Two years after a devastating earthquake killed an estimated 300,000 people in Haiti, Christianity is fast replacing Voodoo in the lives and practices of the people, a missionary has revealed.
According to the Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook, there is a fusion of beliefs in Haiti – 80 percent of people profess to be Catholic, and another 16 percent are Protestant yet roughly half of the population still practices Voodoo.
However, it is no secret that Christianity has been expanding as a religion in Haiti – and a host of Christian missionaries and charity organizations who flew to the Caribbean nation to help the millions in desperate need have also contributed to a large conversion movement. more >>
Helen Ukpabio, an evangelical Christian from Nigeria known for trying to exorcise demons from children she believes are witches, is planning a visit to the United States in March for a 12-day event that will involve “battling in the spirit for freedom.”
Leo Igwe, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU)'s former representative for Western and Southern Africa, shared with The Christian Post that Helen Ukpabio wants to extend her ministry into the U.S.
“She is coming to spread the gospel of hate and witch hunts in the U.S. Ukpabio's mission is not good for America. Her evangelism is not good for children in the U.S.,” Igwe alleged. “Her church – the Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries – is notorious for spreading the dangerous idea that children can be witches and that children can harm family and community members in the name of witchcraft. She conducts exorcism for alleged witches which often involves torture, inhuman and degrading treatment.” more >>
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing a library in rural Missouri for constitutional violations after a community member complained to the rights group that she was denied access to witchcraft and astrology websites on the library’s Internet.
Anaka Hunter says she was denied access to the websites by the director of the Salem Public Library in the town of Ozark in Salem, Mo. The ACLU claims public libraries are constitutionally obligated to provide access to all content that has not been deemed pornographic.
Hunter requested to view a Wicca (or witchcraft), website and Wikipedia page, as well as Astrology.com and the Encyclopedia of Death and Dying – a website that seeks to objectively detail all faiths’ teachings on death. more >>
Tom Cruise's son, Connor, is possibly trying to break free from the cult clutches of Scientology and is now wearing Christian symbols in an apparent attempt to rebel against his father and maybe even convert to Christianity.
An article in In Touch says the 16-year-old son of Cruise and Nicole Kidman has led a difficult life devoid of love from his superstar parents and is currently “rebelling” against his father and Scientology.
“He’s starting to rebel against his father and the other components in their life, maybe even Scientology,” a source told the magazine. Connor has also been seen wearing crosses and recently showed up on the red carpet of an event wearing a large Jesus head pendant prominently around his neck. more >>
Egypt's antiquities authority closed the largest of the Giza pyramids Friday following rumors that groups would try to hold spiritual ceremonies on the site at 11:11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2011.
The authority's head, Mustafa Amin, said in a statement Friday that the pyramid of Khufu, also known as Cheops, would be closed to visitors until Saturday morning for "necessary maintenance."
The rumors sparked an Internet campaign to stop any ceremonies. more >>
A Christian commentator takes Twilight series author Stephanie Meyer to task for "ruining" the vampire genre by taking the traditional staples about the eternally damned bloodsuckers and "softening them with teen romantic tripe," otherwise ignoring "the eternal nature of death in sin."
In a post for Think Christian, a collaborative Christian blog that discusses "Christ, culture, and the ways that faith plays out in everyday life," John J. Thompson, a songwriter, musician and the Creative Director at EMI CMG Publishing, expresses his belief that "the whole world needs good vampire stories because they are so importantly Christian."
Meyer, who published the first Twilight novel in 2005, created the male protagonist of the popular book series and movie franchise as a romantic and lovable guy. Meyer's leading man and hero, Edward Cullen, is described as "inhumanly beautiful" - quite the opposite of the vampires seen in "Nosferatu" and the numerous "Dracula" films or "Blade." more >>