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  • 'Enable Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount'

    11/07/2016 2:46:15 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/11/16
    "In my for capacity as Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, I prepared protocols normalizing Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount[...] The government needs to adopt these protocols immediately," ...
  • Sweden's first Muslim minister quits over drink-driving scandal

    08/13/2016 3:29:13 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 39 replies
    IBT ^ | 8-13-16 | Jen Offord
    Aida Hadzialic, 29, expressed remorse for her actions after being caught drink driving as she announced her intention to step down from her post as Sweden's Minister for Secondary Schools. At a press conference on Saturday, she said she would formally resign on Monday. Hadzialic was stopped at random by police on Thursday evening and was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.2 grams per litre. At Saturday's press conference, Hadzialic explained that she had been at a concert in Copenhagen and had two glasses of wine before setting off to drive to Malmö four hours later. Apparently...
  • Republicans in This Legislature Boycotted the Daily Prayer After a Minister Prayed for Abortion

    03/04/2016 9:38:55 AM PST · by Morgana · 33 replies ^ | March 4, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Kentucky pro-life lawmakers refused to attend the opening of the state General Assembly last week because a pastor began the meeting by praying for abortions. The Rev. Lauren Mayfield, pastor of the Lynhurst United Church of Christ in Louisville, Kentucky, was a guest of pro-abortion state Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, a member of the church, according to the Daily Independent. During the opening prayer on Tuesday, Feb. 23, Mayfield prayed for “these legislators [to] work toward preserving the dignity of women in the quest for reproductive justice,” the report states. She also prayed for vision, peace and justice and asked...
  • High-profile gay activist minister charged with sexually abusing boy in 1970s

    02/04/2016 2:20:40 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 2, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    TORONTO, February 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Canada’s most celebrated homosexual activist minister has been charged for allegedly sexually abusing a boy in the mid-1970s. Rev. Brent Hawkes, 65, of the Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto, has been charged with indecent assault on a male and gross indecency. He was summoned to court in Kentville, Nova Scotia yesterday to face the charges. Local police have refused to provide further details.   Hawkes, who lives with his male "husband," has become a major icon of homosexual activism in Canada. He famously flouted Canadian law by illegally "marrying" a homosexual couple in his Toronto church...
  • Video mocking Swedish Foreign Minister goes mega-viral

    01/21/2016 1:40:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    inn ^ | 1/21/16 | Gil Ronen
    The Knesset held a tense discussion Wednesday afternoon over Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom's recent demand to investigate Israel for the alleged extrajudicial "executions" of Palestinian terrorists. Science Minister Ofir Akunis (Likud) called Wallstrom's remarks "insane," and said they gave a boost to terrorism. An Israeli copywriter named Guy Ordever used humor to fight Wallstrom, creating a video based on a Swedish TV broadcast with Hebrew subtitles, that has received 730,000 views in four days. The huge number corresponds to about 9% of Israel's total population. A version of the video with English subtitles has been uploaded by a new...
  • Atheist minister fighting United Church’s effort to fire her (WTF?!?!?)

    08/06/2015 5:49:28 AM PDT · by mkleesma · 52 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 8/6/2015 | COLIN PERKEL
    An ordained United Church of Canada minister who believes in neither God nor Bible said Wednesday she is prepared to fight an unprecedented attempt to boot her from the pulpit for her beliefs. In an interview at her West Hill church, Rev. Gretta Vosper said congregants support her view that how you live is more important than what you believe in. “I don’t believe in...the god called God,” Vosper said. “Using the word gets in the way of sharing what I want to share.”
  • Minister justifies abortion by saying preborn babies have original sin

