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Dazed: Meet Hijarbie, the world’s first hijab-wearing Barbie.

I’m filling a gap and hoping to create a positive awareness for the Muslim girl [snip] I want her to be inspired. This is about creating an alternative and having toys that look like you, which, at the end of the day, leads to better self-esteem.

02/04/16 • 10:59 AM • ChildhoodConsumptionEntertainmentHuman RightsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

MeFi: World’s oldest surviving inscription of the Ten Commandments? Not quite.

Road trip.

02/01/16 • 03:02 PM • HistoryReligionSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Atlas Obscura: Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Traffic Signs.

Nudelmesse!” That’s what I’m calling it from now on. Love it.

02/01/16 • 09:48 AM • ReligionTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PDN Pulse: Why Muslim Woman’s Suit Against AP for Hijab Photo Will Probably Fail.

Two days later, the image appeared for license on AP’s website.” Hmmm. Not sure where I stand on this one.

01/28/16 • 03:36 PM • InternetPhotographyReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Hillary Clinton Gets Personal on Christ and Her Faith.

The usual “love” and Sermon on the Mount. Safe. Too much to hope for referencing throwing the money-changers out of the Temple; perfect opening for Bernie.

01/25/16 • 06:38 PM • PoliticsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

DesignYouTrust: Photos Show Afghanistan Before It Plunged Into Hell.

Worth remembering.

01/22/16 • 06:03 PM • HistoryPhotographyPoliticsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Economist.UK: After Jakarta.

If you weren’t aware, there are significantly more Muslims in South-East Asia than in the Middle East. Economic conditions may make young men a particularly easy radicalization vector.

01/22/16 • 10:19 AM • Human RightsNewsReligionTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Economist.UK: Mosqued objectives.

A mega-mosque is growing on George W. Bush Street in Tirana, the Albanian capital ...” Not The Onion.

01/21/16 • 11:21 AM • PoliticsReligionTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Hyperallergic: Images Confirm the Destruction of Iraq’s Oldest Christian Monastery.

Bulldozers, heavy equipment, sledgehammers, possibly explosives turned those stone walls into this field of gray-white dust. They destroyed it completely.” I seriously dislike these idiots.

01/21/16 • 10:40 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPoliticsReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Salem News: Proctor’s Ledge in Salem confirmed as witch execution site.

100 year old research, confirmed.

01/12/16 • 02:40 PM • HistoryReligionScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Heavily armed men offer ‘security’ for Oregon militia at wildlife refuge.

Put out the call to militias, beggars can’t be choosers. You sometimes get what you don’t expect.

01/09/16 • 06:41 PM • LawPoliticsPsychologyReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: What Would Allah Do?

Our findings cast doubt on the notion that there is something special about religious faith ... that invariably favors promotion of violent intergroup conflict.” A worthy read, working directly against the religion/violence assumption.

01/05/16 • 02:44 PM • Human RightsPoliticsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Virginia schools shut in Islam calligraphy row.

Teachers didn’t imagine this bit of script would be incendiary? How stupid can you be? Worst timing ever, to try using a statement of faith as a calligraphy lesson. Recitation of this in front of witnesses is considered the only formal step in conversion to Islam. And they offer this to kids in Baptist country. Jeez-oh-man.

12/18/15 • 12:00 PM • ArtsChildhoodReligionScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: I Worry About Muslims.

Not what you might think.

12/17/15 • 11:42 AM • Human RightsNewsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican: Santa Fe church presents annual ‘Living Nativity’.

A camel, sheep, donkeys, goats, horses and a zoney, a combination of a zebra and a pony, will be included in the nativity scenes ... Sounds like “Love, Actually”.

12/16/15 • 09:33 PM • ReligionSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: America’s Depressing Double Standard on Religious Violence.

You’re about five times more likely to be killed by a right-wing extremist than you are by an Islamic radical tinkering away next door.

12/11/15 • 10:04 AM • LawPoliticsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: The Words That Killed Medieval Jews.

You don’t have to go so far afield. Scholars agree that the Gospel of Matthew is the source, written for a small community within the long Jewish storytelling tradition of betrayal and renewal. “His blood be upon us and upon our children!

Fundamentalism is the problem. For all faiths.

12/11/15 • 10:03 AM • HistoryReligionScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Sefaria: a Living Library of Jewish Texts Online.

Amazing. As you highlight sentences, other connected works show up on the right side of the page. They offer Genesis Chapter 1 as a sample. Via MeFi.

12/08/15 • 10:24 AM • BooksHistoryReligionScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: ‘You Ain’t No Muslim, Bruv’: Response to London Attack Inspires Hashtag.

Exactly what’s needed right now.

12/06/15 • 12:15 PM • Human RightsLawNewsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Express Tribune: Saudi must stop financing fundamentalist mosques abroad: Merkel’s deputy.

Wahhabism provided the ‘complete ideology of the Islamic State and contributes in other countries to a radicalisation of moderate Muslims,’ he said, adding that ‘this is something we don’t need and don’t want in Germany’.” I suppose one can outlaw dangerous fundamentalist interpretations as ‘cults.’ That way, Western mores won’t get bent - the guarantee of freedom shouldn’t be a suicide note.

12/06/15 • 10:14 AM • Human RightsLawPoliticsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: San Bernardino shooter pledged allegiance to Isis, reports say.

Makes you wonder what the NSA is good for.

12/04/15 • 12:52 PM • LawPoliticsReligionSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Rare King James Bible First Edition Discovered at Drew University.

You can play Indiana Jones at your local library.

12/04/15 • 12:44 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Scientists finally get under the skin of a 13th century publishing mystery.

It was a craft industry where the skills have been handed down from father to son, and stay within families, and we don’t know how they did it anymore.

11/23/15 • 03:12 PM • BooksHistoryReligionScience • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The New Yorker: Telling the Truth About ISIS and Raqqa.

“Assad has killed so many innocents, and many people have lost hope. After Assad’s chemical attack, when he crossed the so-called ‘red line,’ the U.S. just took the weapons. It made America look like a liar and weak.

11/22/15 • 02:13 PM • Human RightsPoliticsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: 23 heritage sites destroyed in Saudi airstrikes on Yemen.

Daesh is apparently not alone in desiring to wipe out history.

11/21/15 • 05:34 PM • HistoryPoliticsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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