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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. [] 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. [] The Archdiocese of Vienna will withdraw its complain against the threatened demolition of the Chapel in the Vienna Resthome Baumgarten, according to ''. 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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.
  • Church fire hotline set up, investigation continues (East Texas Arson)

    01/23/2010 4:36:12 PM PST · by happinesswithoutpeace · 24 replies · 809+ views
    KLTV ^ | Jan 22, 2010 | Philippe Djegal
    TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The East Texas church arson investigation continues as federal, state and local law enforcement establish a command center in Tyler, sharing information that could lead to an arrest of the person or persons suspected of lighting six churches on fire. Investigators say that they won't stop the search until the suspects are caught. "It is our community," said Chief Neal Franklin, with the Tyler Fire Department. "We care deeply about this." "We go to churches here," said Clay Alexander, an ATF agent. "We have friends that go to churches here." "We're very serious about catching any...
  • Indonesia: 1000 Muslims Burn Down Two Churches

    01/23/2010 10:36:48 AM PST · by Islaminaction · 19 replies · 630+ views
    Logan's Warning ^ | January 23rd, 2010 | Christopher Logan
    The recent uptick of the Islamic “tolerance” of Christianity continues and this time the hate has arisen in Indonesia. Isn’t Indonesia supposed to be one of those so called “moderate” Islamic countries? 01/23/2010 INDONESIA North Sumatra, two Protestant churches burnt: “too many faithful and too many prayers” by Mathias Hariyadi At least 1,000 people set fire to the Pentecostal community places of worship.
  • Iraq - Mosul attacks on two Christian churches, three dead and several injured

    12/23/2009 11:33:16 PM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 643+ views
    ASIA ^ | December 23, 2009/14:24 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "The Chaldean Church of St. George and Syriac Orthodox Church of St. Thomas hit. One bomb was hidden in a cart carrying vegetables. The explosion kills a Chaldean Christian and two Muslim. Archbishop of Kirkuk: "disturbing message" to two days before Christmas." SNIPPET: "Mosul (AsiaNews) - Two separate bombs struck this morning in Mosul, the Chaldean church of St. George and Syriac Orthodox Church of St. Thomas. The death toll so far is of three dead - a Chaldean Christian and two Muslims - and several wounded. Louis Sako, archbishop of Kirkuk, speaks to AsiaNews of a "disturbing message"...
  • Outrage on Swiss minaret vote, but how do Muslim states handle churches?

    12/02/2009 5:02:31 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies · 1,170+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 30, 2009 | Dan Murphy
    Muslim reaction across the world to Sunday’s Swiss referendum banning the construction of further minarets for mosques in the tiny Alpine nation has been almost entirely negative. Indonesia’s Maskuri Abdillah, leader of the largest Muslim organization in the world’s most populous Muslim nation said the vote reflected Swiss “hatred” of Islam and Muslims. Egyptian Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, close to the regime of President Hosni Mubarak, said the ban was an attempt to “insult the feelings of the Muslim community in and outside Switzerland.” Yet the referendums outcome pales in comparison to restrictions on non-Muslims who aim to practice their...
  • Online churches draw believers, critics

    11/27/2009 6:54:23 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 7 replies · 406+ views
    CNN ^ | 11/15/09 | Anne Hammock
    (CNN) -- Hjalti á Lava was searching his iPhone for a Bible app when he stumbled across Church Online, a service of Web site Soon he was regularly logging into the Oklahoma-based cyber-church -- some 4,100 miles away from á Lava's home in the Faroe Islands, west of Norway. "It allows me to connect with others and have conversations about the message," says á Lava, who shares his faith with other believers in the site's live chat room. "Technology allows us today to have fellowship across borders and cultures." In doing so, á Lava joined growing numbers of Christians...
  • Obama condemned for indifference to China church persecution

