The anti-Islamisation movement Pegida gathered record numbers of people in rallies this week in Germany, following the terror attacks in France that left 17 people dead. Larger counter-demonstrations for unity have accused the movement of harboring anti-immigrant xenophobia, however, and some asylum-seekers have spoken out about fears for their safety.
The Independent reported on Wednesday that a record 25,000 Pegida supporters gathered in Dresden, while more anti-Islamisation rallies are scheduled for Cologne. The campaign has spoken out against mass immigration into Germany, particularly by people coming from Muslim countries, who Pegida says are changing the country's culture and having a negative effect on society.
The terror attacks carried out in Paris last week by Islamic extremists who targeted satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo for publishing cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad have escalated tensions to a notable high. more >>
Yesterday morning, I awoke to discover you spoke to me directly on your nationally syndicated, award-winning talk show. I was stunned and humbled because I believe you are such an incredibly gifted comedian with a God-given gift to entertain and make people feel genuinely valued. You also have a megawatt smile that simply makes people feel happy.
You concluded your remarks to me and the audience by saying, "The only way I'm trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another." That's one of my goals as well, and in that same spirit, can I appeal to you to consider some thoughts although we share different worldviews? more >>
The issue of whether political speech is more important than religious speech was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in oral arguments Monday in a case involving a small church that is suing an Arizona town over a sign display code they believe violates their rights.
Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to favor Good News Community Church and its pastor Clyde Reed over the town of Gilbert's restrictions on religious roadside signs. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO Ken Ham revealed in a blog post earlier this week that he received a copy of "The Science Guy" Bill Nye's book, Undeniable as a Christmas present, in which Nye invites Ham to join "the world of reason." The creationist responded by sending his own book gift to Nye, and invited him to join "the world of salvation."
Ham, who's also the CEO of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, revealed that due to his extended stay in Australia over the holidays, he has only recently been able to catch up to his Christmas mail in America, where he found Nye's gift.
Nye, who's the CEO of science-advocacy group The Planetary Society, wrote in his message: "For Ken, Here's hoping you find your way someday. You would be welcomed in the world of reason — We could celebrate the science together!" more >>
Archbishop Anil JT Couto of New Delhi says there's an emerging pattern of attacks on Christian churches in the city, after a fourth church was vandalized and had its windows smashed on Wednesday.
"A clear pattern of orchestrated attacks is emerging as more and more churches are targetted, vandalised and set on fire," Couto said, according to NDTV. "This is very disturbing and we request the authorities to take adequate measures to bring to book the miscreants who are threatening to weaken the social fabric of this great nation."
The latest church to be vandalized was Our Lady of Graces Church, with CCTV cameras catching the attack and the perpetrator. more >>
A Lakewood, Colorado, church declaring itself "a center of hope" has been accused of causing offense and an indignity by a deceased woman's family and friends for allegedly shutting her funeral down because she was a lesbian. However, a representative for New Hope Ministries, the church in question, insisted that the matter was "a misunderstanding."
"Everything's a big confusion," an unidentified woman who answered the phone at New Hope Ministries told The Christian Post Tuesday afternoon. Asked if the church's pastor, Ray Chavez, or another pastor was available to comment on the funeral fiasco, the receptionist told CP, "No."
New Hope Ministries states on its website that it is "a place where those bound by drugs, alcohol, gangs and violence can find an 'Ounce of Hope.'" more >>