Islam

Big list of sin!

by Todd Hebert on December 1, 2012

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sin (noun) – an offense against religious or moral law b: an action that is or is felt to be highly reprehensible Generally speaking, sin is a relative term that really has no meaning. If there is a god, I’m willing to bet he feels the same. A set list of dos and don’ts with […]

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“New Atheism” for kids

by Todd Hebert on November 29, 2012

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“The faith in God around our globe Is just bad magic, just a joke Rabbis, priests and muftis, too Are “naked apes” like me and you Only, they see floating ghosts And wear quite funny caps and clothes” The excerpt above is from a German children’s book called Wo bitte geht’s zu Gott?, fragte das […]

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Which is the better story? A review of “Life of Pi”

by Todd Hebert on November 26, 2012

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*Potential spoilers contained herein. “Your uncle told me that you have a story that will make me believe in God?” asks the writer to a middle-aged Piscine (Pi, for short) during the opening moments of “Life of Pi.” Damn, that’s a lofty and incredibly futile setup for a film! I’m all ears. Ang Lee’s new […]

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The personal side of Israeli/Palestinian conflict

by Todd Hebert on November 17, 2012

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There is no better example of the toxicity of mixing religious fundamentalism with politics than that of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. The Jewish deity bestowed control of this particular piece of land unto his people, so says a collection of books called the Bible. Israelis are making sure God’s will is carried out by evicting all […]

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Muhammad entering from the rear [Booklist]

by Todd Hebert on November 6, 2012

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Osama Van Halen Michael Muhammad Knight Soft Skull Press (2009) If punk rock songs are short, loud, offensive, and give a big F.U. to the mainstream, then Michael Muhammad Knight’s new novel, Osama Van Halen is very punk rock. The barely there, comic book plot of Osama Van Halen is sketchy at best: Rabeya, a […]

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Muhammad was a punk rocker

by Todd Hebert on November 4, 2012

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I think a misconception a lot of us in the west have about Islam is that it is one-dimensional; that it’s a rigid set of beliefs and practices with no wiggle room for personal interpretation. 1.5 billion Muslims moving in strict unison. The Taqwacores, a movie based on Michael Muhammad Knight’s modern cult classic novel […]

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The War of Two Islams

by Todd Hebert on October 16, 2012

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Shiites and Sunnis have been separate entities within the religion of Islam for about 1400 years. Extremist Shiites and Sunnis have been in bloody conflict for the last several. Yet, there is still much confusion differentiating the two groups, especially among the west. Here is a brief primer: What caused the original rift? When Islam’s […]

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The Golden Rule: A list of two dozen versions

by Todd Hebert on October 6, 2012

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World religions differ greatly in their individual beliefs, practices and traditions. But the one thing that they all share is the Ethic of Reciprocity, or the Golden rule as it is commonly known. Here is a list of several religious traditions’ version of the universal rule.

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