The Imam of Federal College of Technology, Yaba Mosque, Imam Saeed Salmon has said that contrary to some belief by Muslims, Islam also subscribes to the widely held Christian belief that Jesus Christ will return in what has been described as his ‘second coming’, emphasising that any Muslim, who does not believe in it, is not a true follower of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).Salmon, who spoke at a special lecture held at the Lagos Central Mosque, Tinubu, said Jesus is a messenger of God and would still return to a mosque in Damascus.“The second coming of Jesus Christ is a doctrine that every Muslim must believe. The teachings of Prophet Muhammad talks extensively about this.“The Qua’ ran Chapter 4:157-159 teaches this but the teachings of Islam does not support that Jesus was killed or resurrected, rather, he was raised by Almighty Allah to his majesty.“Jesus is coming again to refute the claim of the Jews that he was crucified and to correct the doctrine of the Christians that he is the son of God.“Again, the second coming of Jesus is to establish that there is a close relationship between Prophet Muhammad and Jesus himself”, he said.The Chief host and organiser of the lecture, Amir Ajala Kamardeen, noted that he is under obligation as a true adherent of Islam, to educate the public and to correct any misconception about the religion.“Jesus is a prophet and messenger of Allah and as a true Muslim, we are bound to believe all prophets of Allah.“The holy book ,Qur’an points to the fact that the second coming of Jesus Christ is a sign of end time but there are some group of Muslims in Harvard University and in Cairo known as the fatimists and also Ahmadists who are saying otherwise, so, I have put it upon myself to correct them”, Amir Kamardeen added.
Young people are abandoning President Barack Obama in big numbers, according to a new poll by the Harvard University Institute of Politics.
The survey shows the president’s approval rating among young people has fallen to 41 percent, and 52 percent of those ages 18 to 24 say they would vote to recall the president if they could.
Researchers found younger Americans disapproved ofObamacare and the government surveillance program and that they’re concerned about their future.
“The trend is daunting for the White House but not necessarily surprising,” Catholic Online quoted Pew Research Center Director Michael Dimock. “Younger folks are part of Obama’s base … but the roll-out confirmed concerns that were already in their minds.”
The poll also found a growing disillusionment with both parties and Congress.
The student-run Harvard Ichthus Christian blog website apologized for an anonymous post saying that Jews deserve to be persecuted for killing Jesus.
The apology was issued on Friday. The post, which has been removed from the site, was published on Nov. 20.
“We sincerely apologize for breaching the confidence of civil dialogue,” editor-in-chief Aaron Gyde wrote in his apology. “This has been a growing experience for all involved here at the Ichthus, and, as students, we sincerely appreciate the patience and grace you have demonstrated towards us.”
“We, the Jews, collectively rejected God and hung Him up on a cross to die, and thus we deserved the punishments that were heaped on our heads over the last 2,000 years,” the post said, according to theGlobe.
In the apology, the Ichthus wrote that its blogs are “intended to be areas of thoughtful dialogue.”
“This particular piece has led to increasing misunderstanding and disinformation about the author’s views, the Ichthus and Christianity,” it said. “We do acknowledge that many of the claims of Christianity are offensive to those who do not believe it, but we think that much of the offense that has resulted from this article is not the offense of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And for that we apologize.”
More than 50 percent of respondents in the survey, taken between Oct. 30 and Nov. 11, said they disapproved of how Obama handled key issues in his second term, including Syria, Iran, the economy, healthcare and the federal budget deficit.
But a plurality of respondents, 46 percent, said they would still vote for him for president if they could recast their 2012 ballots, compared with 35 percent who said they would vote for the then-Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Some 55 percent of the survey respondents who reported casting ballots in the 2012 presidential election said they had voted for Obama, compared with 33 percent for Romney.
The results follow a separate CNN/ORC poll released on Nov. 25 that showed a growing number of Americans doubted Obama’s ability to manage the nation, amid ongoing problems plaguing the president’s signature domestic policy achievement, the healthcare reform law widely known as Obamacare.
Obama’s administration has also come under fire from critics at home and abroad who claim it is dealing poorly with the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons and Iran over its nuclear ambitions. They also say the administration has failed to rein in U.S. public spending or revive the economy.
Some 57 percent of respondents in the Harvard poll said they disapprove of Obamacare, with 40 percent expecting the quality of health care to worsen and about half expecting health care costs to rise.
