Archive for the ‘Columns’ Category

TAMIL NADU – DRAVIDIAN-CHRISTIAN NEXUS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE!

Haran BR Eraiyur is a small village in Villupuram District of Tamil Nadu. This village is dominated by the "Vanniyar" (Backward Class) community (around 20,000 people) and some 2000 Harijans (Scheduled Castes) are also living there. The Catholic Church has converted both the communities long time back and it has also established the "Our Lady […]

Sacrificing Children on the Altar of Parents’ Fanatical Faith

Robert Weitzel  “By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.” Hebrews 11:17   This Easter Sunday, 11-year-old Kara Neumann of Weston, Wisconsin, died of diabetic ketoacidosis, a curable condition. While Kara was bedridden suffering waves of nausea and vomiting and excessive thirst and could not talk, her parents, Dale and Leilani […]

Towards Religious Harmony

Harendra De Silva    Christian evangelists are on a roll in Sri Lanka. During the past few decades many reactionary Christian organisations originating in the west have swept into Sri Lanka with the single aim of converting all non-Christians to Christianity. Having arrived in a "third world" country, their reasoning is that all niceties and […]

The Children of Palestine and Israel are Cannon Fodder for the Rapture

Robert Weitzel Safa Abu Saif, a 12-year-old Palestinian girl, was visiting a friend’s apartment when the bullet fired from an Israeli rifle slammed into her chest, punching a gaping exit wound in her back. No ambulance could reach her because of the fighting. Safa died in her father’s arms three hours after being shot.

Christian Evangelism: Whither Decency?

By Harendra De Silva The world (or more correctly, the west) appears infatuated with "Muslim fanaticism." We are told over and over again that Islam preaches fanaticism, and that Muslims are allegedly violent and have a blind hatred of non-Muslims. But really, how true are these vacuous claims? They are stories made to justify violent […]

Knocking Up Juno: Hollywood’s Abstaining from The A-Word

By Tim Mitchell   I have been monitoring pop culture for a long time, examining trends and singularities that both reflect and influence public thought. One particular topic has been on my mind for some time now: the release to two films last year, Knocked Up and Juno, which use unintended pregnancies, both of which […]

Unholy ways of Holy Missionaries

On December 25th when the whole world was celebrating the birth of the Jesus Christ, churches were burning in Gujarat. As per confirmed estimates 11 churches had been burnt. On December 27th Religious leaders in the national capital expressed their anguish over the continuing attacks on the churches in Orissa, saying violence in any form […]

Conversions?– STOP, FOR CHRIST’S SAKE!

The arrival of East India Company and the subsequent British regime have been the launch pad for foreign Christian missionaries to land in India and establish themselves. They penetrated in to the far & wide of the country in the guise of focusing on "Education & Health Care" sectors to help the poor & downtrodden […]

Desperately Seeking Satan: The Conservative Christian Smearing of Paganism in America

By Tim Mitchell   "Never attribute to Devil-worshipping conspiracies what opportunism, emotional instability, and religious bigotry are sufficient to explain."–Shawn Carlson, Ph.D. In an ideal society that protects religious freedom, people have the right to choose which religion is best for them and criticize other faiths when those faiths infringe upon the rights of others. […]

Debating Devotions: A Review of Two Internet Discussions about Christian Evangelism

By Tim Mitchell   Being the media junkie that I am, I often keep my eyes open for examples of how the media cover the issue of religion, from which perspective, and who/what gets left out of the coverage. During my daily Web surfing, I found two sites that were having on-line discussions about Christianity: […]

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