Weekly Religion News on Facebook's removal of a page advocating violence against Israel and the Jewish people, "Unfamiliar Fishes" by Sarah Vowell and more.

A Third Palestinian Intifada Facebook page calling for a violent revolt against Israel and the Jewish people was officially dismantled Tuesday after the Anti Defamation League filed a complaint with the social networking site. 


The Facebook page called for a million supporters to join forces in a violent uprising against Israel and Jewish people on May 15, 2011. According to Fox News, more than 340,000 people had joined the page before it was taken down.


Previous intifadas in 1987 and 2000 involved suicide bombings, rocket attacks, roadside shootings and other acts of terror that resulted in the deaths of thousands of people.


Israeli Minister Yuli Edelstein wrote a letter to Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, called the Facebook page “an appalling abuse of technology to promote terrorist violence.”


Foxman also said, “We should not be so naïve to believe that a campaign for a ‘Third Intifada’ does not portend renewed violence, especially in the current climate that has seen a dramatic increase in rocket attacks from Gaza, the brutal murder of the Fogel family in the West Bank and a terrorist bombing in Jerusalem.”


United with Israel, a pro-Israel grassroots organization, has responded to the call for violence with the Million Voices for Peace in Israel Facebook page and website, http://www.millionvoicesforisrael.org, which asks Facebook to “remove all groups that promote hatred.”


"It's a matter of life and death," said United with Israel founder Michael Gerbitz.


-- ReligionNews.com/ GHNS


Week in Religion


- March 29, 1638, the first Swedish colonists in America established a Lutheran settlement at Fort Christiana in the colony of Delaware.


- March 30, 1135, birth of Moses Maimonides, medieval Jewish scholar, who tried to harmonize Rabbinic Judaism with the popular Aristotelianism of his day in "Guide to the Perplexed."


- March 31, 1816, death of Francis Asbury, 70, pioneer Methodist bishop, who was sent to America in 1771 by John Wesley. He saw throughout his lifetime the new denomination grow from 500 members to over 200,000.


-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church


Survey Says


According to the Pew Research Forum, 29 percent of Catholics agree with the tea party, 23 percent disagree and 48 percent had no opinion, haven’t heard of the tea party or refused to answer the question.


Good Book?


“Unfamiliar Fishes” by Sarah Vowell


Among the developments of 1898, Sarah Vowell considers the Americanization of Hawaii the most intriguing –– from the arrival of New England missionaries in 1820 and their goal to Christianize the local heathen, to the coup d'état of the missionaries' sons in 1893, which overthrew the Hawaiian queen. With her trademark smart-alecky insights and reporting, Vowell sets out to discover the off, emblematic and exceptional history of the fiftieth state.


-- Penguin Group (USA)


Quote of the week


“Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.” – Albert Einstein


The Word


Bible Code: A book by Michael Drosnin, which promoted the concept that the Bible contains prophecies that are hidden by a special code. This belief became popular during the 1990s, but collapsed when it was found that similar codes could be extracted from any book of similar length.


-- religioustolerance.org


Religion Around the World


Religious makeup of Kazakhstan


Muslim: 47 percent


Russian Orthodox: 44 percent


Protestant: 2 percent


Other: 7 percent


- CIA Factbook


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