The first outwardly gay-friendly mosque in Cape Town opened for afternoon prayers on Friday amid backlash from the local Muslim community.
The site, named ‘Open Mosque’, is the project of U.K.-based Muslim academic Taj Hargey who told BBC he intended it to be a place for “open-minded people” in an effort to counter Islamic radicalism. Hargey said:
“In South Africa 20 years ago, there was a peaceful revolution changing from apartheid to democracy and we need to have a similar development in the area of religion.”
In addition to welcoming worshippers who identify as gay, the mosque is open to Muslims of all sects as well as those from other faiths, and women will be able to lead prayers.
Sean Hannity vociferously defended pro-football player Adrian Peterson, who is facing indefinite suspension and criminal charges for beating his four-year-old with a tree branch, this week. While Hannity allowed that Peterson may have gone too far, as did Hannity’s dad, apparently, the Fox host feels that neither deserves to be charged as criminals. Hannity regaled his guests with tales of his beatings, with sound effects, re-enactments and everything. “I got hit with a strap—bam bam bam—and I’ve never been to a shrink. I deserved it.”
Hannity took off his belt to demonstrate just how hard his dad hit him. “I got it like this” (whack whack whack, on the desk). It was hard for his guests to get a word in edgewise, Hannity was so involved in his demonstration. “I was not mentally bruised because my father hit me with a belt.” (Note to Sean: mental bruising is not what Adrian Peterson is charged with.) “My father punched me right in the face when I talked back to him, and I deserved it.”
That’s what kids need, a good punch in the face. Because they deserve it.
Terror groups don’t exist in a vacuum - most have state sponsorship, but some were spun up by evil individuals.
A small but steady flow of money to ISIS from rich individuals in the Gulf continues, say current and former U.S. officials, with Qataris the biggest suppliers. These rich individuals have long served as “angel investors,” as one expert put it, for the most violent militants in the region, providing the “seed money” that helped launch ISIS and other jihadi groups.
No one in the U.S. government is putting a number on the current rate of donations, but former U.S. Navy Admiral and NATO Supreme Commander James Stavridis says the cash flow from private donors is significant now and was even more significant in the early fund-raising done by ISIS and al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, the al-Nusrah Front.
“These rich Arabs are like what ‘angel investors’ are to tech start-ups, except they are interested in starting up groups who want to stir up hatred,” said Stavridis, now the dean of the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University. “Groups like al-Nusrah and ISIS are better investments for them. The individuals act as high rollers early, providing seed money. Once the groups are on their feet, they are perfectly capable of raising funds through other means, like kidnapping, oil smuggling, selling women into slavery, etc.”
Kansas - where moderate Republicans are liberals…
If you visit the campaign web site of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, who is fighting a difficult battle for re-election, you will see a series of large-type boasts about his nonexistent economic achievements, and then you will read this:
“Our administration has accomplished this and so much more in my first term as Governor… . Help me stand up for Kansas against an over-reaching federal government. Join Lt Governor Colyer and I today.”
Yes: Join I today. The governor of Kansas wrote this—or signed it, anyway—and just above a list item declaring “Investing in Education.”
It is a small matter, and yet it is typical in its own careless way of the man’s calamitous administration of my home state since he ascended to the governorship in 2010. Everything was supposed to be so awesome in Kansas, so godly and upright, and everything has gone so very wrong. The little things, the big things, and everything in between.
Save The Bay a magazine that has a blueprint and supporters and has done marvelous things politically and in the bay and the tributaries has been under attack from far away states who are afraid clean water in the bay may mean clean water in their states. Clean water. Such a dangerous thing. In the Summer Issue of Fly Rod & Reel, Mr. Ted Williams wrote a blistering expose of the people and organizations trying to undermine and roll back years of progress. It’s bad enough that they care very little for their own citizens, but to sabotage a program that has brought back shellfish and fish and hopefully a larger blue point population, it’s a peek into the dirty tricks played by the powers who want dirty and unsafe water because they make money and don’t want to change. It’s not a short read, but it lays it out in stark black and white terms. Next time you hear a GOP hack or a Tea Party loon talk about “the boot of regulations on the neck of free enterprise” remember they are talking about pissing in your Cheerios and taking a shit in your well.
