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When it comes to relations between Christians and Muslims, Pastor Hicham Chehab has had an extensive history on more than one side of the religious spectrum.
Now a pastor in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Chehab gave a presentation titled “Testimony to Jesus: From a Muslim Extremist to a Christ Follower” to an audience of approximately 100 at Christ the King Lutheran Chapel on Sunday night.
Raised a Muslim in Lebanon, Chehab was recruited by the extremist Muslim Brotherhood at the age of 13 and fought against Christian militias in the Lebanese Civil War in the 1970s. His brother was among the war’s casualties. While studying the Bible in a cultural studies college course, the message of peace and love in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount caught his attention and led him to study the Bible further on his own, eventually leading him to become a Christian and get involved with Lutheran ministry.
“God has taken me by the scruff of the neck and has pushed me all the way,” Chehab said of his conversion experience. “And he is still pushing me today … Islamic culture is like a brick wall, but Jesus removes the first stone.”
Much of Chehab’s presentation consisted of a screening of a PBS documentary titled “The Road to 9/11,” which looked at the rise of radical Islam in the Middle East through the context of important cultural, religious and political events in the region.
All politicians lie. Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives alike.
At some point it would be nice if national news outlets, especially the major news networks, would acknowledge this.
One of the many roles of the news media is to keep an eye on those in power and call them out for abusing that power or lying to the American people.
Before Jan. 31, 2011, Zach Wahls was your ordinary college student.
However, it was on that day when Wahls became known across the country for his compelling speech about being raised by his two mothers.
The U.S. bi-party political system is about as American as apple pie.
The last president to be anything but a Democrat or a Republican was Millard Fillmore, a Whig whose time in office ended more than a decade before Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.
The current Senate is two percent independent, and the House enjoys 0 percent deviation from the traditional red and blue.
While the simplicity of the two-party system isn’t to be denied, its track record leaves room for doubt.
A new poll shows President Barack Obama leading presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in Michigan by roughly five points.
Obama has support from 45.1 percent of Michigan residents, while Romney has support from 39.5 percent of the state's voters, according to a poll conducted by Glengariff Group Inc., a Chicago-based marketing research firm. Another 15.4 percent are undecided.
Obama won the state easily in 2008, beating Sen.
Women's roles in politics has grown over the past few decades, but progress has been slow moving.
Author Sarah Fitzgerald, who spoke Thursday to an audience of about 15 on Thursday in the Park Library Auditorium, discussed her new book, "Elly Peterson: Mother of Moderates." The book highlights the life of a woman whose life and work was a revolutionary force in Michigan politics during the 1960s.
Governor Snyder cut $1 billion from education during his first year in office.
That is $1 billion taken away from the future generation, the generation that has to take care of us when we are old.
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While the Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential race has not been selected, predictions are already being made about the outcome of the November election.
A panel of political insiders will share their predictions on the candidates and issues involved in the election at the Griffin Policy Forum at 7 p.m.
As I sit here and look at the statistics over and over, my mind is blown.
Currently only 17 members of the U.S.
Editor's note: This story has been updated.
The Academic Senate, with 73-percent support, enacted the fifth shared governance committee in Central Michigan University history on Feb.
More than 1,450 people from across the state flocked to Central Michigan University Saturday to hear Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's campaign speech before Tuesday's primary.
John Engel traveled from Bay City to support Paul, who he called “the only true conservative in the race.”
“It’s the only thing that makes sense," Engel said.
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Jeff Browne has strong feelings about the potential repeal of Michigan’s motorcycle helmet law.
Browne, Mount Pleasant Police public information officer, said he likes the law because he was once struck on duty while on a motorcycle.
“Had it not been for my helmet, I’m not sure how much of my head would have been left,” Browne said.
The first foreign policy debate was held over the weekend, giving Americans a glimpse of the Republicans’ positions.
Jon Huntsman, the candidate with the most foreign policy experience had by far the best grasp on what America needs to do.
What's the problem, really, with legalizing drugs, brothels, and euthanasia?
Ron Paul's platform is radical.
Editor's note: Brad O'Donnell is a former president of College Democrats.
I have noticed a disturbing trend as I speak with my friends, relatives, and opponents.
We are becoming afraid to offend people.
It must be conceded that Republicans generally do not have this problem.
On the first day of my “Seminar in the Study of Religion” course last semester, Dr. Michael Ostling, an assistant professor, made an interesting comment. All of the theorists that we’d soon be discussing in the class, he stated flatly, are wrong. The course syllabus included readings from the likes of Freud, Marx and Weber. How could these accomplished intellectuals, I thought, be wrong? And if they are, then why are we bothering to read their work?