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Happy Slaughters from Turkey: An Insider’s View of a National Islamic Tradition

Happy Slaughters from Turkey: An Insider’s View of a National Islamic Tradition

By Teo Sagisman…..
This week the Turks are celebrating an age-old tradition, known as Eid al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) in Arabic. Called Kurban Bayrami in Turkish, this tradition is both religiously and culturally important to many Turks. Kurban Bayrami is a long extended holiday, equivalent to the importance and length of the Christmas celebrations in the western world. The 4,0000 year-old story behind the Feast of the Sacrifice is common to all Abrahamic religions – Jews, Christians, and Muslims, but in the modern world, only adherents to Islam commemorate it in a literal way. As the story is told in the Hebrew Bible, Christian Bible, and the Quran, God tested Abraham’s faith by telling him to sacrifice his beloved son.

I Ate a Bowl of Soup, and Now I'm a Muslim

I Ate a Bowl of Soup, and Now I’m a Muslim

By Hussein Rashid, Religion Dispatches
According to them, the fact that Campbell’s Soup Canada is a introducing a series of halal soups is a sign that Muslims are taking over the U.S. and imposing shari’ah to make everyone Muslim. The Revealer has a great series on the (mis)uses of the term shari’ah that points out that there is no one thing called shari’ah, and it does not mean what its popular critics think it means.

Cannabis Cafes of Amsterdam

Cannabis Cafes of Amsterdam

By Heather Abraham In an intriguing Religion Nerd article entitled Cannabis: The American Sacrament Kenny Smith examined America’s passion for cannabis and suggests that cannabis, if legalized in the United States, may come to function in ways comparable to other culturally sacred substances ritually consumed each day in the workaday world or with family and […]

Sorcery, Witchcraft, and an Epidemic of Human Rights Abuse in Saudi Arabia

Sorcery, Witchcraft, and an Epidemic of Human Rights Abuse in Saudi Arabia

A young pregnant rape victim was sentenced to a one year prison term and 100 lashes (postnatal) by a Saudi judge. The charge: adultery! The girl testified that she had been repeatedly raped by four men who took her to an abandoned building. The victim did not report the event because the Saudi justice system almost always finds the woman at fault in cases of rape. After realizing she was pregnant, the victim went to King Fahd Hospital in the hopes of obtaining an abortion. She was promptly arrested by the Mutaween and charged with adultery.