Day: March 10, 2013

Syria rebels free 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers abducted in Golan Heights

Source: globalpost, by Allison Jackson. Twenty-one UN peacekeepers held hostage by Syrian rebels for four days have been freed. The Filipino peacekeepers arrived in Jordan from neighboring Syria on Saturday, Agence France-Presse reported,citing a Jordanian government spokesman and the Philippines ambassador in Amman. Rebels fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad abducted […]

On questioning the Jewish State

By JOSEPH LEVINE THE NEW YORK TIMES I was raised in a religious Jewish environment, and though we were not strongly Zionist, I always took it to be self-evident that “Israel has a right to exist.” Now anyone who has debated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will have encountered this phrase often. […]

Has Atheism Become a Religion?

Source: Huff Post, by David Lose. Before you dismiss the question out of hand, consider these four inter-related bits of evidence: 1) As recently reported in the New York Times, military personnel who identify themselves as “Atheists” have requested chaplains to tend to their spiritual needs. As the Times article notes, “Defense Department statistics […]

Rights watchdog condemns Pak record on minorities

Zeenews.com: Human Rights Watch: Islamabad: The Pakistan government should immediately take legal action against Islamist militant groups and others responsible for threats and violence against minorities and other vulnerable groups, Human Rights Watch has said. HRW said Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law had “come under renewed scrutiny” after a mob torched […]

Hinduism Path to Monotheism – A Theological Reflection on Shiva on the Occasion of Mahashivaratri

Source: The Huffington Post By Anantanand Rambachan Professor of Religion, Saint Olaf College, MN   On March 10, Hindus around the world will celebrate Shivaratri (The Night of Shiva). I share these theological reflections on the occasion of this sacred festival. For centuries, Hindus have worshiped and described God through the name […]