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April 10 2006 By virtueonline Apostates from Islam: The case of the Afghan convert is not unique

Some other Muslim countries have laws similar to Afghanistan's. Apart from its other depredations, in the last ten years Saudi Arabia has executed people for the crimes of apostasy, heresy, and blasphemy. The death penalty for apostates is also in the legal code in Iran, Sudan, Mauritania, and the Comoros Islands.

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March 27 2006 By virtueonline Under the Scimitar of Damocles - by Andrew Bostom

John Ralph Willis, Princeton University Professor of Near Eastern Studies, has described the "apparent paradox" that jihad wars and razzias (p.343) -rationalized as struggles to liberate men from unbelief-became, through the mass enslavement intrinsic to these campaigns, "a device to deprive men of freedom." And freedom, in the Muslim conception, "being perfect slavery" to Allah, the sole (distant) hope of earthly freedom from the bondage and humiliation of slavery for the subjugated infidel-

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March 23 2006 By virtueonline The curious rise of anti-religious hysteria - by Frank Furedi

What Toynbee seems to find most hateful about religion is that it is able to express a powerful sense of faith. 'US born-agains are using the movie', she warned. Many critics seem especially outraged by this prospect of religious organisations 'using' the film to promote their faith.

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March 22 2006 By virtueonline CHICAGO: Are gay adoptions shaping up as nation's next culture clash?

On July 9 Nate entered the world, and his birthparents, working with the Cradle in Evanston, chose McDonagh and Smith to adopt him.

"We were very lucky," Smith said. "Everyone--including our families--was very supportive."

Not everyone views their domestic situation so benevolently. In recent weeks a flurry of activity has focused new attention on same-sex adoption, which is being touted as the next battleground in the nation's culture wars.

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March 20 2006 By virtueonline KABUL: Afghan Man Faces Execution After Converting to Christianity

And so, officially, Muslim-born Rahman is charged with rejecting Islam and not for practicing Christianity.

Appearing in court earlier this week Rahman insisted he should not be considered an infidel, but admitted he is a Christian.

He says he still believes in the almighty Allah, but cannot say for sure who God really is. "I am," he says, "a Christian and I believe in Jesus Christ." Rahman reportedly converted more than 16 years ago after spending time working in Germany.

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March 08 2006 By virtueonline "Prophetic Politics Goes to Washington?" - by Timothy Sherratt

To his credit, Wallis wants Christians to embrace a comprehensive social ethic. He does not seek to exchange conservative moral issues for liberal moral issues. The Christian ethic he advocates penetrates the boardroom and the budget, as well as the bedroom.

As the 2006 midterm elections loom, could evangelical politics achieve the synthesis Wallis seeks, marrying traditional positions on personal moral questions to moral commitments to end poverty?

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March 07 2006 By virtueonline Hollywood Celebrates Alternate Reality

For two consecutive years, Hollywood has been falling behind at the box office. The combined box office receipts for the five nominees for best picture did not even approch the box office revenue generated by The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. One analysist suggested the total future revenue including DVD sales of the top five might top 250 million while The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe could, including DVD sales, come close to 800 million.

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March 07 2006 By virtueonline Because They Hate - by Brigitte Gabriel

I was ten years old when my home exploded around me, burying me under the rubble and leaving me to drink my blood to survive, as the perpetrators shouted "Allah Akbar!" My only crime was that I was a Christian living in a Christian town. At 10 years old, I learned the meaning of the word "infidel."

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February 28 2006 By virtueonline LOS ANGELES: The crash of civilizations

The other great think-piece of the post-Cold War period was Francis Fukuyama's "The End of History." Published in 1989, before the fall of the Berlin Wall, it argued that liberal democracy had conquered, once and for all, rival ideologies such as fascism and communism. But Fukuyama went from seeming prescient to seeming overoptimistic within just a few years. In particular, Bosnia's civil war showed how history might actually resume with a vengeance in some post-communist societies.

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February 27 2006 By virtueonline ENGLAND: British Muslims call for laws to Protect Muhammad

These calls come in the wake of international Muslim outrage about the publication of caricatures of Muhammad in Danish and other European newspapers.

TWO MORE RALLIES PLANNED TO PROTEST DANISH CARTOONS

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