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    We’re taking a brief break from posting while we’re working on a new design and approach. Meanwhile, join 13,500+ people who enjoy our Religion News Twitter feed: Tweets by @religionnews By the way: Yes, we know we have a ‘Tweets … [Read more…
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  • Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

    Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

    Among the items in this issue of Religion News Briefs: Criticizing the Mormon Church can get you excommunicated. Leaving the destructive Scientology cult is scary (and wise). Also: After three decades of debate on homosexuality, the Presbyterian C…
    - 31 days ago 21 Jun 14, 9:39am -
  • Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial

    Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial

    A judge has ruled that religious beliefs and practices can be used as evidence in the manslaughter trial of a couple charged with manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 12-year old daughter. Travis and Wenona Rossiter belong to the Church…
    - 54 days ago 29 May 14, 4:02am -
  • Convicted in torture-murder case, former cult member wins commutation

    Convicted in torture-murder case, former cult member wins commutation

    The Nebraska Board of Pardons on Tuesday commuted the sentence of former cult member Timothy Haverkamp, who has been on parole since 2009. Haverkamp was one of five men convicted of the 1985 murder of James Thimm.Full story: Convicted in torture-m…
    - 62 days ago 21 May 14, 11:44am -
  • Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing

    Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing

    Bloggers have been picking apart the claims of a man who says he is a Muslim-turned-Christian. Ergun Caner has sued some of them for posting a video they say shows him lying. Thus far, the bloggers are winning. In England, viewers are upset with…
    - 67 days ago 16 May 14, 9:04am -
  • Scientology’s ‘rehab’ target of federal lawsuits; +Religion Briefs

    Scientology’s ‘rehab’ target of federal lawsuits; +Religion Briefs

    Narconon facilities are billed as a 'drug rehab' centers. But the organization's approach is built on the quackery of fantasist L. Ron Hubbard, the dishonest man who saddled us with the Scientology cult. Small wonder then that Narconon is facing hea…
    - 70 days ago 13 May 14, 11:01am -
  • Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch

    Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch

    Authorities in Texas have today taken physical possession of the 1,700-acre Yearning For Zion Ranch that until recently belonged to the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). Under Texas law, law enforcement c…
    - 96 days ago 17 Apr 14, 9:29pm -
  • Cult leader and brother charged with assault, other crimes

    Cult leader and brother charged with assault, other crimes

    Cult leader Frederick Madison King, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ Restored has been charged with assualt and a range of other crimes. Some of the charges date back to 1978 and involve seven victims, who were all members of the church.Full st…
    - 98 days ago 15 Apr 14, 3:25pm -
  • Jesus’ wife?

    Jesus’ wife?

    It's getting close to Easter, so the Jesus theorists and pundits are coming out of the woodworks again. Among them is Dr. Karen L. King, who has been speculating about a tiny fragment of papyrus she chose to call the "Gospel of Jesus’ Wife." Cri…
    - 10 Apr 14, 11:40am -

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Guardian: Religion

  • newMuslims aren't shocked to discover we are watched. But we won't be scared | Laila Alawa
    Can revelations about 'sting' operations move the government beyond 9/11-era discrimination? Because you can't stop terrorism by alienating a generation of peopleEven after immigrating as a child from Syria, for a new life, I learned to view my new g…
    - 5 hours ago 22 Jul 14, 10:15am -
  • newBirmingham schools 'feel like the Balkans', says Labour
    Liam Byrne says city needs to move on after 'Trojan horse' affair and tells Nicky Morgan to not repeat 'divisive rhetoric' of GoveThe Birmingham education system feels almost as fragmented as the Balkans and some schools need a completely new ethos,…
    - 6 hours ago 22 Jul 14, 9:11am -
  • Findings of the Kershaw report into Birmingham's 'Trojan horse' schools
    Report suggests governors were disruptive but council failed to respond and Ofsted did not 'identify dysfunction'A number of "key individuals, predominantly men of Pakistani heritage ... are encouraging and promoting certain Islamic principles in sch…
    - 4 days ago 18 Jul 14, 10:30pm -
  • Convert, pay tax, or die, Islamic State warns Christians
    Insurgents issue ultimatum to Iraq's dwindling Christian population to abide by 'dhimma' contract or face the swordIslamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq's dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religi…
    - 4 days ago 18 Jul 14, 10:19pm -
  • Fears of Islamophobia gave activists free rein in Birmingham schools
    Scathing report prompts call for rethink of schools oversight as MP threatens to name council officials who took no actionA group of fundamentalist "activists", mostly men of Pakistani origin, infiltrated the management of at least 10 schools in Birm…
    - 4 days ago 18 Jul 14, 7:45pm -


