Various Jewish organizations have contributed funds to help rebuild a church located at the site where Christians believe Jesus fed 5,000 people by multiplying five loaves and two fish. The church was burned down in June by anti-Christian Israeli extremists.
Elijah Interfaith Institute, the organization which initiated a crowd funding campaign that has raised over $17,000, set out to rebuild the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha, Israel, in an act of good faith toward people of other religions. A representative for the group recently spoke out against the arsonists who are believed to be part of a Jewish extremist sect.
"If in the name of Judaism one could destroy, in the name of Judaism one should also rebuild," said Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein, the founder of the Elijah Interfaith Institute who started the fundraising campaign in a Huffington Post blog post earlier this month. more >>
Former Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, a Republican, has proclaimed that the nuclear agreement reached between Iran, the United States and five other world powers is nothing more than the fulfillment of End Times prophecy found in the Bible, and added that the world will likely see the "strong right arm" of the Lord strike in judgement.
While speaking on Jan Markell's "Understanding the Times" evangelical radio program last Saturday, the 59-year-old Bachmann argued that if Congress fails to strike down the agreement reached with Iran, then Christians should rejoice because it is a sign that the End Times are coming to fruition.
In July, the U.S., China, Russia, United Kingdom, France and Germany signed on to an agreement that could potentially grant Iran access to nuclear capabilities within a decade's time. Fearing that Iran has every intention to use nuclear capabilities to wipe out Israel and the U.S., Bachmann equated the agreement to "all the nations of the world" turning their backs on Israel. more >>
A Christian tourist visiting the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem was attacked by a Muslim mob on Tuesday and escorted away from the area by police.
A video released earlier this week shows the tourist being escorted away by Israeli officials while a group of Muslims, including children, are screaming out "Allahu Akbar."
The tourist, who was described by Israeli authorities as a French man, sustained some minor head injuries and could face charges of disrupting public order for waving an Israeli flag while visiting the holy site. more >>
Israeli police say they've caught two Israeli men believed to be behind the arson attack on the historic church of Loaves and Fishes in Israel.
The church, which stands at the site where Christians believe Jesus multiplied five loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5,000 of His followers, was damaged extensively in a fire earlier this month.
Sparked in an act of religious and racial hatred, the arson attack caused widespread condemnation in Israel as well as solidarity protests by non-Christian Israelis. more >>
As anger from the political left over GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's recent comments that President Obama is "marching Israelis to the door of the oven" continues, one TV host, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, has questioned the former Baptist pastor's Christian faith and religious convictions.
"I really like Mike Huckabee," Brzezinski said on Tuesday. "He's been a friend of the show for years. He's sat at this table many times. He's smarty, witty, charming. ... I don't agree with everything he has to say but I love that he's a man of deep religious convictions, or so I thought."
Later on the "Morning Joe" co-host suggested Republican candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is "saying the right thing when the right thing needs to be said, and not saying the wrong thing. Certainly staying away from crazy comments. From destructive comments. From vitriolic comments. From quite frankly, uncivil comments — quite frankly, un-Christian comments." more >>
GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been heavily criticized by Democrats for claiming that President Barack Obama is "marching Israelis to the door of the oven" over the nuclear deal with Iran.
Rep. Deborah Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla., who chairs the Democratic National Committee, said making "cavalier analogies" to the Nazi-Germany holocaust of Jewish people were unacceptable.