Friday, Feb. 28, 2020:
Here are the latest headlines, brought to you by The Christian Post.
— Pakistani Christians attacked over church construction
Pakistani Christians were shot and attacked by a mob of Muslim men for constructing a church in a village in Punjab province.
One of the victims, 25-year-old Azeem Gulzar, is now paralyzed from the right shoulder down after being shot earlier this month.
The attack came after months of disagreements between Gulzar’s family and the owner of the neighboring plot who is a Muslim school teacher.
— CPAC: Conservative women share experiences with socialist policies
The Conservative Political Action Conference kicked off on Thursday with participants talking about the ills of socialism.
In one panel discussion, Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa described her experience of living with a family during an agricultural exchange trip to the Soviet Union. The family, she said, had no running water, no refrigerator, no car and shared one bicycle.
As an American student, she said people would come to her and ask what it felt like to be free.
The theme of this year’s CPAC is “America vs. Socialism.” The event concludes Saturday.
— Houses of worship tweak Ash Wednesday rituals due to coronavirus
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, Ash Wednesday services were canceled or tweaked throughout the globe.
Catholic masses in northern Italy were canceled and in the Philippines, some priests chose to sprinkle ashes on heads to avoid physical contact rather than mark their foreheads with a cross.
So far in the U.S., the number of coronavirus cases is 15. Worldwide, there are more than 78,000 cases.
— ‘Burden’ film brings new meaning to ‘love your enemies’
The new drama “Burden” is open for limited release in Los Angeles and New York on Friday and brings new meaning to Jesus’ command to “love your enemies.”
The film is based on a true story about a young KKK member in South Carolina who is forced to reexamine his beliefs after a pastor takes him in.
“Burden” highlights the biblical reality that no matter how flawed, no one is beyond redemption and the Gospel can soften even the hardest of hearts.
— FCC receives over 1,300 complaints about halftime show
Over 1,300 complaints poured in to the Federal Communications Commission about this year’s Super Bowl halftime show that featured Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
Viewers complained that the artists’ performance was not appropriate for families who were watching the game and was “basically a porn show.”
The halftime show in 2004 featuring Janet Jackson drew 540,000 complaints. Though the FCC fined CBS, the fine was later voided by the courts.
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