Search Results for "Christian" : 34

by / on November 6, 2012 at 12:18 am / in Europe, Uncategorized, World

The Christian Right Angle

…seem to defy all rational interpretations. To do this, we must engage with the right wing itself, especially its Christian views. The concept of “thin” religion, which privileges abstract religious identity over concrete practice, provides an especially useful lens through which to interpret the extreme right’s ideology. Seen from this angle, the extreme right coalesces around an ideal of Christian, Western civilization in the face of alien, corr…

Read more ›
by / on February 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm / in Eliot Sackler, Middle East, Web Columnists, World

Assad’s Quiet Allies: Christians

…f the religious type, for they do not believe in the Quran or Mohammad. Just who are these people then? Jordan’s Christians. As about 4% of Jordan’s population, Christians comprise the largest minority group in the overwhelmingly Muslim country, inhabiting a privileged position in society. Considered among the business and political elite, Christians enjoy an amicable relationship with the monarchy: not only are Christian holidays celebrated publ…

Read more ›
by / on February 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm / in Africa, Blast from the Past, Culture, Uncategorized, World

Made in the U.S.A

…the most contentious battlegrounds for American gay rights activists working abroad(and their often evangelical Christian anti-gay rights counterparts). Gay rights, a fundamentally nonpolitical human rights project, has become entangled in the web of American politics, and this has raised the stakes of a local Ugandan issue that was already heated in its own right. Conservative Christian groups have been very successful in acquiring authority an…

Read more ›
by / on March 4, 2011 at 3:22 am / in Africa, Issue, Main Menu, World

Made in the U.S.A.

…the most contentious battlegrounds for American gay rights activists working abroad and their often evangelical Christian anti-gay rights counterparts.  Gay rights, a fundamentally nonpolitical human rights project, has become entangled in the web of American politics, and this has raised the stakes of a local Ugandan issue that was already heated in its own right. Conservative Christian groups have been very successful in acquiring authority an…

Read more ›
by / on November 6, 2012 at 12:01 am / in Middle East, World

Mudslinging in Denial

…with identical objections, just from the mouths of Islamists and anti-Mubarak coalitions. Clinton’s meeting with Christians in Cairo was cast as American-sponsored sectarianism and attempts to unravel Egypt from the inside. Had Clinton not met with Christians, however, her actions would have confirmed growing suspicion among secular, liberal, and Christian coalitions that President Obama had “sold out” Egypt under the convenient guise of democrac…

Read more ›
by / on May 4, 2011 at 4:06 am / in Europe, Issue, Main Menu, World

Behind the Burqa Bans

…esponding to this crisis not by increased inclusivity but rather by a militant defense of the idea of a “western Christian” Europe, a Europe that is quietly disappearing. In the words of the German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, Germany confirms to the “western Christian origin of our culture.” In his view, the country has little room for those who choose to follow practices outside the pervading “western Christian” milieu. This was the…

Read more ›
by / on July 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm / in Election 2012, Opinion, World

Netanyahu and Romney, Destined to be Together?

…d response in Israel — an almost guaranteed matter — can be used as leverage for both the Jewish and Evangelical Christian votes. Still battling disdain for his Mormon faith from hardcore religious-right groups, Romney can benefit from getting on the good side of the Christian friends of the Holy Land. He can also try to harness the disappointment with Obama’s treatment of Israel, and hope to pluck some Jewish support (even if limited — the Jewis…

Read more ›
by / on May 22, 2013 at 12:07 am / in Opinion, World

Down Goes the Great Mosque

…te heavy international criticism. An even more troubling example comes from the sacking of Constantinople by the Christian Crusaders in 1204, who not only destroyed Christian history (as the city was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire for nearly 1,000 years), but also melted hundreds of statues dating to Ancient Greece in order to forge more weapons and make coins. This type of blatant disregard of historical value has ended any possibility…

Read more ›
by / on May 4, 2011 at 3:54 am / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

Turkey Gets Engaged

…ship for 48 years. In that time, less economically stable states such as Romania and Bulgaria—both predominantly Christian—have made it into the club. As Dr. Charles Freilich, an International Security Program Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Governments, explained, the European Union was primarily wary of having a Muslim country in the union. Turkey is well aware of this and has raised the probing question: “Is the EU a Christian c…

Read more ›
by / on October 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Desert in Bloom

…merchants Assad has allied with prefer his rule for its stability and, as a result, their increasing wealth. The Christian minority, no friend to the Sunnis, have also cast their lot in with the ruling class.  Always fearful of the increasing tensions that accompany change, this minority fears the repercussions of Assad’s downfall, and this has only increased their support of Assad. In fairness, Christians in Syria are likely justified in their c…

Read more ›