Thursday, 20 October 2016

Beyond Islamophobia

That is so true. So many Christians talk like they are experts on the Quran and Sharia law, when in fact they have just visited Islamophobic websites and read lurid and selective quotations.

DHA| Islamophobia: Overcoming Myths and Engaging in a Better Conversation

DHA| Islamophobia: Overcoming Myths and Engaging in a Better Conversation

Turkey’s Doğan Group held a panel in Washington on Oct. 20 in a bid to globally fight against the fallacies and prejudices directed toward Islam.

The panel titled “Islamophobia: Overcoming Myths and Engaging in a Better Conversation” was organized in cooperation with the U.S.-based Atlantic Council think tank and the Smithsonian Institution. Hürriyet Chairwoman Vuslat Doğan Sabancı delivered the opening speech of the panel, which will be moderated by the president and CEO of the Atlantic Council, Frederick Kempe.

“Islamophobia is a phobia, which is a fear of the unknown. If we put it so simply then the answer is very simple. Let’s get rid of the phobia. Let’s get to know each other” Vuslat Doğan Sabancı said.

“We can introduce a new language in journalism where we can ask question so that the other side is heard” she said. "Freedom of speech should not be exercised at expense of attacking one's dignity, faith."

The panel also featured author and comparative religion commentator Karen Armstrong; former Turkish State Minister Mehmet Aydın; the dean of the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, Vali Nasr, and renowned human rights activist Zainab Salbi.

Karen Armstrong: Islamophobia is an irrational fear, it is not based on reason

Karen Armstorng said, "We have cheered when the Wall of Berlin torned down and now we are cheering because new walls are erecting, something has shifted. Islamophobia is an irrational fear, it is not based on reason, it is based on a gut feeling."

Anna Soubry's advice to the PM

The Heavy Anglo-Orthodox : This blog’s policy on Islam

The Heavy Anglo-Orthodox : This blog’s policy on Islam

"On the other hand, we are not to go beyond what the Fathers in their wisdom and in the examples of their lives have laid out for us. This pertains especially to those of us living in America many generations and thousands of miles removed from first-hand contact with Muslim societies. We are not to regard Muslim people as irrational, inherently violent or sub-human (because even ideologies and heresies do not completely damage the icon of God in the person). We are to eschew praying together with Muslims (though, even then, there are certain noteworthy and honourable exceptions); we are not to eschew working with them or living alongside them, as many of us have had to do for centuries (Saint John’s father Sergius, and possibly Saint John himself, served as administrators in Muslim governments). We can and should counter any propaganda by which certain Muslim governments and polities deliberately misrepresent themselves (and, of course, defend ourselves when we have been attacked), but we are not to spread canards about Muslims that are not demonstrably true or that Muslims do not speak or show of themselves."

Christians must reject Islamophobia.

What happened to you, Mrs. May?

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Freedom Crossroads: Donald Trump is a Man Without Principle

Freedom Crossroads: Donald Trump is a Man Without Principle

by John Rust and Conrad Close

"Donald Trump has proven to be a man without principles. He has claimed to be the champion of the rich, poor, educated, poorly educated, man, woman, etc. Through his words, he has claimed many things about his character. Through his actions, he has proven himself to be unprincipled. He is not a man worthy of endorsement by Christians, Christian leaders, or certainly the Church.

No single election is so important that Christians should sacrifice their values for a short-term political victory. When you throw your support behind Donald Trump, you are tacitly endorsing everything he stands for. Christians will never have a candidate with which they agree completely on every single issue. However, this is not a matter of policy. It is a matter of principle. How can you declare that character matters when you support a man who has no morals or decency? How can you insist that the sanctity of marriage matters when you support a man who has been married three times and has openly bragged about adultery and sexual harassment? If you vote for Donald Trump, you trade your Christian witness and testimony for the price of one or two Supreme Court justices.

The Supreme Court may have an open seat, and perhaps will have another in coming years. Perhaps Christians can make the argument against giving certain candidates the opportunity to nominate new justices. Perhaps the argument can be made that Trump will nominate justices who are better. This argument is unsound. Why should Christians trust that Trump will nominate men or women of integrity to the Supreme Court, when his own integrity is missing? Even if he did nominate solid pro-life Justices, it is worth the price of our testimony and public witness?"

National Review: Mindy Finn’s Quest for the Vice Presidency

National Review: Mindy Finn’s Quest for the Vice Presidency

by by Ericka Andersen

After failing to recruit a number of former candidates, members of Congress, and others as an independent candidate, the group Finn was working with eventually approached McMullin. At the time, he was working as the chief policy director for the House Republican Conference and wanted to assist in the search for a candidate.

In the end, McMullin stepped up for the job himself — and it didn’t take him long to find another young, enthusiastic conservative leader he could trust to have by his side. “He knew about me and my background and my work in opposing Trump, in particular [Trump’s] rhetoric . . . around Muslims, Hispanics, women and every other group he’s criticized,” Finn says. When the campaign set up a call with her, Finn knew she was going to be asked to take on some kind of role but was not expecting the VP ask.

One of those Metropolitan Liberal Elite Types

"They really want to know what shirt you wear..."

