How old is Mecca? (and other follow up questions)

How old is Mecca? When was the city first built? Is there any historical or archaeological evidence that can give us a definitive answer? Did Abraham and Ishmael first purify the Ka'ba, build Mecca, and institute the Hajj as it seems to say in 2:125-127? Did Abraham really instruct his sons to follow the command... Continue Reading →

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A Family Business

Earlier today a mother and her two daughters aged nine and twelve went to one church, a father went to a second, and their two teenage sons went to a third church. Then they all blew themselves up. 

An Open Letter To CAIR

There is nothing Christian about a ban on Muslims. There is nothing Christian about refusing refugees. There is nothing Christian about denying safe harbor to those fleeing violence. Nothing.

Here We Are Again

My heart breaks for Izmir and the victims of this second national tragedy to strike Turkey in a year that is not yet a week old. My heart also breaks for the countless victims caught in the crossfire of the multiple simultaneous conflicts that are ravaging my home of Southeast Turkey as well as Syria and northern Iraq. When will it end?

Death by Fanaticism.

Nine days ago, wait, has it really only been nine days? Nine days ago I was scrolling through facebook when I noticed a friend posting that he was OK. He had been in the Belgium airport on his way back to the states when the bombs went off. He is one of those casual acquaintances... Continue Reading →

Greater

Today is election day here in Turkey. Strike that. It’s actually re-election day since a few months back should have been election day. Problem is, the powers that be didn’t much like the outcome of that first election. They proved too intransigent to allow for a smooth transition of power and a new coalition government... Continue Reading →

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