Wednesday, December 11, 2013
"History and changes all happen due to time. This is way past due. These are the statements they should have made in 1978, but better late than never."
Source/Credit: The Huffington Post ? AP
By Brady McCombs | December 10, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After Mormon church leaders lifted the ban on blacks in the priesthood in 1978, church leaders offered little official explanation for the reasons behind the ban, saying only they received a revelation it was time for the change.
In the three decades since, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have struggled to understand the roots of the old ban and grappled with how best to respond to questions about the touchy historical topic.
Even as recently as 2012 — when the issue flared up during Mitt Romney's run for president — the church said it has always welcomed people of all races into the church but that was not known precisely why, how or when the restriction on the priesthood began.
Now, finally, Mormons can point to a new 2,000-word statement posted on the church's website that offers the most comprehensive explanation of why the church previously had barred men of African descent from the lay clergy, and for the first time disavows the ban.
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"The Saudi delegation met Israeli security leaders and Bin-Sultan visited one of the military Israeli bases accompanied by a senior member of the Israeli staff board."
Source/Credit: Middle East Monitor
By MEM | December 10, 2013
A senior Saudi military delegation has secretly visited Israel and discussed issues related to Iran's nuclear programme, Israeli sources revealed on Monday.
According to Israeli radio, Deputy Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia, Amir Salman bin-Sultan and two other officers secretly visited Israel.
The trip by Bin-Sultan, Saudi Intelligence Services Chief's brother, was reported by the Jerusalem based newspaper al-Manar. It reported the information as coming from "confidential sources."
"The Saudi delegation," the sources said, "met Israeli security leaders and Bin-Sultan visited one of the military Israeli bases accompanied by a senior member of the Israeli staff board."
Israeli radio did not confirm the news from other sources, but it reported that many newspapers have recently covered meetings between Saudi and Israeli military officials.
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The violence started when some vendors allegedly found torn-out pages of Koran in a pomegranate crate they received in a shipment from neighbouring Iran.
Source/Credit: The Raw Story
By Agence France-Presse | December 11, 2013
A mob killed a man and wounded three others over the alleged desecration of a Koran in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Wednesday, officials said.
The violence started when some vendors allegedly found torn-out pages of Koran in a pomegranate crate they received in a shipment from neighbouring Iran, witnesses and officials said.
A mob then formed, shouting slogans against Shiites, who form a majority in Iran.
They destroyed shops, burnt a motorcycle and tried to march towards a Shiite neighbourhood in the city but were stopped by police, a senior police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The crowd began shooting indiscriminately in various parts of the city, which resulted in one death and bullet wounds to three others.
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Because of the U.S.'s strong constitutional free speech protections and lack of an official state religion, the country fared moderately well in the report, earning a "mostly satisfactory" rating.
Source/Credit: The Wire / Business Insider
By Abby Ohlheiser | December 10, 2013
Atheists living in 13 countries risk being condemned to death, just for the beliefs (or non-belief) according to a new, comprehensive report from the International Humanist and Ethical Union out on Tuesday. All 13 countries identified by the study are Muslim majority.
The countries that impose these penalties are Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. With the exception of Pakistan, those countries all allow for capital punishment against apostasy, i.e., the renunciation of a particular religion. Pakistan, meanwhile, imposes the death penalty for blasphemy, which can obviously include disbelief in God.
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US: Dick Cheney Didn't Regret His Vote Against Freeing Nelson Mandela, Maintained He Was A 'Terrorist'
Among the Republicans who repeatedly voted against the measure was future Vice President Dick Cheney, then a Republican congressman from Wyoming.
Source/Credit: The Huffington Post
By Nick Wing | December 5, 2013
In 1986, Nelson Mandela -- the former president of South Africa who died Thursday at the age of 95 -- was serving the 23rd year of what would ultimately be a 27-year prison sentence. The Western world was finally acknowledging the true horrors of Apartheid, a system of racial segregation that denied basic rights to blacks -- including citizenship and the right to vote -- and brutally oppressed a generation of South Africans fighting for equality.
In the U.S. Congress, lawmakers were ready to show their opposition to the South African regime with the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act, a bill that called for tough sanctions and travel restrictions on the nation and its leaders, and for the repeal of apartheid laws and release of political prisoners like Mandela, then leader of the African National Congress (ANC).
The measure passed with bipartisan support, despite strong and largely Republican opposition. President Ronald Reagan was among those most opposed to the bill, and when he finally vetoed the measure over its support of the ANC, which he maintained was a "terrorist organization," it took another vote by Congress to override it. Among the Republicans who repeatedly voted against the measure was future Vice President Dick Cheney, then a Republican congressman from Wyoming.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The order was issued after Mollah's lawyers filed a plea seeking the hearing of their petition for a review of the apex court's judgement that handed down the death penalty to the Jammat leader.
Source/Credit: IBN Live
By IBN Live | December 11, 2013
Dhaka: A Bangladeshi court on Tuesday night granted a last minute reprieve to senior Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah, staying his execution shortly before he was to be hanged for genocide during the country's 1971 liberation war.
"The Chamber judge of the Appellate Division (of the Supreme Court), Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, ordered suspension of the execution of the death penalty until 10.30 am on Wednesday," Supreme Court Registrar AKM Shamsul Islam told reporters.
The stay order came as jail officials prepared to hang Mollah, 65, at one minute past midnight. The family members of the death row convict met him for the last time earlier on Tuesday evening. Mollah's counsel rushed to Dhaka Central Jail with a copy of the stay order issued at 10.15 pm, news channels reported.
Bangladeshi court postpones execution of senior Jamaat leader
The stay order came as jail officials prepared to hang Mollah, 65, at one minute past midnight.
The order was issued after Mollah's lawyers filed a plea seeking the hearing of their petition for a review of the apex court's judgement that handed down the death penalty to the Jammat leader. The jail authorities said they have received the stay order.
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