The highly anticipated Satanic "black mass" that was held Sunday night at an Oklahoma City civic center drew exponentially more protesters than actual attendees but the service continued as scheduled despite efforts from some protesters to disrupt the event.
As more than 80,000 people signed an online petition that condemned the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Syndicate event, hundreds of people from many different walks of faith and different areas of the country crowded around the outside of the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall in protest of the event which was created by the group's co-founder Adam Daniels. The event itself only had 43 attendees despite selling 88 tickets for a price of $17.50 per ticket.
Although most of the protesters stayed within their limits and maintained a peaceful display of differing religious and christian views, police had to intervene on several occasions to protect the service from being interrupted, according to a spokesperson for the Oklahoma City Department of Parks and Recreations. more >>
Over 100 Christians, including children, were arrested during a major house church raid on Sunday in Foshan city in China's Guangdong Province. Close to 200 police officers stormed in during the service, eyewitnesses said, believed to be part of a large-scale crackdown on Christians in the country.
"We don't know exactly why they raided our church," a local believer told watchdog group International Christian Concern, which has been keeping track of the rising tide of persecution in China. "The government does not want us to get together and worship as a church."
Worshipers said that the church was raided without any warning, and that police only left behind a notice stating that people were detained for an "illegal gathering." More than 30 parishioners reportedly still remain in custody. more >>
After a Tennessee high school was forced to end its longstanding tradition of public prayer over the public address system prior to the school's sporting events, the school's cheerleaders might have started a new gameday tradition where they lead the crowd in a pregame prayer.
With the Oneida High School public address announcer no longer reciting the pregame prayer for the first time since 1930, the school's cheerleaders used the pregame moment of silence in the Indians' first home game of the season on Sept. 12 to recite the Lord's Prayer and coincidentally rallied the entire stadium in reciting the prayer.
For the last 80 years, Oneida High School had maintained the tradition of praying before the start of the school's sporting events in asking for safety of the players and everyone involved. Despite the efforts in the last few years by activists groups like Americans Civil Liberties Union and Freedom From Religion Foundation trying to get school districts to ban prayers from school-sanctioned events, Oneida High continued with the tradition of pre-game prayers over the loudspeaker because the majority of the Oneida community felt the tradition was important. more >>
Across the United States, students will soon go to their respective school campuses' flag poles and pray together for friends, family, their teachers and the nation.
Known as "See You at the Pole," the annual event will take place on Wednesday and is expected to have over 1 million participants.
The pictures are dark and ominous, the charges chilling: "There exists a network of extremists . . . [who] spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science."
Just who are these evil people and what are they doing?
According to the Human Rights Campaign, the world's largest gay activist organization, this "network" consists of American, conservative Christian leaders "who are working tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn." more >>
The "War on Women" theme has become a campaign perennial in the U.S.
We hear it charged that anyone who does not support sex selection abortions is somehow engaged in a war against women. No matter that the vast majority of those "selected" for death in these horrific procedures are female, that is, little women.
In a similar vein, many of us who speak out for women shockingly abused in Muslim lands are accused of being Islamophobes and culturally insensitive. The simple fact is that the fate of women in these lands is grim. In not one of the Muslim majority lands are basic human rights respected. more >>