    06/01/2015 4:08:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 60 replies ^ | may 31 2015 | sarah terzo
    Pro-choice Methodist minister John M Swomley who was the subject of a LifeNews article in May, attempts to refute the claim that preborn babies are “innocent.” The argument appeared in a book over a decade old, but it is so strange and disturbing that I’m writing about it now that it has come to my attention. The gist of Swomley’s argument is that preborn babies are not “innocent” as pro-lifers claim, but are actually guilty – guilty enough, he implies, to justify aborting them. Swomley first tries to refute the baby’s claim to innocence using theology: The first claim is...
  • Church youth minister, pastor’s wife works at abortion clinic

    05/30/2015 9:54:59 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    saynsumthn's blog ^ | March 2, 2015 | saynsumthn
    Callie Chatman’s linkedin page says that she is a License, Ordained Minister New Elam Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Callie’s bio also states that she worked as a Youth Minister and Adult Sunday School Teacher and she assists the pastor in any means necessary. Oddly, it also says she works at Reproducted Health, an abortion clinic in Alabama. According to a pro-life activist who side walk counsels outside an abortion clinic in Montgomery, Callie Chatman works for Reproductive Health Services abortion clinic in Montgomery. A video uploaded by pro-life activist David Day, allegedly shows that Callie’s husband, Pastor Louis Chatman...
  • Greek Prime Minister: No Change in Relations with Israel

    02/07/2015 7:18:37 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 4 replies (Arutz Sheva) ^ | 2/6/2015, 11:15 PM | Elad Benari
    Greece’s new Prime Minister reportedly assures the Israeli ambassador that Greek-Israeli relations will not change following his election. Greece’s new Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, has assured the Israeli ambassador to Athens that Greek-Israeli relations will not change following his election, Kol Yisrael radio reported on Friday. According to the report, Tsipras met this week with the Ambassador, Irit Ben-Abba, and made clear to her that his government is determined to combat anti-Semitism in Greece and that it will continue to prosecute the leaders of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party. The meeting comes amid concerns among Greek Jews that the election...
  • Tragedy in Birmingham

    08/03/2011 6:37:54 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies
    Father James E. Coyle, an extraordinary priest and Knight of Columbus in the early 20th century, courageously stood up against widely-held anti-Catholic views at the risk, and then cost, of his life.The Irish-born priest was scarcely in his 20s when, after his ordination in Rome, he was dispatched to Alabama to begin his priesthood. The Catholic population in Alabama had exploded with a promise of jobs, especially in and around Birmingham’s network of coal mines, steel mills and iron foundries. Father Coyle arrived in the city shortly before a wave of anti-Catholicism flooded the country, and the revived Ku...
  • British Muslim Minister Quits over Gaza Policy

    08/05/2014 4:03:33 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/8/14
    A British minister who was the first Muslim woman to sit in the Cabinet has resigned over the British government's policy on Gaza, she said Tuesday. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a minister at the Foreign Office and minister for faith and communities, wrote on Twitter: "With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister & tendered my resignation. I can no longer support Govt policy on #Gaza." Warsi's parents were Pakistani immigrants and she was made a member of the House of Lords in 2007. She was appointed to Cameron's Cabinet when his coalition government took power in...
  • Mind your own business, Venezuela foreign minister tells Kerry

    05/26/2014 2:18:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/26/14 | Alexandra Ulmer
    CARACAS- Venezuela´s foreign minister on Monday rebuked his U.S. counterpart, John Kerry, for criticizing the handling of street protests and reiterated accusations Washington wants to topple the socialist government. In the U.S. government´s strongest comments since demonstrations began in February, Kerry said last week that Venezuela´s government had shown "total failure" of good faith in now-suspended talks to stem the unrest. In Venezuela´s worst violence in a decade, 42 people have died during months of daily protests demanding President Nicolas Maduro´s departure and solutions to economic hardships.
  • Ukraine Appoints New(est) Acting Defense Minister

