A great partisan divide has gripped American media following the mass shooting in Southern California on Wednesday that left 14 people dead, with publications at each other's throats over the role and usefulness of prayer.
The New York Daily News ignited the argument with a front-page headline reading: "God Isn't Fixing This," aimed at Republican leaders, such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham and Paul Ryan, who offered their prayers in the wake of the shooting, but have historically been opposed to gun control.
"As latest batch of innocent Americans are left lying in pools of blood, cowards who could truly end gun scourge continue to hide behind meaningless platitudes," the NY Daily News added in its Thursday cover. more >>
While there were requests for prayers after the shooting in San Bernardino, California, many responded by attacking God and Christianity and calling for gun control.
In what is an increasing trend of the immediate politicization of tragedies, calls for gun control were rampant. And with the increasing secularization and anger toward God within the culture, some media outlets and public figures even tried to shame those calling for prayer, suggesting it would not solve any problems of violence.
Republican candidates calling for prayers in the wake of the shooting were routinely harassed and harangued on social media. more >>
Here is the liberal response to the San Bernardino shooting on Wednesday that left 14 dead, encapsulated on the cover of the New York Daily News.
I never thought I would see a day when anyone was harangued for offering prayer for the victims of a tragedy. The cover above is only a taste of some of what I saw on Twitter as news of the San Bernardino shooting unfolded.
How arrogant. In their rebuke of Republicans' call to prayer they actually judge God incompetent. more >>
Amanda Blackburn, the pregnant Indiana pastor's wife who was murdered during a home invasion last month, might have unwittingly predicted her departure from her husband's life in a newly released page from her prayer journal.
Amanda's husband, Pastor Davey Blackburn, shared the entry from his deceased wife's prayer journal on Twitter Wednesday. In it she discussed her struggle with having to leave the Perry Noble led NewSpring megachurch in South Carolina where she attended with Davey before moving to Indianapolis to start Resonate Church in 2012.
According to Davey Blackburn, Amanda made the journal entry after their last Sunday at NewSpring. more >>
A network of over 1,100 Christian nuns have reportedly been dressing as prostitutes and infiltrating brothels around the world in a mission to save victims of sex trafficking.
"I'm not trying to be sensational, but I'm trying to underscore the fact this is a world that has lost innocence ... where dark forces are active," John Studzinski, the investment banker and philanthropist who chairs the Talitha Kum network, told Reuters.
"These are problems caused by poverty and equality, but it goes well beyond that." more >>
All six City Harvest Church leaders have appealed their guilty verdicts and sentences in the major fraud case concerning $35-million in church donations, while the prosecution has called for harsher punishments.
Asia One reported that Pastor Kong Hee, who had already announced his appeal, appeared at Singapore's State Courts Wednesday afternoon, and was followed by the five other CHC leaders one by one.
The six were found guilty in October of misusing $35-million in church donations, which went to the music career of singer and fellow CHC Pastor Sun Ho, but were given different sentences. more >>