Religion is hugely overrated…as a cause of war

Oct 10, 2014 by

By Peter Franklin, Conservative Home: For atheists of a certain frame of mind, recent events in Iraq and Syria are confirmation that religion is the main cause of conflict in the world. John Gray, an atheist of a very different stripe, disagrees. In a book review for the New Republic, he provides some much needed perspective. For a start, one only has to start listing the great conflicts of history to see that there are countless of examples of wars where the cause is clearly non-religious....

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Vicar of Baghdad leaves Iraq

Oct 8, 2014 by

From ICN: The Anglican priest known as the ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ has left Iraq and won’t be returning in the immediate future because of the dangers there. Canon Andrew White, who is currently in Jerusalem, told Premier Christian Radio that his departure was on the advice of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, but his work there would continue. “I’m really stupid…I have no concept of fear,” he told Premier’s Marcus Jones in an exclusive radio interview. “I’m not frightened of anything so...

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Why do left-wing clerics insult and alienate right-wing laity?

Oct 6, 2014 by

From Cranmer: I don’t just disagree with Ukip. I despise them. I despise them for their smug Little Englander mentality. I despise them for their total absence of fellow-feeling towards vulnerable people who look and sound different. I despise them for the way they scapegoat immigrants and whip up the resentment of the white working class. But I especially despise them for the way they dress all this up as the protection of something they call Christian England. These are the words of the...

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Hamas manipulated and intimidated the media in Gaza. Why was that kept from us?

Aug 13, 2014 by

By Alan Johnson, Telegraph: We should normally say if our reports are censored or monitored or if we withhold information, and explain, wherever possible, the rules under which we are operating.- Section 11.4.1 of the BBC Editorial Guidelines on accuracy and impartiality in times of War, Terror and Emergencies The Foreign Press Association (FPA) issued an astonishing protest yesterday about “blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox” intimidation of journalists in the Gaza Strip...

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Holy War Arrives in Germany

Aug 10, 2014 by

by Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute: [...]  Supporters of the jihadist group “Islamic State” [IS] have clashed with Kurdish Yazidis in North Rhine-Westphalia, the state with the largest Muslim population in Germany. The violence—which comes amid threats by a German jihadist to blow up an American nuclear weapons storage facility in Germany—has counter-terrorism officials concerned that radical Muslims are deliberately exploiting the ethnic and religious tensions in the Middle East...

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ISIS claims gains, takes control of Iraq’s largest hydroelectric dam

Aug 8, 2014 by

By Alan Duke and Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN: Fighters with the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria reached the triangle border between Iraq, Syria and Turkey, it said in a message posted on Twitter on Sunday. ISIS took control of Iraq’s largest hydroelectric dam on Iraq’s Tigris River, which provides power to the city of Mosul about 50 kilometers (31 miles) to the south, the commander of the Peshmerga Kurdish fighters who had been defending the facility said Sunday. The...

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