    03/25/2014 2:29:02 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 3-25-14 | Christopher Brennan
    <p>Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday installed Colonel General Myhaylo Koval as the country's new acting defense minister after approving the resignation of his predecessor, Ihor Tenyukh.</p> <p>Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov had nominated Koval, a 58-year-old military man who has commanded a parachute battalion and served as the deputy head of the State Border Service, after the Ukrainian Rada accepted the resignation of Tenyukh in a second vote on the matter, Interfax reported.</p>
  • Israeli defense minister apologizes for calling U.S. ´weak´

    03/19/2014 5:25:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 3/18/14 | Barak Ravid
    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya´alon is apologizing for the second time in two months about critical statements he made against the U.S. government. In the wake of tremendous anger in Washington, a telephone call between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a personal talk with the prime minister, Ya´alon told his American counterpart, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, that there was no defiance, criticism or intention to hurt the United States or Israel´s relations with its ally with his words. Ya´alon said he sees utmost importance in the strategic relations between the countries, as...
  • Ukraine Defense Minister Won't Take Phone Call from Defense Sec Hagel

    02/21/2014 9:39:34 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2/21/14 | William Bigelow
    Typifying the utterly ineffectual foreign policy that has been endemic for the entirety of the Obama administration, Ukrainian Defense Minister Pavel Lebedev rebuffed U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, refusing to take even one of the phone calls Hagel made to him. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby admitted on Thursday, "Secretary Hagel has been trying, himself, since early this week," adding that Lebedev refuses "to communicate, to accept a phone call" from either Hagel or the Pentagon.
  • Minister Takes Teenage Girl to Abortion Clinic, But Pro-Lifers Change Their Minds

    01/20/2014 1:05:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The pro-life organization Pro-Life America shared the inspiring story of a pastor who took a teenager girl to a local abortion clinic for an abortion. But sidewalk counselors were there offering information on abortion alternatives, prayers and support. Thanks to their efforts, Pro-Life America reports that both the pastor and the pregnant girl changed their minds on the abortion. An Assemblies of God minister drove a girl to an #abortion clinic today. According to side walk counselors, the girl and minister were both aggressive. She was cursing. She said, “I’m a Christian and you don’t understand my situation! You’re judging...
  • Former Pastor Awaits Prison Sentence After Admitting to Sexually Molesting Young Girls in Haiti

    01/06/2014 11:10:50 AM PST · by Morgana · 51 replies
    christian post ^ | Morgan Lee
    A former North Carolina minister who pleaded guilty in 2013 to sexually molesting underage Haitian girls received a 25-year sentence from a federal judge on Friday. Larry Michael Bollinger, 68, pleaded with a federal court judge for over an hour to prevent him receiving a maximum 120-year sentence, and admitted that he was a sex addict who for years had been obsessed with pornography, and had solicited sex from prostitutes, as well as frequented adult bookstores. Once he was in Haiti and the opportunity presented itself to sexually abuse the girls, Bollinger "crossed boundaries I never imagined I would have...
  • Prime Minister’s Office evacuated after suspicious package found

    10/16/2013 11:10:31 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | October 16, 2013
    The Langevin Block, the building across from Parliament Hill that houses the Prime Minister’s Office, was evacuated Wednesday morning amid reports of a suspicious person and package in the area. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was not in the building. Police also closed Wellington Street, the street in front of the Parliament Buildings, for two blocks, and taped off roads in the area. RCMP officers were questioning a man who was put into a police cruiser. A joint RCMP-Ottawa police team that deals with potentially hazardous materials was called to the scene. The Conservative government’s throne speech was to be delivered...
  • Obama Eviscerates Troops’ 1st Amend Rights: Threatens Catholic Priests w/Arrest If Minister To Them

    10/05/2013 7:54:12 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-5-2013 | Rachel Pulaski
    FULL TITLE - "Obama Eviscerates Troops’ 1st Amendment Rights: Threatens Catholic Priests With Arrest If They Minister To Them" Unreal. He’s a monster. The Catholic priests need to come out and challenge this. It’s not enough that Obama is strategically punishing each and every American civilian, he’s going after our troops, too. Obama took the time to make sure Camp David stays open during the shutdown and he had time to pose for a portrait on the third day of the shutdown. Meanwhile, Sunday is near and the military has no priests to perform Sunday service or hear confessions. In...
  • Priests threatened with arrest if they minister to military during shutdown

