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Pakistan tops worst list for religious freedom

May 2nd, 2013

Religious freedom is under attack in Pakistan  and the situation next door in Afghanistan is  not that much better, despite an improvement since the country was ruled by the Taliban, a U.S.  government advisory commission said in a report released Tuesday.

Pakistan represents the worst situation in  the world for religious freedom for countries not currently designated as ‘countries of particular concern’ by the U.S.  government,” the U.S.  Commission on International Religious Freedom said in its annual report. “The government of Pakistan  continues to engage in and tolerate systematic, ongoing, and egregious  violations of freedom of religion or belief.”


Ahmadi Muslims, killed in Pakistan but welcomed here, perfectly symbolize our Canadian values

February 22nd, 2013

Last week, when Canadians learned that the federal government was set to announce the creation of a new “Office of Religious Freedom,” CBC reported the news with this headline: “Harper to unveil religious freedom office in Toronto mosque.”

If you want to appreciate how blessed we are to live in a tolerant nation such as Canada, just consider this fact: Had the CBC headline quoted above been used in a news story in Pakistan, the company’s editors, as well as the copy editor who came up with the headline and the reporter who wrote the story, could all be thrown in jail on blasphemy charges.


Pope Benedict XVI resigns

February 11th, 2013

Pope Benedict will step down as head of the Catholic Church on February 28 the Vatican confirmed on Monday.

Here is the full text of the pope’s statement today:

Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonisations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.

I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me.

For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

From the Vatican, 10 February 2013


Bangladesh mob torches Ahmadi festival site

February 8th, 2013

Pakistani news photographers take pictures of desecrated graves at an Ahmadi community graveyard in Lahore. Pakistan declared Ahmadis non-Muslims after it adopted a law in 1974. Bangladesh, has no such law, but Islamic parties and clerics had demanded the government declare them non-Muslims.

DHAKA: Bangladeshi Ahmadis on Thursday shifted the site for their centenary celebrations after thousands of religious rivals torched the original venue.

A mob, which witnesses said numbered around 20,000, attacked the venue at Kaliakoir, near Dhaka, late Wednesday where members of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat were due to mark 100 years since the movement began operating in what is now Bangladesh.


Atheists to Distribute ‘An X-Rated Book’ to Public School Kids to Combat Christians’ Bible Give Away

January 18th, 2013

Central Florida Freethought to Give An X Rated Bible in Florida Public Schools

Atheists in Orange County, Fla., are taking the Bible to task. Central Florida Freethought (CFF), a local, secular group associated with the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), plans to distribute atheist books in public schools after a religious organization began giving away free Bibles in 11 of the county’s public schools. At least one of the literary works, “An X-Rated Book: Sex & Obscenity in the Bible,” is sure to raise eyebrows.
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Egyptian court sentences Christian family to 15 years for converting from Islam

January 17th, 2013

The 15-year prison sentence given to a woman and her seven children by an  Egyptian court for converting to Christianity is a sign of things to come,  according to alarmed human rights advocates who say the nation’s Islamist  government is bad news for Christians in the North African country.

What can you expect from a country whose leader in 2010 declared that Jews were “the Descendants of Apes and Pigs.” Even more recently… the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi publicly prayed for the annihilation of the Jewish people.


Canadian law professor calls for legal changes to bring about ‘queering’ of Catholic schools

January 16th, 2013

It is almost against the law to be Catholic now…

In “Queering Schools, GSAs and the Law: Taking on God”–an excerpt from the book The Gay Agenda: Claiming Space, Identity & Justice–a law professor at the University of Manitoba calls for changes in “state-issued law and policy approaches”  to ensure that Canadian schools, including Catholic schools, become “queered.”




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