Of all the religions it is the only one that has to threaten its adherents with death if they try to break away; that, from its inception, in order to “buy” followers, has been dedicated to fulfilling some of the worst impulses of man—for conquest, sex, plunder, pride. History alone demonstrates all this: while Christianity was spread far and wide by Christians who altruistically gave up their lives, simply because they believed in Christ, Islam spread by force, by the edge of the sword, by fear, threats, and lurid enticements to the basest desires of man. Islam is by far the falsest religion—an assertion that is at once theologically, philosophically, and historically demonstrable.
(Fr. Zakaria Botros, a Coptic Orthodox exile priest who reportedly has a $60 million bounty on his head by Al Quaida for preaching Christianity to Muslims)
I do not endorse the whole interview (I’m no more interested in Muslim scriptures commending camel pee as a beverage than I am about Mormon undergarments), but I admire Fr. Botros’ courage.
Did Abercrombie & Fitch violate Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act when it failed to hire a Muslim teenager, Halla Banafa, as a part-time stock-room employee? Banafa wore a hijab to her job interview. Abercrombie has a “Look Policy” that governs the dress of employees, and it precludes any kind of head wear. (H/T Religion Clause)
I have a favorite cardigan, bright red, that often attracts comments (which being interpreted are “isn’t the old man cute in his bright, out-of-date sweater!”). I jokingly tell them it’s really, really old, and ask if they can guess how old it is.
When they can’t, I tell them “I bought it at Abercrombie & Fitch when that was still a clothing store instead of a porno magazine.”
It’s awfully tempting to root for Ms. Banafa, and let the facts be damned.
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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)