NEW YORK — A Baptist evangelist and a member of the Louis Farrakhan-led Nation of Islam yelled their respective versions of "the truth" over the din of screeching trains for the attention of weary commuters streaming through one of New York City's busiest subway stations one recent evening, all while a nearby and noticeably less rowdy group of Jehovah's Witnesses quietly replenished their table with more printed copies of their sect's beliefs.
Brother Shawn, as the Baptist evangelist called himself, weaved his way through the incessant wave of bodies at the Atlantic Terminal in the borough of Brooklyn where commuters can connect to several subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, or do some shopping and casual dining in the above-ground mall. It was Friday after 6 p.m., the end of the work week, and people were moving however fast their legs would carry them to get wherever they had to go.
There was cacophony of metal against metal, automated announcements, the buzz of conversations, and outbursts from the National of Islam Muslim making a pitch for his newspapers, while Brother Shawn yelled about "Jesus' shed blood" and who was destined for heaven and hell. more >>
A judge ruled that a New York City couple who are just friends can legally adopt a child, as mother and father, even though they live in different houses and have no commitment to each other besides friendship and the desire to raise a child together. One site calls them "Friends with Parental Benefits."
"I think this has lost sight of the purpose of adoption, which is not to provide children for adults who want them, but to provide homes for children that resemble as closely as possible the natural family," Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, told The Christian Post in an interview on Thursday.
Two friends, identified as "LEL" (a man, with a domestic partner) and "KAL" (a woman) met in 2000, according to The New York Daily News. KAL decided she wanted to become a mom, and LEL offered to be her sperm donor. When she couldn't get pregnant, court papers reported that they "decided to instead adopt a child together." In 2011, they adopted "G." from Ethiopia. more >>
NEW YORK – A three-day public festival organized by Roman Catholic groups scheduled for Jan. 17-19 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom is set to engage thousands with different kinds of performances and exhibits, aimed at bridging the "intelligence of faith" with the "intelligence of reality."
"Organized by members of the Catholic movement Communion and Liberation and by the Crossroads Cultural Center, NYE strives to witness to the new life and knowledge generated by the faith, following Pope Benedict's claim that 'the intelligence of faith has to become the intelligence of reality,'" Barbara Gagliotti, a spokesperson for the 2014 New York Encounter, shared with The Christian Post on Friday.
This year's festival, which promises various panel discussions, artistic performances, and exhibits, has been inspired by Pope Francis' call in his 2013 Apostolic Exhortation to see the Church "on the streets." more >>
A Pastafarian elected to a New York town board, who may be the first of his sect to become a public official, wore a strainer while being sworn in last Thursday.
Christopher Schaeffer was sworn in to a position on the Pomfret Town Board on Jan. 2, wearing the cooking item while raising his right hand for the ceremony.
Schaeffer explained to local media that he wore the strainer in the name of "religious freedom" and in solidarity with likeminded individuals in Russia, reported Greg Fox of the Dunkirk Observer. more >>
NEW YORK – The Bowery Mission, one of the oldest and largest faith-based charities in New York City, said it is sheltering hundreds of people at night and turning no one away as the city and large parts of America find themselves in a deadly freeze.
"Our primary concern at The Bowery Mission during weather like this is that people are not on the streets exposed and getting sick. This is certainly life-threatening weather, so we are taking it very seriously. Last night we had 179 people stay at our first floor, at our chapel and our dining hall," said James Winans, chief development officer at The Bowery, in a phone interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday.
In New York, the temperature reached single digits and into the negatives with wind chill in the morning, with Mayor Bill de Blasio urging residents to find a warm place to stay and not risk cold-related dangers such as hypothermia and frostbite. CNN reported that 15 deaths have been blamed on the cold stretching across the East and South so far, 11 from traffic accidents. more >>
Melissa Mark-Viverito (D), the woman expected to be voted in as the next New York City Council Speaker on Thursday, has been slapped with a $1 million lawsuit by a former political rival claiming that she hexed her with a big haunting mural of a bodiless rooster on the side of her building in Manhattan, N.Y.
Gwen Goodwin (D), 52, claims in the lawsuit that Mark-Viverito placed the hex on her through a black-magic mural on the side of the East 100th Street building where she resides while they were competing for the same council seat, according to a report in the New York Post.
The rooster's head sits right below the window of the apartment where Goodwin has lived since 1997. more >>