A van attack Thursday that killed 13 and injured dozens more along a shopping street in Spain demonstrated the difficulty protecting people in open areas, after similar vehicular assaults during the past year in France, Germany and England.
The Islamic State claimed credit for the attack. As official buildings and transportation hubs have become more fortified, security officials have warned for years that terrorists could target anywhere large crowds gather. Continue reading →
LONDON (RNS) — Greenbelt, the biggest Christian festival in the United Kingdom, will feature Muslim worship for the first time this year.
The decision by organizers of the annual festival — which began more than 40 years ago as a gathering that drew about 1,500 young people — has stirred some controversy, according to organizers.
Now Greenbelt draws a much larger crowd of about 20,000 over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Aug. 25-28, and offers not only music but also theological discussion and opportunities to work on social justice issues. While it sprung from evangelical Christians, in recent years Greenbelt has expanded to include a much wider range of participants, including an occasional Muslim speaker. Continue reading →
Radiation from the Fukushima power plant has been continually leaking since the meltdown as such a catastrophic level, scientists are claiming days of eating fish from the Pacific ocean could be over. Scientists have claimed that TEPCO, the company who is in charge of monitoring the plant, has admitted radiation has been leaking into the Pacific Ocean none stop for the past six years.There are also claims that an estimated 300 to 450 tons of contaminated water being leaked from the Fukushima plant every day.Last month Neon Nettle reported that Tepco confirmed its plans to releases radioactive material from the Fukushima plant into the ocean, stating the decision has already been made”.
A pro-life street preacher in Michigan says the city of Grand Rapids is trying to keep him from witnessing to women outside abortion clinics and other public places.
Michigan Live reports Stephen Nylen filed a lawsuit this week challenging the city noise ordinance and repeated threats by police to arrest him.
Nylen said he feels called to preach outside city abortion clinics and in public areas. While serving in the U.S. Army, Nylen said he found “new hope” in Christ; and now he wants to share that hope with others. Continue reading →
“According to Business Insider, the video – called “Don’t Be A Sucker” – was produced by the U.S. War Department in 1943 and re-released after the end of World War II.The video opens by discussing a man named Mike who has “got everything.” –Source
YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS VIDEO. The first video is 17 minutes long and I didn’t watch it. Although I assume it will be well worth the viewing; but I only watched the second one first as it was posted as an advert off a different article I was originally reading this morning as I was scanning for articles worthy of posting to the blog. It took me a while to find the original 2 minute clip as it appears to be well hidden online regardless of the fact they said it went viral. But I’m glad I did finally find it so as to post it here. Continue reading →
“The Vatican is taking a modern approach to one of its oldest traditions, by offering indulgences to Twitter followers of the Pontifex’s social media account. …Under Catholic belief, after confessing and being absolved of sin, the indulgences granted reduce the amount of time one spends in purgatory, where one’s sins are weighed after death. Under the Pope’s new offer, those who follow the week’s events on the Twitter feed can get a speedier transit through purgatory, hopefully on the way to heaven.” –Source
Just so you know, the Roman Catholic dogma of Purgatory is defined in their Catechism book in the following manner. “purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven,” which is experienced by those “who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified” (CCC 1030). It notes that “this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned” (CCC 1031). (Click here for more on Purgatory) Continue reading →
“Pope Francis has ordered a Catholic charity in Belgium to cease euthanizations of mentally ill patients in their psychiatric centers by the end of August, or face excommunication. …To use euthanasia as a kind of ultimate therapy would be utterly unworthy of us,” Stockman said of his order. “It would be as if we were helping a patient who is on the verge of the abyss to take the leap of death, by giving him a little push. As far as I know, this is the very first time a Christian organization has classed euthanasia as ordinary medical practice.” –Source
Evangelical supporters of President Donald Trump on Monday requested a meeting with Pope Francis over a recent critical article in a Vatican-vetted journal.
Johnnie Moore, a leader of Trump’s evangelical advisory board and a spokesman for some of its members, said he sent the request to Rome in response to an article published last month that accused some American Catholics of building an alliance of “hate” with evangelicals who backed the president. Continue reading →
A recent research paper suggests that preschool teachers are the reason most people identify as heterosexual.
“Reproducing (and Disrupting) Heteronormativity: Gendered Sexual Socialization in Preschool Classrooms,” published last month in the journal Sociology of Education, is based a sociology researcher’s observations of nine different preschool classrooms over the course of 10 months. Continue reading →