A controversial play depicting a transgender Jesus Christ coming back to the Earth and retelling famous biblical stories is set to show in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
"The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven," as the production is titled, is slated to be performed on Nov. 15 at the Outburst Queer Arts Festival in Belfast. Its creator, who identifies as a practicing Christian transgender woman, says the play recreates biblical stories with a "different slant."
The Rev. Franklin Graham has slammed French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo for mocking the Russian plane crash in Egypt which led to 224 deaths.
"Nothing is sacred to Charlie Hebdo. It seems inconceivable that the French magazine's cartoonists would use the loss of 224 lives that were on the Russian airliner that crashed Oct. 31 in their satire," Graham said in a Facebook post on Monday.
"The magazine's editor said they were a secular, atheist newspaper and that 'the term blasphemy has no meaning for us,'" he continued. "I have news for them — it means something to the rest of the world and it means something to all those whose lives have been forever changed by that tragic crash. Charlie Hebdo was wrong in mocking Islam and they're wrong now." more >>
Never underestimate the determination of a man and his cat. Not even water can stand in the way of this feline who intends to retrieve a treat stolen by some thieving geese.
When Aaron and his pet cat Prince Michael realize their bag of goldfish has been stolen by a group a geese, the duo try to save it.
After their initial attempts are unsuccessful, Aaron comes up with a brilliant idea: He improvises a jet ski. more >>
A California school district has banned all drawings of religious figures after a parent complained about a class assignment to draw the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Fox News reported on Monday that the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District made the announcement last week, noting that the controversial assignment was part of a seventh-grade history worksheet called "Vocabulary Pictures: The Rise of Islam."
"I have directed all staff to permanently suspend the practice of drawing or depiction of any religious leader," Superintendent Brent Woodard told the Los Angeles Daily News last week. "I am certain this teacher did not intend to offend anyone and, in fact, was simply teaching respect and tolerance for all cultures." more >>
The search is on for a dissapeared South African pastor who authorities accuse of "abusing" the faith of his congregants by having them eat live snakes and rats as a way of showing their trust in the Lord.
According to ECNA, self-styled prophet Penuel Mnguni of the End Times Disciples Ministries in Soshanguve is now wanted by South Africa's Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities after photos emerged online showing him feeding members of his congregation live snakes as a test of their faith.
The commission is probing abusive and exploitive religious practices and has been searching for Mnguni. The CLR, however, has had no luck in its search for him since the pastor does not have a home address and the tent that his ministry used to hold its services was burned down in August by a group that was angered by his unconventional worship style. more >>
All it takes is the mention of one name to set off a political firestorm:
Protests, a potential firing and a law suit spell high drama in "God's Not Dead 2," starring Melissa Joan Hart and Jesse Metcalfe. In a newly released trailer for the film, Hart plays Grace Wesley, a Christian teacher who corroborates the principles of Jesus Christ during a class discussion. When a student notifies a parent of Wesley's actions it isn't long before two opposing camps are up in arms. more >>