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The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The strong man is not the one who can throw another down. The strong man is the one who can keep hold of himself when he is angry.”

Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim 

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so this housewife decided to rewrite the harry potter series into christian books so that her kids wont be reading about witchcraft and i just cant eveN BREATHE BC THIS IS SO HYSTERICAL

read it here:

Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles


Dear god I hate these assholes.

only a troll would come up with something like this






HP Goblet of Fire Headcanon: Beauxbatons was primarily a Muslim wizarding school.

(photo from livesandliesofwizards, which was the first thing I thought of when I ran into this passage while rereading the Harry Potter books)

(and yes I know the horses drink whisky, which is not exactly halal, sshhh)

Its was french. It s
Was so clearly french.

Literally French. …….


Because French Muslims do not exist and no Muslims ever speak French and Muslim schools don’t exist in France and if they do they must be really shitty and there are no key Muslim educators in France at all and there’s never been any history of Islamic culture and politics in the Pottermore-confirmed Pyreenes, nooooooo, it is très impossible! Astagfirrulah!


learn some fuckin’ social studies and history and current affairs, people.

White French people do not have a history of wearing head scarves (unlike some European cultures that do), and in fact are actively currently super against head scarves in general and Muslim head coverings in specific, going so far as to make them illegal. So I think it’s fairly safe to say that with the “robes” and “olive skin” and “head scarves” that assuming at least a goodly portion of Beauxbatons was at least based on Muslim culture if not outright intended to BE Muslim. 

What struck me most forcefully when I started reporting on the Quiverfull and homeschooling movements was how seriously they took the threat of feminism. They wrote a library of books instructing conservative evangelical women that women’s equality was a slippery slope, and that accepting careers or family planning led directly to divorce, abortion, child abuse, and gay marriage.

This first struck me as an almost hysterical overreach, but I came to see it as something else: Christian conservatives acknowledging feminism’s revolutionary potential, taking it far more seriously than did mainstream society. And that’s something else Faludi diagnosed early on. While the 1980s media raced to declare feminism’s obsolescence — a “fringe” issue and “sideshow” to the New Right’s more serious policy objectives — “the players in the right ­wing fundamentalist drama knew better,” as Faludi writes. “For them, public punishment of autonomous feminist women was no less than the main event.”



James C. LewisIcons Of The Bible

The series, which will be fully released in October, features 70 models who identify as either Asian, Native American, Hispanic, African, Middle Eastern, Black American and West Indian.

"I think it is very important to see one’s self in the Scripture so that it may become real in their eyes," Lewis told The Huffington Post. "The whitewashing of the Bible has always bothered me. However I’m happy to now have the opportunity to give a different point of view."

"I wish to exhibit a splash of color onto the biblical pages of history with my creative embellishments. By doing so I hope to open the minds and eyes of the ignorant and create open conversations of how we can learn to see the world through colorful lenses. After all, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is intended for everyone."

For those who’d like to see the entire collection, “Icons Of The Bible” will on display from November 2014 to February 2015 in Atlanta, GA.

-waits for white people to flip shit-

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…ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day.
President Obama’s remarks on the beheading of journalist James Foley. (via pourqua)

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Anti-Zionists should just call themselves anti-Israel. Israel is a political entity with specific policies. Zionism is the belief that there should be a Jewish homeland. They are not the same thing. To be against Israel is to be against a specific state. To be against Zionism is to be against ANY Jewish state, founded anywhere under any circumstances. The use of the term “Zionist” to mean “Supporter of Israel” or to say “Zionism” when you mean Israel carries much different connotations than many well-meaning pro-Palestine gentiles might intend. Here are a few things critics of Israel have said and how the message gets garbled by their misunderstanding of the meaning of Zionism.

Gentile Israel Critic Says: Zionism is Racism.

Jew Hears: The belief that we should have our own state is inherently racist.

Jew Thinks: Are all nationalisms racist or just ours? If it’s just ours this person sounds awfully anti-semitic.

Gentile Israel Critic Says: Anti-Zionism isn’t anti-semitism

Jew Hears: The belief that Jews shouldn’t have their own state isn’t anti-semitic.

Jew Thinks: Do you have that being anti-America doesn’t inherently mean hating Americans? I can understand the distinction, but you’re walking a fine line and you’re on notice.

Gentile Israel Critic Says: I refuse to be friends with Zionists.

Jew Hears: This person will not be friends with a person who thinks Jews should have a state.

Jew Thinks: So this person will only be my friend if I completely renounce all notions of a Jewish state in any form whether or not I believe the current state of Israel should even exist? And they think they’re not anti-semitic?

