At Church with Palin

Various reporters and bloggers have been delving into Sarah Palin’s religious affiliations and backgrounds. From Harper’s: Since becoming governor in 2006, Palin has attended the Juneau Christian Center, where Mike Rose serves as senior pastor. Her previous pastor was David Pepper of the Church on the Rock in Palin’s hometown of Wasilla — a church […]

Sea of Galilee Drying Up

The Independent reports on an environmental disaster in Galilee: The waters of the Sea of Galilee are now at their lowest on record and, officials say, are set to fall even lower. The crisis is both natural and man-made…Attempts by the Israeli government to bring in strict restrictions on water usage would, analysts say, be politically suicidal […]

An Important Distinction from Joel Richardson

A hilarious clarification, from Christian fundamentalist blogger Joel Richardson: Now, please do not get me wrong, I am not comparing Barack Obama to Satan. I’m comparing him to Hitler. Glad we’ve got that straight, otherwise we might have thought that Richardson was someone who perhaps should not be taken particularly seriously: After comparing the design […]

Swinton Circle Spat Sequel

Last week I did a posting on the London Swinton Circle and the Springbok Club, giving a bit of background to a diary piece in the Guardian. The piece’s author, Hugh Muir, now has a bit more: Regrettable that there is continuing fratricide in the Swinton Circle…Discussion forums glow hot, and some of it touches on our […]

Buddhist Rally in South Korea over Claims of Christian Bias

A juicy church-state story from the AP in South Korea: Tens of thousands of South Korean Buddhists rallied Wednesday against alleged religious discrimination by the government of President Lee Myung-bak, the latest setback for his protest-plagued administration. Discontent among Buddhists has been brewing for months over Lee’s alleged favoritism toward Christianity. Buddhists have criticized Lee, a Presbyterian, for […]

UK “Liberal Hawk” Blog Taken Down After Legal Threat to Webhost

First, it was an Uzbek billionaire. Then, it was a Nigerian homeopath. And now…some left-wing activists have followed suit in dealing with on-line criticism in the UK, not by argument, but by making libel threats against a webhost. The result – as before – is that a blog has been taken down without any actual legal action […]

A Far-Right Christian-Muslim Interfaith Group

I’ve devoted a lot of entries on this blog to the subject of Christian Zionism, highlighting certain questionable activities and inflammatory assertions from particular groups. However, one should also keep an eye on the other side as well; UK “liberal hawk” website Harry’s Place draws attention to the “the Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement”, based in […]

Israel Antiquities Authority Accused of Allowing Damage to Medieval Site

We all know about complaints that the Muslim authorities at the Dome of the Rock have been reckless in damaging Jewish archaeological remains at the site; now it’s the turn of the Israel Antiquities Authority be on the receiving end of a similar charge, from a Christian group. The Jerusalem Post reports: Last week the High Court of Justice […]

Jerome Corsi and the Christian Right

Max Blumenthhal has a profile of Jerome Corsi at the Nation, noting his history of rather unpleasant statements and associations, such as hanging out with “white nationalist” James Edwards and dispensing observations on Free Republic such as: Isn’t the Democratic Party the official SODOMIZER PROTECTION ASSOCIATION of AMERICA–…RAGHEADS are Boy-Bumpers as clearly as they are Women-Haters–it […]

When Wagner’s Prophecy Fails

Neo-Pentecostal leader C. Peter Wagner, June 2008: “This commissioning represents a powerful spiritual transaction taking place in the invisible world. With this in mind, I take the apostolic authority that God has given me and I decree to Todd Bentley, your power will increase, your authority will increase, your favor will increase, your influence will […]