Day: August 30, 2011

Eid Ul Fitr and Muslims in the U.S.

To mark the beginning of Eid, Muslims go to their local mosque to perform special congregational prayers known as Salaat and many will also give special charitable contributions, known as Zakat al-Fitr. Common greeting during this holiday is the Arabic greeting “Eid Mubarak” (“Have a blessed Eid”)

From Lebo-hamath to the Wadi of Egypt

I’ve seen one map promoted by Christian Zionists that declares that God has given to Israel the land in the Middle East stretching from the Mediterranian to the Euphrates, from Egypt to Turkey. Anyone who does not support Israel’s domination of this territory is an enemy of God, they say.

Religion on the frontline of Afghanistan

All Saints and St Michael’s Garrison Church has communion wine – the only alcohol on the base – and votive candles. But the military association is never far away. The bibles have camouflage covers and, again, the cross is made from shell casings.

You are love

I’m frustrated when my fellow theological liberals engage the literalist/fundamentalist dilemma with a blithe proclamation, “It’s all metaphor.” The things that matter most to me in life are themselves, real, immediate, compelling, and yet they point beyond themselves.