A school district near the Nashville, Tenn. area has banned class field trips to religious venues after parents expressed concern when their children were taken to a mosque as a part of an honors world studies course.
As the new school year begins, Sumner County School District spokesperson Jeremy Johnson released a statement clarifying that its district would be banning future field trips in the world studies class that would involve visiting religious venues.
"Our district has reviewed the practice and decided to eliminate field trips to religious venues from this class, as it does not provide equal representation to all the religions studied in the course unit. This decision was made due to the fact that equal representation in regards to field trips for all religions studied in the course is not feasible," the statement reads, in part, according to WKRN-TV. more >>
The creator and promoter behind the controversial "Innocence of Muslims" short film that sparked riots in the Middle East last year will be released from federal custody in Southern California on Thursday for charges unrelated to the film.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is listed in court documents as Mark Basseley Youssef, will be released from a halfway house in Southern California on Thursday after serving a year for violating his parole for previous bank fraud charges. In November 2012, he pleaded guilty to, among other things, using an alias in violation of his parole agreement. Basseley used the alias "Sam Bacile" while promoting the "Innocence of Muslims" short film in September 2012.
Basseley was the California-based promoter behind the highly controversial short film "Innocence of Muslims" that was dubbed in Arabic and posted to YouTube in September 2012. The film reportedly mocked the prophet Mohammed, causing riots to break out in the Middle East that resulted in numerous deaths and casualties as protesters attacked U.S. Embassies in countries such as Egypt and Yemen. The film was also initially blamed for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, although that was later confirmed to be an unrelated, carefully planned terrorist attack on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. soil. more >>
An evangelical leader in Canada has expressed his approval of a Saskatchewan academic institute adding footbaths to a building on their campus for the benefit of Muslim students.
Recently the University of Regina added footbaths at the Riddell Centre building to have an on-campus facility for Muslims to ceremonially wash themselves before praying.
Bruce Clemenger, president of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, told The Christian Post that Regina's move was "a good example" of how to properly accommodate Muslim students. more >>
Anglican leaders from across the globe have expressed sorrow for the victims of the bombing of an Anglican church in Pakistan in which more than 80 worshippers were killed and some 200 more were injured on Sunday.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the 77-million strong Anglican Communion, commented on Twitter about the tragedy at All Saint's Church in Peshawar.
"Peshawar bomb reveals depths of human evil, yet those suffering speak of forgiveness as well as justice. That is the love of Jesus shown," wrote Welby. more >>
Often translated as "Loyalty and Enmity," the little-known Islamic doctrine of wala' wa bara' commands Muslims never to befriend or be loyal to non-Muslims, while being clean of, disavowing and ultimately hating them.
During a question-and-answer session at an Islamic conference (see video below), the full extent of this divisive doctrine was given full expression. Popular preacher Dr. Yassir Burhami, the vice president of the Salafi party in Egypt, explained how this doctrine must be upheld at all times-even with a Muslim's wife, if she happens to be a non-Muslim member of the "People of the Book," (Christians and Jews, whom Muslim males are permitted to marry from; conversely, male Christians and Jews are strictly banned from marrying Muslim females).
When an attendee asked Burhami how Islam can allow a Muslim man to marry a non-Muslim woman and yet expect him to hate her, the sheikh responded as follows: more >>
A Tennessee high school has decided to revise its field trip policy after a group of freshmen were taken to an Islamic mosque where they were given copies of the Koran and while a student who opted out of the trip was given a worksheet that alleged Muslims treated their conquered people better than the United States treated minorities.
The students were in an honors world studies class at Hendersonville High School and the field trips to the mosque as well as a Hindu temple were part of a three-week course on world religions.
But some parents objected to the trips and wondered why the school would tour a mosque but not a Christian church or a Jewish synagogue. more >>