Web Roundup on Saturday, 2015-01-31

Stuff that caught my eye on the web during the past few days — been too busy to write it up sooner.

Holocaust / Auschwitz Remembrance

Murdered at Auschwitz — Ben Brafman lends his voice to his grandfather, Yechiel Michoel Friedman, who, like many thousands of other Jews, was murdered at Auschwitz.

The Holocaust was an Arab story too — Lyn Julius points out Arab involvement in the holocaust, and that Arab and Islamic anti-Semitism pre-dates the establishment of the state of Israel.

Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism

Outstanding speech by Matti Friedman — Friedman, former AP journalist in Israel, describes the anti-Israel bias of western media organizations

See the Odd New Defense Jews Are Buying Against Anti-Semitism — Creative, humorous and sad at the same time.

Do we really mean ‘never again’? — Charles Krauthammer on the renewed rise of anti-Semitism in Europe

Britons loathe Israel more than Iran, survey finds — Britons feel more “unfavorable” to Israel than any other country worldwide except North Korea, a survey found. The survey — taken in August and published Thursday by Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs — showed a massive surge in negative attitudes toward Israel since the previous such study, two years earlier. Thirty-five percent of Britons said they “feel especially unfavorable towards” Israel in the 2014 survey, compared to 17% in 2012.

Germany: Landmark case equates lethal anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. — Judge Gaury Sastry says shouting “death and hate to Zionists” amounts to anti-Semitism and sentenced Taylan Can to a fine of €200 and three months probation for incitement to hatred. It is interesting that judging by their names, neither the perpetrator nor the judge are “ethnic Germans”.

UK Jews and Muslims team up against hate — Encouraging. Jews and Muslims in the Stamford Hill neighbourhood of Hackney, north London, are standing together against attacks on both Jewish and Islamic institutions, with the Jewish volunteer neighborhood watch group “Shomrim” patrolling both synagogues and mosques.

Islamization, Islamic Terrorism and Western Responses

What if this happened in the United States? — a rather scary CBN report from 2010 about Muslims bringing whole neighborhoods to a standstill during their prayer times in Paris, France. If this is accurate (and I have not yet been able to confirm it) then it is scary indeed — because in France, no other religious group would be permitted to interfere with public life in this way and on this scale.

White House Claims The Taliban Isn’t a Terrorist Group — Unbe-freaking-lievable. But then the European Union has decided that Hamas is not a terrorist group — see next article.

Egyptian court rules Hamas armed wing a terror group — the Egyptians are obviously more clear-sighted than the Europeans.

Human Rights

Medical expert: Repeated floggings of Saudi Arabian blogger may cause long-term damage — It is interesting that the Saudi regime has again cancelled the Friday flogging installment for Raif Badawi. No doubt all the international pressure plays a role in this.

Solidarity with Raif Badawi — Robert George on an innovative and creative way to show solidarity with a victim of human rights abuse.


Mundane Faithfulness — the blog of Kara Tippetts who is slowly dying of cancer

Walk Away Renee — Guest blog on Jesus Creed by Michelle van Loon on why Christians walk away from the church and the faith

Why I Objected — Paul Williamson: I have been asked why, on St. Timothy day in York Minster, I stood up to object during the ordination of Libby Lane as the first woman bishop of the Church of England. I am happy to give an answer: I stood out of love for the church for which I have served as a pastor for forty-one years and out of respect for the gospel which it proclaims. I find it somewhat sad how the Archbishop of York brushes this objection aside with a reference to, not the Bible, but “the law of the land.”

Paul’s Big Gospel — Guest blog on Jesus Creed by John Frye. The Gospel is not just concerned with personal salvation, but with setting to right the injustices of a fallen world (what the Jews call tikkun ha olam, fixing the world)

Interview: ‘God’s Smuggler’ on Megachurches, Persecuted Christians, and Middle East Challenges — Brother Andrew will be 86 soon. This interview is from February 2013.

The Word and the Rule of Faith — Peter Leithart reviews the book Reformed Catholicity by Michael Allen and Scott Swain. Their thesis: To be Reformed means to go deeper into true catholicity rather than away from it.

Mission Trips and the “Monolithic Other” — Iantha Scheiwe, Executive Director of the Concordia Welfare & Education Foundation (CWEF) in Hong Kong, about the modern phenomenon of short-term “mission trips”.

Nashville Evangelical Church Comes Out for Marriage Equality — GracePoint Church has become the first Evangelical megachurch to take a stand in support of same-sex marriage. Of course, I and many others would say it has thereby forfeited the right to be called an Evangelical church. But it is not surprising: how are we going to withstand the spirit of the age on this issue when we have long folded on the issue of the permanence of marriage, divorce, and re-marriage, even for clergy.

Society in General

Cynthia — 19-year old Cynthia describes trying to finish school while homeless — her parents fought and then just up and left when she was 16. She couch-hops between friends and relatives.

Seven Things Homeschoolers Won’t Tell You — common misconceptions and beliefs about homeschool families.

That Our Children May Be Born — Report on efforts to pass a law in Indiana that would ban abortions due to either the sex of the fetus or a prenatal diagnosis of a genetic difference such as Down syndrome. The law would criminalize the actions of doctors who encourage and perform such abortions, not women who obtain them.

The (Non) Religion of Sport — Carl Trueman on the occasion of Superbowl madness.

5 Lies American Culture Feeds Us Every Day — Our culture feeds us plenty of lies. And many of us have accepted them for years. The Church has even been shaped by these lies. And it’s time to expose them. And it isn’t only American culture, most of these apply in any western country.

Marching for Life and Planet — John Murdock on the connection between caring for the unborn and caring for the planet

Samenzellen vom netten Mann — How did we ever start families without government-mandated sex education? And since when is it irrelevant, “who is related how and to whom”? Birgit Kelle comments on the “Questionable Revolution in Sex Education”. In German.

The De-Professionalization of the NFL — Robert Benne comments on some aberration in professional sports

Funny Stories

Stuck On a Lamp Post — video of a prank that has gone viral

21 Dinge, die Du nur in Österreich erlebst — in German, and you probably need to have lived in Austria for a while to understand them, even if you do speak German.

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