A series of six controversial ads seeking to "tell the truth" about Islam and jihad are set to run on 100 New York City buses next week, arguing that distinctions between "moderate" and "extremist" Muslims are useless.
The ads, reportedly costing $100,000, are run by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which describes itself as a group acting against global jihad and "Islamic supremacism."
One of the ads refers to the recent beheading of American journalist James Foley at the hands of ISIS militants. The militant suspected of carrying out the execution, London-based rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, is shown in side-by-side photos — one portraying him as a rapper, and one an image of the beheading video where he is standing next to Foley. "Yesterday's moderate is today's headline," the ad warns. more >>
NEW YORK — The #FloodWallStreet campaign converged in lower Manhattan on Monday, bringing Wall Street to a screeching halt as thousands of protesters sought to bring attention to "the climate crisis" and made calls for the end of capitalism.
"Join the flood on September 22 starting at 9 am," reads the pledge for potential protesters on floodwallstreet.net. "The economy of the 1 percent is destroying the planet, flooding our homes, and wrecking our communities. After the People's Climate March, wearing blue, we will bring the crisis to its cause with a mass sit-in at the heart of capital."
One of the calls to action in the pledge was for interested participants to "join the sea of bodies disrupting business as usual (and risk arrest)," which essentially describes what happened today, with the iconic Charging Bull statue serving as ground zero for the protest. more >>
Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen made a faux pas this week when an inspiration message posted to his extremely popular ministry Facebook page suggested that Moses was alive during Joshua's leadership and even when the prophet Daniel was taken into Babylonian captivity.
"God said in Numbers 11:23, 'Moses, is there any limit to My power?'" reads the Bible-inspired message on the Joel Osteen Ministry Facebook page.
The JOM Facebook page moderator goes on to suggest of God: "He was saying, 'Moses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don't you realize that I can bring water without rain?' There's no limit to God's power." more >>
Rapper Lecrae made an appearance on "The Tonight Show" Thursday night where Jimmy Fallon congratulated the Christian artist for his No. 1 album, Anomaly on the Billboard music chart.
Lecrae performed alongside Fallon's house band, The Roots, between the show's segments and then took to his Instagram account to express his appreciation for the opportunity to perform on network television, which is a first for a Christian rapper.
"It's a lot to take in. I haven't had time to download it all. I am so grateful for the support. I know I represent something much bigger than me. Thank you! I thank God for a voice into culture. I pray I use it wisely," wrote Lecrae. more >>
NEW YORK — A New York City lawyer that left his family's lucrative practice two years ago to pursue a church plant in Harlem, says he's looking to help spark a revival — that is, a new kind of renaissance in a part of town known historically for being an incubator of the arts and religious life.
Why the play on words?
"It's a nicer way of saying 'revival.' We want to see a renaissance happen, and 'revival' sounds too harsh, it sounds a little too intense," Jordan Rice, 32, told The Christian Post in July. more >>
In a move that may prompt a new meaning to the phrase "monkey trial," a New York appeals court has set the date for arguments in a lawsuit where the plaintiff is a chimpanzee.
The Nonhuman Rights Project will get to argue its case on behalf of Tommy, a chimpanzee in New York state who supporters argue is being unlawfully held against his will.
Oral arguments in the lawsuit, which seeks to established legal rights for an animal, will be heard Wednesday, October 8 before the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department. more >>