Monthly Archives: June 2016

Gradye Parsons and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Apology


Two days ago I reported on the travesty which occurred last Saturday in Portland at the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA. Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons had asked some of his denominational employees to fashion a short worship … Continue reading

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“Wide Is the [Straight] Path…”


The Presbyterian Church USA has hammered one more nail into its own coffin — one wonders whether there is space for any further nails. Last Saturday, at the opening business session of its 222nd General Assembly in Portland, OR, the denominational leadership orchestrated an … Continue reading

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Presbyterian Dhimmitude


“Dhimmitude” is a word coined from the Arabic “dhimma” which is a technical term in Islam referring to a “protective contract” between the Muslim rulers of an Islamic state and the conquered non-Muslim peoples now living in Islamic lands. Of … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?


Since Sunday, my name has been on all the news shows. It’s a surreal feeling, since my name is very uncommon in the Western world. I keep turning to the TV with a startled look when I hear newscasters, journalists … Continue reading

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Allah’s Executioner: Travesty in Orlando


By one brief act of malevolence, America’s “Fun Capital,” Orlando, has been transformed into a center of grief and heartbreak. Very early last Sunday morning, Omar Mateen, a devout, mosque-attending Muslim, unobtrusively entered a crowded, gay nightclub, called 911 to declare his … Continue reading

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Life Is Cheap for Non-Conforming Muslims


Yesterday, Muhammad Ali, “the face of American Islam,” was laid to rest after public memorial service carried love around the world. Celebrities, friends and family members, religious and government leaders all lauded Ali as one of the greatest men of … Continue reading

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Muhammad Ali — the Face of American Islam?


After the death of Muhammad Ali last Friday, the airwaves have been filled with encomia and panegyrics seeking to outdo each other in praise of this most well-known of all professional boxers. Some have even called him the most well-known … Continue reading

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