    • In Buddhist teachings, relief from D.C.’s chronic case of self-involvement
      Tara Brach tells a story about an ad in the personals: Tall dark handsome Buddhist looking for himself. Would you answer that ad? It’s funny, certainly. The guy has a sense of humor. But for the long haul? I don’t think so. Too self-centered. May…
      - 4 days ago 19 Jul 14, 12:01am -
    • Some say pope’s reported claim that 2 percent of priests are pedophiles is too low
      Another news-making Pope Francis interview, another round of unanswered questions. This time, the topic is clergy sex abuse. In an interview published Sunday in the Italian daily La Repubblica, the pope talks with the newspaper’s founder, atheist E…
      - 8 days ago 14 Jul 14, 3:22pm -
    • Religion events from around the Washington area
      Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon: Our Local Bounty farmers market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469 or www.stthomascroom.org/ourlocalbounty. Read full article…
      - 11 days ago 11 Jul 14, 9:06pm -
    • Chabad emissaries eagerly spread the word about Judaism
      This summer, tens of thousands of Jews — many in black hats and long beards signifying their orthodoxy — have come from around the world to a crowded cemetery in the New York borough of Queens to mourn and celebrate Menachem Mendel Schneerson, th…
      - 11 days ago 11 Jul 14, 9:03pm -
    • For D.C.’s Third Street Church of God, expanding, renovating wasn’t easy
      The Rev. Cheryl Sanders was all smiles as she led a procession in celebration of the Third Street Church of God’s gleaming new $2 million annex and renovated sanctuary on a recent Sunday afternoon. It was a special moment for the Harvard-trained…
      - 18 days ago 5 Jul 14, 2:05am -
    • Religion events from around the Washington area
      Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon: Our Local Bounty farmers market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469 or www.stthomascroom.org/ourlocalbounty. Read full article…
      - 18 days ago 4 Jul 14, 9:53pm -

    Yahoo: Religion News

    • newGreek Orthodox church in Gaza shelters Muslims fleeing war
      By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - About 1,000 Palestinian Muslims fleeing Israeli shells devastating their Gaza neighborhood have found shelter in a building they otherwise would rarely if ever enter, the city's 12th-century Greek Orthodox Church…
      - 16 mins ago 22 Jul 14, 3:16pm -
    • newSierra Leone religious leaders criticise government handling of Ebola

      Sierra Leone religious leaders criticise government handling of Ebola

      By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Religious leaders in Sierra Leone have criticised the government's handling of an Ebola outbreak that has killed 194 people in the West Africa country, saying a lack of information was prompting rural communities…
      - 22 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 5:34pm -
    • New York mayor talks migration with Vatican No. 2
      VATICAN CITY (AP) — New York City's mayor has paid a call on Pope Francis' top aide to discuss migration issues.
      - 1 day ago 21 Jul 14, 12:42pm -
    • Iraq Catholic leader says Islamic State worse than Genghis Khan

      Iraq Catholic leader says Islamic State worse than Genghis Khan

      By Dominic Evans and Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The head of Iraq's largest church said on Sunday that Islamic State militants who drove Christians out of Mosul were worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu who ransacked me…
      - 2 days ago 20 Jul 14, 9:16pm -
    • False rape claim behind latest religious clashes: Myanmar media

      False rape claim behind latest religious clashes: Myanmar media

      Myanmar's latest religious clashes began after a Buddhist woman was paid to make false rape claims against two Muslim brothers, state media reported Sunday. Two men -- a Buddhist and a Muslim -- died in riots in the country's second city Mandalay tha…
      - 2 days ago 20 Jul 14, 5:17pm -
    • Pope expresses concern for Iraqi Christians
      VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has expressed concern for Christians forced to flee Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, where Christians have resided for centuries.
      - 2 days ago 20 Jul 14, 11:19am -

