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Archive for October, 2010

-Halloween? No–Happy Reformation Day!

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

(Image by Phil Camill via Flickr) Happy Halloween –No Happy Reformation Day! I know. October 31st is known for witches, goblins and trick or treat plus the Catholic Church tried unsuccessfully to redeem it all by calling it ‘All-Saints Day’. However a real earth shaking game changing event happened on October 31, 1517 when Martin […]

-India: Christian Churches Fight Against Caste Discrimination

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

(Image via Wikipedia) Last week at a conference sponsored by the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches in India, 31 Indian churches condemned the continuing practice of caste discrimination in India particularly against those who are considered  “untouchables” (Dalits). The churches in a joint ‘affirmation of faith’ condemned casteism as a: […]

-Muslim Couple are ‘Officially’ Divorced by Skype

Friday, October 29th, 2010

(Image via Wikipedia) A Muslim husband from Qatar was joking with his wife on Skype chat about divorcing her and the whole thing backfired. Now Muslim religious authorities have issued a ruling (fatwa) that the couple is officially divorced and must separate even though both want to remain married. The husband says he: "Jokingly typed […]

-Conference: Christian and Muslim Leaders Meeting in Geneva to Discuss Mutual Concerns

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

  On Tuesday, The World Council of Churches announced an upcoming conference in Geneva between key Christian and Muslim leaders to discuss mutual concerns about the future: High-ranking Muslim and Christian leaders as well as renowned scholars and interfaith practitioners, representing various Islamic and Christians organizations, will gather 1-4 November at the Ecumenical Centre in […]

-Christian Revival Among the Gypsies in Europe

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

(Image by . SantiMB . via Flickr) The Roma (Gypsies) community has been discriminated against in European countries for centuries.  In fact just this last summer thousands of Roma were deported from France and sent packing back to Romania and Bulgaria. However, there is another little known backstory that is happening among the Roma people […]

-Pakistan: Muslims Seize Christian Chapel and Police Refuse to Help

Monday, October 25th, 2010

On October 19, the Christian chapel of Gordon College, part of the Presbyterian Church University in Rawalpindi, Pakistan was illegally taken by force by a group of over 20 radical Muslims who now are claiming ownership of the building with the support of local authorities. The group says that they intend to destroy the Chapel […]

-Pres. Obama: Endowed, Oh Yes- “By Their Creator”

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

(Image via Wikipedia) During his last 2 speeches, here in LA and in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, President Obama quoted from the Declaration of Independence and when he included and enunciated the words: “by their Creator” the crowds reportedly responded with thundering applause that seemed totally out of place unless you are aware of […]

-China: Government Blocks Christian Leaders from Attending International Conference

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

(Chinese Flag via Wikipedia) More than 230 Chinese Christian leaders were invited to the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. Nearly all of them were blocked by Chinese authorities from leaving China. The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization started on Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa without the Chinese delegation. According to reports the […]

-Vatican Claims ‘The Simpsons’ are Catholic?

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

(Image via Wikipedia)   The Vatican newspaper has declared that Homer and Bart Simpson are Catholic citing a 2005 episode when the father and son supposedly converted. Al Jean the producer of “The Simpsons” TV show pointed out that the Simpson family attends the First Church of Springfield "which is decidedly Presbylutheran." Response: First the […]

-Bhutan: Christian Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Showing Films on Christ

Monday, October 18th, 2010

(Map of Bhutan via Wikipedia) NEW DELHI, October 18 (CDN) — “A court in predominantly Buddhist Bhutan has sentenced a Christian to three years in prison for “attempting to promote civil unrest” by screening films on Christianity.” The Christian- Prem Singh Gurung who is a 40-year-old Nepalese citizen was convicted on Oct. 6 by a […]