Category: Interfaith

ISNA Responds to the 2015 State of the Union Address

The New York Times: End Yemen’s Agony

Though much remains clouded in the murder of the Saudi journalist-in-exile Jamal Khashoggi, this much is clear: Saudi Arabia’s rulers are ruthless and not to be trusted or believed. It is now time to recognize those realities in the kingdom’s unspeakably cruel war in Yemen. The Trump administration has been prodded into demanding a cease-fire, but that seems only to have provoked new fighting. The United States, Britain and other enablers of the Saudi campaign can and must demand an immediate halt to the carnage…..MORE: nytimes.

Should Catholics Celebrate Halloween?

Children enjoying treats on steps… one of the most popular Christian alternatives to celebrating Halloween is a secular “Harvest Festival,” which has more in common with the Celtic Samhain than it does with the Catholic All Saints Day. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating the harvest, but there’s no need to strip such a celebration of connections with the Christian liturgical calendar. (It would, for instance, be more appropriate to tie a celebration of the harvest to the fall Ember Days.)…more:

Gaza’s Dying of Thirst

Mohammed Nimnim carries the water for his family. On a scorching late morning last summer, the 15-year-old pushed an old wheelchair piled high with empty plastic jugs through Gaza’s Shati (Beach) refugee camp. He rattled past modest groceries, makeshift tire shops, and graffiti praising Gaza’s martyrs, down broken concrete lanes, and toward the local mosque, where sputtering taps provide the family’s only source of drinking water. …more:  thedailybeast 

Related image“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.” —Clarence Darrow

9 11 Tragedy

13 Thoughtful Quotes to Remember 9/11“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” —Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl

Mandragora gets blasphemy ban

Udinese midfielder Rolando Mandragora has been given a one-game ban for using “blasphemous expressions” which were caught on camera. In Italian, a blasphemous phrase is considered to be the worst kind of swearing, so the authorities take a hard line on such words being uttered by players and officials. ….more:  football-italia