Rev Moon Reviews Passion, Brings Peace to Israel/Palestine

Several bloggers (Jesus’s General, John Gorenfeld) have been having sport over Reverend Moon’s pronouncement that he is returning to Korea. In a rather rambling and disjointed report in which Moon explains why he has made this decision, he also reflects on The Passion, Jews and Middle East peace. First, the historical background: Who tried to [...]

Al-Lindsey

As the last Left Behind novel hits the shelves, WorldNetDaily reports that Israeli intelligence has uncovered an “Islamic messianic whirlpool” of ideas. If you think LaHaye and Jenkins are living in a fantasy world, try the march of Islam through Russia, the return of Islam to Andalusia and a victory parade in Jerusalem with liberated [...]

God Directs Movie

Speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters’ convention, Passion public relations man Paul Lancer announced that This movie has been operating on a God level. [This film] is a work of God. But there may be evidence! Another production company is working on a TV special called Changed Lives: Miracles of the Passion. The makers are looking [...]

China: Crackdown on Blogs, Religion

Yan, who blogs at Glutter, reports that Typepad sites have been banned in China. To tie in with this news, today’s entry concerns religious freedom in that country. In 2002, Jiang Zemin announced that, “All the world’s people, including the people of China, should be free to choose how they live, how they worship and [...]

Bashing the Bishop (2)

The current New York Review of Books discusses the history of hand relief, with a review of a book on the subject by Thomas W Laquer. The case of Samuel Pepys (who blogs here) in particular caught my eye: Only on such solemn occasions as High Mass on Christmas Eve in 1666, when the sight [...]

Converting Iraqi Christians to Christianity

A report in the Washington Times confirms what I already suspected, about the gushing reports of new churches opening across Iraq. The reality, according to a local pastor, is that “While the number of churches increases, the number of Christians does not.” The missionaries lavish money in poor Christian areas, and cause annoyance by presenting [...]

Perverse Perspective on Peace

Despite the recent rift over The Passion, the alliance between Christian Zionists and Israeli reactionaries is back on track, with a huge effort to unite Christian conservatives in support for Israel and against Muslims being organised for October. According to a report by ASSIST Ministries: Protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders from around the world are [...]

Down By God’s Law

Vincent at Religion Related Injuries has linked to an article in the Orlando Weekly about the Lawtey Correctional Institute, the “faith based” prison endorsed by Jeb Bush. Although this particular prison does not appear to be linked to the IBLP, the outfit that is soon going to be providing faith-based prison resources across the USA (see my [...]

Patriarchy: What is it Good For?

A snippet from The Manila Bulletin: THE renowned journalist Barbara Walters did a story on gender roles in Kabul several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked about five paces behind their husbands. She returned to Kabul recently and observed that women still walk behind their husbands, but now seem to [...]

Prisoners, Government Employees, Provide Captive Audiences for Christian Authoritarian

Vincent at Religion Related Injuries has noted the announcement of a faith-based prison in Florida, opened with a gushing endorsement from Jeb Bush: I can’t think of a better place to reflect on the awesome love of our Lord Jesus than to be here at Lawtey Correctional. God bless you. The news report adds that Yesterday, [...]