Is Islam a religion? This question, and others perceived as Islamaphobic, were debated by several professors at Union Theological Seminary in New York City Wednesday, with the panelists seeking to encourage the audience to participate in meaningful inter-religious dialogue.
With the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) gaining power and territory in the Middle East, questions regarding Islam and the beliefs and traditions among Muslim sects have been asked repeatedly. Numerous academics have weighed in on the question of whether Islam is truly violent and an authentic religion; three professors, along with one activist, came together at Union Theological Seminary to examine the issue further.
"We can understand Islamophobia as being an imitation, created and recreated across time. It builds across time and space … iteration leads to transformation," argued Ermin Sinanovic, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy, who has extensively studied Islam and Muslim-Christian relations. more >>
Although much has been reported regarding the ethics and legality behind the city of Houston's subpoena of five Houston-area pastors that had asked them to turn over all of their sermons that address homosexuality, gender identity, and the city's first openly-lesbian mayor, little attention has been given to who those five pastors actually are and the ministries they operate.
Although those five pastors, Steve Riggle, David Welch, Hernan Castaño, Khanh Huynh and Magda Hermida, were not technically parties of the lawsuit against the city's new equal rights ordinance that sparked the need for the subpoenas, they all participated in the coalition of 400 Houston area churches that stood in disapproval of the ordinance, which allows transgendered individuals to use public restrooms of the opposite gender.
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Bishop T.D. Jakes reportedly responded to a critic on social networking site Instagram after being accused of being too flashy.
One of Jakes' 340,000 Instagram followers recently commented on a photo showing the mega church pastor wearing a lavish diamond ring. The Instagram user openly questioned Jakes' Christian faith in a bizarre rant, reports claim.
"I didn't know that preachers wear diamond rings, preachers are supposed to be humble, like Jesus was, and preach the real truth. You are not even close being like Jesus, you flash your ring. … God wouldn't flash jewelry around, you really need to read your Bible," photo_syn_the_sis wrote. "Acts 2:38 everything in the Bible is the truth, people need to open their eyes and read their Bible, not listen to the things you want them to hear. … Do you teach on how the hair is a woman's glory? No, you teach what you want them to hear. Man I feel sorry for you on judgment day." more >>
A stern Pittsburgh police detective and boxing instructor Jack Mook became very curious after two students didn't show up for his boxing class. Instead of just cancelling and not worrying, he looks into why they didn't show up.
Jack searched for the boys, who were part of a foster home. When he went to see them he realized how bad these two really had it. It was a very abusive home and somewhere no one would ever want to live. The detective took matters into his own hands and did something compassionate and unexpected.
The man took these children out of the foster home and placed them in a new home ... his own. As the days passed, he realized he enjoys their company so much he wanted them to live with them. So Jack decided to do something incredible and adopted the two boys! more >>
This 7-year-old, Carson Peters, joined by Rhonda Vincent & The Rage sing a jaw-dropping version of "Amazing Grace." This fiddle master has incredible God-given talents!
You will be worshipping while listening and singing along with them. Carson Peters really knows how to make a crowd get into it, and the duet with Rhonda Vincent & The Rage is just perfect together. Watch as the whole church gets blessed and serenaded by the singing by this group.
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Ferguson protesters are said to be bracing themselves for no indictment in the Michael Brown case and one local pastor has called for peaceful protests should Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson be cleared.
Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Brown, protesters have taken to the streets of Ferguson everyday due to racial unrest, demanding justice in the form of Wilson's arrest.
A St. Louis County grand jury is still hearing evidence in the case and they are expected to decide Wilson's fate well before the Jan. 7 deadline; however, legal experts believe there is a strong possibility the six-year veteran officer will not be indicted. more >>