Pakistani Muslims: Ban the Bible

Why? Because it offends Muslims:

( A group of radical clerics in Pakistan wants the country’s Supreme Court to declare certain passages in the Bible blasphemous – because they depict as flawed certain biblical characters whom Muslims regard as Islamic prophets.

If the court fails to do so, they said, then lawyers will submit an application for the Bible to be formally banned in Pakistan.

The campaign, announced by the clerics at a Lahore mosque and reported Tuesday in the Karachi daily The News and the Urdu-language Roznama Islam, is the latest attempt by radicals to use the country’s blasphemy laws to shield Islam from perceived insults.

Citing Florida pastor Terry Jones’ Qur’an-burning act, the leader of the initiative, Abdul Rauf Farooqi, said the campaigners would like to pay back such “blasphemers” by doing the same to the Bible, but would not follow in their footsteps.

Instead, he and the other clerics in the campaign want Pakistan’s top court to rule that certain passages in the Bible are blasphemous, since they undermine prophets’ sanctity by portraying them as flawed or immoral.

Farooqi, who is leader of the Islamist organization JUI-S (Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Sami-ul-Haq group), said the “insertions” in the Bible were offensive to Muslims, who hold all prophets in high esteem…

There is more here.

That religion of supposed peace, at its best.


Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients

So it would seem:

(CBS4) – Expect challenges to a bill signed by Governor Rick Scott which will require welfare applicants to undergo drug testing.

The bill also requires that those who apply for welfare must pay for the drug testing out of their own pockets. However, the cost would be reimbursed if the person passes the drug test…

“While there are certainly legitimate needs for public assistance, it is unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction,” Governor Scott said. “This new law will encourage personal accountability and will help to prevent the misuse of tax dollars.”

A similar law which passed in Michigan in 1999 which required random drug testing of Welfare recipients lasted five weeks before it was stopped by a judge. An appeals court ruled it unconstitutional after a four-year legal battle.

On Tuesday, Scott also signed into law another measure that bans the designer drug MDPV or “bath salts.”

Poison control centers in Florida have reported 61 calls of “bath salts” abuse, making Florida the state with the second-highest volume of calls.  The hallucinogenic substances are readily available at convenience stores, discount tobacco outlets, gas stations, pawnshops, tattoo parlors, and truck stops, among other locations.

A good idea?



Biblioblog Top 50 (May 2011)

With a new #1:

Oh my! This is the real deal this time.  “Number 2″ Joel Watts (et al) has taken over the top spot from perennial Biblioblog rankings tyrant leader the devil Jim West.  Will the top two spat or will Beelzebub  Jim relinquish his title graciously?  Will the person who I’m sure must have cheated somehow Joel rub it in or behave like a good sport?  Stayed tuned for this episode of As The BiblioBlog World Turns …. 🙂


Rank Blogger Blog Name Alexa Rank
1 Joel L. Watts, et al Unsettled Christianity  67111
2 Jim West Zwinglius Redivivus 69774
3 James McGrath Exploring Our Matrix 106545
4 Marc Cortez Scientia et Sapientia 152050
5 John Loftus Debunking Christianity 160318
6 Neil Godfrey Vridar 185837
7 Matthew and Madeleine MandM 198403
8 J. R. Daniel Kirk Storied Theology 200710
9 Airton José da Silva Observatório Bíblico 226410
10 Todd Bolen  Bible Places 234263

Rest here.

Congrats Joel!



A Personal Ordinariate Parish Will Be Established in Toronto

The first outside the UK?

Fr Bill Foote, appointed by Archbishop Collins to visit and mentor groups of Anglicans and Catholics who wish to enter the Ordinariate, visited the Toronto Group on 29 May. As Fr Foote put it, in guiding groups of Anglicans toward entering into the full communion of the Catholic Church, his job is to be “the horse’s mouth.” Here is what we heard from the horse’s mouth:

Anglicanorum Coetibusdoes not propose to establish a kind of uniate structure, where entire jurisdictions “unite” with Rome. Rather, the Apostolic Constitution provides a bridge or doorway, so that individuals and groups may journey together to enter into the Catholic Church, and find room within the Latin rite for former Anglicans, now Catholic, to preserve their liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions, a gift for the whole Church.

Fr Foote emphasized the necessity of personal choice and commitment.  To enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church – to become Catholics – each person must make a profession of faith, to the effect that he or she believes everything that the Catholic Church believes and teaches.  If an individual is already baptized, he or she will then be confirmed.

The Toronto Group is relatively small.  Our contact list extends to about 30 people, but it is unclear how many have sent letters to Archbishop Collins, and therefore how many are prepared, at present, to be received into the Catholic Church, or (if already Catholic) to enter the Ordinariate. However, Fr Foote stated that very few are needed to constitute a viable worshipping community. Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt 18.20). The 14 people we had gathered to hear Fr Foote on Sunday would be enough to provide the basis for building a parish.  (With reference to numbers, Fr Phillips has provided a reflection on little acorns.)

Accordingly, an Ordinariate parish in Toronto will be established.

The rest here.