    11/15/2009 12:33:16 PM PST · by RoadTest · 5 replies · 311+ views
    AP ^ | 11/15/2009 6:15:00 AM | Cara Anna
    BEIJING - As President Barack Obama prepares for his first visit to China, leaders of the unapproved churches there are condemning his administration for indifference to the increasing persecution they are facing. The latest example of that persecution came Sunday as followers of an unapproved church in Beijing were again forced by the government to find a new place to worship. Worship in China, governed by the officially atheist Communist Party, is allowed only in state-approved churches, but millions of people belong to unregistered churches that often face official harassment.
  • China blocks unregistered church service again (test for Obama on religious freedom in first visit)

    11/15/2009 6:49:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies · 437+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11/15/2009 | Carra Anna
    BEIJING — Followers of an unapproved church in Beijing were again forced by the government to find a new place to worship Sunday, a move one analyst suggested would be a test for President Barack Obama on religious freedom during his first visit to the country. Worship in China, governed by the officially atheist Communist Party, is allowed only in state-approved churches, but millions of people belong to unregistered churches that often face official harassment. Sunday's banishment was the latest for the Shouwang church, one of the largest underground churches in China with about 800 members. It was forced to...
  • How the FCC and Liberal Churches Are Scheming To Shut You Up

    10/27/2009 10:07:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 557+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 10/27/09 | Michelle Malkin
    The war on conservative speech has moved from the White House to your neighborhood pews. Left-wing church leaders want the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on "hate speech" over cable TV and right-leaning talk-radio airwaves. President Obama's speech-stifling bureaucrats seem all too happy to oblige. Over the last week, an outfit called "So We Might See" has conducted a nationwide fast to protest "media violence" -- specifically, "anti-immigrant hate speech, which employs flawed arguments to appeal to fears rather than facts." Their ire is currently aimed at Fox News and conservative talk-show giants. But how long before they target...
  • White House concerned about spreading flu in churches

    10/06/2009 6:57:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 153 replies · 3,605+ views
    rns ^ | October 5, 2009 | Michelle Minkoff
    WASHINGTON (RNS) The White House and federal health officials have released guidelines recommending that worshippers take precautions against spreading germs to reduce the risk of contracting swine flu. Marilyn Meyers, a 67-year-old member of Washington National Cathedral, already had thought about the health risks involved in her church’s services. On Sunday (Oct. 4), as she has for the past several months, she rubbed sanitizer on her hands before getting in line for Holy Communion. “You shake hands, you touch the prayer books we all share, you break off a piece of the same bread—who knows what might be on...
  • Islamic Extremists Kill Pastor, Raze Churches in Nigeria

    07/30/2009 10:00:38 AM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 1,271+ views
    Washington, D.C. (July 29, 2009) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Islamic extremists killed a pastor and razed five churches in the city of Maiduguri, Nigeria, on July 27. The extremists also attacked two churches in the Nigerian city of Potiskum. Yakubu Sabo, a husband and father of seven, was hacked to death with a machete by members of a violent Islamic militant group know as Boko Haram (which means “education is prohibited”). Sabo pastored a Church of Christ congregation in Maiduguri. Deeper Life Church, Evangelical Mission, and Church of the Brethren are three of five other churches...
  • Hotel takes noisy church to court

    07/15/2009 9:51:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 397+ views ^ | 16th July 2009 | Tamara McLean
    LOUD worshipping has landed a Pacific island church in court. A hotel in the deeply religious Pacific nation of Samoa has mounted legal action against the Worship CentreChurch next door, claiming the sound levels of services are insufferable. Hotel Millenia owner Tuala Oli Ah Him said that for five years he's been asking the open air church to build walls or keep the sound down, but now he's had enough. "The noise is just unbearable," he told the Samoa Observer newspaper. "When they hold their services the volume goes over the legal limit. "Our guests are actually complaining and some...
  • Seven churches hit in Baghdad. Four dead

