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Religion

  • Religious doctrine

    BEIRUT — The gunman who attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando is said to have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) in a 911 call, and a day after the massacre, the extremist group described the shooter as “one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America.”

  • Grace Notes 6/18/16: Got rocks?

    Although I don’t think it’s terminal, it is chronic: I have a chronic case of CRS — Can’t Remember Stuff.

    That’s the diagnosis one of my co-workers gave me the other day. He may or may not have been joking.

    I tell people all the time to please, please, please remind me of stuff. It’s the CRS, folks. I just can’t remember stuff.

  • Mideast hub Dubai eases liquor rules for Ramadan

    JON GAMBRELL

    Associated Press

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  

    The city-state is breaking new ground with its decision to loosen rules prohibiting daytime alcohol sales during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a move that reflects how much Dubai’s rulers value the revenue both tourists and alcohol tax bring into this emirate.

  • When God loses his mind

    Every so often I’ll say to God, “With all due respect and with the full realization that you can fry me on the spot, which I admittedly deserve — you have obviously lost your mind. Sir.”

    Here’s a perfect example: After many, many months of inviting a friend to my church, one day several years ago this friend finally decided to actually come.

  • Retired pope thanks reigning pope for his focus on mercy

    NICOLE WINFIELD

    Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY 

    Retired Pope Benedict XVI thanked Pope Francis and endorsed his mercy-filled ministry Tuesday during an unprecedented Vatican ceremony featuring the reigning pope honoring the retired one on the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest.

  • Learning to enjoy the ride

    Nancy Kennedy

    GRACE NOTES

     

    When I first met my husband he drove a brand-new 1973 Mercury Comet GT, white with orange pinstripes along the sides and orange vinyl interior — and a manual transmission.

    As Barry attempted to teach me how to drive it, I proved myself to be a willing student, but not an adept one.

  • Islamic State tightens grip on captives held as sex slaves

    LORI HINNANT 

    MAYA ALLERUZZO

    BALINT SZLANKO

    Associated Press

    KHANKE, Iraq 

    The advertisement on the Telegram app is as chilling as it is incongruous: A girl for sale is “Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old.... Her price has reached $12,500 and she will be sold soon.”

  • GRACE NOTES: Dead man laughing

    Ten years ago I wrote: “My friend Mike ate breakfast last week, which is nothing short of a miracle.

    “He doesn’t shake anymore or wake up in the middle of the night sweating. The little green monkeys that haunt him are gone too.”

  • To get an education

    Nancy Kennedy

    Staff writer

    Jessica Eatough’s eyes light up when she talks about her students.

    For the past two years she’s taught school on the tiny island of Roatan, off the coast of Honduras, a Christian school run by Mark and Susan Schuler, Christian missionaries who first started a Spanish-speaking church on the island eight years ago. Two years after that, they started a kindergarten.

  • The Age of Outrage — let’s end it with love

    On Dec. 8, 2014, no one got eaten alive on the Discovery Channel’s “Eaten Alive” — and some viewers who tuned in to see carnage were outraged.

    On May 6 of the same year, actress Shailene Woodley outraged feminists by announcing that she’s not a feminist, and on Aug. 28, Hello Kitty fans were outraged when the Sanrio company said Hello Kitty “is not a cat.”