Three people allegedly practicing a form of Satan worship were arrested in North Carolina earlier this month and charged with murder after skeletal remains were found in their backyard.
Pazuzu Illah Algarad, 35; Amber Nicole Burch, 24; and Krystal Nicole Matlock, 28 were all charged with murder and accessory after the fact in the deaths of Joshua Frederick Wetzler, 37 and Tommy Dean Welch, 36. The three reportedly worshipped Satan and took their lifestyle cues from Charles Manson and Alistair Crowley, Anton LaVey.
LaVey was the founder of the Church of Satan, while Manson was the leader of a cult known as The Family. Crowley founded a religion known as Thelema, which is based on a law that states, "Do what though wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will." Crowley believed he was the prophet of a new age and wrote The Book of the Law, which outlines all the traditions of Thelema. more >>
In response to the Christian Post's multiple attempts to contact both the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, a spokesman released a statement saying that DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships Director David Myers visited "multiple faith-based groups" during his weekend trip to the mosque where it is believed beheading suspect Alton Nolen worshiped. However, DHS refused to divulge where Myers traveled and whether the agency gave any thought to the timing of the trip.
A Department of Homeland Security spokesman sent this statement to the Christian Post in regards to Myers' Saturday trip, "The Department's Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships continuously engages with faith-based and community organizations across the country to build resilient communities and discuss Departmental initiatives. As part of this ongoing effort, Rev. David Myers met with multiple faith-based groups in Oklahoma City this past weekend to thank them for their work to rebuild the region and help affected communities in the aftermath of last year's EF5 tornado."
The official characterized the meetings as "closed door" gatherings and refrained from specifing which groups Myers met with over the weekend. more >>
The founder of Sydney-based Hillsong Church, Brian Houston, in response to Australia's royal commission probe into "institutional responses to child sexual abuse" this week, strongly denied allegations that he tried to cover-up his involvement in a $10,000 compensation payment made to a man sexually abused as a child by his father, Frank Houston.
The abuse occurred 30 years ago, crimes which Houston admitted were perpetrated by his father, Frank Houston, when he was a high-profile Pentecostal preacher and the younger Houston was a teen.
The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse is investigating the way Australian Christian Churches, formerly the Assemblies of God, is probing abuse by Frank Houston and two other men. Houston's father, who died in 2004, admitted to molesting the man, anonymously known as AHA, in Sydney in the late '60s and early '70s. more >>
Fort Hood, Texas, shooter Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 people in 2009 and has been sentenced to death, has sent a warning letter to Pope Francis and other religious leaders, describing himself as a "soldier of Allah" and praising jihadism.
Fox News reported on Friday that the six-page hand-written letter was titled "A warning to Pope Francis, members of the Vatican, and other religious leaders around the world." Hasan apparently directed his attorney, John Galligan, to mail the letter.
The former U.S. Army psychiatrist, who killed 13 people and wounded over 30 others during the mass shooting on Nov. 5, 2009, at Fort Hood — that the Obama administration has declined to classify as a terrorist attack — refers to himself by the acronym "SoA," or soldier of Allah several times in the letter. He referenced the Quran, and praises "the willingness to fight for All-Mighty Allah," in a subsection titled "Jihad." more >>
An incident in suburban Maryland occurred this week that should serve as a wake-up call to all concerned mothers (and dads). An Anne Arundel County, Maryland, school bus was stolen by two drunken pranksters who said they were looking for cigarette money. Bus 874 was trashed and smashed up and left in the woods in Davidsonville. Local moms are incensed—and they should be. How can we know that these people would not have driven around picking up special needs kids? For them the bus would have seemed a safe and welcoming sight. How could anyone gain access to a school bus parking lot under cover of darkness and make off with a bright yellow vehicle without being stopped at locked gates?
We should remember that our open society and our free press give ample coverage to such capers. They seem to us a one-day story. But to terrorists who have crossed our porous borders, these stories give ideas. Let's not forget that the 1971 airline hijacking by "D.B. Cooper" gained worldwide publicity. Soon, Yasser Arafat's PLO guerillas and their subcontractors were hijacking commercial jets and taking their passengers hostage to advance his political agenda.
We should use this drunken joy ride on an unoccupied school bus in Maryland to prepare ourselves. How secure are our schoolyards and bus parking lots from just this kind of event? What assurance do we have that we will not see a school massacre like the one that occurred in 2004 in Beslan, Russia? There, some 350 people, most of them little children, died when Chechen Islamists seized the school and held the children and their teachers hostage for three days. Russian President Vladimir Putin's bungling, brutal rescue mission was largely responsible for the high casualty figures. more >>
Advocates for prison inmates and their families are speaking out against a growing network of state prisons across the U.S. that they say are passing on prison revenue costs to the inmates' innocent families and friends. The families are forced to use high-cost, third-party prison banking companies and high-cost phone vendors that share a cut of their profits with state corrections agencies.
An investigation by The Center for Public Integrity reveals that in order to transfer money to their incarcerated loved-ones, family members of 70 percent of the inmates in American prisons are required use certain online prison banking companies, like JPay, Inc., which charge unreasonable percentage fees to use their service on top of access charges. These companies, in turn, give a cut of the profit back to the prisons and corrections agencies.
A prime anecdotal example, the report highlights, is the case of one mother of a Virginia inmate, who is serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery. Before, Pat Taylor would send money orders to her son with no problem with a cost of about $2 per money order. But when Virginia stopped accepting money orders and forced her to place money into an online account through JPay, she noticed that it cost her much more to send her son some extra spending cash. more >>