Are you thinking your own thoughts? Are you living your own lives?
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Last week, the Home Office closed their three-month consultation on the criminalisation of forced marriage. When I initially posted the consultation document in the Facebook group for my organisation, British Muslims for Secular Democracy, there were cries of shock that forced marriage was not already a criminal offence. The right to choose who you will live with, sleep with, eat with and possibly raise children with, for the rest of your life, is as basic a right as they come. Violations of this right are not only disastrous for the individuals involved, but they undermine values that are fundamental to British society and Islam itself.
I wrote after my visit with the artist. "Who among us wouldn't like to catch a glimpse of that world from time to time, to picture life before the fall?"
I recently read in the New York Times about a study of Princeton University Students who actually believed that they had an impact on the Super Bowl merely by thinking about the game. How ridiculous is that?!
Definition Of Wealth,
God And Wealth,
Meaning Of Wealth,
Spirituality And Wealth,
Healthy Living News
Through my faith and trust in God, I know God is the source of my wealth. "In God We Trust" is printed on American primary monetary system. When we have that trust in God, the infinite power of good, there is great peace, calm and a sense of blessing in our life.
Faith Consistent Investing,
Both the Jewish and Christian communities from their earliest documents display a debate about with the foundational questions of ownership, agency, interest and usury. The Holy Quran also offers some unique teachings.
Every person at some point has a vision of what they would like to accomplish in life, what their true beliefs are and what their innate potential could achieve if activated. To translate that vision into reality is one of our main struggles.
I was dunked at the same baptismal spot in the river Jordan, a symbolic gesture of transformation and following Jesus. Thank God, the Baptist minister agreed to customize the recitation for me.
Another important issue to consider is that the multitude that crowded the plazas in Santiago and Havana were in grand part organized and obligated to attend the event, as part of their day of labor. The lack of enthusiasm during the celebration was notorious.
While western Christians have completed their celebrations of the Lenten season and Easter, eastern Christians are just gearing up for their own. How did that happen?
Mysticism In Catholicism,
Mysticism In Islam,
Mysticism In Judaism,
I believe that mystical practice may involve greater religious devotion because it eliminates all the superfluous elements.
If one approaches science and religion as logical systems that must be rationally reconciled, then reconciliation is really hard.
As Passover 2012 ends, let's finally break the bonds, and liberate ourselves from Top Rabbis lists. America has enough idols. Let's smash this one (the list, not the rabbis).
Ask Pastor Paul,
Whatever you do, don't make your daughter the battleground of your (a)theological debate.
Instead of voting for the candidates, the parties, and the Super-PACs, a new generation of believers will be voting for their values, their friends, and their own voices -- voting for us. And that is hopeful to me.
Thousands of people of all races cried out for justice for Trayvon Martin. We did not know all of the facts, but we sensed that the dynamics of race in America were at play. We blogged, petitioned, donned our hoodies, and we prayed.
I was amazed to discover that the insidious ideas I held about the LGBT community dissipated as I got to know the individuals that made up that group. I learned that the best way to destroy a prejudice was to have the courage to encounter those we have learned to prejudge.
Having studied the cult of Saint Death on both sides of the border for the past three years, I feel compelled to respond to this abominable act perpetrated in the name of the Bony Lady.
Boosting the importance of religion reporting and advocating support for those prevented or persecuted for writing about it was a point that almost all those present agreed to be an essential element of the International Association of Religion Journalists' mission.
Bearing in mind that much of the church is already leaning in to its "Good Passover," I offer this trio of poems to wish you all a Kalo Anastasi, a very "Good Resurrection."
Perhaps Mickey Loomis, Sean Payton, Greg Williams and the rest of the Saints' coaching staff are modern day equivalents of rebellious elders. Maybe they are not. Either way, Goodell understands this and his punishments are designed to make sure that this will never happen again.
Compassion, like all emotions, is a feeling state that serves as an engine for action. Once we feel an emotion, it increases the likelihood that we'll engage in certain behaviors.
If leadership is not authentic, then what is it? It may be called leadership, but it cannot be.
No matter what you write, there are Catholics ready to take immediate offense, to explode in righteous anger, to threaten to report you to the proper authorities or, most of all, to correct.
For 44 years I have read, pretended to read, heard, slept through or spaced out through the reading of the Haggadah. For some reason, this time around, I seemed to focus on how screwy and shocking it was that the final action to attain freedom involved a low blow.
I want to fight for this child, but there's nothing I can do because he's not my flesh and blood. How do I keep from hating his mother?
Abdul Baha Titanic,
The Titanics Forgotten Survivor,
Titanics Forgotten Survivor,
One hundred years ago the "unsinkable" Titanic sank into the North Atlantic. The tragedy has made for some epic storytelling. One of the most extraordinary stories is that of a 68-year-old Persian who wasn't, it turns out, actually on the ill-fated vessel, but was supposed to be.
With all this support among religious people, why don't Americans get to hear LGBT-affirming messages from some of them? They are crowded out by the same extreme voices over and over again.
When I began running, naturally I found myself applying the principles of meditation to my exercise. When we relate to our mind and body and allow them to harmonize, we feel more alive and strong.
Flying Spaghetti Monster,
Talk Nerdy To Me,
We live in the 21st century, the century of biotechnology. Without an appropriate understanding of evolution, students will be at a disadvantage in the workforce. And without an understanding of anthropogenic climate change, how can we expect Tennessee children to grow up to become members of an informed electorate?