    10/04/2013 3:05:02 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 136 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-4-2013 | Alex Pappas
    In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown. “With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed this week. “During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.” According to its website,...
  • Kerry to Meet Iran's Foreign Minister

    09/23/2013 4:28:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 9/23/13 | Elad Benari
    In what will be the highest-level talks between the United States and Iran since the 1979 revolution, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iran's foreign minister on Thursday, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes has confirmed. Kerry and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will join their counterparts from the six major powers that are negotiating to contain Iran's nuclear policy, reported USA Today. "We welcome Iran engaging seriously through that process given that it represents the international community's commitment to holding Iran accountable, but also being open to a diplomatic resolution," Rhodes said. The meeting was initially...
  • Trial for gay Baptist minister postponed

    08/09/2013 4:04:46 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 24 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 8/6/2013 | Bob Allen
    A misdemeanor trespassing trial for a gay Baptist minister and his partner who refused to leave a city clerk’s office after being denied a marriage license was postponed Monday when attorneys were unable to come up with an impartial jury. Attorneys for Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard and Dominique James and prosecutors questioned prospective jurors Aug. 6 in Jefferson County District Court in Louisville, Ky. After people were eliminated for various reasons, not enough remained in the jury pool for the trial to proceed. The trial was rescheduled for Nov. 25. Blanchard and James tried to apply for a marriage license in...
  • Italy's First Black Minister Greeted With "Nooses On Lampposts"

    07/16/2013 9:13:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/16/2013 | Tyler Durden
    While the US has had its share of race-related social issues in recent days, nothing compares to Italy where not only was the country's first black minister (of integration!) of Congolese origin, Cecile Kyenge, compared to an orangutan two days ago by Roberto Calderoli, vice president of Italy's Senate and a senior parliamentarian in the anti-immigration Northern League, but following a visit to the city of Pescara she was met with a "protest" where nooses were hung from lammposts. And just so the message was not lost, "he nooses appeared on lampposts with posters signed by far-right group Forza...
  • Three Years After His Arrest, Hawaii Island Rev. Roger Christie Still Fighting for His Release

    07/10/2013 10:38:56 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | Monday, July 8, 2013 | Malia Zimmerman
    Honolulu -- An Hawaii Island minister in jail for three years on drug charges is treated more like a terrorist than a free-spirited minister whose religious beliefs include the cultivation and use of marijuana, some lawmakers and civil rights advocates say. The minister, Roger Christie, is being held in Honolulu's Federal Detention Center, without bail and, as of yet, without a trial. Roger, his wife, Share Christie, and 12 others -- the "Green 14" -- in 2010 were charged with the sale and possession of cannabis, but only Roger Christie has been held at the jail since July 8, 2010....
  • Uganda: Ex-Muslim pastor attacked with acid by assailants shouting "Allahu Akbar"

    12/26/2011 10:15:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 12/26/11 | Marisol
    He was outnumbered, and the cowards attacked him by surprise from behind, deceitfully calling "Pastor, Pastor." They committed quite the "own-goal" if they were trying to show who is "greater." "Suspect in Pastor Mulinde acid attack arrested," from New Vision, December 26 (thanks to Olive): Three days after a suspected acid attack on Pastor Umar Mulinde of Gospel Life Church, Police has arrested one person in connection with the incident. Addressing a press briefing on Monday, Police spokesperson, Asuman Mugenyi said one person had been arrested but declined to disclose the details. He confirmed that acid was used in the...
  • Arguments begin in case of minister accused of ‘crimes against humanity’ for homosexuality remarks