The Harvard survey respondents spread out the blame for Washington’s shortcomings beyond Obama and the Democratic party. In terms of job performance, 54 percent said they disapproved of the president, 59 percent disapproved of Democrats in Congress, and a whopping 75 percent disapproved of Republicans in Congress.
Conservative U.S. Republicans took a hard line in the fight over October’s U.S. government shutdown, which was waged over the party’s demands to stop the launch of Obamacare. But delays in pay to some public workers, closings of national parks and reductions in public services only deepened Americans’ frustration.
Asked which proposals they would prefer to see enacted to cut the federal deficit, respondents tended to favor increasing taxes for the wealthy and cutting certain types of military spending – including on the nuclear arsenal and the size of the Navy fleet.
More than 70 percent also said they would prefer not to see any cuts to education spending on kindergarten through high school, the poll showed.
In a sign of ambivalence over the role of Edward Snowden, a contractor for the National Security Agency, in unveiling details of the U.S. spying program, 52 percent of survey respondents said they were not sure if he was a traitor or a patriot.
Some 22 percent labeled him a traitor and an equal 22 percent labeled him a patriot.
Snowden is living in Russia as a fugitive after President Vladimir Putin granted him asylum against Washington’s wishes.
What was supposed to be a touchy-feely, one-on-oneinterview by Oprah Winfrey with long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad has morphed into a broader, sometimes angry exchange about what it means to be an atheist.
Earlier this month (Oct. 13) Winfrey, 59, hosted Nyad on Super Soul Sunday, her weekly talk program on cable’s Oprah Winfrey Network. Nyad, 64, recently completed a 53-hour solo swim from Cuba to Florida.
During the hourlong segment, Nyad declared herself an atheist. She then explained, “I can stand at the beach’s edge with the most devout Christian, Jew, Buddhist, go on down the line, and weep with the beauty of this universe and be moved by all of humanity. All the billions of people who have lived before us, who have loved and hurt and suffered. So to me, my definition of God is humanity and is the love of humanity.”
“Well, I don’t call you an atheist then,” Winfrey said. “I think if you believe in the awe and the wonder and the mystery, then that is what God is. That is what God is. It’s not a bearded guy in the sky.”
Nyad reiterated her lack of belief in a divine being, but the exchange upset many nonbelievers. They took to the Internet and social media to express outrage at Winfrey’s assumption that only believers can experience the transcendent or spiritual.
“As an atheist I am even more in AWE and WONDER about the Universe and Nature,” tweetedsomeone called “Mark Secular.” “I don’t need a god @Oprah to see the beauty of it.”
“[I]t’s ‘difficult’ enough being an atheist in these parts,” Stacypie tweeted from Dallas. “I don’t need her defining MY spirituality for all.”
And Boston Atheists, which draws members from across New England, launched a Twitter and Facebook campaign to get Winfrey to officially apologize.
Within a day or two of the broadcast, several prominent atheist leaders and organizations issued statements expressing disappointment with Winfrey. Most saw in the talk show host’s rejection of Nyad’s atheism what polls, studies and often their own experience tell them—that atheists are among the least trusted and least liked Americans.
“Oprah … does more to perpetuate negative attitudes toward nonbelievers than Pat Robertson or James Dobson ever could,” wrote David Niose, president of the Secular Coalition for America, on the website ofPsychology Today. “Oprah, as a media tycoon and a beloved celebrity whose opinions are taken seriously by millions, has just confirmed that atheists are ‘the other,’ outsiders who just don’t belong in the in-group.”
On CNN’s Belief Blog, Chris Stedman, Harvard University’s assistant humanist chaplain, wrote, “Winfrey’s response may have been well intended. But it erased Nyad’s atheist identity and suggested something entirely untrue and, to many atheists like me, offensive: that atheists don’t experience awe and wonder.”
Others weighed in on Salon.com, Patheos.com, Skepchick and other atheist and humanist blogs. Even Fox News’ The Five weighed in, with co-host Eric Bolling saying, “Oprah shouldn’t have an opinion whether Nyad believes in God or not.”
Why has this struck such a deep chord? Ryan Cragun, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Tampa who studies atheists, said it may be because atheists are beginning to be more public about their lack of belief, seeing this as an opportunity to express their difference, their presence and their rights—much like the gay community has done before.
