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Hashtag about Christian women unleashes torrent of emotions

From the very interesting article:

What a Christian author started on a whim rapidly turned into a whirlwind.
Sarah Bessey, author of “Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Review the Bible’s View of Women,” created a Twitter hashtag on Tuesday (April 18) called #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear. She kicked it off with a couple things that have been addressed to her.

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This Islamic School Helps Students Build Their American And Muslim Identity

From the article:

The academy, which serves elementary and middle school grades, was established in 1999, "to cultivate and nurture a thriving American Muslim identity that balances religious, academic and cultural knowledge and imparts the importance of civic involvement and charitable work."
The school combines traditional classes with Islamic instruction. All students take Arabic, recite from the Quran, and are taught how to pray. Shad Imam, who has a daughter and a son enrolled here, says he and his wife were drawn to this school because of the way Islamic ideas are woven into the curriculum.....

The Al Fatih program includes a special emphasis on social justice issues...........

At the same time, the students at Al Fatih are taught that, if they want their religion respected, Muslims need to learn to respect other faiths.

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Many thousands gathered at Chicago's Daley Plaza

to demonstrate before marching to Trump tower.

Congress-persons Jan Schakowsky and Mike Quigley spoke, as did longtime activist Jesse Jackson Sr. The 80F day was nearly perfect for marching and the crowd was energized. many bystanders called out messages of support also.

Facing a fake clinic escort in NYC

From the article:

WHEN PRO-CHOICE activists showed up at New York City's Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood early on Saturday April 1, it was immediately clear that something wasn't right.
Members of NYC for Abortion Rights called a counterprotest that morning to oppose a vigil by the "40 Days for Life," part of a series of actions around the country organized by religious opponents of women right to choose.....

Planned Parenthood escorts in official pink Planned Parenthood escort vests stood in front of the clinic and on the street corner opposite. But there was another person immediately in front of the clinic doors--a middle-aged white male who also wore a pink vest but one that didn't sport the official Planned Parenthood escort logo.
As he spoke with a young woman of color who looked confused, it became clear that he wasn't an official escort--he was an anti-choicer deliberately attempting to confuse patients by dressing as an escort and give them false information about abortion.


Sad and disgusting that long after Roe v Wade established this right that it is still being violated.

When It Comes to Holocaust Awareness, We Need to Raise the Bar

From the article:

We’ve written before about hateful acts of anti-Jewish bigotry being on the rise. News of bomb threats, vandalism, even desecration of Jewish cemeteries is reported daily. Just yesterday, near Washington, D.C., a Jewish Community Center was tagged with swastikas and the phrase “Hitler was right.” The incident was all the more painful as it occurred on the first full day of the Jewish holy week of Passover. ........

Vandalizing a synagogue and saying something insensitive on national television are not the same thing—but they both indicate something disturbing about our national understanding about the Holocaust and genocide. People who think the Holocaust was “an atrocity” but don’t understand the nuances have a looser grip on their position than they think they do. And they have a much looser grip on their position than people who think “Hitler was right.”

This is not ancient history, this is within living memory.

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Why Easter is called Easter, and other little-known facts about the holiday

Jumping right to the heart of the article:

The naming of the celebration as “Easter” seems to go back to the name of a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre, who was celebrated at beginning of spring. The only reference to this goddess comes from the writings of the Venerable Bede, a British monk who lived in the late seventh and early eighth century.

Christian leadership, similar to the Romans before them, often appropriated local non-Christian religious holidays as a way of encouraging acceptance of Christianity.

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Bernie Sanders Gives Democrats Two Keys To Resisting Trump And Winning Back Congress

From the article:

Democrats need to do two things, Chris.

Number one, a 50-state agenda. Do not surrender parts of the country to right-wing Republicans.

Number two, a progressive agenda that makes it clear that the Democrats are going to stand with working families, they are prepared to take on Wall Street and the one percent. We do those things, I think you’re going to see fundamental changes in the way politics works in America.

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And yes, the Democrats must also fight against a corporate media that is owned by 6 large corporations, and a media that is more concerned with access than investigation.

In His Firing from ACT for America, Roy White Continues Anti-Muslim Campaign With New Group

From the article:

Less than two months after his firing from ACT for America—the largest grassroots anti-Muslim organization in the country—Lt. Col. Roy White continues his demonization of Muslims under a new banner: The Patriots of San Antonio....

Whatever the name of White’s new organization may be, his speech in March clearly indicates that he intends to be even more radical than he was with his previous organization, which is quite disturbing considering the hateful rhetoric and actions ACT for America has pushed for the last decade. And if Wednesday’s invited guest speaker Amil Imani is any indication, White’s crusade against Islam shows no signs of letting up.
“What aspects of Islam do you find most problematic and disturbing?” Imani asked on a post to his website in 2013. “To answer this question properly, volumes can be written. Just a few keywords should cue you for now. Intolerance, fatalism, institutionalized slavery, injustice, jihadism, oppression of women and non-Muslims, celebration of death, lack of respect for individualism, rejection of freedom and democracy … ”

Beating the drum of intolerance. To read more:


US Sikhs launch ad campaign that looks to push back on hate

From the article:

Sikhs in the United States are launching a million-dollar awareness campaign that aims to stop hate-fueled attacks by explaining more about who they are and what they believe...

The ads, which will air on CNN, Fox News and on TV stations in Fresno, California, home to a large Sikh community, make no mention of the more than 300 hate crimes reported by Sikhs in the U.S. since the 2001 terrorist attacks. Rather, they feature Sikh families explaining how the world's fifth-largest religion, founded in India, aligns with American values.

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Who are the Copts and why are they persecuted?

From the article:

The Copts are the largest Christian community in North Africa and the Middle East, and one of the oldest Christian sects in the world. The church is officially known as the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and was founded by the Apostle Mark in the year 42.........

As with their Eastern Orthodox counterparts, married men can be ordained as priests. Coptic priests often have other professions before they enter the priesthood......

The Copts have their own patriarch, Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, who took office in 2012 after having his name picked from a glass chalice by a blindfolded boy. Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church has been very vocal in his support of the Copts and is scheduled to meet with his counterpart in Egypt later this month.

Far more than I knew. To read more:

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