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Persecution myth?

Religion | A new book claims Christian martyrdom was fabricated, but the present sheds light on the past
by Raymond Ibrahim
Posted 5/17/13, 01:00 am

Christian martyrdom under the militant Roman Empire has long been an unquestioned historical fact, but Candida Moss in her new book The Myth of Persecution (HarperOne, March 2013) claims that many of history’s best known narratives of Christian martyrs were entirely fabricated.

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Stacking library shelves

Islam | How Washington is pushing Islamic propaganda into local communities. Where’s the ACLU when we need it?
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 5/17/13, 01:00 am

Libraries in America, like schools, have a long tradition of local control. In 2009 Minnesota librarian Barbara Fisher told Library Journal readers how she chose books: “I know my community, and I know what their interests are.” Wisconsin librarian Abigail Goben wrote about choosing books based on reviews, patron requests, and librarian blogs: “We’re a chatty bunch and love recommending things to each other.”

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The NEH's list of books and recipient libraries

Islam
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 5/16/13, 05:08 pm

Tomorrow WORLD will publish a story about the National Endowment for the Humanities promotion of Islam. During the past three days we’ve posted lists of books that provide a realistic view of Islam. To find out which libraries and humanities councils (there are 953) received the NEH’s “Muslim Journeys bookshelf,” download this PDF.

Here’s the list of the 25 books on Islam the NEH shipped out:

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