Duke Reverses Course on Muslim Call To Prayer From Chapel Bell Tower

After calling it part of a “larger commitment to religious pluralism,” Duke University said a couple of days ago that it would allow members of the Duke Muslim Students Association to chant the weekly call-to-prayer from the campus Chapel bell tower (below):

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Attacks Against Euro-Muslims Spread; Meanwhile, a Dutch Muslim Mayor Tells Violent Islamists to “Get the Fuck Out”

There are no excuses for violent barbarity against Muslims.

Abdallah Zekri, head of the National Observatory Against Islamophobia, said that since last Wednesday’s massacre at Charlie Hebdo, 26 places of worship around France were attacked by firebombs, gunshots or pig heads, with a mosque in Le Mans hit with four grenades. There were 34 insults and threats.

Small caveat: Insults and threats are not nearly the same, of course; a little more reportorial precision is needed.

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Raif Badawi Will Receive Another 50 Lashes Today

***Update***: Badawi’s lashings were postponed today for “medical reasons.” A doctor who examined him before the scheduled flogging determined that his wounds had not yet healed and that the flogging should be delayed, human rights group Amnesty International said. “The doctor concluded that the wounds had not yet healed properly and that he would not [Read More…]

So That’s Why God Allows Evil to Happen…

Christian apologist Frank Turek explains why God would allow evil in the world in the most non-sensical argument you’ll hear all day:

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Forthcoming Faith-Based Movie Will Include Positive Portrayal of Gay Character; Will Christian Audiences Watch?

Last fall I had a conversation with an industry professional in LA about the anticipated release of 12 Years a Slave, and he commented that he thought Christian audiences wouldn’t be into the film because it had a negative portrayal of a man of faith. He thought that Christians wouldn’t go see the movie.

I laughed and told him that Hollywood’s assumptions about what Christian audiences would like are often really off-base, because many Christians will accept and engage elements in films that, at face value, might seem offensive to them if it’s simply presented well.

A lot of Christians get stuck on the issue of Message vs. Art when it comes to film, and you’ll find a lot of discussions happening when any controversial film is released. Christians find themselves conflicted because they enjoyed the viewing experience but didn’t agree with the message or presentation of something or another in the course of the story.

There’s a new film coming out (currently being promoted on Indiegogo for distribution and marketing funding) which has a very overt message of Christianity-is-an-accepting-religion and a positive portrayal of a black gay character (who runs a local homeless shelter).

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