Reform Islam?

If you’re a liberal Jew, there are denominations for you.  If you’re a liberal Christian, you’ve got them, too.  Liberal Muslim?  Not so much.HuffPo has a piece about how this might be changing: … [Read more...]

What’s Sauce For The Goose…

A few weeks back an organization called the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (Tapps) told Beren Academy, an Orthodox Jewish school, that its team could either play its state semi-final game on Shabbat or it could forfeit.Despite pleas from the mayor of Houston and NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy - coupled with a willingness by other teams to re-schedule - Tapps stood firm.  Only under threat of a lawsuit did it rescind the decision. … [Read more...]

Sharia Hysteria And Unintended Consequences

In their continuing effort to make false distinctions among fundamentalist Islam, Christianity and Judaism, lawmakers here in Florida have crafted a law intended to block the rapid (imaginary) spread of Sharia law in America.  Unfortunately for them, it will also affect the application of Jewish halakha in certain cases (from the Forward): … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts About Islam (And The Israeli-Arab Conflict)

These days, it seems that most critiques of the Islamic world come from American and European wingnuts.  Pamela Geller literally makes my skin crawl with her imbecilic bombast about a Sharia takeover of the U.S. and the dangers of a mosque near Ground Zero.  David Horowitz hypocritically names his anti-Islamic organization “The Freedom Center” while he endorses a U.S. constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.  And don’t get me started on the fundamentalist Christian right and their ongoi … [Read more...]

And They’re Off! The Race To Bait American Muslims

The only thing more pathetic than listening to the Republican candidates try to top each other on who’s more Christian is listening to them talk about Islam.I didn’t watch the debate the other night because I’d rather drink a gallon of Drano than spend two seconds with these people on my television set.  I did hear some of the lowlights.  Take for example Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain (via CNN’s site): … [Read more...]

Rockets In Southern Israel. Again.

I am watching the Channel 2 news from Israel.  Rockets are dropping in southern Israel again, fired by terrorists in Gaza.  I supported Operation Cast Lead and would do so again.  I don’t make false proportional comparisons between a nation defending her citizens and a bunch of radical Muslim terrorists hiding behind children.  If those children die, their blood is on the hands of the terrorists. … [Read more...]

Twin Religious Fanatics Of Different Mothers

Lately I have been spending a lot of time thinking about the relationship between conservative Christians and their Islamic counterparts.  These days (especially in the decade since 9/11) conservative Christians have been involved in a non-stop assault on Islam.It’s manifested itself in the opposition to building mosques (not just in Lower Manhattan) and banning Sharia law.  Imaginative Christians have even managed to create the impression that there is some kind of destructive cabal con … [Read more...]

Post-Theistic Religion©

Another non-theistic reinterpretation of religion has been published by a fellow named Bo Bennett.  According to various web sources, he’s a young self-made millionaire.  His book is The Concept: Introduction to Christian Nontheism.  From the publisher: … [Read more...]

Church Of England Declares War On New Atheism

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has given his backing to  a draft report calling upon clergy to take on the new atheists:Clergy are to be urged to be more vocal in countering the arguments put forward by a more hard-line group of atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, who have campaigned for a less tolerant attitude towards religion.What scares them so much about the new, more vocal arguments of the new atheists?  They fear loss of power.  Yes, even the Church of E … [Read more...]

Netanyahu Steps In It

Just a day after I praised the Israeli response, Netanyahu undoes any good he might have done:"Our real fear is that you have a situation that may develop of very quick changes taking place" that are devoid of modern democracy and "where you see the form of fundamentalist Islam," Netanyahu said at a news conference to mark a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.On top of this, he’s not-so-quietly lobbying EU and U.S. leaders to show more support for Mubarak. … [Read more...]