Archive for January, 2008

Is Barak Obama a Muslim?

Mr Obama’s middle name is Hussein which is a Muslim name. Since his stepfather was an Indonesian Muslim, it is natural for the son to adopt the religion of the father (especially in Islam). Adopting something from your father does not mean you have to believe in it. However, in Islam it is not the case. If at any time in one’s life were to ever be a Muslim – you are a Muslim.

Was Obama ever a Muslim? He says he is a “Christian” but does that mean he has denied and recant from being a Muslim? If he was, he is an apostate of Islam. The consequences of apostasy is severe in Islam. I hope that this issue will get the necessary coverage so that the issue of apostasy in Islam will be exposed.

Daniel Pipes wrote an interesting article regarding Obama’s Islam,

  • “Interviews with dozens of former classmates, teachers, neighbors and friends show that Obama was not a regular practicing Muslim when he was in Indonesia” – implying he was an irregularly practicing Muslim.
  • “Obama occasionally followed his stepfather to the mosque for Friday prayers, a few neighbors said” – confirming that he did pray in the mosque.
  • “Obama’s 3rd-grade teacher at the Catholic school, who lived near the family [said that] ‘Rarely, Barry went to the mosque with Lolo'” – confirming that Obama attended mosque services.

A few verses from the Hadith on apostasy in Islam,

  • Muslim 623 The Prophet said: “It is not permissible to take the life of a Muslim except in one of the three cases: the married adulterer, a life for a life (if the person is Muslim), and the deserter of Islam.”
  • Bukhari 9:89:271 A man embraced Islam and then reverted back to Judaism Mu’adh said: “I will not sit down unless you kill him as it is the verdict of Allah and His Apostle”

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Changing abortion’s pronoun 

Jason Baier talks often to the little boy he calls Jamie. He imagines this boy — his son — with blond hair and green eyes, chubby cheeks, a sweet smile.

But he’ll never know for sure.

His fiancee’s sister told him about the abortion after it was over. Baier remembers that he cried. The next weeks and months go black. He knows he drank far too much. He and his fiancee fought until they broke up. “I hated the world,” he said.

Baier, 36, still longs for the child who might have been, with an intensity that bewilders him: “How can I miss something I never even held?”

These days, he channels the grief into activism in a burgeoning movement of “post-abortive men.” Abortion is usually portrayed as a woman’s issue: her body, her choice, her relief or her regret. This new movement — both political and deeply personal in nature — contends that the pronoun is all wrong.

We had abortions,” said Mark B. Morrow, a Christian counselor. “I’ve had abortions.”

Morrow spoke to more than 150 antiabortion activists gathered recently in San Francisco for what was billed as the first national conference on men and abortion. Participants — mostly counselors and clergy — heard two days of lectures on topics such as “Medicating the Pain of Lost Fatherhood” and “Forgiveness Therapy With Post-Abortion Men.”


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Abortion Debate


Is Abortion Morally Justifiable in a Free Society?

Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College vs David Boonin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UC-Boulder.

The debate in audio or video.

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Sam Shamoun is to be congratulated for a good work. He was able to stay on the topic and gave a good presentation and rebuttal on his part. I believe the Muslim debater is the first in the U.S to debate on “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?”

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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Some words from Dr. Van Til, the fame Christian professor from Westminister Seminary:

“…we should notice that there are thousadns who do not engage in intellectual consideration of the truth to any great extent, no so much because they are necessarily indifferent to such things by nature as because they are necessarily indifferent to such thigs by nature as because they are unsuited to it. With respect to these, it is obvious that it would be useless to present the intellectual argument for Chrisitan theism in any subtle and detailed form. Nor is this necessary. A simple presentation of the truth in positive form, and once more largely by way of testimony, may be all that is required. Chirstianity is not for a few elite intellectualists. Its message is to the simple and to the learned. The argument must therefore be adapted to each one’s mental capacity. And it should not be forgotten that the difference between the larned and the unlearned is, after all, very small when it comes to a consideration of ultimate questions. The learned may have more facts at his disposal and be more skilled in the use of the syllogism, but when it comes to a consideration of the meaning of any one fact or of all facts put together, all this refinement does not bring him very far.” (Van TIl’s Apologetics: Readings and Analysis, pg. 477 through 478)

Thus, the Christian apologist must be equip in his presentation for the simple and the more sophisticated audience. A roubust Apologetics system must ultimately then be focused upon the basic (by that we do not mean ‘simplistic’, but foundational) ultimate commitment in a worldview. By majoring in these, he is equip. He must also be able to explain abstract concepts to even the kids in his church’s sunday school in a way they can understand. Yet, he continues to learn and realize that he must be teachable in order to fulfill the mandate of being “Always be prepared”.

Ultimately, the importance of the gospel must not be missed in apologetics engagement. If there is no objections, or when the hostile heckling of unbelief has been silence, the gospel must be preached, in all its glory. Let no one ever mistaken that Christian apologetics somehow imply that it is a faith for only those who have a grasp in philosophy, etc.

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For those of you who have heard of Alvin Plantinga but do not really know who he is and want an audio rundown of this contemporary Christian philosopher, over at Apologetics.com they have an MP3 audio show sometime this past summer


THough it cost $1.99, I think it is worth it.

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Is this another ECT (Evangelicals and Catholics Together)?

Albert Mohler and Patrick Sookhdeo spoke out against such nonsense. Just check out your favorite theologians if they sign it.

HT: Slice of Laodicea

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