Posts tagged "afghanistan"
In the News: Racism, Ramadan, Romanian Witches and more!

In the News: Racism, Ramadan, Romanian Witches and more!

A round-up of the week's religion news.
In the News: Emanuel A.M.E., Encyclicals, Etsy, and more!

In the News: Emanuel A.M.E., Encyclicals, Etsy, and more!

A round-up of the week's religion news.
Afghanistan: Memories of Glass

Afghanistan: Memories of Glass

In Herat, Saba Imtiaz explores memory and memorialization, where glass blowers once whispered the names of the fallen into thousands of hand-blown objects.

Muslim Attitudes

Comment by NYU assistant professor/faculty fellow Jeremy Walton on yesterday's New York Times article, "Koran burning in NATO Error Incites Afghans,"  (February 21, 1:39 pm):
These comments are, on the whole, atrocious and disturbing, for two reasons. First, there seems to be absolutely no interest or concern on the part of most NYTimes readers to comprehend...

Terry Jones Takes Dearborn

Yesterday Terry Jones held another rally in Dearborn, Michigan, outside the Arab International Festival, to raise awareness for the encroachment of Islam in America.  Abby Ohlheiser was there. This was the plan: Terry Jones would speak at City Hall then march with his supporters up to the annual Arab International Festival in Dearborn, MI, a...

Osama Bin Laden, Dead

Typing this, I hesitate.  Is this a mere death?  An assassination?  A murder?  And if not the latter, why not?  Mass murderers and perpetrators of genocide have been brought to trial, yet the U.S. now abandons established paths of justice.  They've "taken him out."  Have we already tried bin Laden in our media, determined him...

Preaching Against the Wars

The Proper 29 Project, created by Mennonite pastor Mark Villegas and named for Reign of Christ Sunday (November 21, also known as Proper 29), asks pastors to "address the violence in Iraq and Afghanistan" in their sermons.  Writes Anna Groff at The Mennonite:
Villegas is pastor of Chapel Hill (N.C.) Mennonite Fellowship and...

Apologizing in Advance

Yesterday several hundred Afghans gathered to protest the planned 9/11 burning of the "Koran" at Dove World Outreach Center in Florida. Reports Reuters:
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul said the "United States government in no way condones such acts of disrespect against the religion of Islam, and is deeply concerned about deliberate attempts...

Religion Stories for the Week with Jeff Sharlet and Amy Sullivan

Today has posted a conversation on religion and the media between Jeff Sharlet, founder and contributing editor to The Revealer and author of the forthcoming C Street and Amy Sullivan, contributing writer with Time magazine.  The topics that they cover are:  the killing of 10 health workers/missionaries in Afghanistan; gay marriage; the "Ground...

Afghanistan: A Hit Close to Home

A more personal note: My sister writes this morning to tell me that her friend, Glen Lapp, a resident of our home county, Lancaster, and an aid worker for the Mennonite Central Committee, was killed in the Taliban ambush in Afghanistan last week.  Glen had been in Afghanistan for nearly two years and was...

Shari’a and Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

by Najam Haider This article is part of an ongoing series that will examine what Shari’ah is, how the media often get it wrong, and how it’s being used to create fear of Islam and Muslims and to justify continued military defense of “American values.”