Calling today’s organized religion a failure, the Nation of Islam’s Minister Louis Farrakhan on Sunday urged a “new beginning” during the rededication ceremony for a renovated mosque on Chicago’s South Side, striking a tone of inclusion toward Jews, Christians and other Muslims. He also embraced members of all races as each being their brother’s keeper. >>>>>
Bishop Robert J. Herman, the administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, has written a column reminding Catholics that their vote will be a decision weighed on the Day of Judgment. He urged Catholics not to treat the unborn as the neglectful rich man treated Lazarus in the biblical parable. >>>>>
The problem with how this article is placed is that people of religious faith have a huge dilemma. If you vote Democrat, then you’re supporting the killing of unborn. If you vote Republican, you support the killing of the foreign born. In God’s view, at least as people of faith are taught. They are all God’s children, regardless of birth status or nationality. The bottom line is that secularism and ‘democracy,’ at least that of what we practice, tend to pidgeon whole religious practitioners into voting for something they don’t believe in. In the end, it helps us to become part of the co-conspirators of the sins/crimes we complained about to begin with.
This is probably why so many people in the U.S. do not vote; because they know that whatever the performance; the process is futile based on expecting any gains based on that particular person’s higher moral principles are.
Azerbaijan continues to maintain the closure of Baku’s Abu-Bekr Mosque, Forum 18 News Service has found. The closure was imposed after a 17 August bomb attack on the mosque, and a nationwide “temporary” ban – still in force – on people praying outside mosques was also imposed. The authorities have caught the alleged attackers, but “the decision not to allow the mosque to reopen offends the community,” Imam Gamet Suleymanov told Forum 18. The ordinary police, the Interior Ministry, the Prosecutor’s Office, the National Security Ministry (NSM) secret police, and the State Committee for Work with Religious Organisations all deny that their agency is responsible. Similarly, the authorities also refuse to release the text of the ban on praying outside mosques. Elsewhere, Baptist prisoner of conscience Hamid Shabanov remains in jail, with his latest detention period due to end on 21 October. It is unclear what the authorities plan to do, even though he is held on charges his church and family insist are fabricated. >>>>>
“First, we should give up centuries-old stereotypes. Second, we should consciously resist temptation to invade spheres sacred to other people. Something that is sacred for one cannot be a butt of jokes for another. Third, we should realise that there are threats that are common for all cultures and civilisations. Not only terrorism but also proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, transnational crime and environmental degradation.”
He said a “fateful denial of spirituality, a tradition that has existed for thousand years – thanks to many religions mainly Islam and Christianity, was even more dangerous”. >>>>>
swfobject.embedSWF(“http://medya.todayszaman.com/todayszaman/images/isbank.swf”, “Banner-497”, “300”, “220”, “8”); Sponsored by the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, the 2009 parliament will take place in Melbourne, Australia, a multi-religious, multi-lingual and multicultural city. As the world’s largest inter-religious gathering, the parliament will convene religious and civilian leaders and people of faith, spirituality and goodwill from more than 80 countries to improve relations among religions and their followers and to promote and encourage social cohesion within societies across the world. >>>>>
Abdullah said he believed that to effectively narrow the divide between the Muslim world and the United States or the West, both sides must work hard to nourish the strengths that united them. “We need to focus on the many principles that we share, and the numerous interests that are common,” he said. >>>>>