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Pakistani Christians, fearing backlash, flee community after girl is accused of blasphemy
Richard Leiby, The Washington Post

Amid the conflicting claims, this much is certain: As many as 600 Christians have fled their colony bordering the capital, fearing for their lives, officials said, after a mob last week called for the child to be burned to death as a blasphemer.

In the color of money,
 red staters more charitable than blues
Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times

A major survey by the Chronicle of Philanthropy confirms that residents of states that lean Republican and are most religious donate more of their money to charity, while more secular regions — and areas that tend to vote Democrat — give less.

Read more: In the color of money, red staters more charitable than blues – Washington Times

Why the U.S. Must Oppose Blasphemy Laws — Not Just Their Abuse
Nina Shea, National Review Online

Christians, Ahmadiyyas, Shiites, and Hindu have been disproportionately targeted under Pakistan’s blasphemy law. But moderate and reformist Muslims from the country’s Sunni majority have also been victimized by this very bad law.

German Circumcision Ban Bags First Victim
Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary

As the Times of Israel reports, criminal charges have been filed against a rabbi in Northern Bavaria for performing circumcisions.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).


  • Roger McKinney

    Muslims can be good neighbors as long as they are a tiny minority, but them them get the majority and they are awful people. The US should take this as a warning.

    • If they can’t live peaceably with their neighbors in America, the freest and most tolerant nation in history, then we’re all doomed anyway.

      • “Freest and most tolerant” may be an overstatement, especially preceded by the claim that, if Muslims are the majority in a country, “they are awful people.”

        This may be of interest:

        Islam has many various traditions and interpretations. Are a significant number negative? That’s debatable, and it is hardly charitable to assume so. We ought to be cautious of taking every negative story about Muslims as a synecdoche for all Muslims. If the same logic was applied to the stories in the link above, one would conclude that all non-Muslim Americans are intolerant of and likely hate Muslims, and it would be equally erroneous.

      • Roger McKinney

        As long as they’re a minority they are easy to get along with. But look at the countries that are mostly Muslim. They persecute Christians and other minorities mercilessly.

        That doesn’t mean all Muslims are bad. I have lived in the Middle East and can say that most Muslims are like Americans: they simply want to make a living and raise their kids. But those quiet Muslims ignore the violence done by the radical minority and if forced to choose between the radical Minority and those oppressed by them, they almost always side with radical Muslims simply out of fear.

        There is almost no effort by moderate Muslims to rein in the radicals. I Nigeria they slaughter Christians in their churches with impunity. In Pakistan they regularly falsely accuse Christians of insulting the Koran and murder villagers in revenge.

        In Iraq they have run most of the Christians out of the country. I could go on with dozens of examples in almost every Muslim country. Indonesia is one of the worst.

        Except for the oil-rich countries, Muslim countries are among the poorest on the planet. That’s no coincidence. Christians go into commerce because they are barred from the traditional paths to power and wealth – government and the military. Persecution of Christians keeps the market sector of the economy poor and backwards.