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Brunei sultan announces Islamic laws that could include stoning and amputation

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei — Brunei’s sultan announced Tuesday that a new Islamic criminal law that could include penalties like … Continued

Chinese Malay couple faces prison for posting photo of them eating pork

BANGKOK, Thailand — A non-Muslim Chinese couple who posted on Facebook a photo of themselves eating pork during the Islamic … Continued

Florida’s anti-Sharia law problematic, and not only for Muslims

State lawmakers around the country have proposed bills to effectively make sharia law illegal. FOR GOD’S SAKE | Having handily … Continued

Pope Francis: Church must act decisively on sex abuse

Pope Francis has called for strong, specific worldwide measures for the Roman Catholic Church to act “with determination” against the … Continued

Tim Tebow and the second coming

There are a lot of fans out there who believe that Tim Tebow may be the Second Coming of Jesus … Continued

Opposite games by politicians

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with … Continued

Judicial cross examination

By David Waters Caretakers of a World War I Memorial in the Mohave Desert, Henry and Wanda Sandoz, attends the … Continued

Demystifying “Shariah”

By Nasim Rehmatullah and Amjad Mahmood Khan  Shariah is a misunderstood and misused concept. Critics of Islam frequently employ terms … Continued

Answering ‘Will Muslims impose Shariah?’

One of the frequent battle cries raised by those who warn that Muslims want to overwhelm the West is that … Continued

Malaysia appoints first female sharia judges

This month two new judges began working in the Sharia courts of Malaysia — Rafidah Abdul Razak and Suraya Ramli. … Continued

Organized child rape as a religion: FLDS leader gets a new trial

A new trial was ordered by the Utah State Supreme Court this week for Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist … Continued

Ultra-Orthodox Haredim threaten Israeli democracy

The Hebrew word Haredim translates as “the fearful ones”–those who tremble in awe before God. Israelis apply the term to … Continued

Minarets are not the issue

Q: What’s your reaction to Sunday’s decision by voters in Switzerland to ban construction of minarets, the slender towers from … Continued

The Archdiocese’s ultimatum

By David Waters In a surprisingly bold and seemingly unbiblical move, the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is threatening to discontinue … Continued

Apostasy and Religious Pluralism

On Saturday, Aug. 1, after several days of rioting and violence over allegations that Christians had desecrated the Quran, an … Continued

Let A Thousand Weddings Bloom

New Hampshire became the sixth state to let gay couples wed. The new law was approved after revisions exempted members … Continued

How Islamic Law Can Work

How would you respond to radical Muslim clerics in northwest Pakistan — now under Islamic law — who are calling … Continued

Patriarchal Religion, Domestic Violence And A Beheading In Buffalo

Of course there is a general relationship between patriarchal religion and domestic violence, and the more rigid and traditional the … Continued

Freedom from Pulpit Freedom Sunday

The Alliance Defense Fund, a tax-exempt consortium of Christian/Protestant conservative lawyers orchestrated Pulpit Freedom Sunday for this September 28th when … Continued

Note to Readers

Ordinarily, I feel my column speaks for itself and responders should have their say. In this case, I take exception … Continued