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  • Indonesia: Angry Muslim crowd attacks (burn) Java churches

    02/08/2011 9:43:22 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/8/11 | BBC
    More than 1,000 Muslim protesters have stormed a courthouse and burned two churches in central Java, Indonesia. The attacks in Temanggung happened after a Christian man was sentenced to five years in jail for distributing leaflets deemed insulting to Islam. Indonesian police said the crowd considered the sentence too lenient and were demanding the death penalty. The incident came two days after Muslim villagers in western Java killed three members of a minority Islamic sect. A police spokesman told the BBC that the angry crowd began attacking the court building in Temanggung after the verdict was read out. The violence...
  • Bomb hits Egypt church at New Year's Mass, 7 dead

    12/31/2010 7:29:17 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 85 replies
    AP via Breitbart ^ | DECEMBER 31, 2010 | BY MAGGIE MICHAEL
    CAIRO (AP) - A car exploded in front of a Coptic Christian church as worshippers emerged from a New Year's Mass in the Egyptian city of Alexandria early Saturday, killing at least seven people, officials said. After the blast, enraged Christians emerging from the church clashed with police and stormed a nearby mosque, prompting fights and volleys of stone throwing with Muslims, police and witnesses said—a sign of the sectarian anger that has been arising with greater frequency in Egypt. Nearly 1,000 Christians were attending the Mass at the Saints Church in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, said a...
  • Christian exodus from Iraq gathers pace

    12/24/2010 7:19:16 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian News ^ | 23 December 2010 | Martin Chulov
    Churches empty and Christmas decorations are put away after al-Qaida renews deadly threat. Their cathedrals stand silent and their neighbourhoods are rapidly emptying. Now Iraq's Christians face two further unthinkable realities: that Christmas this year is all but cancelled, and that few among them will stay around to celebrate future holy days. It has been the worst of years for the country's Christians, with thousands fleeing in the past month and more leaving the country during 2010 than at any time since the invasion nearly eight years ago. Christian leaders say there have been few more defining years in their...
  • Iraqi churches cancel Christmas festivities

    12/22/2010 6:42:51 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | December 22, 2010 | SAMEER N. YACOUB
    Iraqi Christians on Wednesday called off Christmas festivities across the country as al-Qaida insurgents threatened more attacks on a beleaguered community still terrified from a bloody siege at a Baghdad church two months earlier. A council representing Christian denominations across Iraq advised its followers to cancel public Christmas celebrations out of concern over new terror attacks and as a show of mourning for the victims of the church siege and other violence.
  • Sojourners has received funding from billionaire George Soros' Open Society Institute.

    11/11/2010 12:36:01 PM PST · by STD · 5 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 8/20/2010 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    August 20, 2010 10:55AM Wallis Admits to Soros Funding Jim Wallis has admitted that Sojourners has received funding in the past from liberal billionaire George Soros' Open Society Institute.
  • Turning Churches Against Israel

    10/19/2010 5:35:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 10/19/10 | Mark Tooley
    “With God on Our Side,” the new anti-Israel movie produced by an evangelical pastor and aimed at evangelical audiences, is touring America this month, with anti-Israel British Anglican priest Stephen Sizer in tow. (Snip) The Evangelical Left is anxious to neutralize evangelicals as America’s typically most pro-Israel demographic, especially by focusing on the plight of Palestinian Christians, who are portrayed as victims exclusively of Israeli oppression. “With God on Our Side,” predictably, portrays pro-Israel Christians as mindless zealots indifferent to Palestinian suffering and exploiting Israeli Jews as merely tools for precipitating the Second Coming.
  • Have the Preachers Really Stopped the IRS in Its Tracks?

    10/14/2010 9:28:30 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 30 replies
    THE TRUMPET ^ | October, 2010 | Dr. Greg Dixon
    "See what has the IRS stopped in its tracks" was the headline article by Bob Unruh in the September 23 issue of World Net Daily that tells of over one hundred pastors who plan to defy the so-called "Johnson Law" this year. They have designated Sunday, September 26, as "Pulpit Freedom" Sunday and plan to reach "political sermons" and mail the CDs, DVDs, or transcripts of those sermons to the non-profit division of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C., in order to bait them into a lawsuit to challenge the present law that forbids pastors from participating in partisan...
  • Wave of Destruction: Numerous French Catholic Hallowed Sites Vandalized

