Monthly Archives: April 2016

Ain’t It Grand (to Be an Ayatollah)!


To become a Grand Ayatollah, one must be steeped in the Qur’an, in Islamic history and law, in the Shi’ite Hadith traditions about Muhammad, Ali and the eleven Imams descended from him. One must be recognized by other ayatollahs, mullahs … Continue reading

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J. Herbert Nelson as Stated Clerk of the PC (USA) — a Match Made in Liberal Utopia?


It’s a Brave New World. No longer will the members of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) have to seek out God’s will together to know the mission of the Church. Instead, the Stated Clerk Search Committee has nominated a “priest and prophet” to lead … Continue reading

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“Scowl. You’re on Candid Camera!”


Did you ever notice that all the photos of Khomeini put out for public consumption show a man with a perpetual scowl? They made him seem irritable, angry, even irascible. I used to wonder if he suffered from stomach ulcers, … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Khomeini


The Spirit of Allah, written in 1985 by Amir Taheri, is a fascinating biography of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini from his 1902 birth to five years after the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. The title of the book comes from the literal … Continue reading

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