Thank you, Mr. Ted Williams. Thank you, sir.
Another well written account by Katie Valentine; Why Are 20 Far-Away States Trying To Block The Cleanup Of The Chesapeake Bay?
This is one more reason to vote the GOP out. OUT. They stated they wish to defund, starve or smother the EPA and DER as soon as possible.
Now Fischer is really desperate for America to be a “Christian Nation,” either that or he’s even dumber than we thought.
So apparently we’re to believe that China now is a “Christian Nation?”
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) released a report last month documenting the causes and the consequences of the pork miracle. The story sounds simple: In the last few decades, China has developed the world’s largest pork industry to feed a rising middle class.
Also what about Japan, where pork is the most popular meat?
I guess both Japan and China are Christian countries now, even through they’re not.
Buddhist 18.2%, Christian 5.1%, Muslim 1.8%, folk religion 21.9%, Hindu < .1%, Jewish < .1%, other 0.7% (includes Daoist (Taoist)), unaffiliated 52.2%
note: officially atheist (2010 est.)
Shintoism 83.9%, Buddhism 71.4%, Christianity 2%, other 7.8%
note: total adherents exceeds 100% because many people belong to both Shintoism and Buddhism (2005)
Also the statistics don’t mention what percentage of the “other” in Japan are Muslims. I was wondering since Fischer has also claimed Japan bans Islam which is something else he’s utterly wrong about, much like the claim that the first amendment was meant only to protect Christians.
But I digress, clearly neither Japan or China are “Christian nations.” Unless a nation can both not be officially Christian, and have a majority of its citizens belong to other faiths ( or no faith at all) instead and still somehow be a “Christian Nation,” we can safely say that neither country is Christian. Bryan Fischer has batted zero again. But this was a pathetic joke even for him.
Created using footage from Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s debut international tour to Montreal Jazz Festival in 2014
The sight of tactical trucks, lines of police cruisers and helicopters hovering overhead has become the new norm in the Poconos as police continue to search for Eric Frein.
According to an emailed statement, state police are urging about 7,000 residents who live in Barrett and Price townships to stay in their homes until further notice.
Another night on lockdown for these poor people that have the misfortune of living near this guy’s parents. Maybe tonight they’ll at least have cots for those who aren’t allowed back into their homes.
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Video Directed by Kate Moross, bringing the album artwork (designed by Leif Podhajsky) to life.
Music by All We Are - Rich (Drums), Guro (Bass), Luis (Guitar). Produced by Dan Carey & Mastered at Abbey Road.
Director: Kate Moross
Assistant Director: Linus Kraemer
Producer: Jamie Clark
Production Manager: Mikael Nakkas
Comissioner: Ryan McCann
DOP: David Mills
Camera Assistant: Felix Pickles
Art Department: Guy Field
Editor: Kate Moross
Compositing: Linus Kraemer
Rotoscoping: Jiamin Liu & Kate Moross
Model: Jennifer McKay
Derived from original artwork by Leif Podhajsky
As many of you may know, I am usually a drummer. But a few years ago I decided to see what writing and recording my own music would be like, HalfNoise. I made an EP in my house with a producer (Daniel James) and did a bit of touring. However it wasn’t until I played a few shows in New Zealand and spent a few months there that I really realised my passion.
In August of 2013, I went back to New Zealand and spent 7 months writing and recording the new HalfNoise album with my friend (producer) Daniel James. I wanted to experience life somewhere other than Nashville, Tenn and wanted to know how my writing would change being in such an amazing and beautiful place. I knew the trip would be exciting, but didn’t know it would be as life changing for me as it was. The people I met and the places where I visited/recorded were unlike any others Id seen before, and having toured for many years of my life I thought I had seen a lot. I wouldn’t have been able to write the album I did had I not spent that time there. The Album is called “Volcano Crowe” because we recorded the album at the bottom of a volcano and my friend Rowan Crowe was the reason I visited New Zealand in the first place.
Mountain is the first song I completed there, So I thought it would be fitting to share first.
Thank you for watching!
Video Directed By Aaron Joseph, cargocollective.com.