Activist Maajid Nawaz Criticizes the “Regressive Left” for Allowing Bigotry in Religious Contexts

Echoing statements made by people like Sam Harris and Bill Maher, activist Maajid Nawaz criticizes those on the “Regressive Left” who refuse to call out Islam even when that condemnation is warranted — like when women are treated as second class citizens or cultural practices would never be accepted in other contexts.



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Could Republicans Be Alienating Their Base With Refugee Ban Comments?

It wasn’t all that surprising when Republican Presidential candidates took advantage of the Paris attacks to try to shore up their national security credentials. In theory, it wasn’t a terrible plan, strategically speaking. After all, their base actually believed Trump when he said undocumented immigrants from Mexico included many rapists and drug dealers. Xenophobia is sort of their thing.

But it seems that even their conservative base has its limits. While Republicans bank on the fact that they’ll get the evangelical vote, some Christian leaders see that vote as uncertain now.

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Roanoke Mayor’s Endorsement of Japanese Internment is the Canary in the Coal Mine

We already knew that many Republicans were unabashedly displaying their xenophobic, bigoted worldview in the wake of the Paris attacks and the face of a burgeoning refugee crisis. But perhaps the most unbelievable comment about the situation came not from Donald Trump or Ted Cruz or their brethren, but a Virginia Democrat.

Yesterday, Mayor David Bowers of Roanoke, Virginia issued a public statement that set the Internet aflame. See if you can catch the passage that set everyone off:



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What Should Christians Offer ISIS — Hugs or Hand Grenades? A Tale of Two Christians

What to do about the so-called Islamic State? Post-Paris, blogger Bill Blankschaen says he knows. “ISIS needs the gospel — and a good bombing,” he writes at Faith Walkers.

[T]o those who shed man’s blood — or who plot to do so — justice demands we bomb them into oblivion.

We should pray that God destroy them, either through a miraculous encounter with the gospel (our first hope) or through a rendezvous with airborne ordnance — whatever it takes to preserve life.

Love sometimes requires both a hug and a hand grenade.

That’s abhorrent to peacemaker Benjamin Corey (disclosure: he’s a good friend of mine) at Formerly Fundie, who has a post up today titled “To Start Thinking Like Christians, We Need To Stop Thinking Like Americans.”

The Kingdom of God is not concerned with building walls, but tearing them down.

The Kingdom of God is not concerned with having more, but giving more.

The Kingdom of God says, “Refugees? That’s why we exist — we’d love to help.”



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LA Times Issues Savage Response to County Supervisor Imposing His Faith Through the Government

For almost a decade now, this has been the seal of Los Angeles County in California:

There’s a lot going on there, but check out the center right image. That’s supposed to represent the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, a Catholic mission dating back hundreds of years. It’s conspicuously missing a cross because, from 1987-2009, the actual building didn’t have one (due to it being destroyed in an earthquake, then stolen). It wasn’t until 2009 that the cross was restored on the building.

So now, some members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors want to change the seal to reflect that. Which is verrrrry convenient considering how often Christians try to get crosses on government seals…

So earlier this year, the supervisors voted 3-2 to revise the seal to include the cross, inviting a challenge from the ACLU. Since the supervisors began using the “revised” seal while that challenge was pending, the ACLU filed a lawsuit.

I bring this all up against because one of the supervisors, Mike Antonovich, was furious after the Los Angeles Times ran an editorial opposing the seal with the cross. He referred to the newspaper as “secular extremest” [sic], whatever that means for an intangible object.

Now, the LA Times has responded to Antonovich since they found out about the insult after it was “included in court filings about the seal,” and their latest editorial is glorious:

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