'Current Affairs' Archive

High Court Smacks Down 3 Religious Challenges

October 1st, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on High Court Smacks Down 3 Religious Challenges

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court opened its new term Monday refusing to get involved in two church-state disputes — one over religious organizations paying for workers' birth-control health insurance benefits, ...

Sanity Returns to Texas

August 30th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Sanity Returns to Texas

Sanity Returns to Texas Common sense and justice may have had something to do with it, but it was the parole board's recommendation that did the trick. Texas Governor Rick ...

Furor Over Religious Mudslinging

August 22nd, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / 1 comment

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A political ad from the Louisiana governor's race is drawing a storm of criticism for accusing Republican Rep. Bobby Jindal of calling Protestants "scandalous, depraved, ...
The Al-Qaeda Reader

The Al-Qaeda Reader

August 15th, 2007 / Books, Current Affairs, Religion / 7 comments

I happened upon an amazing interview this morning with Raymond Ibrahim on KPCC / AirTalk with Larry Mantle. Ibrahim has translated and released a number ...

Save Us From Our Cyber Selves

July 26th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Save Us From Our Cyber Selves

Via Slashdot, this item about Linden Labs shutting down all gambling activity within online community Second Life. The long arm of American law now reaches around the ...

If you want to be Surgeon General, be homophobic, uninformed and evasive

July 16th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on If you want to be Surgeon General, be homophobic, uninformed and evasive

The last Bush Surgeon General was muzzled, and the new candidate is woefully uninformed (or more likely just dodgy). To add insult to injury, here is his 1991 paper condemning ...

Questioning Whether Islam Is Religion of Peace

July 9th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Questioning Whether Islam Is Religion of Peace

Reasonable Muslims now agree that when a religion veers so far off course, it loses immunity to inquisition. "We ought to go through very serious questioning and soul-searching," a founder ...

Russia lays claim to North Pole resources

June 28th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on Russia lays claim to North Pole resources

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has made an astonishing bid to grab a vast chunk of the Arctic, giving himself claim to its vast potential oil, gas and mineral wealth.

Chavez: "Malignant Narcissism"

June 26th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Chavez: "Malignant Narcissism"

Chavez: "Malignant Narcissism" WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Insecurity, "malignant narcissism" and the need for adulation are driving Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's confrontation with the United States, according to a new ...

US complicit in China's June 26 drug war slaughter

June 15th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on US complicit in China's June 26 drug war slaughter

One of the sick annual rituals in the global drug war has been China's annual round of executions of supposed drug offenders marking the occasion of the UN's "International Day ...

Inmates Sue After Prisons Ban Religious Books

June 11th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Inmates Sue After Prisons Ban Religious Books

(CBS) OTISVILLE, N.Y. Inmates at the federal prison camp in Otisville, N.Y., were stunned at what they saw at the chapel library on Memorial Day: Hundreds of books disappeared from ...

Bush in holy gaffe

June 9th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Bush in holy gaffe

Vatican City - US President George W Bush drew gasps at the Vatican on Saturday by referring to Pope Benedict XVI as "sir" instead of the expected "His Holiness", pool ...

Dictating to democracy - rule by religion?

June 7th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Dictating to democracy - rule by religion?

Most recently, Archbishop George Pell has hit the airwaves with a “warning” that members of the New South Wales Parliament face “consequences” in their religious lives if they support a ...

NASA chief regrets remarks on global warming

June 6th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Science / Comments Off on NASA chief regrets remarks on global warming

LOS ANGELES - The head of NASA told scientists and engineers that he regrets airing his personal views about global warming during a recent radio interview, according to a video ...