Ex-terrorist tells story at First Baptist Church

By Allison Tahmoush: CNJ Correspondent An ex-terrorist abandons Islam for Christianity after meeting his current wife, a Catholic from Mexico. It sounds like the tagline to a bad movie. Walid Shoebat knows this all too well. He is the main character, and it’s not a movie. Born in Bethlehem, Shoebat was brought up in a […]

Knee-jerk cries of discrimination insulting

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Six imams got on a plane in Minneapolis. Accounts vary, but it seems they were speaking in Arabic before boarding of their disgust with the U.S. war in Iraq and with American policy in general. One was heard to declare he would do whatever was necessary to fulfill his obligations […]

Radicals need taught lesson in restraint

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist In 1989, photographer Andres Serrano exhibited a photo he called “Piss Christ,” depicting a crucifix submerged in urine. It raised a furor and was condemned on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Nobody was killed. In 1999, artist Chris Ofili exhibited a painting he called “The Holy Virgin Mary” in […]

Violence not best way to obtain power

By Leonard Pitts: syndicated columnist I’m probably going to have to apologize for this column, so let’s get that out of the way: I’m sorry. I did not intend to offend Islam or its followers. I respect Islam and, indeed, all the ways humanity worships and seeks its Maker. With that taken care of, let […]

Mideast democracy has its peculiarities

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist In Israel and the Palestinian territories, two new governments are taking shape. The Kadima Party, which will (just barely) head Israel’s new coalition government, seeks simply to separate and insulate Israel from the homicidal intentions of its Palestinian neighbors. On the other side of the fence, Hamas is settling into […]

Q&A: Clovis alumna studying Islam abroad

Editor’s note: Clovis High graduate Kayla Carruthers is studying the Islamic culture in Syria. Q What are you doing in Syria? A I applied for the Fulbright Program and was awarded to study in Egypt, but then encountered problems with the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt and eventually my grant was transferred to Syria. […]

Beheading shows Iraq war victims everyday people

Everyone who saw the image of Islamic militants beheading an American contractor in Iraq has reacted with understandable horror. Few things are more brutal than the cold-blooded murder by masked thugs, and the chosen method of execution was particularly grisly. Americans are in shock and mourning, made all the worse by the detailed media descriptions […]

Questioning Islam

By Darrell Todd Maurina When a missionary to the Islamic world told Pastor Rob Hollis of First Baptist Church of Texico that he’d be available to speak, the church jumped at the chance to offer a presentation on Islam to the community. On Sunday, David Witt of the Voice of the Martyrs organization, a ministry […]