Gentile Israel Critic Says: Zionism is bad for Judaism.

Jew Hears: The belief that a Jewish state should exist is bad for the practice and survival of our religion. 

Jew Thinks: So having a country that will be explicitly Jewish is bad for our belief system in what way exactly? And who the hell are you to tell me what is good and bad for an ancient system of belief you don’t share?

Gentile Israel Critic Says: Zionism is settler colonialism.

Jew Hears: The belief that there should be a Jewish homeland inherently requires behaving like a colonial power.

Jew Thinks: So even if the Jews find a way to get a homeland that doesn’t involve displacing, exploiting or attacking an indigenous population you are still against it. 

Gentile Israel Critis Says: Anti-Zionist Jews are the only good Jews.

Jew Hears: The only good Jews are the ones that oppose the idea that we should have our own state.

Jew Thinks: So the only good Jew is one who believes that 2000 years of diaspora and being at the mercy of hostile populations who don’t full accept us was a good thing?

Gentile Isral Critic Says: Zionism = Nazism

Jew Hears: The belief that Jews should have our own homeland is identical to the political movement that murdered six million Jews.

Jew Thinks: Fuck you, you disgusting anti-semite.

Gentile Israel Critic Says: Dismantle Zionism

Jew Hears: Dismantle the dream of a Jewish homeland.

Jew Thinks: Wow. You must REALLY want us to suffer!

The selection of the term “Zionism” as the ideological battleground over Israel is fraught with problems. Theodore Herzl, the founder of Zionism considered countries other than Palestine as a potential Jewish home. Uganda was seriously considered at one point. Yes, Israel was selected, but the movement was primarily driven by land purchases at first. The location of Israel was determined with certainty by the Balfour Declaration. There are other ways it could have played out. The fact that it played out as the current state of Israel means that anti-Zionists are against Israel, not the very idea that a Jewish homeland should exist. If someone is an anti-Nationalist, and they claim to be also anti-Zionist, I have wonder why they feel the need to make that distinction. Why are they singling out Jewish nationalism and not French nationalism or Chinese nationalism? 

The use of “Zionism” is an incredibly slippery slope. Your message’s intent and how it is received are misaligned. If you are against Israel, say you are against Israel. Otherwise you run the risk of implying that Jews deserve to be homeless guests in foreign lands.

Do you understand how this language could be profoundly alienating to even the most anti-Israel of Jews? And if you don’t, think long and hard about how much you want Jews to think that of all the people in the world, you are singling out the Jews as deserving to be homeless regardless of how a theoretical concept of Jewish nationalism plays out in reality. 

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It’s really weird trying to explain the differences between Catholicism and other branches of Christianity to people who aren’t religious because it ultimately ends up, “Well this is Catholic, this is Catholic classic, this is Catholic-lite, this is diet Catholic, this is new taste less calories not as popular Catholic, and this is I can’t believe it’s not Catholic.”

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'Are you a present?' the pine tree asked. 'Presents are pretty much the only thing allowed to sit beneath me during this time of year.'

The latke sighed. ‘Presents aren’t really a big part of Hanukah,’ it said in a voice hoarse from screaming. ‘There’s nothing wrong with giving gifts to loved ones, of course, but it’s more important to light the candles for eight consecutive nights, to commemorate the miracle in the temple and the miracle of victory even when you are thoroughly outnumbered, so you shouldn’t give up hope.’

'Plus, Santa Claus,' said the pine tree.

The latke was too exhausted to scream. ‘Santa Claus has nothing to do with it,’ the latke said. ‘Christmas and Hanukah are completely different things.’

‘But different things can often blend together,’ said the pine tree. ‘Let me tell you a funny story about pagan rituals.’


This is religion in a nut shell

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China’s Hui Muslim women during Ramadan

The Muslim Hui are an ethnic minority granted significant autonomy and allowed to devoutly follow their religion in a region where Islam thrives. As part of a tradition dating back to the late 19th century and unique to China’s 10 million Hui Muslims, hundreds of female Imams lead all-female congregations in the women’s only mosques of northwest China. 

photographed by Kevin Frayer (x)

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In which fantasy fiction with characters of color is subjected to the “historical accuracy” test and comes out on top once again…

(fyi this is the author of The Throne of the Crescent Moon, which has been featured for Fiction Week previously)


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The more I see about it, the more genuinely confused I am as to why Steve Rogers has to be Catholic. Is this a “fanon” thing that people are just really adamant about? Does anything in canon actually support it? 

