CP World Report: Memorial Day, Syria Massacre, Myanmar, Sharon Stone and Bible

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By World Report , The Christian Post in partnership with Crossroads, WEA
May 28, 2012|1:56 pm

Exciting news for Christians: Researchers are claiming to have discovered the exact date that Jesus Christ was crucified. This is according to a new geological study released in the "International Geological Review" just this week. To uncover the date of the crucifixion, scientists studied seismic activity in the Dead Sea. They did it because Chapter 27 in the Gospel of Matthew says that an earthquake coincided with the crucifixion of Christ. Then the scientists factored in information from all four Gospels together. They determined that the best match for the date of crucifixion was: Friday, April 3 in the year 33.

For veteran's memorial today in the U.S., a religious freedom legal team has launched a campaign that includes release of the music video "Don't Tear Me Down". The intent is to fight opposition to the use of a Cross and any other religious symbol of faith at memorials. The ACLU and other atheist lobbies have been filing lawsuits, with the goal of purging all religious displays from the public square, according to Liberty Institute President and CEO…Kelly Shackelford

In one of the worst massacres in the 14-month-old Syrian uprising, the deaths of over 90 people is causing international outrage. Among them: 32 children that witnesses say were targeted for slaughter. The incident has created fear that the international peace plan--brokered by envoy Kofi Annan-- is now in tatters. Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird called the attacks …..very disconcerting because of its depravity while British Foreign Secretary William Hague called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council this week. The UN has put the death toll so far in Syria at 9-thousand.

The world is welcoming the major political changes in Myanmar. But some people are worried that other changes are on the way that could drastically alter the country they consider a spiritual sanctuary.

The World Evangelical Alliance has been putting forth an effort to build bridges with Chinese Churches and Government. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance met with the director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. It was to discuss the place of the Chinese Evangelical Church within the global Christian community. The meeting in Beijing was the third between the pair and was part of an ongoing relationship-building process with the China Christian Council, and the government. Over recent years China has seen strong growth in Christianity; but religion remains a sensitive subject in the Communist country.

The Salvation Army has reaffirmed its commitment to combat social injustices in the world at a Conference at Royal Albert Hall in London, England, which celebrated its one-hundred year anniversary . That was when its founding father--William Booth--delivered his rallying cry to fight social injustice through his famous "I'll fight" speech. A new book publication--featuring over 500 pictures depicting "A month in the life of The Salvation Army"—was unveiled to coincide with the conference.

Actress Sharon Stone is being sued by her former nanny of four years. Erlinda Elemen says Stone made derogatory comments about her Filipino ethnicity, and also allegedly attacked Elemen's Christian beliefs. The suit states that Stone criticized the nanny for regularly attending church and, on one occasion, told her she wasn't allowed to read the Bible, even in her own room. Stone says the lawsuit is absurd and that she will be vindicated in court.

 

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