Letters reveal Winston Churchill’s family feared he would convert to Islam

Winston Churchill in 1904 (photo: Imperial War Museum / Wikipedia) From The Daily Telegraph:  In the public eye, Sir Winston Churchill’s long political career earned him a place among the greatest of Britons. But what may come as a surprise is that he was a strong admirer of Islam and the culture of the Orient [Read More…]

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Report: ISIS terrorist seen on video was once a “devout Catholic”

From The Independent:  The disturbing face of French “jihadism” has been revealed by a statistical survey and by the most recent, horrific video clip from Isis. The “face” is French or European, rather than Arab or North African. It belongs to a young man from a loving, non-religious family who has “self-converted” to extremist Islam [Read More…]

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Katy Perry video edited after Muslims charge blasphemy

Details from the BBC:  The video for Katy Perry’s track Dark Horse has been edited following claims from some Muslims it was blasphemous. More than 65,000 people signed a petition which stated the clip – featuring a pendant with the Arabic word for God on it being reduced to sand – was offensive. The music video has [Read More…]

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Priest facing prosecution for using “Allah” to refer to God

From Christian Post:  A Roman Catholic priest and director of a diocesan newspaper in Malaysia is facing prosecution for using the word “Allah” to refer to God in his publication, something that is prohibited by law in the Muslim majority nation. “The situation is quite serious. There is great concern in the Catholic Church because [Read More…]

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Muslims help rebuild a Catholic church

Heartening and inspiring news from the Philippines: Christian residents of this city’s Santa Catalina district found nothing unusual about Muslims bearing carpenters’ tools — until they realized the Muslims had volunteered to help rebuild a Catholic chapel. “We thought they were just looking for damaged mosques to rebuild,” said Jimmy Villaflores, Santa Catalina barangay (village) [Read More…]

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A Catholic university makes room for Muslims

From The Minneapolis Star Tribune: Dark-haired young men started arriving about 12:30 p.m., piling their backpacks and coats in the narrow hallway. One by one, they slipped off their shoes and darted into an “ablution station” for ritual washing. Then they filed silently into room 302 of Loras Hall. For the first time in its [Read More…]

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After membership declines, Catholic church sold to Muslims

Details from the Sunday Express: St Peter’s Catholic church in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, has now closed its doors to the shrinking congregation following the sale. Church leaders have reassured Christians the local parish, Cobridge, will continue to exist and money from the St Peter’s sell-off will be used to benefit parishioners. The identity of the buyers has not been [Read More…]

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Muslims form human chain to protect Christians at church

From a newspaper in Pakistan:  Hand in hand as many as 200-300 people formed a human chain outside the St Anthony’s Church adjacent to the District Police Lines at the Empress Road, in a show of solidarity with the victims of the Peshawar church attack two weeks back, which resulted in over a 100 deaths. The twin [Read More…]

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Former all-girl Catholic academy now home to Long Island’s first Islamic school

  Photo: Newsday / Alejandra Villa Details from Newsday:  In classrooms where Catholic girls once studied the Bible and prayed the Our Father, young Muslims now study the Quran and pray in Arabic. The girls no longer wear uniforms of skirts and blazers, but traditional Muslim floor-length dresses called jilbabs, with hijabs covering their heads. [Read More…]

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Must-see video: making the homeless smile in NYC

This is pretty great:  A group of young Muslim YouTubers took a break from making prank videos to spread a message about giving to those in need, and it’s quickly becoming one of their most viral videos to date. The True Story ASA team — named for it’s three members: Adam Saleh, Sheikh Akbar and Abdullah Ghuman [Read More…]

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