Connecticut Man Who Shot Up Ahmadi Mosque Goes Back For Forgiveness — and Receives It

It’s not every day that we have a happy story involving religion, so buckle up and enjoy.

Last November 13, Ted A. Hakey Jr., of Meridan, Connecticut, drank himself into a place of darkness, angrily contemplating the evil that Islamic terrorists had just inflicted on hundreds of innocent Parisians.

It was two in the morning when the retired Marine committed a brazen and violent act himself: he grabbed a high-powered rifle and fired an unspecified number of rounds at the neighboring Baitul Aman mosque. Nobody was hurt, but there was glass damage and walls full of holes. It’s easy to imagine what the volley of bullets did to the peace of mind of neighbors and Muslim worshipers alike.


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Air France Female Flight Attendants Refuse to Fly to Tehran Over Head Scarf Demand

Secular culture and religious culture are at each other’s throats again — this time at 30,000 feet.


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Boko Haram’s Sex Slaves, Many of Whom Are Now Free, Are Feared and Shunned

The fundies of Nigeria’s Boko Haram may think of themselves as pious servants of Allah, but what that means in practice is not much more than an orgy of murder and systematic rape.

Remember the 270-something school-age girls from the town of Chibok, kidnapped en masse two years ago, who inspired the short-lived international Bring Back Our Girls movement? Well, funny story — but not ha-ha funny. In fact, it’s relentlessly bleak.


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50 Priests and Religious Leaders Were Involved In Child Rape… In a U.S. Diocese of Just 100,000

What’s happening in the Catholic diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania is incredible in the worst way. Washington Post contributor Mary Kane is from that area and has immediate relatives who were faithful to the Catholic Church their whole lives. So the allegations that have surfaced in recent weeks hit Kane harder than they did most outsiders. Her repulsion seeps through in her reporting.


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When Christian Persecution is Real (Hint: It’s Not in America)

There are millions of U.S. Christians who scream persecution because teachers and coaches aren’t allowed to proselytize in public schools. Or because they’re not allowed to paint the Ten Commandments on the walls of the courthouse. Or because Starbucks doesn’t use Jesus-themed paper cups around Christmastime.

This is a travesty for reasons that go well beyond the fact that the feeble-minded complaining annoys non-Christians (hell, it even annoys even a good number of Christians who correctly don’t see themselves as victims). As historian Candida Moss and Hemant and others (including me) have pointed out, the unseemly whingeing does a terrible disservice to Christians elsewhere, many of whom are actually being persecuted — losing liberty and life just because they believe something different than the majority in their countries do.


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