December 31, 2009

Israel Summons all of her Ambassadors to Jerusalem

Joel Rosenberg's blog is reporting an interesting development in Israel.

According to Rosenberg, "Last week — for the first time ever — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned all of the Jewish State’s ambassadors back to Jerusalem for special briefings….why?….what’s brewing?….developing."

It will certainly be interesting to see why this event has taken place.

December 27, 2009

Jennifer Aniston may convert to Kabbalah from Buddhism

The UK's Mail Online reports today that actress Jennifer Aniston may be planning to convert from her current religion of Buddhism to Kabbalah.

According to the Mail Online piece, "Jennifer Aniston could be the next Hollywood star to convert to Kabbalah, after striking up a friendship with devotee Demi Moore. The former Friends actress turned to Buddhism following her difficult split from Brad Pitt – but now I hear she is considering making the switch to the fashionable faith, which is based on ancient Jewish mysticism."

December 26, 2009

Pew Poll: most and least religious states

A recent state-by-state "Religious Commitment Analysis" produced by the Pew Research Center's Pew Forum on Religion and Pubic Life presented some interesting results.

According to the Pew poll, more than 80% of people in Mississippi polled say that religion is "very important in their lives" making Mississippi the highest ranking state in the poll. Bottoming out the poll is New Hampshire and Vermont boasting only 36% who say that religion is "very important in their lives."

December 21, 2009

Muslim father found guilty of killing pregnant daughter in honor killing

The Muslim father of a 15-year-old pregnant girl has been found guilty of her death. Apparently the murder was an honor killing.

According to the Mail Online, "Mehmet Goren, 49, a bully who terrified his Turkish family, was yesterday found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering his 15-year-old daughter Tulay after she started a relationship with Halil Unal, man from a different Muslim sect."

December 16, 2009

Oral Roberts dies at age 91

The Associated Press reports that infamous televangelist and founder of Oral Roberts University, Oral Roberts, died yesterday at the age of 91.

Oral Roberts was a pioneer in religious television broadcasting and is one of the early proponents of the Word Faith Movement. Roberts will likely be remembered most for his proclamation in the 1980's that God would "call me home" if he didn't raise $8 million.

December 7, 2009

Jimmy Carter speaks at Parliament of the World's Religons

Former President Jimmy Carter was a recent keynote speaker at the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions. According to the Parliament of the World's Religions website, Carter addressed the topic "The Religious Imperative for the Equality of Women & Girls."

Interestingly, Carter was in the news recently for leaving the Southern Baptist Convention over the issue of the mistreatment of women. Indicting the Southern Baptist Convention, Carter stated, "The truth is that male religious leaders have had -- and still have -- an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims U.S. is blocking the return of Islam's Messiah

Fox News has a story today about the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

According to the Fox News piece, Ahmadinejad said, "
We have documented proof that they believe that a descendant of the prophet of Islam will raise in these parts and he will dry the roots of all injustice in the world. They have devised all these plans to prevent the coming of the Hidden Imam because they know that the Iranian nation is the one that will prepare the grounds for his coming and will be the supporters of his rule."

December 4, 2009

Iran successfully simulates nuclear weapon detonation

Debkafile has a chilling story today titled, "Iran successfully simulates nuclear warhead detonation."

According to the piece, "Debkafile's Iranian and intelligence sources report that this development is alarming because detonation is one of the most difficult technological challenges in the development of a nuclear weapon. Mastering it carries Iran past one of the last major obstacles confronting its program for the manufacture of a nuclear warhead."