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    Religion Clause

    • newConservative Christian Groups Criticize New Executive Order
      Some conservative Christian groups are speaking out against the Executive Order issued yesterday by President Obama (see prior posting) which bans employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by federal contractors,…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 14, 1:33pm -
    • newPuerto Rico Supreme Court Upholds Subpoenas Against Church In Part
      In Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Puerto Rico-Arecibo v. Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 2014 PR Sup. LEXIS 87 (PR Sup. Ct., July 14, 2014), the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico decided a challenge by the Catholic Church to subpo…
      - 3 hours ago 22 Jul 14, 12:45pm -
    • new10th Circuit Wades Through Procedural Morass In Invalidating Part of Oklahoma's Same-Sex Marriage Provisions
      The 10th Circuit last week, in a case generating 84 pages of opinions that focus extensively on procedural issues, struck down Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage, but dismissed for lack of standing the state's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages…
      - 5 hours ago 22 Jul 14, 11:00am -
    • newObama Issues Executive Order Barring LGBT Discrimination By Contractors and Agencies; No Religious Exemption Included
      President Obama today issued an Executive Order (full text) adding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the anti-discrimination provisions applicable to employment decisions by federal contractors.  The Order also added "gender identity" to…
      - 21 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 6:06pm -
    • Ban on Sexual Exploitation By Counselor Survives Establishment Clause Challenge
      In State of Iowa v. Edouard, (IA Sup. Ct., July 18, 2014), the Iowa Supreme Court upheld a clergyman's constitutional challenge to the state's statute prohibiting sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist (Iowa Code Sec. 709.15).  The Christi…
      - 1 day ago 21 Jul 14, 11:15am -
    • LA Times Profiles Becket Fund
      The Los Angeles Times yesterday profiled The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, saying in part:The Supreme Court's controversial Hobby Lobby decision has thrust a once-little-known boutique law firm into the center of a growing conservative movement…
      - 1 day ago 21 Jul 14, 11:10am -
    • Recent Articles and Book of Interest
      From SSRN:Patrick Testa & Walter E. Block, Libertarianism and Circumcision, (Int J Health Policy Manag 3: 33-40, 2014).RonNell Andersen Jones, Press Definition and the Religion Analogy, (Harvard Law Review Forum, Forthcoming).Hershey H. Friedman, Mir…
      - 1 day ago 21 Jul 14, 11:05am -
    • Ruling Requiring Change of Use Permit For Meditation Center Upheld By Court
      In  MAUM Meditation House of Truth v. Lake County, Illinois, (ND IL, July 16, 2014), an Illinois federal district court dismissed free exercise, free speech, equal protection and due process challenges to a decision by zoning authorities that a "ch…
      - 1 day ago 21 Jul 14, 11:00am -
    • Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
      In Partlow v. CDCR, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94066  and Stamps v. CDCR, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94069  (ED CA, July 10, 2014), a California federal magistrate judge dismissed with leave to amend a complaint that Asatru/ Odonic inmates were denied acces…
      - 2 days ago 20 Jul 14, 8:34pm -

    Detroit News

    • Ramadan turns night into day in Dearborn

      Ramadan turns night into day in Dearborn

      With so many observant Muslims living in Dearborn — where about 30 percent of residents are of Arab descent — businesses are closing later, opening earlier or both during the holy month. Some popular bakeries, including New Yasmeen and Golden Bak…
      - 3 days ago 19 Jul 14, 5:00am -
    • Metro Detroit Hindu community to celebrate Festival of Chariots

      Metro Detroit Hindu community to celebrate Festival of Chariots

      Novi — For the Hindu community in Metro Detroit, there is no more exciting time than Rath Yatra.
      - 4 days ago 18 Jul 14, 3:54am -
    • Church of England votes in favor of women bishops

      Church of England votes in favor of women bishops

      London — The Church of England has voted to allow women to enter its top ranks as bishops.
      - 8 days ago 14 Jul 14, 3:58pm -
    • Churches struggle to reach young Americans

