Haroon Moghul offers a rebuttal to Graeme Wood's "What ISIS Really Wants" essay in The Atlantic. For openers: "That a movement that has earned the world's nearly universal opprobrium for its grotesque violence and wickedness is nevertheless honest in describing why it does what it does. I beg to differ. The only Muslims who think ISIS represents Islam, or even Muslims, are ISIS themselves." read more
A prominent rabbi has pleaded guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism after secretly filming women in his congregation's ritual baths. Barry Freundel, 63, may have recorded as many as 150 women in the changing area at his orthodox synagogue in Washington D.C. The women were disrobing for the ritual Jewish bath, known as a mikvah. read more
The trade in antiquities is one of Islamic State's main sources of funding, along with oil and kidnapping. For this reason the UN Security Council last week banned all trade in artefacts from Syria, accusing IS militants of looting cultural heritage to strengthen its ability "to organise and carry out terrorist attacks".
An Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History class, persuaded by the argument that it only teaches students "what is bad about America." Other lawmakers are seeking a court ruling that would effectively prohibit the teaching of all AP courses in public schools. Oklahoma Rep. Dan Fisher (R) has introduced "emergency" legislation "prohibiting the expenditure of funds on the Advanced Placement United States History course." Fisher is part of a group called the "Black Robe Regiment" which argues "the church and God himself has been under assault, marginalized, and diminished by the progressives and secularists." read more
It's the first day of Lent, and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stuart knows people are busy.
So the church is offering 'drive-thru ashes' for those unable to get to morning Mass read more