Search Results for: prayer

Defeat for imposed prayer

Non-consensual religious ceremony has always offended me so I am pleased to see this victory for human rights  – unfortunately, in the UK, not NZ. But the case is relevant. The UK National Secular Society (NSS) challenged prayers in local … Continue reading

Church rejects power of prayer!

A humourous little clip from a past issue of the CLARKE COUNTY DEMOCRAT Texas beer joint sues church… In a small Texas town, ( Mt. Vernon ) Drummond’s bar began construction on a new building to increase their business.. The … Continue reading

Dawkins’ prayer for his daughter

There has been a fair amount of discussion here about beliefs. Specifically about the nature of scientific knowledge, how that is justified and whether ‘inferences’ such as intelligent design and creationism can be considered scientific. Richard Dawkins wrote about the … Continue reading

Prayer refusal leads to discipline

This news item from the UK, Prayer refusal pupils ‘disciplined’, clicked with me. Parents are up in arms because pupils who refused to participate in a Muslim prayer have been disciplined by the school. The pupils “were given detention for … Continue reading

Replacing public prayers

For many of us the imposition of Christian prayers in public situations is a problem. I personally feel offended whenever this is imposed on me. In this day and age, and in this multicultural, ideologically diverse society, such offensive actions … Continue reading

♦ Christian prayer problems

There are simple solutions to the problem of the use of Christian prayers in our Parliament. They will require Christians to show genuine humility and respect for those with other beliefs. Unfortunately, this is not yet evident in the statements … Continue reading

Non-violence in the defence of free speech

I have always been a fan of nonviolent tactics in social movements. Being old enough to have seen the apartheid arrangements that existed in the US during the 5os and 60s and follow the movement to break this I have often … Continue reading

Victory Day celebration of defeat of terrorism in Palmyra

Victory over terrorism in Syria is still a long way off. But the liberation of Palmyra was an important and symbolic step towards that. This concert on Thursday, in the historic amphitheatre of the ancient city of Palmyra, was dedicated to the … Continue reading

Barrel bombs, hell cannons, Aleppo and media bias

The result of terrorist shelling of Aleppo I guess most readers have become familiar with barrel bombs – an indiscriminate weapon currently being used by government forces in the Syrian war. But how many have heard of “hell cannons?” I hadn’t … Continue reading

Nadine gives a necessary message to her fellow Muslims

TV host Nadine Al-Budair made this statement on the Saudi Rotana Khalijiyah TV on April 3. I hope she survives to say more. We need more, much more, voices like this among Muslims. Here are some extracts from a recent article … Continue reading