      Churches struggle to reach young Americans

      Young people caught up in what experts now call 'emerging adulthood' may stress that they are open to attending multigenerational congregations that offer roots, tradition and mentors. But how will they know when they have found the right spiritual h…
      - 10 days ago 12 Jul 14, 5:00am -
    • Fight before float like the butterfly
      Muhammad Ali once claimed he would 'Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.' Well, 'The Greatest' did exactly that. And while I'm not one to tug on Superman's cape, I'd like to slightly amend his most famous of phrases.
      - 10 days ago 12 Jul 14, 5:00am -
    • Faith calendar
      Religious events taking place this week across Metro Detroit.
      - 10 days ago 12 Jul 14, 5:00am -
    • Civil rights group: More advocacy needed to stem anti-Muslim bigotry
      While Muslims have found greater mainstream acceptance in Metro Detroit and nationwide, more work is needed to address persistent discrimination and intolerance in workplaces, at school and elsewhere, a civil rights advocacy group said.
      - 12 days ago 10 Jul 14, 11:16am -
    • Pope begs forgiveness of sex abuse victims
      Vatican City — Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and went further than any of his predecessors by vowing to hold bishops accountable for their handling of pedophile p…
      - 15 days ago 7 Jul 14, 5:00am -
    • Pope: No-work Sundays good, not just for faithful

      Pope: No-work Sundays good, not just for faithful

      Campobasso, Italy — Pope Francis has lamented the abandoning of the traditionally Christian practice of not working on Sundays, saying it has a negative impact on families and friendships.
      - 17 days ago 5 Jul 14, 3:42pm -
    • Keep the church holy with tolerance
      As Christians, we have the right and freedom to live out our faith, but we do not have the right to force our faith on others or demand that society endorse our particular religious view.
      - 17 days ago 5 Jul 14, 5:00am -

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    • newSmiling for 'Auschwitz selfies,' and crying into the digital wilderness

      Smiling for 'Auschwitz selfies,' and crying into the digital wilderness

      Opinion by Craig Detweiler, Special to CNN (CNN) – It is understandable why Breanna Mitchell’s sunny tweet from Auschwitz as “PrincessBMM” would spark a viral outcry. A tour of a concentration camp, where so many Jews lost their lives, may mo…
      - 3 hours ago 22 Jul 14, 12:53pm -
    • ISIS to Christians in Mosul: convert, pay or die

      ISIS to Christians in Mosul: convert, pay or die

      Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) - Just days after the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria said they killed hundreds of Syrians, dozens of Iraqi Christian families are now fleeing the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, hoping to avoid a similar fate. O…
      - 1 day ago 21 Jul 14, 12:14pm -
    • World Cup final: It's Pope versus Pope

      World Cup final: It's Pope versus Pope

      By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN)– Will the World Cup final become a "Holy War"? At the very least, Sunday's match could put millions of Catholics - not to mention Vatican employees - in a bit of a bind. Will they root for Argentina,…
      - 13 days ago 9 Jul 14, 4:51pm -
    • Eye for an eye: The Bible's role in revenge attacks

      Eye for an eye: The Bible's role in revenge attacks

      Opinion by Joel Baden, special to CNN (CNN) – This past Sunday, six Israelis were arrested for the murder of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy. Israeli officials admitted the likelihood—already acknowledged by many—that this killing was carried out…
      - 14 days ago 8 Jul 14, 5:01pm -
    • Pope: bishops 'accountable' for sex abuse

      Pope: bishops 'accountable' for sex abuse

      (CNN) – Catholic bishops "will be held accountable" for failing to protect children from sexual abuse, Pope Francis said Monday, his strongest acknowledgment yet of what abuse victims have been saying for decades: that the cover-ups have often been…
      - 15 days ago 7 Jul 14, 3:11pm -
    • Why you should leave religion off your resume

      Why you should leave religion off your resume

      By Sara Grossman, CNN (CNN) – If you’re applying for a new job, it may be best to leave religion off your resume, according to a new study. Job applicants who mentioned any form of faith affiliation on their resumes were 26% less likely to be co…
      - 20 days ago 2 Jul 14, 1:24pm -
    • The 8 best tweets about Tim Howard and Jesus

