The view from the other side of the fence – “Evolutionists and Atheists” 3

I do take an occasional peek over the fence to see what is on the other side, and why not since I once lived there myself. If I am going to be skeptical, then I should also be skeptical about my own position just as much as any other, and so listening to what is being said, and understanding what the counter arguments actually are is part of that process. So over on the Christian Post we have an article by […]

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For some The Flintstones is a documentary 1

You know that there are people who believe truly crazy things that conflict with everything we actually know, in fact, thanks to the Internet we are awash with all sorts of claims that pop up each day, hollow earth, aliens, miracles, bigfoot, etc… the list is almost endless. Anyway, to mark the release of Jurassic World, we have a fun little survey that was run by YouGov and polled 1,000 people in the US between 15-17 June. The results are quite jaw […]

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Teaching “Proper Islamic Principles” to counter the extremists… would it really work?

Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, an Iislamic scholar of Sufism and also a politician in Pakistan, has written an article in the UK’s Guardian in which he suggests that “Teaching proper Islamic principles will help stem extremism”, he writes … Radical ideology depends upon a framework of (distorted) theological reference points and scriptural justifications. It is here that appropriate intervention can bear fruit. Challenging the narratives and belief structures of the misguided with proper Islamic principles and validated interpretations of scripture must be incorporated into any […]

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Heart touching story

The following Facebook posting from Ali A. Rizvi touched my heart, it concerns an observation he made while helping somebody else, so I just had to share it … This morning I was at the Canadian Immigration Services office, where I accompanied Alishba as she got her Canadian Permanent Resident status.  While there, I witnessed a tall African man anxiously walk up to one of the booths as his name was called. Alish and I happened to be walking right by his booth […]

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Claim: Pastor wants Women who shout out God’s name during sex to be jailed

Various news outlets are reporting a story about the rather infamous John Hagee. For example the UK’s Daily Mail explains … ‘That is one of the filthiest, most derogatory and sinful uses of the Lord’s name I can think of': Women who cry out God’s name during sex should be jailed, pastor says Dr John Hagee, founder and senior pastor at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, said blasphemy doesn’t get enough attention He pointed to sections of the Bible in which […]

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Stoning of Girl: Is it Really true?

Over a year ago I wrote a posting about a claim that a girl had been stoned to death in Syria for the crime of posting to Facebook. At that time I pointed out a few things … The original source was not credible: “It appears to originally come from the Iranian FARS News Agency” … “FARS are the same guys who re-printed a story from The Onion as fact, and also printed weird stories about time machines and aliens … yes […]