    01/08/2013 11:51:43 AM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    lsn ^ | 1.8.2013 | Kirsten Andersen
    Lawyers for a Massachusetts pastor have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by a foreign homosexual advocacy group accusing him of “crimes against humanity.” During a 90-minute hearing on Monday in U.S. District Court, Judge Michael Ponsor said the lawsuit filed by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) against Springfield-based minister Scott Lively poses a test of free-speech protection and the rights of sexual minorities to equal protection under the law. Ponsor heard arguments from lawyers representing both Lively and SMUG. SMUG, represented in court by the George Soros-funded “Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR),” accused Lively of...
  • Minister Kenney's Chanukah Greeting

    12/09/2012 3:44:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/9/12 | JasonKenneyMP
    Video at link.
  • German official: Obama should get his own debt under control before handing out free advice

    06/25/2012 7:54:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Hot ^ | June 25, 2012 | Erika Johnson
    In a not-so-subtle rebuke of President Obama’s tendency to offer unsolicited recommendations on how Europeans should handle their debt crises on Sunday evening, Germany’s finance minister suggested that perhaps His Munificence should focus on his own problems before trying to fix everybody else’s. Wolfgang Schaeuble told public broadcaster ZDF in an interview late Sunday that “people are always very quick at giving others advice.”He says: “Mr. Obama should first of all take care of reducing the American deficit, which is higher than in the eurozone.” An unfortunate and embarrassing truth — the EU’s debt-to-GDP ratio is well over eighty percent,...
  • Obama Propaganda Minister Jay Carney: People Leaving The Workforce In Droves An “Economic

    02/06/2012 3:39:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 2/6/12 | Zip
    I’m sure in his feeble mind this makes sense. (NewsOK) — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney explained that the number of people dropping out of the work force, which artificially depresses the unemployment rate, can be regarded as an “economic positive.” “A lot of that is due to younger people getting more of an education, which is an economic positive,” Carney said. He had been asked what would happen when people “inevitably” raise the unemployment rating with their return to the work force.
  • Bangor minister was under investigation

    11/14/2011 4:17:07 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Portland Press Herald ^ | 11/14/11 | Portland Press Herald
    BUCKSPORT — State police say a well-known Maine health care advocate whose body was recovered from the Penobscot River had been under investigation. Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, says an investigation of the Rev. Robert Carlson began last Thursday. He did not give the nature of the investigation. The Bangor Daily News says the allegations came in a letter, turned over by the Katahdin Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, linking Carlson to an incident with an 11-year-old boy in the 1970s. Carlson’s body was found Sunday in the river in Bucksport after his...
  • Texas Late-Term Abortionist and Baptist Minister Admits: “Am I killing? Yes, I am”

    11/14/2011 9:54:15 AM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies
    DALLAS, November 6, 2009 ( - In a jarringly candid statement made to WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas, late term abortionist and Baptist Minister Dr. Curtis Boyd said that when he performs abortions he is "killing," and he has no issues with it whatsoever. "Am I killing? Yes, I am. I know that," Boyd said during a video interview with the news station following the opening of the Southwestern Women's Surgery Center abortion facility. By law, Boyd must have a surgery center in order to abort a child more than 16 weeks along. "We see patients from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and...
  • Suspected looter and his mother are the first to be punished with eviction

    08/12/2011 7:37:01 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1:52 AM on 13th August 2011 | By Jack Doyle
    A suspected looter in this week’s riots and his mother are being thrown out of their council home. In the first case of its kind, Daniel Sartain-Clarke, 18, and his mother have been served with an eviction notice as council bosses seek to turf them out of their Ł225,000 taxpayer-subsidised flat. Sartain-Clarke is charged with violent disorder and attempting to steal electronic goods from the Currys store at Clapham Junction, South London, on Monday night.
  • Malaysian Prime Minister to non Muslims: Stop resisting Islam

