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September 26, 2012
Susan Reimer 's attempt at humor in her commentary on evidence that Jesus had a wife was at best pathetic and at worst blasphemous ("At Home with the Jesuses?" Sept. 24). No wonder we live in a world where Christian values have been reduced to mere punch-lines. In her failed bid at jocularity, Ms. Reimer reinforces the secular-progressive mind set that the mere mention of God is somehow an affront to every "scholarly" liberal. Remember, these are the same people who insist that long-held Christian doctrines be abandoned in favor of wholesale slaughter of the unborn and same-sex unions.
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September 26, 2012
Susan Reimer 's attempt at humor in her commentary on evidence that Jesus had a wife was at best pathetic and at worst blasphemous ("At Home with the Jesuses?" Sept. 24). No wonder we live in a world where Christian values have been reduced to mere punch-lines. In her failed bid at jocularity, Ms. Reimer reinforces the secular-progressive mind set that the mere mention of God is somehow an affront to every "scholarly" liberal. Remember, these are the same people who insist that long-held Christian doctrines be abandoned in favor of wholesale slaughter of the unborn and same-sex unions.
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By John E. McIntyre and By John E. McIntyre,Sun Staff | December 23, 2001
Blasphemy: Impious Speech in the West from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century, by Alain Cabantous. Columbia University Press. 288 pages. $29.50. It is widely accepted that the production of daily newspapers, like the driving of mules, cannot be accomplished without swearing. Profanity comes in a variety of forms: scatological, sexual and blasphemous, admitting of extensive cross-referencing. It is blasphemy, impious speech, that has excited the attention of Alain Cabantous, a French historian, and he has delineated the forms such speech took in Western Europe, mainly France, in the early part of the modern era. Following the pattern of French historiography of the past generation, he has burrowed into a wealth of documentation -- sermons, theological works and accounts of civil and ecclesiastical legal proceedings.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2012
Days after Baltimore found out that a Catholic group was decrying a Fells Point church-themed bar as "blasphemous," a counter group has sprung up to defend Ale Mary's . A Facebook group called "500,000 Supporting Free Speech & Ale Mary's" has just over 100 members. Its name is a play on the first group, "500,000 Against Ale Mary's Abuse of the Sacred and the Sublime," which formed in protest of the way Ale Mary's is decorated. The Ale Mary's protesters have a long list of gripes -- mainly all of the former church objects the bar uses for its kitschy theme.
NEWS
By Los Angeles Times | February 24, 1995
LAHORE, Pakistan -- An appeals court yesterday overturned the conviction of two Christians, one a 14-year-old boy, on charges of blasphemy against Islam, a crime that carries a mandatory death penalty.Outside the courtroom, dozens of Muslim militants demanded revenge and began throwing stones when the decision was announced. Some militants vowed to kill the defendants, along with the judges and lawyers in the case."Not only will we come out on the streets, but we will also take extreme steps," warned Hafiz Ahmed Baksh, secretary-general of the militant Sunni Muslim group known as the Guardians of the Friends of the Prophet.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jim Shea and By Jim Shea,Special to the Sun | November 17, 2002
Brothers and Sisters, I come to you this morning with the word. And the word this morning is not good, because the word this morning is blasphemy. The General Motors Corp. is trying to use Jesus to sell its cars. It is sponsoring an evangelical Christian concert tour as part of a marketing campaign called "Chevrolet Presents: Come Together and Worship." (There are no stops in the Baltimore-Washington area on the 16-city tour.) Selling heaven is not like selling automobiles, Brothers and Sisters.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 31, 1997