    10/06/2010 5:08:30 PM PDT · by 0beron · 8 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/06/2010 | Tancred
    his year 323 hallowed Catholic sites have been desecrated. All of this happens under the pall of unholy silence. [kreuz.net] Since the 1st of January 2010 there have been 140 Catholic cemeteries and 183 Catholic churches and chapels desecrated. Bruce Hortefeux (52), French Interior Minister, said this in a conference on the 22nd of September. The reason for the Minister's explanation was the violation of almost twenty Catholic graves in the 2,700 population community Frontenay-Rohan-Rohan in Western France.
  • Viennese Cardinal Capitulated to the Comrades

    09/21/2010 8:16:26 PM PDT · by 0beron
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 09/21/2010 | Tancred
    Editor: a beautiful chapel at an elder home where Holy Mass is said every day for the last fifty years, with murals by artist, Sepp Zöchling, is being threatened with destruction by the Community of Vienna. The desire of the Vienna Blood-Burgermeister is the Head Shepherd's Command. He doesn't want to spoil it with his powerful comrades, not at any price. [kreuz.net] The Archdiocese of Vienna will withdraw its complain against the threatened demolition of the Chapel in the Vienna Resthome Baumgarten, according to 'gloria.tv'. Officially the responsibility for the scandalous decision goes to the low-profile Vienese Auxiliary Bishop Franz...
  • Bible churches gird for fresh war on spiritual decline in the United States

    07/03/2010 12:51:41 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 16 replies
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 07/03/2010 | Bill Bray
    Over 200 senior pastors of IFCA International churches, usually known locally as "independent Bible" or "community" churches, gathered this week to map out a new strategy to combat the moral and spiritual decline of Christian churches and culture in the United States. Speaker after speaker rose to call upon their leading members to help spark a "renewed passion" for applied biblical eschatology, counseling, missions, piety, personal purity and theology in the USA. Over 400 are registered for the conference and local visitors fill the opening meetings to swell the attendance. Over 900 congregations are related to the tightly organized, almost...
  • Casting the First Stone

    06/10/2010 7:36:50 PM PDT · by Salem · 7 replies · 237+ views
    The Jerusalem Connection Blog ^ | 07 June, 2010 | Mark Tooley
    The Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC) has yet really to condemn the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia 35 years ago. Or the Marxist orchestrated famine in Ethiopia that killed almost as many during the 1980s. It never directly condemned the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Saddam HusseinÂ’s hundreds of thousands of murdered victims also failed to arouse the WCCÂ’s concern across 25 years. Nor has the multitude of crimes by IranÂ’s theocracy across 30 years interested the WCC. North KoreaÂ’s slave state for the WCC is a place of pilgrimage but not criticism. Even North KoreaÂ’s recent unprovoked torpedoing of...
  • Churches in El Paso? (Vanity)

    05/24/2010 12:17:26 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 8 replies · 299+ views
    Hey Freepers, I need your help once again. My brother has recently returned to Fort Bliss (El Paso, TX) from Iraq, and he's looking for a good church, but is having some difficulty finding one. He went to a mega-church one Sunday, but left when the preacher's wife (wearing jingly gold bracelets and diamond-encrusted everything) got up and started talking about the importance of giving, and noted that if the congregation didn't have cash they could use credit cards. Any recommendations? He's in his 20s and single. Raised Presbyterian, but will condescend to mingle with another denomination. (Ha.) Thanks again...
  • Rep. Henry Burns Proposes Conceal & Carry for Louisiana Churches

    05/19/2010 7:40:12 AM PDT · by paustin110 · 5 replies · 128+ views
    And So it Goes in Shreveport ^ | 05/19/2010 | Pat Austin
    One piece of legislation garnering national attention is H.B. 68 (PDF: 4 pgs) by Rep. Henry Burns (R-Bossier) which will allow guns in churches "if the pastor or head of the religious body approves." The bill has passed the House with by a vote of 74-18 and has been passed to the Senate where it currently has been referred to the Judiciary Committee. Churches would be required to notify parishioners through bulletins, newsletters, or verbally that there is armed security in their congregation, reports this NOLA article last week. Rep. Barbara Norton is, not surprisingly, totally against the bill: "If...
  • 1200 churches expected to be sold in the next ten years (in the Netherlands)