      The 8 best tweets about Tim Howard and Jesus

      By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) – Yeah, but can he walk on water? After Team USA goalie Tim Howard's divine performance in Tuesday's World Cup match against Belgium, some folks - ok, a lot of folks - were comparing the devout Chris…
      - 20 days ago 2 Jul 14, 1:07pm -
    • The new American dream: Searching for spirituality

      The new American dream: Searching for spirituality

      - 20 days ago 2 Jul 14, 12:50pm -
    • Hobby Lobby: the Bible verses behind the battle

      Hobby Lobby: the Bible verses behind the battle

      By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor Washington (CNN) - For the Greens, the Christian family behind the Hobby Lobby chain of stores, their battle with the Obama administration was never really about contraception. It was about abortion. After a…
      - 23 days ago 30 Jun 14, 12:19am -

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    Religion News Service

    • newAs more schools ban paddling, others defend it
      (RNS) The use of corporal punishment on disobedient students -- commonly known as paddling -- will be banned this coming school year in three counties in Florida and two in North Carolina.The post As more schools ban paddling, others defend it appea…
      - 14 mins ago 22 Jul 14, 3:18pm -
    • newThe ‘Splainer: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and religious burial customs
      (RNS) For many of the families of the 298 victims aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the release of the bodies has come too late to complete the burial customs of their various religions.The post The ‘Splainer: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and reli…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 14, 1:53pm -
    • newCounting Bodies * “Poor Door” * Rocking Abuse: Tuesday’s Roundup
      Yes, a New York luxury condo building will have a separate door for lower income folks. Mark Driscoll is back on Twitter, sorta. Tom Petty has a protest song about clergy sex abuse. And in a New York diocese, lay people can no longer preach.The post…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 14, 1:46pm -
    • newQuote of the Day: Utah State Sen. Jim Dabakis
      “It sealed the deal that I will not be joining Mr. Jeff’s group.” – Utah State Sen. Jim Dabakis, who is gay, after receiving a letter from jailed polygamist Warren Jeffs that railed against gay people. Jeffs routinely sends a flurry of lette…
      - 2 hours ago 22 Jul 14, 1:09pm -
    • newRNS archive photo of the day
      Father Adelhelm Hess served on the faculty of Conception College and Seminary during the 1914-15 academic year.The post RNS archive photo of the day appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 4 hours ago 22 Jul 14, 11:30am -
    • newCOMMENTARY: A letter to Christians about LGBT protections and religious freedom
      (RNS) There are faith leaders and politicians who will tell you these protections are unnecessary, but LGBT people with whom I minister in the pews of Metropolitan Community Churches tell me stories of losing jobs or job opportunities because of the…
      - 18 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 9:34pm -
    • newIRS agrees to monitor churches for electioneering
      (RNS) - Freedom From Religion Foundation has reached a settlement with the Internal Revenue Service over electioneering in churches, a violation of their tax-exempt status.The post IRS agrees to monitor churches for electioneering appeared first on R…
      - 19 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 8:35pm -
    • newANALYSIS: Did Obama finally thread the needle on gay rights and religious freedom?
      (RNS) The result was a split-the-baby solution that largely pleased Obama’s gay rights supporters while mollifying some religious critics and leaving enough ambiguity to blunt the opposition of more hard-line foes.The post ANALYSIS: Did Obama final…
      - 20 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 7:50pm -
    • newSome Americans still monkeying around on science education
      Colloquially known as the "Monkey Trial,” the Tennessee v. John Scopes trial ended on July 21, 1925, but 89 years later, the American public is still debating on where it stands with religion and science education.The post Some Americans still monk…
      - 20 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 7:21pm -
    • newWhy is Pope Francis spending so much time going after the Mafia?
      VATICAN CITY (RNS) With his second trip to the heart of Italy's Mafia country, experts are debating the impact of Pope Francis' uncompromising stance against organized crime and what it means for his papacy.The post Why is Pope Francis spending so mu…
      - 22 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 5:42pm -

