O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Victoria Rigel plays two recorders at one time to achieve a beautiful rendition of this Christmas hymn. Yours truly provided the guitar accompaniment.. . If you cannot play this app then click here to hear the song... … [Read more...]

Tense Christmas weekend ahead in Pakistan

While most of us are making last minute Christmas purchases, Christians in Pakistan are hoping for a peaceful rally on Christmas day. As I note in this column on Christian Post today, the situation there is tense.Without leaving her jail cell in the Punjab province of Pakistan, Asia Bibi, the Christian mother of five who has been sentenced to death by a regional court for allegedly blaspheming Muhammad, will be at the center of a tense Christmas weekend. Over a year and half ago, Ms. Bibi was … [Read more...]

UN restores reference to sexual orientation in violence policy – UPDATED

UPDATE: Paul Canning has this story from all angles. He has the vote changes listed and notes that 47 countries switched votes from the last time this issue came up.His summary demonstrates the striking changes in votes from the first time around when sexual orientation was removed as a basis for condemning executions.This means that 23 nations changed their vote to yes, 15 didn't vote no and nine more abstained - 47 in total went in a positive direction. This is a quarter of the UN … [Read more...]

Young conservatives and DADT – So What?

If RenewAmerica has a Christmas party, I want to attend just to watch Jamie Freeze take on the good ol' boys. Jamie is a young conservative woman and a student at Regent University law school who thinks the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell is a good thing. Elsewhere, on the 17th, the ACLJ's Jordan Sekulow essentially yawned at the repeal. I will discuss his WaPo column after I briefly excerpt Freeze's article titled, "General George S. Patent Leather: Conservatives and DADT," Freeze counters fel … [Read more...]

Radio Australia summarizes Asia Bibi blasphemy case

This radio broadcast is the best summary of the Asia Bibi case I have found. Click the link to listen to this segment on Windows Media Player.Radio Australia - Asia BibiYou hear from Ms. Bibi who describes the false charges of blasphemy, the Governor who wants to pardon her, the legislator who has tabled a bill to amend the blasphemy laws, and the Imam who wants to kill her.Please listen and go sign the petition directed at Pakistani government leaders. … [Read more...]

Kampala Dispatch names top ten influential Ugandans for 2010

...and guess who is #7?More Ugandans who have trouble with the Anti-Homosexuality Bill; perhaps the country is not as monolithic as some would have us believe. … [Read more...]

What Asia Bibi is up against in Pakistan

Asia Bibi, the Christian woman in Pakistan convicted of blasphemy against Muhammad and sentenced to death, has an appeal hearing this week. However, don't expect the legal profession as an institution to help her or push for human rights. This article in Pakistan's The Nation, quotes the President of Pakistan's Supreme Court Bar Association, Asma Jahangir, who urges no change in the blasphemy laws and no help for Asia Bibi.The Bar committee, also attended by the vice president of the … [Read more...]

NPR on Uganda

This morning Barbara Bradley Hagerty has a Morning Edition spot on Uganda reminding us that the Rolling Stone case may be decided this week.In October, a tabloid called Rolling Stone — no relation to the American magazine — published an article headlined "100 Pictures of Uganda's Top Homos Leak." The article listed names, addresses and hangouts of gay men and lesbians.Frank Mugisha saw his photo. Then he noticed the subhead: "Hang them.""I was shaken up. I was freaked out. I was sca … [Read more...]


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