from FaithWorld:

Hindu and Muslim Bollywood stars urge calm before Indian mosque verdict

September 29, 2010

priyanka002It's a sign of how explosive the Ayodhya mosque verdict in India could be that several Hindu and Muslim film stars in Bollywood have issued a public appeal for calm once the decision is announced. As we've posted here on FaithWorld, an Indian court is due to announce on Thursday whether Hindus or Muslims own land around the Babri mosque, which Hindu nationalists demolished in 1992. The Hindu-Muslim riots that followed killed some 2,000 people.

from FaithWorld:

Atheists, Jews, Mormons top U.S. religious knowledge poll

September 28, 2010

relig symbolsAtheists and agnostics may not believe in God or gods but they know a thing or two about them, according to a survey of religious knowledge among Americans released on Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Want some novelty science with that whoopee cushion?

September 23, 2010

Okay, enough is enough.

I appreciate science as much as the next person. I understand there are at least 5,000 feet in a mile. I totally get it that Fahrenheit and Celsius are different scales, and that for instance minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit is, um, let's see, minus 40 degrees Celsius.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

A Kafkaesque error?

September 21, 2010

Florida pastor's daughter: 'he needs help'

SOMALIA/After leaving the community aged 17, Emma Jones said she returned in 2005 to find it had become insect-like.

from FaithWorld:

Berlin issues guidelines on integrating Muslim pupils in schools

September 17, 2010

GERMANY SARRAZIN/TRIALIf you're a teacher in Germany and are unsure whether to allow your Muslim pupils to pray at school, to skip swimming lessons or wear the veil, you may want to consult a new handbook aimed at dealing with the sometimes tricky task of reconciling Muslim practices with German schooling.

from Andrew Marshall:

Malaysian reforms: will rhetoric become reality?

By Thomson Reuters Helpdesk
September 14, 2010

Investor Jimmy Cheong monitors share market prices in Kuala Lumpur May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

David Chance, the Reuters bureau chief in Kuala Lumpur, has written a new analysis on the prospects for genuine economic reform in Malaysia. He is not optimistic. You can read the full analysis below:

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

Real death threats?

September 13, 2010

US pastor backs off Koran-burning plan for now

USA-MUSLIMS/PASTORJones' adult son Luke, who wore a handgun on his hip because of death threats against church members, told   reporters his father would fly to New York later on Friday.     

from Global News Journal:

German banker bows out after stirring race, religion debate

September 10, 2010

A German central banker, Thilo Sarrazin, whose outspoken comments on race and religion sparked a fierce national debate unexpectedly quit the Bundesbank board on Thursday evening, sparing Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Christian Wulff and Bundesbank President Axel Weber a messy legal and political battle.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

No sideburns here…

September 9, 2010

Florida pastor not backing down on Koran-burning

USA-MUSLIMS/"We are not convinced that backing down is the right thing," Jones, a gray-haired, mustachioed preacher with mutton-chop sideburns and author of a book titled "Islam is of the Devil," told a crowd of reporters in a brief statement made in the grassy yard in front of his stone-and-metal church.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

Style on the Koran…

September 9, 2010

Obama says planned Koran burning is boosting Qaeda

PAKISTAN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama warned on Thursday that a Florida pastor's plan to burn copies of the Koran is being used as an al Qaeda recruitment tool and he urged the minister to reconsider the decision.