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Muslim Brotherhood launches political party in America

American Muslim girl with US flag painted on her face (Credit: Mangagirl3535 via DeviantArt)The Muslim Brotherhood is launching a political party in America for the purpose of electing Muslims and influencing legislation that is favorable to Islam.  This development should come as no surprise: the number of mosques in the United States has escalated 74 percent since 2000.  The government of Turkey is building a $100 million mega mosque in Maryland.  There are now 66 mosques in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

According to a recent survey, 98 percent of mosque leaders say Muslims should be involved in American institutions, and 91 percent agree that Muslims should be involved in politics.  We should expect to see a growing number of Muslim candidates for office, and a growing number of Muslims who will support them financially.

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Should Christians watch Mixed Martial Arts?

A Documentary exploring the world of MMA Fighting and Christianity. Directed by Oscar Winner Daniel Junge & Bryan Storkel. (Credit: Fight Church Documentary/Bryan Storkel) "Can you love your neighbor as yourself and at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?"  This is one question raised by "Fight Church," a new documentary on Christianity and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).  As the name implies, the sport pits contestants who combine boxing, wrestling, and other martial skills.  It is the fastest-growing sport in America, with as many as 65 million fans globally.

It is also a sport with significant Christian connections.  Many of MMA's best-known figures are believers.  More and more churches are staging MMA events to attract non-Christians.  Some offer programs which combine MMA with biblical discipleship.  There's even a clothing line called "Jesus Didn't Tap" (to "tap" in the ring is to quit).

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Is lesbian-only cemetery wave of the future?

A stone statue of a woman leaning against a cross found in the Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery in central district Mitte of Berlin (Credit: Astra Nilsson via Flickr)The Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery was established in 1814 in central Berlin, Germany.  I'm guessing its founders would not have predicted the day when a section would be reserved as a graveyard for up to 80 lesbians.  This unique section is intended to be a place "where the lesbian community can live together in the afterlife."  I need to point out that while we will all have an afterlife, it will not be in a cemetery.  And I wonder if/when we will see other such cemeteries around the world.

Is this announcement part of an even larger cultural trend?

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What the Fort Hood shooting teaches us

Sgt. First Class Erick Rodriguez stands guard before a news conference by Lt. Gen. Mark Milley at the entrance to Fort Hood Army Post in Texas April 2, 2014. (Credit: Reuters/Erich Schlegel) Fort Hood made global headlines in 2009 when Nidal Hasan killed 13 soldiers and wounded 31.  Now it's back in the news for the same tragic reason.  An Iraq war veteran named Ivan Lopez opened fire on his fellow soldiers Wednesday around 4 P.M.  Three were killed and 16 wounded; when he was confronted, he killed himself.

While the Ft. Hood shooting captured headlines, other stories illustrate the same theme of innocent suffering.  According to police, someone duct taped razor blades to playground equipment at a park outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  A week ago, authorities in western Illinois found a dozen razor blades glued to playground equipment in a city park.

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Why does God allow earthquakes?

Residents lending each other support outside a destroyed building in Talca, 300km south of Santiago, Chile (Credit: Reuters/Victor Ruiz Caballero) A magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck Chile Tuesday night, killing six people and forcing thousands to evacuate.  Seawater flooded city streets and washed away fishing boats.  Landslides blocked roads, knocked out power, damaged an airport and started fires.

Why does God allow such natural disasters?

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