    07/28/2011 10:14:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/28/11 | The Anti-Jihadist
    Malaysia's mainstream media, being entirely government owned, often encodes 'sensitive' matters like 'race' and 'racism' (in actuality religious apartheid and Islamic supremacism) in a curious kind of double-talk, language that seeks to obfuscate reality rather than clarify it. Doublespeak usually characterizes governments which actively discourage critical thought and an informed citizenry. Malaysia and its government are no different. Today's government broadsheet, as usual, prominently figures Prime Minister Najib's latest broadside. Najib's words is full of typically Malaysian double-talk. In the interests of clarification and the truth, it's time to translate Najib's words and see what he really means. From "PM:...
  • Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister calls for bombing of Israel

    03/21/2011 3:38:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3/21/11 | Ed Lasky
    Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister has called for the bombing Of Israel. Michael Rubin reports at Commentary Contentions After assuring both Libyans and Turks that Turkey was not involved in airstrikes on Libya, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç, of Turkey, said, "We wish that the United Nations had made such resolutions and countries had taken action in the face of incidents in Gaza, Palestine and the other regions This is exactly the problem I thought might arise from President Obama's endorsement of the trendy principle of "Responsibility to Protect". In yesterday's blog, "The Rise of Samantha Power and the risks for...
  • Murder suspects 'laughed' at TV reports of Texas minister found dead inside his own church

    03/08/2011 1:48:55 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 43 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | March 8, 2011
    The alleged killers of the minister found dead inside his own church 'laughed' while watching a news report about the case on television, court documents said. Pastor Clint Dobson, 29, of NorthPointe Baptist Church in Arlington, was suffocated with a plastic bag and his assistant Judy Elliott, 67, was severely beaten, they said. Steven Nelson, 24, and Anthony Springs, 19, were ‘laughing and making inappropriate comments about Dobson’s death’, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. ‘When confronted about this behaviour (Springs) produced an item he claimed belonged to Dobson,’ it said. They made the comments at a friend’s house in...
  • Presbyterian minister who married gay partner is acquitted; appeal possible

    03/05/2011 1:55:57 PM PST · by americanophile · 35 replies
    Standard-Examiner ^ | March 4, 2012 | McClatchy Newspapers
    MINNEAPOLIS -- An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church USA was acquitted Monday by a church panel of charges that he violated the church constitution when he legally married his gay partner in California in 2008. The case of the Rev. Erwin Barron, who was associate pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis in the 1990s, is likely to be appealed. It is the first time the divided church, which sidestepped the issue of gay marriage at its national convention last summer in Minneapolis, has dealt with the possible discipline of a gay pastor who legally married a same-sex partner....
  • Muslims slaughter Christian minister in Pakistan

    03/02/2011 2:52:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    yahoo ^ | 3/2/11 | NAHAL TOOSI and CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Nahal Toosi And Chris Brummitt, Associated Press
    ISLAMABAD – Militants gunned down the only Christian in Pakistan's government outside his widowed mother's home Wednesday, the second assassination in two months of a high-profile opponent of laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam. Shahbaz Bhatti was aware of the danger he faced, saying in a videotaped message that he had received death threats from al-Qaida and the Taliban. In it, the 42-year-old Roman Catholic said he was "ready to die" for the country's often persecuted Christian and other non-Muslim minorities. The slaying in Islamabad followed the killing of Salman Taseer, a liberal politician who was gunned...
  • [Dallas] pastor denies burglarizing congregant's house

    12/29/2010 5:30:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies · 12+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | December 28, 2010 | VALERIE WIGGLESWORTH
    East Oak Cliff pastor Sandy McGill denies burglarizing congregant's house The Dallas pastor facing felony charges of burglarizing a church member's home on Christmas Eve said Monday she had no criminal intent. Sandy McGriff, 52, said she was trying to protect valuables at the home of her longtime friend Serita Agnew and made a horrible mistake. Police accuse McGriff of stealing more than $10,000 worth of fur coats, designer purses and electronics from a home in the 2200 block of Village Way near Kiest Boulevard and Lancaster Road. She was also charged with resisting arrest. McGriff spent most of Christmas...
  • US Policy 'Clueless': German Finance Minister

