Monthly Archives: August 2017

Listen here, Pilgrim!


Pilgrimage is a theme common to most of the world’s religions, combining the theme of “journeying” with that of a holy site or destination. For the Jews, it was the annual trek to the Temple for one (or more) of … Continue reading

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A God Who Suffers vs. a God Who Inflicts Suffering — Which Would You Follow?


James and John, the disciples of Jesus, would have made good Muslims, if Jesus hadn’t gotten ahold of their hearts. Rough and tumble fishermen, there was something about them which led Jesus to give them the nickname Boanerges when he … Continue reading

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Solar Eclipse — a Fearful Omen from God?


Muhammad thought so. According to authoritative Islamic traditions, a full solar eclipse occurred during Muhammad’s life, coinciding with the death of his infant son Ibrahim who at the time of his death in early 632 AD was a year and … Continue reading

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Why Do We Hate So Much?


One of the enduring lessons of human history seems to be that it is much easier to hate than to love. We human beings seem to have a hard time swinging to the rhythm of our better angels, finding it … Continue reading

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Privileged Status?


Early last Saturday morning, someone apparently tossed a small IED (improvised explosive device) through the window of an imam’s office at the Dar al-Farooq Mosque in Bloomington, MN. Fortunately, no one was injured, and damage from the explosion was minimal (it … Continue reading

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Fake News Headline #10: Muslims Love Jesus Just as Christians Do!


Back in the 1960s when I was growing up in Saudi Arabia, a local entrepreneur thought he could cash in on a void in the soft drink market left by the Saudi government ban on Coca-Cola, which had just opened … Continue reading

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Fake News Headline #9: Minorities Have Always Loved Living under Muslim Rule!


One common oft-repeated canard in the West today is that in the Golden Age of Islam (whenever that was), everyone loved living under Muslim rule. Jews and Christians flourished, Zoroastrians and Buddhists, even Hindus and other polytheists, found safe harbor … Continue reading

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