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A burka in a Christian town: How Fox News and right-wing media turned a lesson in tolerance into an excuse for hate

A teacher's "dress-up" exercise divided a Texas town. Then Fox News and WorldNetDaily arrived to make it worse

Sharon Peters reached into a hot-pink cloth bag and pulled out an abaya, a full-length body garment for women, from Kuwait. As if she were modeling for a fashion show, the world geography …

Christianity

Why Has Pakistan Become So Intolerant?

I was beaten in Pakistan for my religion. I am far from alone.

A Christian couple, parents of three children with a fourth on the way, were accused of blasphemy by a mob and incinerated in a brick kiln at their worksite in Punjab last November. Suicide bombers blew themselves up at two churches in …

Pakistan

I left both Christianity and Islam behind: “It was the problem of evil and innocent suffering that truly led me out of religion”

Raised a Lutheran, I converted to Islam at 19, not long before 9/11. But that's not what ended my life as a Muslim

Recently NFL pro-bowl running-back Arian Foster, of the Houston Texans, “came out” as a nonbeliever to ESPN Magazine. It was a bold move in a multibillion-dollar business where religion …

Islam

Evangelicals need to stop giving the rest of us Christians a bad name Tracey M Lewis-Giggetts

Ever since Jesus himself announced that his followers should be “salt and light” (think: flavor and enlightenment) in the world and the apostle Paul held his own in debates with first century intellectuals and Greek philosophers, the Christian church has always held a mandate to positively …

Christianity

Why Do Similar Bikes Have Different Valve Adjustment Intervals? Is It Necessary To Adjust Valves? | ANSWERS

Q. I have two bikes, a Triumph Bonneville and a Honda CB1100. The Triumph’s shop manual says to check the valve clearances every 12,000 miles, but …

Honda

Volts Mechanix SR500

Here it is, our number 1 custom from 2014. This bike is a 1991 SR500, it had only 3985 miles on it when we began the build. It has run since then but …

Why Do So Many Men Buy Motorcycles They Can't Afford After Divorce?

When my husband and I separated five years ago, one of the very first things he did was buy a school-bus yellow BMW motorcycle — with matching jacket, helmet and boots.

I was appalled — and naively surprised. Sure, he’d been hankering for a hog during our marriage. But a fun, expensive bike was not …

Relationships

How To Service Your Hydraulic Brake System | MC GARAGE VIDEO

If your brake lever feels spongy, the brake fluid in your bike’s reservoir is low or dark in color, or your brakes squeak, then it’s likely time to …

Hydraulic

East-West Travelblog: Radicalization is not a ‘Muslim problem’

“The biggest threat in the U.S. from militant individuals is not Muslim, it is Christians.”The post East-West Travelblog: Radicalization is not a …

Religion

Catholic high school adopts protections for LGB employees after refusing job to lesbian

St Mary's Academy in Portland, Oregon, initially offered a counsellor position to Lauren Brown, but withdrew their offer after they found out about …

Muslim women call for an end to 'verbal divorces' in India

Women in India are calling for an end to laws which enable Muslim men to divorce their wives verbally.Men can say the word talaq, meaning ‘I divorce …

India

Did the Church Create or Co-Opt Human Rights?

After Ireland made history in May 2015 by becoming the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular referendum, the Vatican secretary of …

What should Christians do if they find out their pastors are on Ashley Madison list?

Ever since the Ashley Madison hack surfaced, many men and women have trembled in fear that their adulterous affairs would come into light and they …

Religion

Fights break out as rival protests clash over Bendigo mosque

Ugly scenes erupted between rival protesters at an event to condemn the construction of a mosque in Bendigo.

About 300 people opposed to the mosque broke through police barricades and started punching anti-racism protesters on the steps of the Bendigo town hall on Saturday afternoon. An Australian …

Victoria (Australia)

'Sister Wives' clan uses same-sex marriage ruling in polygamy case

(Reuters) The stars of the reality television show “Sister Wives” used the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent same-sex marriage ruling to support their case …

Marriage

Nuns helping persecuted Christians in Erbil, Kurdistan to get new convent

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A Catholic charity has provided £180,000 so nuns helping displaced Christians and others in Kurdistan can have a new …

Religion

What 4 Top Catholic Archbishops Expect From The Pope's Visit

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PHILADELPHIA -- With just weeks to go until Pope Francis' highly anticipated visit to the United States, several of the top leaders of the American Catholic church say they are ready to be surprised.

Speaking in Philadelphia over the weekend at the annual conference of …

Christianity

AP PHOTOS: Hindu holy men lead bath rituals in Indian river - The Washington Post

NASIK, India — Brass bands played and people passed out fruit and cookies as hundreds of thousands of Hindu holy men and believers plunged into the Godavari River to wash away their sins on the first “royal” day of bathing at one of the world’s largest religious gatherings.

The Kumbh Mela, or …

India

Portland Catholic school changes gay hiring policy after backlash

PORTLAND, Ore.(Reuters) A Catholic high school here has reversed its policy on gay employees after receiving a public backlash for refusing to hire a …

LGBT

Anyone for tea and sympathy? Death cafes embrace last taboo

On a sleepy August afternoon, 10 people meet in a cafe in Malvern, Worcestershire, to talk about death. Over tea, cake and a flickering candle, the discussion ranges from recent bereavement, past losses, assisted (and non-assisted) suicide, near-death experiences, funeral wishes and the lessons of …

Pregnancy

'Thank God we are alive': Iraqi Christians hold on to faith in face of ISIS persecution

Thousands Iraqi Christians being persecuted and threatened by the jihadist organisation Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are still thankful to …

Religion

Animal Encounters | STREET SAVVY

Hit a deer in your car and you might have to hitch a ride home with a tow-truck driver. Do it on a motorcycle and it’s far more likely to be in an …

Athens, GA

Obama plays the Jewish family card

But he does not overplay it.The post Obama plays the Jewish family card appeared first on Spiritual Politics.

Iran

Mission impossible? Meet the new chaplains

There are a dozen people inside the Grosvenor casino in Luton, and one of them has never gambled in her life.

Actually that’s not entirely true, says Jenny Spouge, the casino’s in-house chaplain, as she walks around the gaming floor on a weekday afternoon. She once took part in a raffle, she …

Religion

Kumbh Mela: Thousands take a Royal bath during holy festival

Ash-smeared Hindu holy men and pilgrims took a plunge into the waters of a reservoir on the banks of India's sacred Godavari river. The bathing …

Religion

This Week in God, 8.29.15

After boasting this week about his love of the Bible, Donald Trump was pressed for some details. Favorite verse? Old Testament or New?

Christianity

Into the woods: A Triumph Bonneville Scrambler

Under the hood, there’s not much difference between the Triumph Bonneville and Scrambler. Other than their firing intervals (the Scrambler has a 270-degree crank for extra ‘thump’), the bikes are mainly separated by styling cues.

Which means that, with a few well-placed mods, a stock Bonnie can be …

North Sea

Brit Singles In Scotland, Part 2

Before Stuart Urquhart and Dave, his travelling companion, can continue their travels around Scotland on Brit singles, they must first convince their …

Motorcycles

Dealhacker: Grab A Pebble Smartwatch For $79

It might be getting a bit long in the tooth, but the original Pebble smartwatch is still a decent gadget. If you’re looking to pick one up, Dick …

Australia

Classic Green Army Figures Practicing Yoga Instead Of Holding Guns – by Dan Abramson

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If something is a total opposite to war, that is the practice of yoga. Concentrating or relaxing your muscles and mind in …

Yoga