Yet another Christian church was destroyed by Muslims in Ethiopia—this time by local authorities.
Heaven's Light Church, which served some 100 evangelical Christians, was demolished last November 28. The church had stood and functioned in the Muslim-majority city of Harar for five years. In the days preceding the destruction, officials forcibly removed the church's exterior sign and warned believers not to worship there, citing complaints by a local Muslim. Officials further told church members who had previously congregated at the church "not to gather under what remains of the church building." Accordingly, Christians are now meeting in homes of individual believers.
Prior to the demolition of the church, when some Christian leaders protested, they were illegally detained, released only after community members, "outraged by the wrongful detentions," called "for their immediate release," reported International Christian Concern, a rights advocacy group supporting the Christians: more >>
A Massachusetts school that advertises itself as an "inclusive community" banned Santa Claus from its annual Christmas concert in the hometown of Harvard University after someone complained.
"I am writing to you today to inform you of a change in our concert series this winter," wrote Principal Jennifer Ford in a letter to parents of the Peabody School in Cambridge. "Our first through fourth grade concert as well as our kindergarten concert will not include a visit from Santa Claus this year."
The principal did not explain why Santa was banned from the December 12 concert. more >>
The whole country has heard the saga of the President's sore throat. Many people who have a similar problem—or a true emergency—might compare his treatment with theirs.
For a complaint of an apparently mild sore throat lasting a couple weeks, the President reportedly got an ENT consult, a fiberoptic ENT examination, and a CT scan of the neck because some "swelling" was noticed. The scan was done on a Saturday afternoon to suit the President's convenience. According to an article in the Arizona Daily Star, an opening occurred in the Presidential schedule when rain caused the cancellation of his golf game. Then a diagnosis of acid reflux was announced, and unspecified "appropriate" treatment was prescribed.
Now suppose you, as a beneficiary of ObamaCare, developed this symptom. There would be no motorcade to an iconic medical center. Instead, you would need to seek an appointment with your PCP (primary care provider). Several weeks later, you might see the first available "provider"—probably a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. more >>
In a move that could bolster his potential 2016 presidential campaign, retired conservative neurosurgeon Ben Carson took his first trip to Israel to visit the Holy Land and gain a better understanding of the conflicts affecting the Jewish state.
Carson, who left for his trip on Saturday and will stay for one week, has continued a trend of presidential hopefuls who have voyaged to Israel prior to their campaigns in moves thought to improve foreign policy credentials.
Although the rising 63-year-old conservative has not officially announced his candidacy, he told Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV last Friday that it was imperative for his presidential prospects for him to finally make his first trip to Israel so that he can see first-hand the territorial issues of one of America's biggest allies faces. more >>
A county in Florida is refusing to change its invocation policy for public meetings in response to a Wisconsin-based atheist group's demand.
Denise Marie Nieman, an attorney for Palm Beach County, recently rejected the request of the Freedom From Religion Foundation to change the Board of Commissioners' policy for invocations. In a statement given to both The Christian Post and FFRF, Nieman wrote that the county's policy of having commissioners give invocations is constitutional.
"While I appreciate FFRF's position, it is not applicable to Palm Beach County's practice. The Commissioners' chosen invocation isn't a prayer in the traditional secular sense," said Nieman. more >>
Harper Lee, now age eighty-eight and long out of the public eye, is the legendarily mysterious author of the iconic 1961 novel of southern racial injustice, To Kill a Mockingbird. It inspired an equally beloved film with Gregory Peck as heroic small town lawyer Atticus Finch, who defends an innocent black man accused of raping a white woman.
Lee unabashedly based the Finch character on her father, a revered small town attorney of impeccable integrity. Reputedly the closest clone of old Mr. Lee was Harper's older sister, Alice Lee, sometimes called "Atticus in a skirt," and herself an attorney since 1944 who became Alabama's oldest female lawyer, practicing well into her nineties, wearing tennis shoes with suits. Alice, to whom Harper dedicated her book, along with their father, died earlier this month, age 103.
The two women were what earlier generations called spinster sisters, who lived together for most of the last half century at their family home in Monroeville, Alabama, until both went into separate retirement homes due to health. Like her devoutly old-fashioned Methodist father, a teetotaler said to be "as dry as an old bleached bone," Alice was a lifelong, church-going Methodist and lay leader who championed civil rights, serving First United Methodist Church in Monroeville, where the Lees worshipped since the early part of the last century. more >>