“A Salafi group called the “Popular Egyptian Islamic Association” has warned Muslims against eating tomatoes on the grounds that the fruit is a “Christian food,” NowLebanon.com has reported.
The group based its claim on the fact that a shape resembling a cross is revealed when one cuts a tomato in half.”
“Ultra-Orthodox protesters attacked and damaged three buses in the city of Beit Shemesh near Jerusalem on Wednesday, after a female traveling on one of the buses refused a Haredi passenger’s order to move to the back and sit separately from the men.
Following her refusal, demonstrators blocked the path of the bus and smashed its windshield, then targeted two other buses nearby. Police were summoned to the site.”
“The reaction to the book has spread to Mr. Aslan’s Amazon page: on The Atlantic Wire, Alexander Nazaryan pointed out that browsing through dozens of one-star reviews on Amazon revealed that “plenty of readers of what seems to be a fundamentalist/Evangelical persuasion are furious that a Muslim published a book about Christianity’s origins.””
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“[A]nyone using social media sites — and especially Twitter — ‘has lost this world and his afterlife.’”
Sheikh Abdul Latif Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, head of Saudi Arabia’s religious police has warned citizens against using Twitter.
“One of the videos, “Lea Lexis and Krissy Lynn,” features two women whipping each other. Another video, named “RS77_Episode 01,” stands for “Russian Slaves.” A third, titled “BDSM Sklavin Züchtigung im dunklen Hobbykeller teen fesselspiele,” roughly translates into “BDSM slave punishment in the dark basement workshop.””
White smoke rises from chimney at Sistine Chapel - signaling a new pope has been elected - @CBSThisMorning
“The number of members of Congress who don’t identify with any particular religion is on the rise, according to an analysis by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
In the 96th Congress (1979-80), not a single member of the House or Senate said they didn’t belong to any particular faith, didn’t know or refused to disclose their religion.
But in the new 113th Congress, 10 members fall under that category.
That’s twice as many as in the 111th Congress (2009-10).”
“I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians.”
After their remarks about Katrina being caused by sin, what will religious conservatives say if a hurricane wipes out the RNC?
Quotes from religious conservatives within days of Katrina:
John Hagee: ”I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are — were — recipients of the judgment of God for that.”
Pat Robertson: “We have killed over 40 million unborn babies in America. … But have we found we are unable somehow to defend ourselves against some of the attacks that are coming against us, either by terrorists or now by natural disaster? Could they be connected in some way?”
Chuck Colson: “‘Did God have anything to do with Katrina?,’ people ask. My answer is, he allowed it and perhaps he allowed it to get our attention.”