Posts tagged "Religion in Iraq"

Saddamites?

Rob Kall, of OpEdNews, sees coded talk in President Bush’s identification of the enemy, in this morning’s address, as “rejectionists, Saddamists and terrorists.” It’s not such a long leap, notes Kall, from Saddamist to sodomist…

12 August 2004 Daily Links

The Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf has had a dual historical role as both holy shrine and rallying point against foreign forces. Henry Chu and Teresa Watanabe of The Los Angeles Times focus on the mosque at the center of the showdown between Muqtada Sadr’s militia and U.S. troops. Najaf governor Adnan Zurfi reportedly gave permission to U.S. troops to fire...

Empty Boots

Revealer publisher Jay Rosen at the DNC: “On Tuesday morning I encountered one of the most effective acts of political protest I have seen in a while. It took imagination. Organizers — the American Friends Service Committee–laid out upon the grass in Copley Square 907 pairs of black boots, arranged in rank and file like a missing army...

Don’t Forget the Bodies

On losing count of the dead. By Jeff Sharlet Writing in The Washington Post, columnist Jim Hoagland notes that “the American public and media seem to be slowly trying to tune out Iraq’s continuing violence. Accounts of all but spectacular assaults slide deeper into network news broadcasts and the inside pages of newspapers as the summer and the...

Framing the Iraq War – An Australian Perspective

Dr. Tom Frame, Anglican bishop to the Australian Defence Force, offers this mea culpa in The Melbourne Anglican: “As the only Anglican bishop to have endorsed the Australian Government’s case for war, I now concede that Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction. It did not pose a threat to either its neighbours or the...

14 June 2004 Daily Links

Flag Day special: Supreme Court rules that God is good, at least as far as the Pledge is concerned. Well, not exactly — rather, the justices ruled that Michael Newdow does not have sufficient custody of his daughter to sue on her behalf. But then Rehnquist, Thomas, and O’Connor (Scalia recused himself) added that there was nothing...

13 June 2004 Daily Links

12:21 pm: “‘I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.’” Berta Delgado of The Dallas Morning News reports on the soon-to-retire Jack Graham, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, who says he’s served in a “time of war – not only the war in Iraq,...

The Third Martyr

The pictures from Abu Ghraib won’t just change the course of the war, writes Ali Eteraz – they may transform Islam. The nameless, hooded prisoner crucified with wires at Abu Ghraib has already joined the list of great martyrs killed in the region now known as Iraq, a list that includes Hussain, the son of the Prophet...

How to See Evil

Why do so many Americans believe that Saddam supported Al Qaeda when even the White House denies it? The prophecies of bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg offer clues. By Chris Lehmann It’s hard to keep focused on the eager patter of a publicity agent when an enormous statue of the former head of the KGB...

Welcome to the Pantheon

Thomas Hamill escapes from Iraq and gets drafted into the cult of American Heroes. By Jeff Sharlet First there was Jessica Lynch, then there was Pat Tillman, and now, for awhile at least, there’s Thomas Hamill. Hamill, the Mississippi dairy farmer who kicked his way to freedom on a farm in rural Iraq, is the latest American Hero...

The “Freedom” of “Religion”

A daily collage of religion in the news from the war.  “None of these acts is the work of a religion. All are the work of a fanatical political ideology.” – President Bush, on the train bombing in Madrid; the nightclub bombing in Bali; the bus bombings in Israel; the murder of Daniel Pearl; and the roadside bombs in Iraq....

What does the Mehdi Army Believe?

UPDATE: “River,” an Iraqi blogger, writes: “If the situation weren’t so frightening, it would almost be amusing to see Al-Hakeem and Bahr Ul Iloom describe Al-Sadr as an ‘extremist’ and a ‘threat’. Muqtada Al-Sadr is no better and no worse than several extremists we have sitting on the Governing Council. He’s just as willing to ingratiate himself...