NEW YORK — Act after act hit the stage at Madison Square Garden on Friday for TobyMac's "This is Not a Test" tour. Artists Hollyn, Colton Dixon, Britt Nicole were on the bill along with TobyMac and his diverse city band. The 51-year-old hiphop/pop star used his platform to share his stance on the current racial and religious issues affecting the world.
Before TobyMac hit the stage in between one of the earlier sets, his drummer, B.Haley from the Diverse City band took to the stage with a powerful 10-minute presentation for a new movement calling for unity of every race and denomination under the banner of Christ.
Mac and his crew are a multi-racial bunch, hence the name Diverse City. It was apparent that B.Haley's movement, called We Are 1, is fully backed by Mac since Haley spoke freely and confidently to the crowd. During his passionate speech Haley explained to everyone in the sold-out theater that the purpose of We Are 1 is to Love, Unite and Build a community of one body. more >>
While calling for greater global cooperation on terrorism Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said financing for the Islamic State is coming from 40 nations, including some G20 states.
I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them," Putin asserted, answering questions posed to him by the press at the summit in Antalya, Turkey.
According to Russia's government-funded media outlet Russia Today, Putin provided satellite imagery to other heads of state at the G20 leaders summit, disclosing the black market sale of oil by the Islamic State: <em "I've shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products," Putin said. more >>
The Islamic State has ruthlessly targeted Yazidi minorities in Iraq and the Obama administration has moved to label attacks against them "an act of genocide." But is the Administration counting Christians as being among the terror group's victims?
Yahoo News reports that President Barack Obama was prompted by a report released Thursday by the U.S. Holocaust Museum that chronicles the murders of Yazidis, calling it a genocide. Other Iraqi minority groups are also mentioned in the report.
Nina Shea, who is the director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, is questioning why Christians are omitted as victims of genocide by the Administration. more >>
In the wake of the Islamic State's deadly attacks in Paris, the militant organization released a frightening new video Monday threatening to attack Washington D.C. and Western nations just like it did in Paris.
After suicide bombers and jihadis attacked six locations in Paris and killed 129 civilians and left about 350 others wounded last Friday, IS supporters wasted no time in taking to social media to promise that the United States and other powerful Western nations were next to be hit by the terror group.
On Monday, the British news site The Daily Mail reported on a new IS video featuring a group of armed IS militants based in the Iraqi town Kirkuk. A militant named "Al Ghareeb the Algerian" said in the video that all nations taking part in aerial bombings against IS will suffer similar fates as Paris. more >>
The Islamic State continues its march into Syria with its sights set on the town of Sadad, which consists of a large population of Syriac Christians who speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus.
According to Newsweek,500 Christian fighters, with the help of some Muslims, have so far prevented IS radicals from overrunning the majority Christian town. IS has already captured the town of Mahin, only 5 miles away from Sadad, which has provided the terror group a base of operations for renewed attacks against Sadad.
The head of the Syriac Orthodox Christian Church, Mor Ignatius Aphrem Karim II, who is headquartered in Damascus, visited the region to boost the morale of Christian fighters who are trying to stave-off the further advancement of IS. According to Karim, the Christian population has dwindled from 15,000 to 2,000 due to families fleeing ahead of the advancement of the extremist group. more >>
In a series of videos, the first of which accompanies this blog post, we are sending a message to the co-chairs of the U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan: U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) from four bishops of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan.
Sudanese bishop Rt. Reverend Andudu Adam Elnail (Kadugli and Nuba Mountains), and South Sudanese bishops, Rt. Reverend Joseph Garang Atem (Renk), Rt. Reverend Moses Deng Bol (Wau), and Rt. Reverend Samuel Peni (Nzara) were special guests at the annual conference of the American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan (AFRECS) late last month. I took advantage of the opportunity to ask if they would help appeal to the Sudan Caucus to sponsor a letter from members of Congress to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
A full explanation of why I asked the bishops to appeal to the Sudan Caucus can be found on the website Sudan Community Compensation, along with actions that you can take to join Bishops Andudu, Atem, Bol, and Peni and to help the suffering people of Sudan and South Sudan to receive justice and compensation for the atrocities committed against them by the Sudanese government. more >>