    11/05/2010 8:56:05 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 7 replies
    CNBC ^ | Nov. 5, 2010 | Reuters
    . . . Germany has pushed for a replacement of the programme, which expires in 2013, and increased economic coordination in the EU — a goal advanced last month when plans it put forward with France to make limited changes to the bloc's treaty and tighten budgetary rules gained approval. France and Germany should maintain their leadership role in Europe, Schaeuble said, especially in order to harmonise its economic policy and bolster stability given current economic uncertainties. These are being worsened by reckless policy in part from the the United States, Schaeuble said, sharpening his criticism of the Federal Reserve's...
  • French Minister Says Saudis Have Warned Europe, Notably France, Of Al-Qaida Terror Threat

    10/17/2010 6:54:46 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10-17-2010 | ELAINE GANLEY
    French Minister Says Saudis Have Warned Europe, Notably France, Of Al-Qaida Terror Threat U.S. Department of State ELAINE GANLEY Associated Press Writer 3:18 p.m. CDT, October 17, 2010 PARIS (AP) — Saudi intelligence services have warned of a new terror threat from al-Qaida against Europe, particularly in France, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said Sunday. He said the warning of a potential attack by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula was received "in the last few hours, few days." European officials were informed that "al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula was doubtless active or envisioned being active" on the "European continent, notably France,"...
  • Some OPEC Members Push for $100 a Barrel Oil (Warns of the consequences of a Dollar devaluation)

    10/15/2010 9:50:01 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 7 replies
    Daily Finance ^ | 10/15/2010 | Hugh Collins
    Some OPEC members want oil prices to rise to $100 a barrel to offset the decline in the dollar. The value of the dollar, which has slipped 13% since June against major world currencies, means that the "real price" of oil is about $20 less than current levels, Venezuela's Energy and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said after Thursday's OPEC meeting in Vienna. OPEC, which accounts for 40% of global crude output, left targets unchanged and called for stronger adherence to production quotas, Bloomberg News said. "They're concerned about the dollar because as the dollar weakens, prices go up," Nordine Ait-Laoussine,...
  • SPIEGEL Interview with Iran's Foreign Minister 'The West Lacks Political Maturity'

    08/30/2010 1:06:45 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 39 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 8/30/10
    In a SPIEGEL interview, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, 57, discusses the stoning of adulterers, the consequences of Western sanctions against Iran and the risk of a military strike against his country.SPIEGEL: Mr. Foreign Minister, you are the senior diplomat of the Islamic Republic of Iran. You represent a nation that prides itself on a cultural history stretching back more than 2,500 years. Don't you find it shameful that people are stoned to death in your country? Manouchehr Mottaki: You come from a country that murdered millions of people during a tyrannical war, and you want to talk to me...
  • Anger as ex-finance minister warns Muslims 'making Germany stupid'

    08/23/2010 9:04:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The Scotsman [Edinburgh] ^ | 8/23/10 | Allan Hal
    Berlin - A leading German Social Democrat has written a book with an apocalyptic vision of his country sliding into poverty, stupidity and Muslim domination. Thilo Sarrazin, 65, a former Berlin finance minister and current Bundesbank board member, is already under investigation by a public prosecutor for allegedly inciting racial hatred by blaming immigrants for making Germany "dumber" and calling Muslimchildren "underclass citizens." (Snip) "If Turkish migrants, in the third generation, do not speak correct German then an air of hostility grows around them.
  • 'No to US aid with conditions'- Lebanese minister rejects constraint that arms not be fired at Isr.

