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Does the Koran Endorse Apostasy Laws?

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Muslims consider the Koran the word of God. Hence, it is the primary and supreme source of jurisprudence in Islam. The practice of Prophet Muhammad, Sunnah, is second in line. Both leave no doubt that apostasy is not a punishable offense at all, let alone by death.

Transhumanists and Libertarians Have Much in Common

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Libertarianism and transhumanism have too many deep philosophical principles in common to not grow and evolve together. The all-important role of personal freedom makes the two ideologies a natural fit for one another.

Daily Meditation: Discovering A Sense Of Belonging

Posted 03.07.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

A Sin at the Intersection of Faith, Religion and Mental Health

Josh Rivedal | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Josh Rivedal

It's easier to help a person stay alive and open the dialogue on reasons to live slowly, with a delicate pair of pliers, rather than the sledgehammer of "suicide is a sin."

Is Madonna Practicing Islam?

Posted 10.08.2013 | Celebrity

Madonna made waves in the mid-1990s when she began studying the Kabbalah, a Jewish esoteric tradition that draws from the mystical and prophetic visio...

Jews Are NOT People of the Book

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 11.23.2013 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Unlike a book, which not only has a clear beginning and ending, a scroll just keeps turning. Unlike a book, which must be broken in order to add to it, a scroll simply needs a bit more parchment, a needle and some thread. And in those differences, a huge statement is being made.

How to Make a Bomb in 7 Easy Steps

Mark Olmsted | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

In the end, the only reason you need to not build a bomb is what is does to you. It is soul-killing to be a murderer. You want to do something with your feelings of alienation? Go out and practice random acts of kindness. Raise money for refugees. Fight for justice.

Blasphemy Case Against Christian Teen Dismissed

Reuters | Posted 01.19.2013 | Religion

ISLAMABAD, Nov 20 (Reuters) - A Pakistani court dismissed on Tuesday a blasphemy case against a Christian girl which had drawn international condemn...

I'm No Movie Critic, But Innocence of Muslims is SOOO Bad!

Edward Falzon | Posted 11.21.2012 | Entertainment
Edward Falzon

Innocence of Muslims by nobody-knows-who, going by the 14 minutes that have been released in trailer form, might well be the worst movie ever made on this or any other planet. Perhaps that's the reason everyone's rioting. They want their 14 minutes back.

French Magazine Publishes Mohammad Cartoons

Reuters | Nicholas Vinocur | Posted 11.18.2012 | Media

* Cartoons portray Prophet naked, mock furore over film * French government criticises publication, boosts security * Ar...

French Newspaper To Publish Mohammad Cartoons

Reuters | Brian Love | Posted 11.18.2012 | Media

PARIS, Sept 18 (Reuters) - The French government has called for restraint after learning that a satirical weekly plans to publish cartoons of the Pr...

The Problem With the Middle East Is the Middle East

Ben Barber | Posted 11.17.2012 | World
Ben Barber

Americans of every political stripe must accept that what we do or don't do will not change the way of life in countries from Morocco to Pakistan.

Indiana Congressman: US Schools Should Be Modeled After Quran-Founded Islamic Schools

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.06.2012 | Education

André Carson, the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 7th Congressional District, created controversy when he told an Islamic Circle of North America c...

Merkel Ally Says Islam Not Part Of Germany

Reuters | Posted 06.19.2012 | Religion

* Remarks start controversy at conference on Islam * Row already brewing over Salafists handing out Koran * Germany home...

Religious Texts, Dissected

Posted 04.09.2012 | Arts

Meg Hitchcock's paper works are poignant meditations on language, religion and the mutability of the divine word. Hitchcock dissects holy texts, cuts ...

A Hero From Providence

Anthony Amore | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Anthony Amore

Correct me if I'm wrong, but haven't a large number of Americans already paid -- with their lives -- to bring freedom from zealous theocracy to the oppressed people of Afghanistan? Allow me to introduce just one.

Qur'an Burnings Indicate Need for Mission Overhaul

Lisa Schirch | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Lisa Schirch

International forces need to make cultural sensitivity a priority in a mission focused on protecting civilians and addressing root causes through supporting governance and diplomacy, not waging war.

Can U.S.-Afghan Partnership Work?

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Violence against NATO troops by Afghan security forces in reponse to burning of the Quran at the Bagram Air Base has reignited doubts over the U.S. endgame in Afghanistan.

America's Image Problem in Afghanistan

John Feffer | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
John Feffer

How is it that the Pentagon and the Islamophobe, with their opposite views on Islam and intervention, end up generating a similar response in the Muslim world?

Calling It Quits in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 04.28.2012 | World
Malou Innocent

How many more American soldiers and innocent Afghan civilians have to die before the Obama administration withdraws from Afghanistan?

Newt Gingrich Criticizes U.S. Apology For Quran Burning

AP | BRIAN BAKST | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics

SPOKANE, Wash. -- GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Thursday a U.S. apology to Afghan authorities for burned Qurans on a military base was...

Dozens Wounded In Afghan Demonstrations Over Quran-Burning

Reuters | Posted 04.22.2012 | World

By Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Four people were shot dead and dozens wounded in protests in Afghanista...

Demonstrators Torch Foreign Compound In Kabul

Reuters | Posted 04.22.2012 | World

KABUL, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Demonstrators in the Afghan capital Kabul set fire on Wednesday to part of a housing compound used by foreign contract wor...

How The Placebo Effect Proves That God Exists

Richard Schiffman | Posted 04.01.2012 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

We can't find God, because, paradoxically, we are already the God that we are seeking.

Teach Us How To Pray

Wilfredo Amr Ruiz | Posted 03.27.2012 | Religion
Wilfredo Amr Ruiz

Our aspiration shall be to imitate the prophets and messengers of God.