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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.


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The Right to Justice campaign has a twofold aim: Firstly, inform the elected representatives of governments in as many Western countries as possible of the widespread religious discrimination and injustices daily suffered by Christian minorities in many countries across the world. Secondly, ask these governments to put pressure on the leaders of those countries where such discrimination and injustices occur to try to bring about an end to the sufferings of the Christian minority.

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February 24 2006 By virtueonline NIGERIA: Hard-pressed Nigerian Christians retaliate over anti-Christian violence

In a phonecall to Barnabas Fund on 7th February the Bishop of Peshawar, Pakistan reported that two church-run schools at Mardan and at Bannu had been attacked the day before by Muslims protesting about the Danish cartoons, which were republished this year in various other European countries and Jordan. Bishop Mano Rumalshah was thankful that police intervened promptly and helped to evacuate the frightened children, and that no one was seriously injured.

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February 21 2006 By virtueonline Islamic scholars call for new law in cartoon protest

Protest marches continued during the week in many countries. Reports said police in Islamabad fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of 6000.

Last week, the Pope spoke of a 60-year-old priest from Rome, Fr Andrea Santoro, reportedly killed by a 16-year-old boy while praying in his parish church in Trabzon, Turkey. Many now think he should be made a saint. His death had been seen as linked to the protests.

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February 20 2006 By virtueonline Special treatment or just common courtesy?

However, he may soon find his hopes for the protection of Muhammad are fulfilled in the wake of the international response to the Danish cartoons of the Islamic prophet, a response which appears to have been not only orchestrated but deliberately aggravated.

The worldwide responses to the cartoons have raised two questions.

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A similar incident of near-simultaneous explosions at Iraqi churches happened on Sunday 1st August 2004 during the time of the evening service. Four churches in Baghdad and one in Mosul were bombed on that occasion, with some 15 fatalities.


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