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China Regulates Buddhist Reincarnation

In one of history’s more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is “an important […]

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UAE father of 78 eyes new brides

The United Arab Emirates newspaper splashed its front page with a picture of Abdul Rahman surrounded by his children, the eldest of whom is 36 years old and the youngest of whom is 20 days old. Two of his current three wives are also pregnant. Abdul Rahman said his large family lived in 15 houses. […]

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Exclusive excerpts from Christopher Hitchens’ God Is Not Great

This week Slate is publishing three excerpts from Christopher Hitchens’ new book, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. From Slate Magazine Finally, a book critical on religion from the only atheist more pompous, self righteous and infuriatingly arrogant than Richard Dawkins. I hope this book is successful enough to bloat Hitchens already swollen […]

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Christianism Watch

Check out “Jesus Camp,” a place where children are taught to venerate the Great Leader, George W. Bush, to speak in tongues, and adhere to the rigid politics of Christianism. From Andrew Sullivan | The Daily Dish: Christianism Watch Jesus Camp. What really bothers me about this that it appears to have nothing to do […]

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Tensions High in Somalia as Thousands Protest

Tensions were high in Somalia’s capital today as the Islamic militants who seized control of Mogadishu the day before vowed to set up a religious state, but thousands of people allied with the one of the country’s largest clans held a rally to protest that move. From New York Times Bad news in the Global […]

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Group Seeks I.R.S. Inquiry of Two Ohio Churches

A group of religious leaders has sent a complaint to the Internal Revenue Service requesting an investigation of two large churches in Ohio that they say are improperly campaigning on behalf of a conservative Republican running for governor. From NYT This is the real reason to oppose the President’s Faith Based initiatives. It not only […]