to Mohammad. The same angel that came to Mary to ask her if she were willing to be the Mother of God. You’d think Gabriel would remember that Jesus was the Son of God, and not just another prophet.
“the Qur’an is the Final Testament,” I’ve read the koran. It is circular, self-refuting, and rambling. I know people who talk and think like that. They are all struggling with mental illnesses.
“His last Messenger, Muhammad. ” The Bible warned that false messengers, including those who pose as angels, would come. We would know them by their contradiction of Gospel. Which means that Mohammad is just another false prophet.
[-1] March 28, 2016 at 1:27am
“The Jews consider(ed) Jesus to be a false prophet, to this day the majority of Jewry do not accept Jesus as the Messiah.”
Of course they didn’t. There were many false messiahs. They were executed, and their followers dissipated, proving their falsehood. The Jews feared another false messiah would bring the Romans down on them, which is why they feared Jesus’ popularity.
“We Muslims are acting as the defense attorney for the Jews and are correcting some of the mistakes of the modern day version of the Bible. ”
Now that’s got to be the funniest thing I’ve read in quite a while! Is that before, or after, you exterminate them, as the koran demands?
“What you have today has not been preserved, it has been changed many many times.”
There is no other collection of writings in existence with as much proof of accuracy as the New Testament books.
“The original “Book” is what we Muslims say is from God. ” So… when the koran talks about “the people of the book”, it’s talking about something that doesn’t actually exist, since you say the Bible is not the book the koran is talking about?
If “the book” is the original book from God, then it cannot be lost or corrupted, but you the Bible is corrupted, therefore it is not the book of God? So which is right? You or the koran, or the Bible, which has thousands upon thousands of existing text to back up its accuracy?
 March 27, 2016 at 7:54pm
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