Sunday Faith News/Views 1-23-11 @ Maggie’s Notebook

Religion and politics make perfect sense to me. In these Sunday Faith round-ups I plan to bring news and views of both, concerning the other, or each individually. Don’t miss the news about the “Pagan Caucus.” Click the graphic below to learn more about the poster by Harry Anderson. I believe Jesus Christ knocks at the door of the United Nations relentlessly, even though he knows no one therein will heed his call in that Islamic bastion – at least yet.

Jesus Knocks at The United Nations, by Harry Anderson

The Daily Caller has a 3-part series discussing whether Christianity is conservative, socialist/left or neither.

At JihadWatch, an Iranian-born Christian is beaten for displaying a Christian cross – in Denmark!

Egypt accuses Gaza Palestinians for that terrible attack  on New Year’s Day against the Coptic Christian Church in Alexandria. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. The article in The Examiner is interesting. Here’s a snippet mentioning The Army of Islam, a group we do not hear much about:

The Army of Islam dismissed Sunday’s accusations on an extremist website, and the Hamas militants who control Gaza and have themselves battled with the smaller group was also skeptical of the Egyptian claim. Al-Adly said the group is believed to have recruited Egyptians in the planning and execution of the attack, but that this could not conceal the role it played in the “callous and terrorist” act. Security officials said at least five Egyptians have been detained in connection with the Alexandria bombing.

They said the suspects have given investigators a full account of how they were contacted and eventually recruited by the Army of Islam. The officials, who gave no further details, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to share the information with the media. The Army of Islam is estimated to have several dozen operatives committed, like al-Qaida, to the ideas of a global jihad.

If you missed my post earlier today on the Hawaiian Senate abolishing prayer in their chamber, read it here. The Hawaiian senate has 25 members, with only one Republican, and is believed to be the only state senate to begin their day of serving the people  without seeking divine guidance.

From Lahore, some Pakistani Christians are converting to Islam to keep their family safe:

At least 20 to 25 former Christians adopt Islam each week by pledging an oath and signing a green and white document in which they accept Islam as “the most beautiful religion” and promise to “remain in the religion of Islam for the rest of my life, acknowledging that blessings are only from God.” Human rights advocates say it’s no surprise some of Pakistan’s 3 million Christians are adopting Islam. These are vexing and dangerous days for the country’s religious minorities. Thanks to Weasel Zippers.

GOD’S ANSWER is always Jesus talks about The Spirit of Fear as mentioned in 2nd Timothy 1:7. A snippet of the conversation:

Paul is reminding Timothy that God has given us power … “dunamis” … a spiritual force, an abundance of might; power to bear up under trials and even persecutions; a strength that can do violence to the enemy. But this abundance of might is to be used, operated and controlled by love … “agape” affection, a disposition to do good, showing kindness and charity… And then for balance, God has also given us a sound mind …

Z at geeeeZ! has a great story, explaining how to politely call someone a Bastard. And yes, it perfectly fits within her Sunday Faith blog.

Sue at Politics and Religion blogged about the dead birds and fish around the world earlier this month, and asks if they are a sign of the end days. The graphic above is a copy of Sue’s banner.

The Other McCain discusses the Pagan Caucus and the “Pagan Right’s” vigorous defense of conservative values.

Linked in Stacy McCain’s FMJRA