Salman Rushdie, the author of "The Satanic Verses," who has lived in hiding for nearly a decade as the object of an open-ended Islamic death sentence, was married in secret on Thursday in the Hamptons on Long Island.The details of the wedding were not given, but Andrew Wylie, Rushdie's agent, said yesterday, "Elizabeth and Salman Rushdie are happy to confirm that they were married on Thursday, Aug. 28, in a small ceremony."Newspaper reporters in London, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the new Mrs. Rushdie, whose maiden name is being withheld to protect her safety, is a poet who had collaborated with Rushdie on an anthology of modern Indian writing.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Staff Writer | January 2, 1994
Immeasurable amounts of human energy, intellectual and otherwise, have been spent on one of history's most persistent yet least successful endeavors: the creation of orthodoxy, of "right thinking" and its coerced enforcement.There may be no other idea over 33 centuries as hardy as the notion that one system of acceptable belief could be defined, that one permitted way of looking at things could be maintained.From Moses' revelation that God must not be "reviled," to today's demands for the suppression of words that do injury (the unfortunately misnamed movement for "political correctness")
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By William Safire | September 1, 1992
REMEMBER when politicians concluded their speeches with "Thank you and good night"?symbol for the other side's immorality, much as the American flag was used in previous campaigns as a symbol for the other side's lack of patriotism.A few years ago, Democrats answered the Nixonite flag lapel pin with heavy flag drapery; are Democrats now to counter Bush's wooing of the religious right with fervent protestations of morality, displaying red, white and blue crosses and stars?I hope not. The more effective response is to challenge the religious propriety of any political organization's claim to having God on its side.
NEWS
By Michael Olesker | June 3, 2003
GOD ALONE knows his heavenly telephone number, but this much is certain: All those people trying to reach him in Missouri, and in North Carolina and Florida, are wasting their time with direct-dial. They should contact Mare Cromwell, who lives in Baltimore. At least she's halfway into a divine dialogue. Cromwell's book, If I Gave You God's Phone Number: Searching for Spirituality in America, arrives after she spent seven years touring the country and giving individuals -- Christians, Jews, Muslims, a Cherokee shaman, a death row inmate, among others -- the chance to tell what they would do if they had a direct line to God. All those other long-distance dialers out there will have to suffer with their wrong numbers and blame the producers of a movie called Bruce Almighty, which has managed to earn $135.
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By Faheem Younus | May 10, 2010
The failed Times Square bombing raises important questions. As a U.S. Muslim of Pakistani descent, I have wondered why so many plots against America continue to be hatched in Pakistan. At least nine people with some connection to Pakistan have been charged with terror plots against the United States in the past two years. What is it that accounts for this disturbing trend? One can't simply blame Islam. Were that true, Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country, would be the epicenter of terrorist plots against America.
NEWS
By TED KOOSER | February 26, 2006
The poet, novelist and biographer Robert Morgan, who was raised in North Carolina, has written many intriguing poems that teach his readers about Southern folklore. Here's one example. "Holy Cussing" When the most intense revivals swept the mountains just a century ago, participants described the shouts and barks in unknown tongues, the jerks of those who tried to climb the walls, the holy dance and laugh. But strangest are reports of what was called the holy cuss. Sometimes a man who spoke in tongues and leapt for joy would break into an avalanche of cursing that would stun with brilliance and duration.