    05/11/2010 5:54:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 422+ views
    Globalpost ^ | May 6, 2010 | Natasha Cloutier and Branko Collin
    According to Mickey Bosschert, real estate agent for religious property, some 1200 churches in the Netherlands will be sold in the next ten years. Some of these churches will be repurposed, while others will be torn down.The latter option tends to be resisted by citizens, Bosschert told De Pers, because so many memories of baptisms, weddings and funerals are often attached to a church. Big church buildings in the middle of a city often occupy desirable locations.Churches go for between 0.2 and 5.5 million euro. A famous, recently repurposed church that drew international attention is the Dominikanenkerk in Maastricht (see...
  • More Churches Opening Than Closing Despite Lack of Support

    04/22/2010 8:38:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 218+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 04/22/2010 | Scott McConnel, Lifeway Research
    ORLANDO, Fla. – A newly released LifeWay Research survey of 1,004 Protestant pastors found only 3 percent of their churches served as the primary sponsor of a church plant (new congregation) during the previous 12 months, and only 14 percent gave financial support in partnership with other churches to help start new congregations. However, a second study completed in partnership with Leadership Network revealed more churches open than close yearly. Only in recent years has the annual number of new churches in the United States outpaced the annual number of churches closing their doors. Twenty-eight percent of the congregations participated...
  • (Houston) Mayor, faith leaders urge census participation (Shelia Jackson Lee alert)

    03/02/2010 10:39:59 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 7 replies · 306+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 01, 2010 | Mike Snyder
    "When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the Lord a ransom for his life at the time he is counted. Then no plague will come upon them when you number them." -- Exodus 30:12. No one talked about plagues or ransoms during a news conference today at St. John's United Methodist Church downtown.... These local leaders gathered to promote "Census Sabbath" (PDF) March 5-7. They encouraged pastors, rabbis, priests and other spiritual leaders to dedicate sermons and other messages to the value of returning 2010 Census forms that will arrive in mailboxes...
  • Nigeria: Muslims Burn Down 8 Churches

    02/26/2010 2:43:03 PM PST · by Islaminaction · 6 replies · 239+ views
    Logans Warning ^ | February 26th, 2010 | Christopher Logan
    The Islamic scriptures state that Jesus will return as a Muslim, and destroy Christianity. Of course I do not believe this, but in the mean time Muslims are certainly doing their part in attacking Christianity. As I have said in the past, all non-Islamic religions, and Atheists need to take a stand against this common enemy, before they destroy life as we know it. “Muslim Mob Burns Down Christian Shops, 8 Churches in Nigeria”
  • Campaign Gives Christians Megaphone to Support Gays

    02/25/2010 8:51:53 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 49 replies · 702+ views
    Christian Post Reporter ^ | Thu, Feb. 25 2010 04:46 | Lillian Kwon
    Though mainline denominations already welcome LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) persons, the multifaith group Intersections says it's not enough. "[W]e must sing their welcoming as loudly as we sing the hymns," the group declares.... Intersections Director Robert Chase maintains the "'God vs. gays' dichotomy is false" and "reflective of only part of Christendom." "The religious right’s divisive paradigm is paralleled by more progressive stances that have resulted in inclusive institutional transformation," he stated. A Pew Research Center's survey also found wide support for homosexuality among lay people in mainline Protestant churches.
  • Bradninch church blaze arson probe [Baptist Church, UK]

    02/09/2010 12:57:42 AM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies · 241+ views
    THIS IS EXETER.co.uk ^ | February 8, 2010, 7:12 | n/a
    "Bradninch church blaze arson probe" Monday, February 08, 2010, 07:12 SNIPPET: "ARSONISTS are believed to be responsible for a fire that has destroyed part of a church in Bradninch. Church and Scout leaders have expressed their sadness at the blaze that broke out in an annexe at the back of the Bradninch Baptist Church just after 11pm on Friday." SNIPPET: "The fire service said 25 per cent of the roof and 50 per cent of the first floor of the annexe was severely damaged by fire, while half of the ground floor was damaged by smoke. Investigations are on-going but...
  • Fires strike 2 more east Texas churches

    02/08/2010 9:20:37 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 478+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 8, 2010
    DALLAS (AP) - A sheriff's dispatcher says fires have struck two more rural east Texas churches, just hours after investigators announced that a blaze last week marked the eighth arson against a house of worship in the state this year. A Smith County sheriff's dispatcher says fire struck a Baptist church near Tyler Monday night. Another hit a church about 3 miles away. The fires come the same day the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced a blaze that happened last week was the seventh east Texas church fire of 2010 to be deliberately set.