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Thursday, August 16, 2007

News around on Thursday

A couple things that appeared in the RSS feeds today that I thought you might find interseting:

Crooner 'with a calling' sings Elvis ... in Latin

Doctor Ammondt, is a proffessor at the University of Jyvaeskylae, has a passion for Elvis Presley and Latin. I have not heard anything recorded by him and the only review I have read compared it more to Karaoke than real singing. Dr. Ammondt does state that the Late Pope John Paul II and former president Bill Clinton both enjoyed his music. Some of the musical selections (alright Latin scholars, reply with comments guessing the origional song title below) are: "Nunc hic aut numquam"; "Nunc Distrahor"; "Ne Saevias"; and "Tedere me ama".

Evangelicals support conversion code

I haven't heard of many Christians using brute force and torture to convert people but stating that we won't do that will, allegedly, reduce tensions between Christians and Muslims. I do find it interesting that on the second page of the article even the Muslims are worried about their ability to spread their message:

Sensitivity to Christian proselytism is widespread among Muslims. Under most interpretations of Sharia, or strict Islamic law, conversion from Islam is forbidden.

Last week, a religious court in Malaysia ordered a woman trying to renounce Islam to undergo three months of counseling in the mainly Muslim country's latest legal tussle over the issue. In Egypt, a Muslim who converted to Christianity and then took the unprecedented step of seeking official recognition for the change said he had gone into hiding following death threats.

Last year, lawmakers in the western Indian state of Rajasthan made it the latest region in the country to outlaw proselytizing with punishments up to five years in prison. Critics claimed the laws will be used to target Christian missionaries, who are often denounced by Hindu nationalists. But Muslims - who represent about 14 percent of India's population - also say the measures could be used against them.

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