NEWS
By Michael Olesker | June 3, 2003
GOD ALONE knows his heavenly telephone number, but this much is certain: All those people trying to reach him in Missouri, and in North Carolina and Florida, are wasting their time with direct-dial. They should contact Mare Cromwell, who lives in Baltimore. At least she's halfway into a divine dialogue. Cromwell's book, If I Gave You God's Phone Number: Searching for Spirituality in America, arrives after she spent seven years touring the country and giving individuals -- Christians, Jews, Muslims, a Cherokee shaman, a death row inmate, among others -- the chance to tell what they would do if they had a direct line to God. All those other long-distance dialers out there will have to suffer with their wrong numbers and blame the producers of a movie called Bruce Almighty, which has managed to earn $135.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jim Shea and By Jim Shea,Special to the Sun | November 17, 2002
Brothers and Sisters, I come to you this morning with the word. And the word this morning is not good, because the word this morning is blasphemy. The General Motors Corp. is trying to use Jesus to sell its cars. It is sponsoring an evangelical Christian concert tour as part of a marketing campaign called "Chevrolet Presents: Come Together and Worship." (There are no stops in the Baltimore-Washington area on the 16-city tour.) Selling heaven is not like selling automobiles, Brothers and Sisters.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John E. McIntyre and By John E. McIntyre,Sun Staff | December 23, 2001
Blasphemy: Impious Speech in the West from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century, by Alain Cabantous. Columbia University Press. 288 pages. $29.50. It is widely accepted that the production of daily newspapers, like the driving of mules, cannot be accomplished without swearing. Profanity comes in a variety of forms: scatological, sexual and blasphemous, admitting of extensive cross-referencing. It is blasphemy, impious speech, that has excited the attention of Alain Cabantous, a French historian, and he has delineated the forms such speech took in Western Europe, mainly France, in the early part of the modern era. Following the pattern of French historiography of the past generation, he has burrowed into a wealth of documentation -- sermons, theological works and accounts of civil and ecclesiastical legal proceedings.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 31, 1997
Salman Rushdie, the author of "The Satanic Verses," who has lived in hiding for nearly a decade as the object of an open-ended Islamic death sentence, was married in secret on Thursday in the Hamptons on Long Island.The details of the wedding were not given, but Andrew Wylie, Rushdie's agent, said yesterday, "Elizabeth and Salman Rushdie are happy to confirm that they were married on Thursday, Aug. 28, in a small ceremony."Newspaper reporters in London, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the new Mrs. Rushdie, whose maiden name is being withheld to protect her safety, is a poet who had collaborated with Rushdie on an anthology of modern Indian writing.
NEWS
By GARRY WILLS | July 10, 1991
Chicago. -- One of the strangest art shows ever assembled has been partially re-created at the Art Institute of Chicago. Walking through it is a disorienting experience, and it must have been even more weird for those who attended it in 1937. It drew people on a scale no other art show could boast of until the King Tut exhibit of recent memory toured America.But this show toured Hitler's Germany. Its artifacts were all confiscated goods. It was an exhibition as horror show, the kind of thing one should not look at. It is a paradox, at the least, to show what should not be seen.
NEWS
By Faheem Younus | May 10, 2010
The failed Times Square bombing raises important questions. As a U.S. Muslim of Pakistani descent, I have wondered why so many plots against America continue to be hatched in Pakistan. At least nine people with some connection to Pakistan have been charged with terror plots against the United States in the past two years. What is it that accounts for this disturbing trend? One can't simply blame Islam. Were that true, Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country, would be the epicenter of terrorist plots against America.
NEWS
By James Haner and James Haner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 10, 1997
On the afternoon of Aug. 16, 1977, 20 years ago next Saturday, officers from the Memphis Police Department were dispatched to a rambling, white brick mansion on Highway 51, a mile south of the Nonconnah Creek Drainage Canal. They didn't need directions. They knew the address well.They were going to Graceland.Minutes later, medics wheeled something huge out of the upstairs bathroom, heaved it into a waiting ambulance and sped off toward Baptist Memorial Hospital. There, shortly before 3:30 p.m., doctors pulled a sheet over the bloated face of a 255-pound corpse in blue pajamas and declared that Elvis Aron Presley -- the 42-year-old "King of Rock and Roll" -- was dead.
NEWS
By Los Angeles Times | February 24, 1995
LAHORE, Pakistan -- An appeals court yesterday overturned the conviction of two Christians, one a 14-year-old boy, on charges of blasphemy against Islam, a crime that carries a mandatory death penalty.Outside the courtroom, dozens of Muslim militants demanded revenge and began throwing stones when the decision was announced. Some militants vowed to kill the defendants, along with the judges and lawyers in the case."Not only will we come out on the streets, but we will also take extreme steps," warned Hafiz Ahmed Baksh, secretary-general of the militant Sunni Muslim group known as the Guardians of the Friends of the Prophet.
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