Roma Downey, the Irish-born actress and co-producer of the hit History Channel miniseries "The Bible," along with the Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), called for religious tolerance and respect between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East at an event hosted by Jordan King Abdullah II in Anman, which ended Wednesday, to discuss the escalating violence against Christians in the region.
Downey, who attended the event with her producer husband Mark Burnett, spoke Tuesday as a representative of the WEA, which represents more than 600 million evangelical Christians worldwide, before an influential group of guests, which included the Jordan King's Chief Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs, Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad and Vatican representatives.
"I personally experienced firsthand the impact of sectarian violence and religious discrimination," said Downey, who drew a parallel between the religious violence engulfing the Middle East today to the Catholic-Protestant violence that took place in her native Northern Ireland, according to a copy of her speech obtained by The Christian Post. The former "Touched by an Angel" actress noted some of the crackdown efforts done to fellow Catholics in her hometown of Derry, which she described as "a city divided by a river with Catholics living on one side and Protestants on the other." more >>
A Pennsylvania pastor has begun a campaign to erect Ten Commandments monuments throughout his town after a lawsuit threatened to have a Ten Commandments statue removed from the local junior high school.
Businessman Pastor Ewing Marietta of Liberty Baptist Church in Connellsville, Pa., started the "Thou Shall Not Move" campaign in April, a year after the Freedom From Religion Foundation [FFRF] filed a lawsuit against the local Connellsville School District to have a Ten Commandments statue removed from its junior high school.
The lawsuit was filed by the FFRF on behalf of a mother and daughter from the school, who argued the Ten Commandments statue was not inclusive of all religions, as it only contained two Stars of David and the Ten Commandments. In an attempt to show support for the school district, Pastor Marietta began ordering Ten Commandments statues to be placed throughout the town for whoever wanted to have the monuments on their property. So far, Pastor Marietta has dedicated three monuments throughout the county, and has purchased a total of 14. Each one of the Ten Commandment monuments reportedly costs $1,685. more >>
Over 8,000 soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Lone Soldiers will receive $70 "Fellowship Gift Cards" for Rosh Hashanah from The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), who are providing $3.2 million in financial assistance this season.
"The growing cycle of poverty in Israel affects many soldiers. We appreciate the soldiers who decide to serve the State of Israel and keep us all safe despite the economic difficulties they are experiencing at home," Rabbi Eckstein, founder and president of The Fellowship, said in a press release.
"Our goal in sponsoring the 'Fellowship Gift Cards' is to enable them to fulfill their obligation to the state while knowing they are fulfilling their obligation to their families as well. Now they can serve with peace of mind while caring for their personal needs and the needs of their families." more >>
Tom Cantor, a rich Christian businessman who was born a Jew but accepted the gospel of Jesus like Paul the Apostle in the Bible, is now causing a stir among Jews across the country with a multi-million dollar crusade seeking to convince Jews they can be "Jewish Christians."
Cantor, who is president of Scantibodies Laboratories, a medical products company in southern California and the founder of Israel Restoration Ministries, is spending $4 million a year on his Jewish Christian crusade, according to the Jewish Press.
A $1 million campaign launched this summer targeting Jewish communities in Baltimore and other major cities on the East Coast as a part of this crusade, now has area Jews in knots as they try to debunk his Jewish Christian concept. more >>
Christian and Muslim Egyptians gathered together in Tahrir Square last week to celebrate the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The location was used by opponents of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi for demonstrations against him. He was thrown out of office back on July 3 by the army after a series of mass protests and public outcry. This place was also vital during the removal of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
The square was flooded by people of both faiths on a day where Muslim supporters of Morsi had been holding large demonstrations in public squares located in several other cities. more >>
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City visited a mosque in Staten Island this week where he met with Muslims and other faith leaders. During his visit, he made the controversial statement that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
Dolan spent over two hours in the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in the Tompkinsville area of the borough where he ate lunch with around 40 clergy and laity, according to StatenIslandLive.com.
"I thank God that this day has arrived," said Dolan to the religious leaders present. "I thank you for your welcome, I thank you for making me feel like a friend and a member of the family." more >>