Tensions over the refugee crisis in Germany have been rising this week with major protests against Chancellor Angela Merkel's vow to take in at least 800,000 refugees from Syria and the Middle East. Close to 9,000 members of the anti-migrant PEGIDA movement marched in Dresden earlier this week, while Merkel was mocked by a German TV channel that depicted her wearing an Islamic headscarf.
"I am convinced that Mrs.Merkel's politics are against national interests. I'm very disturbed about that. It's almost treason. She has forgotten the oath she gave when she was sworn in," said PEGIDA supporter Max Haupt, according to EuroNews.
EarActiv Germany reported that the marches, organized by the "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Occident" group drew 9,000 participants, while Deutsche Welle added that a previous march last week gathered together another 7,500. more >>
World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma was recently featured on the "Late Show" with Stephen Colbert performing Camille Saint-Saëns' "The Swan." The melody was an auditory feast.
The Grammy-award winning, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient played the classic piece alongside Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human, who serve as the house band for the "Late Show."
In a television program long known for it's over-the-top interviews, comedy routines, and sometimes profane content, Ma and Stay Human brought relaxed and sophisticated euphony to the evening's events as part of a web exclusive. more >>
Evangelist Billy Graham is said to be in better shape today than he's been in for a while as his 97th birthday approaches, and his son, Franklin, is sharing how Hollywood's depiction of eternity has inspired what's being promoted as his father's final book.
Graham will be 97 on Nov. 7, and Franklin, who's president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has said that his father is doing "pretty good."
"I think he's probably doing better now than he has in months, he's just got energy," Franklin told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. " … This Sunday I walked in and I said 'daddy, this is Franklin," and he said, "oh son, where have you been? It's good to see you.' He'll want to talk about different things, so he's doing pretty good." more >>
Imagine ... the next great competitive sport: Jelly Tennis. Yes, you read that right.
Gav and Dan of Merry Old England, widely known as "The Slo Mo Guys," have experimented with hitting discs of jelly with a tennis racket. A little too much time on their hands? Maybe.
The Slo Mo Guys said that they were inspired to perform their latest experiment by a recent image on the website Reddit, and wanted to see how far they could take the idea. more >>
Pop star Justin Bieber has said that his previous relationship with Selena Gomez, which he likened to a "marriage," formed the best part of his teenage years.
The 21-year-old singer was asked the question during a Friday radio interview in New Zealand and after briefly pondering in thought, he shared that the four years he spent dating Gomez, 23, were the most memorable. The exes formed a romantic relationship back in 2010 and despite their split last year, they remain good friends and occasionally still worship at church together.
Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has suggested that the Church should not seek to convert homosexuals to heterosexuality.
During a news conference held by the seminary and the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Mohler said he was opposed to reparative therapy, which involves changing a person's sexual orientation from homosexuality to heterosexuality, dubbing it a "superficial" approach.
"The Christian Church has sinned against the LGBT community by responding to this challenge in a superficial way," said Mohler. "It's not something that is so simple as converting from homosexual to heterosexual, and from our Gospel-centered theological understanding that would not be sufficient." more >>