    07/12/2009 5:02:56 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 32 replies · 1,971+ views
    Asia News ^ | 12 July 2009 | Anon
    Baghdad (AsiaNews) - A series of car bombs targeted seven Chaldean and Orthodox churches of Baghdad tonight. The worst hit church is the Chaldean Church of St Mary, in Sharaa Philistine, where the patriarchal vicar of Baghdad, Mgr. Sleimon Wardouni officiates. The car bomb exploded on the road that runs alongside the church and left four dead and dozens wounded many seriously. The other churches, because of their distance from the road, suffered slight damage and some wounded, other churches have not reported damage to people or buildings. The other churches targeted were: the Chaldean Church of Saint George in...
  • Pastor Urges His Flock to Bring Guns to Church

    06/25/2009 8:15:47 PM PDT · by FromLori · 9 replies · 560+ views
    NYT ^ | 6/25/09
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ken Pagano, the pastor of the New Bethel Church here, is passionate about gun rights. He shoots regularly at the local firing range, and his sermon two weeks ago was on “God, Guns, Gospel and Geometry.” And on Saturday night, he is inviting his congregation of 150 and others to wear or carry their firearms into the sanctuary to “celebrate our rights as Americans!” as a promotional flier for the “open carry celebration” puts it. “God and guns were part of the foundation of this country,” Mr. Pagano, 49, said Wednesday in the small brick Assembly of...
  • Gay marriage advocates to reach out to churches

    05/29/2009 3:36:57 PM PDT · by hoppity · 38 replies · 993+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | May 29, 2009 | Kim Lamb Gregory
    Ventura County advocates for gay marriage plan to visit churches and synagogues as part of their effort to put the issue back on the California ballot in 2010. “We don’t want to get into screaming and yelling matches, we just want to tell our stories,” said Lisa Hughes, a member of Equality Ventura County’s faith outreach subcommittee. Equality Ventura County met Thursday night at the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance offices in Ventura to discuss its next step, now that the California Supreme Court has upheld the voter-approved Proposition 8 prohibiting gay marriage. EVC is a task force that was organized...
  • Lansing-area church sues gay activist group

    05/19/2009 7:50:20 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 24 replies · 1,216+ views
    Fox 28 (South Bend) ^ | 5/15/2009 | n/a
    A Lansing-area church has filed a lawsuit against protesters who disrupted 1 of their services last year. The Lansing State Journal reports Friday that Mount Hope Church of Delta Township filed suit against a radical gay activist group called Bash Back! in federal court in Grand Rapids this week. Bash Back! claims to have disrupted a service at the church on November 9. Members shouted "It's OK to be gay" and "Jesus was a homo" at the bewildered congregation inside the church. The suit seeks nominal damages and an injunction to prevent future protests. A Bash Back! Web site says...
  • UK: The hospital that banned paintings of churches

    05/07/2009 3:50:11 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 605+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 05 2009 | LUCY BALLINGER
    It was supposed to be a kind gesture to brighten up a hospital for patients. But a council managed to enrage local artists when it asked them to contribute their paintings to hang in wards. In an unsolicited letter, Havering council in East London made it clear it would accept pictures of any subject - except churches.
  • Pakistan: Karachi churches vandalized with "Long live the Taliban," "Long live Islam,"...

    04/24/2009 4:31:38 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 615+ views
    Pakistan: Karachi churches vandalized with "Long live the Taliban," "Long live Islam," and "Christians, convert to Islam" Karachi (AsiaNews) – SNIPPET: "Fr Pervez Khalid, assistant parish priest at St Jude’s Parish Church, told AsiaNews that no one was killed in the attack but that six people had gunshot wounds. The situation is now under control, he added. Rangers and police and were patrolling the streets. Still people are very scared and dare not go out, especially after police advised them to stay in-door. Father D’Souza, parish priest at St Jude’s, visited the area where the attack took place. There, he...
  • ...Expert Jeff Hawkins says Churches not Immune from Random Acts of Violence...

    03/13/2009 12:49:38 AM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 608+ views
    ASSIST NEWS SERVICE ^ | March 12, 2009 | Michael Ireland
    Note: The following text is a quote: Thursday, March 12, 2009 Christian Security Expert Jeff Hawkins says Churches not Immune from Random Acts of Violence, Need to be Prepared By Michael Ireland Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service LAKE FOREST, CALIFORNIA (ANS) -- A pastor shot to death during a Sunday morning service, a policeman and two soldiers killed in Northern Ireland, a shooting rampage that killed ten in Alabama, and 15 murdered by a disgruntled student in Germany. Random acts of violence affecting and forever changing the lives of those around the victims who have been gunned down in...
  • Grandpa, what were churches like?