    New Zealand Herald

    • Priest on cocaine charge
      A Catholic priest has been arrested in Italy on suspicion of dealing drugs at a party.Stefano Maria Cavalletti, 45, said he had taken to drugs because he was suffering from depression after being found guilty last year of defrauding...
      - 4 days ago 18 Jul 14, 5:00pm -
    • Michael Hewat: Anglicans mad only if they ignore Bible
      Amid the swirl of opinion around the Anglican General Synod's decision to commit to finding a way to bless gay couples, the epithets for orthodox Anglicans have mounted: anti-gay, homophobic, wrong, immoral, betrayers of Jesus, unloving,...
      - 8 days ago 14 Jul 14, 5:00pm -
    • Church of England backs women bishops
      The Church of England voted to allow women to enter its top ranks as bishops after years of bitter debates which at times threatened the stature of the state church in British society.The church's national assembly, known as the...
      - 8 days ago 14 Jul 14, 5:00pm -
    • Pope fears 8000 priests are paedophiles
      Pope Francis has said 2 per cent of the Roman Catholic clergy worldwide, the equivalent of 8000 members, are paedophiles.The figure was revealed as the Archbishop of Canterbury separately admitted he expects more sex scandals to...
      - 8 days ago 14 Jul 14, 5:00pm -
    • Pope misquoted on paedophile cardinals, Vatican says
      The level of paedophilia in Catholicism is at two percent, and includes bishops and cardinals, according to an Italian newspaper which had interviewed Pope Francis.The interview also quoted the Pope as saying the Catholic Church...
      - 9 days ago 13 Jul 14, 9:00pm -
    • Religious group set to drill oil well
      A company owned by the Gloriavale Christian Community, on the West Coast, expects to drill a new oil well this spring with a rig that has recently arrived from Korea.Ocean Harvest International Ltd (OHIL) is planning the new well...
      - 11 days ago 11 Jul 14, 5:00pm -

    Bartholomew's Notes

    • Melbourne More Welcoming than Salt Lake City to World Congress of Families
      Following an op-ed by Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign, in which he explained why his organization regards the World Congress of Families is “hateful”, the Daily Beast’s Jay Michaelson reports on fallout in Utah: The World Congress…
      - 3 days ago 19 Jul 14, 6:29pm -
    • My Unpleasant Experiences With Dennis Rice, aka TabloidTroll
      Mess with @tabloidtroll at your peril, trolls! Insider Speak…:Just Who is Richard Bartholomew (Besides being ano… http://t.co/Y2fJa4Tv — Neil Wallis (@neilwallis1) February 12, 2013 Since the early days of the #hackingtrial @tabloidtroll has be…
      - 5 days ago 17 Jul 14, 10:04am -
    • The Rainbow Belongs to God: The British Connection
      There has been a certain amount of hilarity in recent weeks over Scott Lively’s promotion of a ludicrous anti-gay song called The Rainbow Belongs to God, following its appearance on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight show. Lively explained the bac…
      - 7 days ago 15 Jul 14, 4:29pm -
    • Some Notes on George Clooney, the Druze, and the Daily Mail
      This one has gone global; from USA Today: [George] Clooney, 53, is refuting a Daily Mail story that says Baria Alamuddin, his future mother-in-law, is against the impending marriage for religious reasons. The story quotes unnamed sources as saying…
      - 12 days ago 10 Jul 14, 1:05pm -
    • Someone Pretends to be a Daily Mail Journalist Pretending to be an Jihadi
      Richard Ferrer writes, at the Independent: This week I became the story. I was called a “slimy Jew”, a “rabid zionist” and “filthy racist scum”. It started on Saturday night when sinister tweets began appearing on my timeline, claiming…
      - 14 days ago 8 Jul 14, 7:09pm -
    • Mega-Mosque “Intimidation” Mystery
      A few weeks ago, Douglas Murray of the Gatestone Institute repeated a claim that a Muslim campaigner who had spoken out against plans for a large Tablighi Jamaat mosque in east London had withdrawn from a public inquiry due to alleged “witness int…
      - 17 days ago 5 Jul 14, 9:14am -

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