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‘Let no one who is not eager for truth and peace enter here’ (Plato)

Articles on this site express varying points of view, to encourage mature thinking on serious issues. The assumption is that you will want to study a controversial topic from various angles before you arrive at a conclusion, rather than simply believe what someone told you when you were impressionable! (So some stuff here is ‘hot’. Proceed at your own risk!). See the Statement of Faith for John Mark Ministries' theological stance.

Sexual Slavery the IS way…

Islamic State uses birth control to maintain supply of sex slaves Date: March 13 2016 Rukmini Callimachi Dohuk,

Islamic Terrorism: the problem is really about Education

Missing From Conversations About San Bernardino Attack

Islam: Two Very Creative Views

Islamic State’s real aim is to topple Saudi Arabia November 26, 2015 Richard Bulliet By playing the caliph card, IS is bidding for pre-eminence in the Muslim world. Muslim pilgrims pray at Mecca. By targeting Shiites, the Islamic State is proving its Sunni credentials. The undeclared long-range goal of IS is to overthrow Saudi Arabia. […]

ISIS Violence: shall we blame Islam?

Excerpts from a Eureka Street article On blaming Muslims for Paris by Justin Glyn

When terror strikes, Saudi Arabia evades responsibility

Laila Lalami November 18, 2015 We cannot defeat IS without defeating Wahhabi theology. And that means spending as much effort in defending liberal ideas. What happened in Paris on November 13 has happened before, in a shopping district of Beirut on November 12, in the skies over Egypt on October 31, at a cultural centre […]

Paris attacks were not ‘nihilism’ but sacred strategy

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 LEADING commentator Janet Daley’s article in Saturday’s Telegraph

Australian Muslims ought to know they’re accepted and honoured…

Demon of division must be denied October 10, 2015

Refugees / asylum seekers – quo vadis?

Now for a rethink on our response to refugees… Date September 17, 2015 Louise Newman We now have the opportunity to reaffirm our social commitment to children’s wellbeing and make compassion a reality. Illustration: Rocco Fazzari Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull inherits several matters demanding attention, including a complex legacy of distress and damage to asylum […]

Review: Dave Andrews, The Jihad of Jesus (2015)

[First go here for some representative quotes about Christianity vs Islam.

ISLAM vs CHRISTIANITY: Truth and (or?) love?

Two issues are probably well ahead of all others in terms of public policy debates around the world: Islamic Terrorism and Marriage Equality for LGBTI