    03/01/2009 12:51:00 AM PST · by TruthHound · 39 replies · 1,667+ views ^ | Saturday, February 28, 2009 | Phil Harris
    Grandpa, what were churches like? “Please Grandpa,” pleaded Max, “tell me some more about the old days.” John peered over his notepad to see the face of his curly-haired Grandson, “Okay little man,” his eyes quickly scanned the room before he continued, “jump on up here and sit next to me.” “Timmy’s dads said you are a sad old relic from the dark ages,” said Max. “Why are you sad Grandpa?” “They said that?” He could feel an angry flush creeping up his neck. “I am sad, Maxy, but that isn’t what they meant.” “What did they mean, Grandpa? Why...
  • Arkansas lawmakers pass bill allowing guns in churches

    02/12/2009 4:35:41 AM PST · by cbkaty · 7 replies · 504+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 12, 2009, 12:03AM | Associated Press
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas House on Wednesday approved a bill allowing concealed handguns in churches, despite hearing arguments that lawmakers should put their faith in God, not guns. The bill, which passed on a 57-42 vote and now heads to the Senate, removes churches and other houses of worship from the list of places where concealed handguns are banned. Currently, the only private entities where concealed weapons are banned are churches and bars.
  • Proposed Law Would Allow Guns in Churches [AR]

    02/01/2009 3:42:06 PM PST · by Daffynition · 41 replies · 774+ views ^ | 01/30/09 | staff reporter
    Little Rock, AR - Should you be able to carry a gun to church? It's a question state lawmakers will be taking up next week when they debate a bill that's kicked up a little controversy. The bill being discussed would let churches decide on their own to post a sign to ban guns inside, but opponents say it should not even be an option. Grant Exton is a gun owner and president of the state's Concealed Carry Association. He's been working with lawmakers on a bill that would allow people licensed to carry a concealed handgun to take their...
  • ATF: Accelerant poured around Palin's church

    12/17/2008 4:00:54 PM PST · by Enchante · 40 replies · 1,747+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | Mon Dec 15, 2008
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – An accelerant was poured around the exterior of Gov. Sarah Palin's church before fire heavily damaged the building, federal investigators said Monday. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the accelerant was poured at several locations around the church, including entrances.
  • Deceitful Tactics By Kaine To Promote Obama In Churches

    09/09/2008 4:38:33 PM PDT · by beezdotcom · 44 replies · 272+ views
    email ^ | Sept. 6, 2008 | (local pastor)
    (This is from an email forwarded to me that allegedly came from a local pastor. I have followed up with the pastor personally, and he confirmed that the email was indeed originally sent by him, and accurately represents his experience. Even though he did not specifically ask me to do this, I have redacted the most easily identifying information - but I will provide it to folks who FReepmail me with a specific request for it.) Gentlemen, I never write mass emails and am repulsed by hyped up causes that are emailed to me. But I am writing to you...
  • Indonesia: Muslim mob storms church, calls for ban

    08/20/2008 6:53:30 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 22 replies · 198+ views
    Compass Direct News ^ | August 19, 2008 | Staff
    On Sunday (August 17) a Muslim mob stormed a church service in Cipayung, East Jakarta, forcing Christians to flee and then erecting banners in the street declaring a ban on “churches and religious services.” As about 20 church members were celebrating the nation’s Independence Day at the service, the angry assailants arrived at the Pentecostal Church of Indonesia in Pondok Rangon village, Cipayung, at 9:30 a.m. shouting “Allahu Akbar!” or “God is greater!” Some in the mob were neighbors, but the majority were not local residents, according to pastor Chris Ambessa. Church members tried to close the gate leading into...
  • Churches Ordered Closed During Olympics

