In an attempt to counter the influence of a Christian student group called the Good News Club at a New York public elementary school, atheist parents have created their own organization for young children that will hold its first meeting on Thursday.
Atheist activists with the Better News Club have created a student group called the Young Skeptics for Fairbanks Road Elementary School in Churchville in response to the Child Evangelism Fellowship's Good News Club's chapters, which it claims are advancing "a form of psychological abuse."
Established in 1937, the CEF has three ministry programs: Good News Club, the 5-Day Club, and the Truth Chasers Club. "The Good News Club and 5-Day Club ministries take place in neighborhood settings such as homes, backyards, schools and community centers all over the world. These fast-paced, one-hour programs are designed to bring the Gospel of Christ to children on their level in their environment," reads their website. more >>
The New York City Police Department has reportedly been placed on alert after an ISIS message surfaced calling on its followers to kill police officers, soldiers and civilians in the United States by any means necessary.
"Pay close attention to people as they approach and look for their hands as they approach you," an internal NYPD memo read, according to the New York Daily News on Sunday.
The threat was apparently made by ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad Al-Adnani, and mirrors a previous jihadist call for action in September 2014. The memo warns that the latest threat should be taken even more seriously, in light of the terror attacks in France last week that killed 17 people. more >>
National Geographic has offered a behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming dramatization of TV host Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's best-selling book, Killing Jesus: A History.
"'Killing Jesus' is about a man, a real man, and I was very interested in making a film that would appeal to believers and nonbelievers," says Director Christopher Menaul in the three-minute clip.
The video features comments from the main cast as well, including Haaz Sleiman ("The Visitor"), the Lebanese and Muslim-raised actor who takes on the title role of Jesus. more >>
Two plainclothes NYPD officers were shot on Monday night while trying to stop a robbery in the Bronx.
Officers Andrew Dossi and Aliro Pellarano returned to the scene of a robbery in the Bronx after finishing their shift and were shot by suspects. Dossi was hit in the stomach and arm while Pellarano was shot in the arm and a bullet grazed his chest. The suspects fired at other officers before stealing a Chevrolet Camaro and fleeing the scene. They then crashed the stolen car a few blocks away and fled on foot.
Both officers were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital and treated for their injuries. Fortunately, both are expected to make full recoveries, and a group of officials gathered at the hospital to show support and address the situation. more >>
Editor's Note: This feature on Jesus Daily is related to a Q&A with the founder of the Facebook page, Dr. Aaron Tabor. Read it here: Christian Doctor Behind Facebook's Most Popular Religious Page Divides His Life Between 'Jesus and Drugs'
The uber popular Jesus Daily Facebook page has more than 27 million "likes" and attracts thousands of new followers from around the world every day. What's the magic behind its growth? One could point to the viral posts of videos of "adorable" babies and pets, personal affirmations, and Bible quotes (sometimes accompanied by haunting images of Robert Powell à la 1977's Jesus of Nazareth). But, according to the doctor who founded Facebook's most-engaged religious page, its ballooning growth and global reach essentially come down to good old fashioned mathematics, specifically probability and statistics.
"A lot of those techniques I learned in the medical research field, I simply applied to the Jesus Daily page, in terms of, for example, testing different times of day of posting Christ facing this way versus that way, etcetera and on and on. I treated the page as I would a medical clinical trial. I think what we learned from that has really been priceless in terms of keeping our engagement high in order to continue to spread the Gospel," said Dr. Aaron Tabor. more >>
The funeral service for NYPD officer Wenjian Liu, who was killed by a lone gunman with his partner Rafael Ramos last month, will be led by Buddhist monks in Brooklyn Sunday, the day before mourners gather for his wake.
Mourners will meet at the Aievoli Funeral Home Saturday for his wake, followed by his funeral Sunday with a Chinese ceremony led by Buddhist monks, The Associated Press reports.
After the funeral, a traditional police ceremony is expected to be held with eulogies led by a chaplain, followed by the burial at Cypress Hills Cemetery. more >>