It is technically fanon, but there’s a lot of cultural and societal evidence written into the character that backs up the fanon that, at the very least, Steve was raised Catholic.  Is he a practicing Catholic?  Probably not - I agree with you totally that Steve probably does a lot of questioning about what’s really up with religion.  But given the way he grew up in NYC, and his familial background, the ‘P’ that’s listed on his dogtags in the first movie comes off as incredibly unlikely or an oversight by the props department.

I’d start laying out the societal evidence here, however I know that theladyscribe has a pretty kick-ass essay in process talking about this very thing, and she’s doing a far better job of explaining it than I ever could. :)

I guess I just don’t see the evidence that says he is for sure Catholic. I saw the essay, and it mentions that Steve is an implied Christian in canon (MCU and comics), but that a denomination isn’t specified. The implication I got from the essay is that if Steve had been Protestant, he would have had various advantages in life, which people don’t see in canon. I get that there was a Catholic/Protestant privilege divide in America, to some extent, but I just have a hard time with the idea that all Protestants in early twentieth-century America had tremendous advantages over Catholics, therefore Steve is Catholic, which seems to be the gist of the argument. For example, they didn’t live in Brooklyn, but my early twentieth-century ancestors were dirt-poor/working-class Protestants, some of whom were Irish who immigrated to the US in the 19th century, along with a BUNCH of other Irish people. I’m just not sure how Protestantism is excluded, especially since apparently the dog tags used in the film indicate that he’s Protestant. I get that a lot of Marvel’s historical accuracy is crap, but should everything they give us be thrown out?

This isn’t to say I hate the headcanon that Steve is Catholic. I’ve written it, and I think it’s interesting. Some folks just seem very sure about it, and I just wonder where that comes from.  

To be completely frank, and not to accuse anyone of anything (which I’m not interested in) but sometimes I wonder if making Steve Catholic is a way for non-Catholic fandom folks (myself included) to make him seem more exotic and “other”-y, which is basically an extension of those early 20th-century prejudices about Catholicism and Catholics, and the privilege surrounding Protestant/Catholic relations during that period? 

I repeat: I am not accusing anyone of doing this, I’m just musing out loud and trying to examine privilege and stuff.

The Marvel Wiki says that Steve was raised Irish Catholic. This thing (written before the Marvel wiki, I think) says that Steve is more likely Protestant and points out it’s never straight-up mentioned in-universe what he is, other than Christian.

In terms of being a dirt-poor immigrant, while Steve would have had trouble regardless of his religion, if he were Catholic specifically he would have been open to a lot of specific religious prejudice. Protestants (especially WASPs) were dominant in governmental positions and Catholics were regarded with suspicion, largely because it was assumed that they were more loyal to the Vatican than to AMERICA (see JFK addressing that concern here), more superstitious and in fact almost idol-worshipping, and, because of that whole “no birth control” thing, more likely to overrun America with their spawn (SERIOUSLY).  

I do think that if he were Catholic (in-canon or otherwise), there is no way that he could be open about that, except with the Commandos. While anti-Catholic sentiments decreased a bit after WWII forced people to mix with those they normally would never associated with, they were still going strong even up to the 1980s. And if Steve was Catholic, it would have been a kind of Catholicism that doesn’t exist today. His mother would likely have had to wear a head covering in church and Mass would have been in Latin.

As someone who was raised Catholic, I find it easier to identify with Steve as Catholic rather than as a Protestant. I can see what you mean about making him exotic (WHAT ARE SAINTS AND WHAT DO THEY DO HOW FASCINATING TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOUR BEADS), but personally I write him Catholic because it’s what I know. I also think that, while making him Protestant fits with the “all-American” image, it’s more meaningful for him to not be Protestant, because the idea that American=Protestant really bugs me.



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There is a Pope in the Cars universe. This means that there is Catholic Christianity, which means there was a Jesus car who was crucified. Jesus Chrysler was crucified by car Romans under Pontiac Pilot who washed his wheels. A car was nailed to a cross and ascended to Heaven.

there is car mass
they have communion diesel
there are car sins and car confessionals



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There is a Pope in the Cars universe. This means that there is Catholic Christianity, which means there was a Jesus car who was crucified. Jesus Chrysler was crucified by car Romans under Pontiac Pilot who washed his wheels. A car was nailed to a cross and ascended to Heaven.

there is car mass

they have communion diesel

there are car sins and car confessionals


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Lawyers for two Guantanamo Bay detainees cited the Hobby Lobby decision to argue for their clients’ rights to perform prayers during Ramadan. However, federal courts have argued that the detainees didn’t qualify as persons under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Wow.

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