A Muslim preacher is under armed guard in Tanzania after police sought him out in possible connection to the acid attack on two British teenagers that left them badly burned, several media outlets reported.
The preacher, identified as Sheikh Issa Ponda, was apparently injured by a teargas canister as he tried to escape police officers, Mirror Online reported. He is currently under armed guard in a hospital, following suspicion that he might have incited the acid attack on 18-year-old British teenagers Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup in Zanzibar last week by two men on a motorcycle.
The girls, who were part of a volunteering teaching program working at a primary school, suffered burns to their face, chest, and hands. They were treated at a local hospital in Zanzibar before being flown back to their families in the U.K. more >>
Professor Richard Dawkins, known as the world's most famous atheist, has risen to rock star status for his attacks on God and religion, in particular, his attacks on the God of the Bible. But when he recently criticized Muslims, he was in for a surprise.
Before looking at Dawkins' rather mild criticism of Muslims, let's remember the depth of his vitriol against Christians and the Bible, most of which has only enhanced Dawkins' reputation.
In an April interview aired on the Qatar-based TV network Al Jazeera, Dawkins railed on the Catholic Church, saying that, as "Horrible as sexual abuse no doubt was [suffered by some children at the hands of deviant priests], the damage was arguably less than the long-term psychological damage inflicted by bringing the child up Catholic in the first place." more >>
A spokesperson for the Coptic Church in Egypt said recently that the pope has canceled his weekly meetings at the Cairo cathedral due to his concern of increased hostility against Christian congregants.
"We fear that Pope Tawadros II might become a target of Islamist reprisal," Father Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Coptic Church in Egypt, said in a recent statement. "In recent weeks, after the fall of the Morsi administration, attacks and acts of intimidation against the Christian minority have occurred on a daily basis," Greiche added.
As a precaution, Pope Tawadros II has canceled his weekly events at St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo, out of concern that his congregation will be attacked by Islamic militants. The pope usually holds a weekly lecture series at the cathedral during which he discusses scripture with congregants, but this will be postponed until further notice. more >>
Outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins has stirred controversy via Twitter by saying that fewer Muslims have won Nobel Prizes than members of Trinity College in Cambridge, and questioned if they have done anything worthwhile since the Dark Ages.
A selection of Dawkin's Twitter comments over the past couple of days include: "Indeed, where would we be without alchemy? Dark Age achievements undoubted. But since then?" and "All the world's Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though."
The posts have drawn the ire of commentators on social media, who sought to point out several misleading notions in the biologist's statements. more >>
What happened to Egypt's liberals? Jackson Diehl's question in The Washington Post is not a new one.
In the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution and as Islamists swept every electoral competition, the question was being sincerely posed. Where have all those young champions of freedom that filled Tahrir square and captivated the world disappeared? Today a deep sense of disappointment accompanies the question. The commitment to principles by those once hailed as the founding fathers and mothers of Arab democracy evaporated at the first real test.
Mohamed Morsi's election was not Egypt's first experiment with democracy. In the aftermath of the 1919 revolution and after a stormy constitutional process, Egypt's first democratic parliamentary elections were held in 1924. The elections pitted Egypt's greatest liberal thinkers and its political elite gathered in the Liberal Constitutionalist Party against a man that five years earlier had been one of their own; Saad Zaghloul and his Wafd Party. The masses chanted "if Saad nominated a stone we would elect it" and they gave the Wafd 90 percent of the seats leaving the liberals to lick their wounds and draw lessons from their humiliating defeat. more >>
If I were President, there would be no special treatment for anyone entering our country illegally. I would send a special delegation to Israel to study how to build a fence, secure it and then electrify it.
After the border is secure, I would put out a clarion call that all illegal aliens have six months to register and the clock starts ticking when the fence starts construction. When we catch them after that, there will be no citizenship possibility and then we would deport them. My concern would be for those who have been here for years and sought legal ways to gain citizenship and I would work with Congress to put them on the fast track like they do inmates on death row in Texas, fast and efficient. I would be sensitive to not breaking up families because that would be inhumane of course, so if you are caught after six months, then you and your whole family, whether your children are born here or not would be deported because you had six months to make it right. I would work with all illegal aliens if they sign up to do everything possible to get their green cards or work permits. However, if someone is attempting to gain citizenship, they must go to the back of the line.
If I were President, I would make a new commitment to Israel and announce the Muslim brotherhood as a terrorist organization, stop all shipments of money, weapons and planes to Egypt until a free government is elected that we deem is free and not a threat to our greatest ally, Israel. Syrian leadership must go and no one on either side will get help from us until we deem it safe for Israel and America. Iran would have one warning to disarm or we will stand with Israel to do it for them. more >>