Justifying Persecution in India

Dr. V. S. Acharya, Home Minister for the Indian state of Karnataka, downplays violence against Christians. The attacks were not against the entire Christian community. They took place only against certain groups such as New Life, Seventh Day Adventists, etc. They were distributing provocative material, exploiting people’s poverty and forcing them to convert to Christianity.…

A Preview of How Freedom May End …

Tonight’s melodramatic address by Bush raises many questions. How could our financial system be so fragile that a couple bank failures could raise the spectre of complete collapse? How did we get to this point? But another, more ominous, is this–If a couple of bank failures could lead the president to speak like this, would…

Stretching Hands across the Gulf

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, head of the Anglican Communion, went on pilgrimage today to the Catholic shrine of Lourdes, site of a church approved apparition of Mary to St. Bernadette. Catholic News Service says he gave the homily for a mass celebrated by Cardinal Walter Kasper. BBC. See the text of his sermon,…

New Army Unit Has Civil Response Mission

Liam linked to this brief video from Democracy Now in a comment. Here’s the story on the Democracy Now webpage: Beginning in October, the Army plans to station an active unit inside the United States for the first time to serve as an on-call federal response in times of emergency. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st…

Americans United against Religious Freedom

Yet again, Americans United shows that it is interested in legislating religious liberalism and denying religious freedom to conservatives. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants to enact regulations preserving the rights of conscience of health care providers. AU is against allowing these providers the right to refuse to engage in immoral acts.…

“The World’s Most Dangerous Antisemite”

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave a speech at the UN yesterday–laced with classic antisemitic boilerplate. The Simon Wiesenthal Center responds, as does the ADL, which offers an historical overview “In His Own Words.” Do you harbor antisemitic attitudes? Consider these statements … if you find yourself saying yes repeatedly, you do. Jews are more loyal to Israel…