    08/11/2010 9:54:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    BEIRUT — Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr Wednesday said he would reject any American military assistance to the Lebanese army if it comes with conditions that the weapons not be used against Israel. Murr was commenting on the decision by a US congressman to suspend $100 million of military aid to Lebanon over concerns the weapons could be turned on Israel and that Hezbollah may have influence over the Lebanese army. He stated that those who want to help the Lebanese army but place conditions on how their funds or weapons are used, should keep the money. The defense minister's...
  • Local husband, dad to join Catholic priesthood

    06/11/2010 9:41:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 415+ views
    ydr ^ | June 10, 2010 | MELISSA NANN BURKE
    Paul Schenck and his family say grace before dinner at their Manchester Township home in 2007. Schenck will become the first married priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg on Saturday. A former Anglican pastor will become the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg's first married priest when he's ordained Saturday in Springettsbury Township. Paul Schenck, 51, of Manchester Township will be ordained by Bishop Victor Galeone of the Diocese of St. Augustine (Fla.) during a 10 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Galeone, a longtime friend of Schenck's, will perform the rite because the Diocese of Harrisburg has...
  • From Jewish boy to Protestant Catholic Priest

    06/09/2010 5:52:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies · 42+ views
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 6/8/10 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    It's the first Catholic ordination in one Pennsylvania community -- and it's one for the history books: St. Joseph's Church in York will be the setting on Saturday for an event sure to go down in local religious history, and perhaps more. Paul Schenck, born into a Jewish family, eventually ordained as a Protestant minister, converting then becoming a Catholic deacon ... plus being married and blessed with many children ... will be ordained a Catholic priest in solemn ceremonies at St. Joseph's on Saturday. This will be the first-ever Catholic ordination in York, and surely, from a ministerial perspective,...
  • Japan names outspoken populist Naoto Kan as new PM

    06/04/2010 5:38:37 AM PDT · by paudio · 3 replies · 550+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 6/4/10 | TOMOKO A. HOSAKA
    Japan's parliament elected outspoken populist Naoto Kan as prime minister Friday, handing the political veteran the immediate task of rallying his party and reclaiming its mandate for change before elections next month. Kan succeeds Yukio Hatoyama, who stepped down Wednesday after squandering the public's high hopes with broken campaign promises, including moving a U.S. Marine base off Okinawa island, and financial scandals.
  • (Japanese PM) Hatoyama announces resignation (because of USMC Okinawa base agreement)

    06/02/2010 2:03:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies · 404+ views
    UPI Asia ^ | 6/1/2010
    TOKYO, June 1 (UPI) -- Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announced his decision to step down Wednesday after only eight months in office. The leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, which he helped come to power last September after the August elections, announced his decision at a general assembly of party lawmakers, Kyodo News reported. The prime minister's ruling coalition has seen its public approval ratings plunge in recent months. Things came to a head after the Social Democratic Party, a coalition partner, decided to leave over the government's accord allowing the U.S. Marine base's air station to...
  • Japanese Prime Minister may resign 'within 48 hours'

    06/01/2010 6:11:59 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies · 316+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/1/2010
    Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama may step down within the next 48 hours amid growing public and political resentment at his handling of the relocation of a US Marines Corps base in Okinawa. Japanese Prime MInister Yukio Hatoyama Mr Hatoyama is scheduled to have showdown talks with Ichiro Ozawa, the secretary general of the Democratic Party of Japan, on Tuesday evening. Mr Ozawa is widely considered to be the party's kingmaker and the meeting may well determine the prime minister's political fate. Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Hatoyama said he was willing to stay on as prime minister, despite growing criticism...
  • Report: Japan's prime minister to resign-Marine base in Okinawa, falling poll numbers to blame...

    06/01/2010 6:15:54 PM PDT · by John W · 49 replies · 2,139+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 1, 2010 | MSNBC
    TOKYO - Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has said he intends to resign, a media report said Wednesday. Public broadcaster NHK said that Hatoyama told his party executives he intended to step down over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base off the southern island of Okinawa.