    08/14/2008 5:27:30 AM PDT · by kellynla · 3 replies · 88+ views ^ | August 13, 2008 | staff
    An organization founded by a man who escaped from China after being persecuted for his Christian faith says it has uncovered a secret Chinese government document demanding that churches shut their doors for 90 days around the 2008 Beijing Olympics. "Should church members violate these rules they will be subject to the disciplinary actions of the Chinese government," said the report from China Aid Association, an organization dedicated to helping persecuted Christians. "Pastors were forced to sign a written agreement that they would not participate in religious services while the Olympic Games are taking place in China," the organization said....
  • Denominations Back Va. Diocese

    05/25/2008 11:35:36 AM PDT · by libstripper · 10 replies · 130+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 25, 2008 | Michelle Boorstein
    A half-dozen national Protestant denominations are supporting the Episcopal Church in a multimillion-dollar Virginia property dispute, saying a state law at the heart of the case could threaten them, too. The United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA), among others, have filed court briefs in the past few weeks supporting the Episcopal Church, which is fighting 11 breakaway Virginia congregations that say the national church has become too liberal on issues from salvation to sexuality. Majorities of those congregations voted to leave and are now in Fairfax County Circuit Court over who gets to keep the property. Experts say...
  • Saudi Arabia: No churches unless prophet Mohammed recognised, says expert

    03/29/2008 12:53:16 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 51 replies · 815+ views
    Riyadh: March 29, 2008.No churches should be permitted in Saudi Arabia, unless Pope Benedict XVI recognised the prophet Mohammed, according to a Middle East expert. While Saudi mediators are working with the Vatican on negotiations to allow places of religious worship, some experts believe it will not occur without this recognition. Anwar Ashiqi, president of the Saudi centre for Middle East strategic studies, endorsed this view in an interview on the site of Arab satellite TV network, al-Arabiya on Thursday. "I haven taken part in several meetings related to Islamic-Christian dialogue and there have been negotiations on this issue," he...
  • A Bellowing Silence: Freeper reasons for leaving your church. (Vanity question.)

    03/19/2008 6:27:57 AM PDT · by Dutchgirl · 71 replies · 1,136+ views
    Vanity ^ | 03/19/07 | Dutchgirl
    Cromwell: Now, Sir Thomas, you stand on your silence. Sir Thomas More: I do. Cromwell: But, gentlemen of the jury, there are many kinds of silence. ... Suppose I were to take a dagger from my sleeve and make to kill the prisoner with it; and my lordships there, instead of crying out for me to stop, maintained their silence. That would betoken! It would betoken a willingness that I should do it, and under the law, they will be guilty with me. So silence can, according to the circumstances, speak! Let us consider now the circumstances of the prisoner's...
  • The Wright Dust-Up Shows and Proves That Many Whites Don’t Know Black People at All

    03/17/2008 11:41:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 193 replies · 4,692+ views
    Black America Web ^ | March 16, 2008 | Deborah Mathis
    The eruption of outrage, shock and fear that is flowing over Barack Obama’s campaign like hot lava because his pastor has preached some strident sermons tells us one thing for certain: Many white people don’t know black people at all. If they did, they would know that Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago is hardly the only black minister who uses the pulpit to rant against racial duplicity and injustice. The black church has always been the place for letting our hair down and speaking our peace -- a safe haven from the criminations outside. It’s how and why the black...
  • IRS Investigates Church Group for Obama Speech

    02/27/2008 12:15:06 PM PST · by girlangler · 28 replies · 198+ views
    Philanthropy Today ^ | 2/27/08 | release
    IRS Investigates Church Group for Obama Speech The Internal Revenue Service is investigating the United Church of Christ for possibly violating federal restrictions on political activity for tax-exempt groups after the denomination hosted Sen. Barack Obama as a speaker at its national meeting last year, says the Associated Press. Senator Obama, who gave a speech to the denomination about faith and public life in Hartford, Conn., after he became a candidate for president, belongs to the 1.2 million-member Protestant group through his Chicago congregation. The IRS cited articles posted on the church’s Web site stating that volunteers for Senator Obama’s...