These are the 12 worst Ideas Religion has Unleashed on the World

By VALERIE TARICO, ALTERNET Le sacrifice d’Abraham (Matthias Stom) Some of humanity’s technological innovations are things we would have been better off without: the medieval rack, the atomic bomb and powdered lead potions come to mind. Religions tend to invent ideas or concepts rather than technologies, but like every other creative human enterprise, they produce some…

Sisi Goes to Addis Ababa

By ALEX DE WAAL, NYTimes Credit Anthony Russo On one of the last occasions an Egyptian president visited Addis Ababa, he got no further than the road from the airport: In 1995 the motorcade of President Hosni Mubarak came under fire from Egyptian jihadists. Mr. Mubarak was saved by his bulletproof car, his driver’s skill and…

Portraits of How Axum Obelisks Were Erected

The builders of the obelisks were not Christians but people who had same faith or similar to that of Ancient Egypt. These objects have no affiliation with Christianity and indeed pre-date Christianity. They erected such objects because they believed their soul and spirit will reach the Heavens to their God (sky/sun). The priest and the…

ከተራ ምንድን ነው?

By Gemoraw, Gondar Online መ/ር ሳሙኤል ተስፋዬ ጥያቄ በየዓመቱ የጥምቀት በዓል በድመቀት ይከበራል፡፡ ከበዓሉ በፊት የከተራ በዓል የሚከበርበትን ታሪካዊና ሃይማኖታዊ ፋይዳውን ብታብራሩልን ዮስቲና ከአዲስ አበባ መልሱ ከተራ ከበበ ካለው የግእዝ ግሥ የወጣ ነው፡፡ ፍችው ውኃ መከተር፣ መገደብ ማለት ነው፡፡ የጥምቀት ዋዜማ ታቦተ ሕጉ ከቤተ መቅደስ ወጥቶ ውኃ ባለበት አካባቢ ስለሚያድር የየአጥቢያው ሕዝብ እየተሰበሰበ በወንዝ ዳር ወይም በምንጭ…

The Koran Does Not Forbid Images of the Prophet

BY CHRISTIANE GRUBER, Newsweek The Charlie Hebdo killers were operating under a misapprehension. TOPKAPI PALACE LIBRARY In the wake of the massacre that took place in the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, I have been called upon as a scholar specializing in Islamic paintings of the Prophet to explain whether images of Muhammad are banned in…

The Intricately Carved Tiya Megaliths of Ethiopia

By M R Reese The Tiya stones are part of an archaeological site located in central Ethiopia, in an area known as the Gurage Zone. The 46 large, decorated Tiya megaliths have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although the construction of such megaliths is an ancient tradition in Ethiopia, the Tiya stones are…