“Americans are beginning to realize that there are atheists, but they don’t really know who and whatatheists are,” Cragun said. “They likely still think atheists are just crotchety old men saying, ‘Your god doesn’t exist!’ Thus, when they encounter an actual atheist who says, ‘I’m constantly amazed at the world we live in and it makes me stop and wonder all the time,’ they are surprised.”
Marcia Z. Nelson, author of The Gospel According to Oprah, agreed, saying Winfrey may be exhibiting more unawareness than intolerance.
“As I see it, Oprah was being her spiritually and professionally curious self,” Nelson said. “The problematheists have is partly one of language; the God and religion people have been working on refining their descriptive languages for millennia. Oprah was actually doing atheists a favor by quizzing Nyad. Atheists need to concentrate more on expressing awe and less on taking hyperbolic offense where none is intended.”
Appearing Tuesday on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live,” Dershowitz called the freshman Texas Republican “one of the sharpest students I had, in terms of analytic skills. I’ve had 10,000 students over my 50 years at Harvard. . . . He has to qualify among the brightest of the students.”
“I think Democrats would make a big mistake to underestimate him,” Goolsby said. “I think he’s very smart.”
“He deeply believes what he’s doing,” Dershowitz said. “I don’t think of him so much as a tactical or strategic thinker. He’s deeply principled.”
Cruz believes he’s doing the right thing, Dershowitz said, though he said that doesn’t mean he’s always right.
“And he’s very hard to get off that principled argument. I saw that years ago when he was a student,” Dershowitz said. Cruz was not a compromiser and didn’t care about making friends by accepting what was considered politically correct.
“If you want to defeat Ted Cruz,” Dershowitz said, “you have to appeal to his principles, not to his tactics.”
That said, Dershowitz thinks his former student has gone too far in pushing for defunding the Affordable Care Act. Republicans successfully tied the effort to 2014 fiscal year federal funding. An impasse with Obama and Democrats in the House and Senate led to a partial government shutdown beginning Oct. 1 and to a looming deadline to raise the debt ceiling on Oct. 17.
But Cruz’ action raise serious constitutional questions “of the kind that Ted Cruz should be interested in,” Dershowitz said. “Can you imagine [Alexander] Hamilton and [James] Madison sitting around and drafting the Constitution and the Federalist Papers?”They’re talking about how the government has to pay its debts, how it has to secure the credit of the United States. … Nobody, in a million years, would have contemplated the power of Congress to shut down the government to create doubts about our creditworthiness,” Dershowitz said.
It may come as surprise that when Yale University was founded on this day, October 16, 1701, it was by Congregationalist ministers unhappy with the growing liberalism at Harvard. It wasn’t called Yale then, of course, but rather the Collegiate School. The ministers donated forty books and declared their objective, that “Youth may be instructed in the Arts and Sciences who through the blessing of God may be fitted for Publick employment both in Church and Civil State.”The huge campus of today, with over one hundred buildings was not conceived. In fact, the first classes were held in the residence of Rev. Abraham Pierson, its first rector. Not until 1745 was the school moved to New Haven and renamed Yale.
The name change was in honor of Elihu Yale, a successful merchant who made a donation of goods valued at $2,800. This was equivalent to the annual income of about fourteen medical doctors. The purpose of the renamed school was “To plant and under ye Divine blessing to propagate in this Wilderness, the blessed Reformed, Protestant Religion, in ye purity of its Order and Worship.”
Students were required to “live religious, godly and blameless lives according to the rules of God’s Word, diligently reading the Holy Scriptures, the fountain of light and truth; and constantly attend upon all the duties of religion, both in public and secret.” Prayer was a requirement. Furthermore every student was instructed to “…consider the main end of his study to wit to know God in Jesus Christ” and “to lead a Godly, sober life.”
For many years these high ideals were followed. One faculty member wrote around 1800, “It would delight your heart to see how the trophies of the cross are multiplied in this institution. Yale College is a little temple: prayer and praise seem to be the delight of the greater part of the students.”
But fathers cannot ensure the fidelity of their sons. Today Yale’s original ideals have faded. The school is a liberal institution with utterances and actions that are politically correct. One suspects that students are less likely to pray persistently than to engage in political protests.