Catholics are not forbidden to vote for Hillary Clinton

Crux: Knights’ leader right on abortion, wrong on Catholic voting duties

by Charles C. Camosy

Though Anderson is absolutely correct about the unique status of abortion, he is absolutely incorrect if he is claiming Catholics have a moral obligation to avoid voting for a pro-choice candidate.

Back in February I wrote a piece arguing that Catholics may vote for Bernie Sanders, and much of that argument applies to Hillary Clinton as well. This is not “making excuses,” but simply following the reasoning of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who in his previous role as head of the CDF, said:

“When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favor of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation [with evil], which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.”

Catholics have many good reasons for rejecting Trump and may have good reasons for favouring Hillary Clinton.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

World of Tanks

The Guardian: Why are Brexiters trying to shut down debate? Because they’re scared

The Guardian: Why are Brexiters trying to shut down debate? Because they’re scared

by Ian Birrell

"These are inconsequential incidents involving minor figures, but they indicate a hardening intolerance of open discussion as the nation sets out towards its new destination. Look at how the BBC has come under attack, there is pressure on the Bank of England governor, and a firm that sought to put up prices on food became a political football. Knives are out for Philip Hammond, the chancellor, bizarrely accused of “arguing like an accountant seeing the risk of everything” for trying to protect the economy rather than pressing blithely ahead with Brexit. Bear in mind we are just at the start of the difficult process of extraction from the EU, with many bumps and potholes on the path ahead.

There can be just one reason those pushing Britain in this direction want to close down debate: a dawning realisation for them of the harsh reality of Brexit. Until now they have displayed breezy insouciance since their triumph, in some cases allied to foolish arrogance towards fellow Europeans with whom they must negotiate. Yet they have struggled to define a clear vision that stands up to analysis. Why else would they lack confidence to engage with their critics?

We have learned already the claim there would be a £350m-a-week boost for the NHS was simply a brazen lie. Now we see that Brexit means a plunging pound, rising food prices and potentially paying billions to Brussels to protect bankers. Leavers did not tell this to voters. Yet those who point out the difficulties of detaching a complex major economy from the octopus-like EU tentacles are condemned, just as they were previously charged with Project Fear by those people preaching a naive vision of spurious sovereignty."Why are Brexiters trying to shut down debate? Because they’re scared

The Telegraph: Theresa May needs to make clear that Remainers aren't traitors – and that Philip Hammond is just doing his job

The Telegraph: Theresa May needs to make clear that Remainers aren't traitors – and that Philip Hammond is just doing his job

by James Kirkup

"The suggestion from Iain Duncan Smith that Mr Hammond should shut up or ship out is intellectually alarming. Do IDS and friends really want a Cabinet devoid of debate, ministers all adhering to a single orthodoxy on pain of being fired? That's a recipe for stupid, narrow government that makes mistakes and fails to reach out to those beyond its core supporters – something I'm sure Mr Duncan Smith would never want to bring about.

It also borders on the irresponsible at a time when markets and business are damagingly uncertain about the path the government will take through the next decade. I'm no expert, but I reckon the prospect of a finance minister being forced from office for the apparent thought-crime of advocating the single market would take at least three cents off the pound in a matter of minutes, not to mention the chilling effect on potential investment. I always thought these were things that the Conservative Party cared about, but perhaps Brexit has changed even more than I realised.

So Theresa May needs to do a little more than expressing via a spokesman "full confidence" in Mr Hammond, not least because of that phrase's unfortunate associations with political doom. She needs to make clear – in person – that she values full and frank Cabinet debate and all those who take part in it."

Taking Back Control?

Monday, 17 October 2016

The Guardian: Philip Hammond 'not a lone voice' of caution on Brexit

The Guardian: Philip Hammond 'not a lone voice' of caution on Brexit

Several cabinet members have aligned themselves with Philip Hammond in cautioning against the risks of a “hard Brexit,” including the business secretary, Greg Clark, and the work and pensions secretary, Damian Green.

The Chancellor has been accused by ministers who supported Brexit before the referendum of attempting to undermine the process, in particular through urging a delay on migration curbs amid fears of the impact if Britain loosens its economic ties with the EU too dramatically.

But Whitehall sources have confirmed that Hammond is not a “lone voice” inside government with several other cabinet figures, who supported the remain campaign also calling on the prime minister to keep open the possibility of close economic ties with the EU.

Clark and Green are both on May’s Brexit committee but other senior colleagues, including the education secretary, Justine Greening, are also thought to be supportive of Hammond’s stance, which is focused on maintaining as much access as possible to the single market as the UK quits the EU.

Amber Rudd, the home secretary, who is drawing up proposals for immigration controls but was an enthusiastic supporter of the EU before the June referendum, has made arguments in cabinet discussions supporting the chancellor.

Snipers' Fest

The Feast of Saint Luke

ALMIGHTY God, who didst inspire thy servant Saint Luke the Physician, to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of thy Son; Manifest in thy Church the like power and love, to the healing of our bodies and our souls; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Luke, pray for us, that we would always proclaim the blessedness of the Virgin Mary.