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10/22/2014

Hollywood Film Banned from Shooting at Catholic Shooting for Lesbian Content

A new Hollywood movie featuring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page will not be permitted to film at a Catholic boys’ school due to the movie’s lesbian content.

A new Hollywood movie featuring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page will not be permitted to film at a Catholic boys’ school due to the movie’s lesbian content.    Salesian High School in New Rochelle, New York had previously agreed to allow filming of the drama “Freeheld” on site. The school is now facing criticism for refusing to allow the movie to shoot at the location after learning about Moore and Page’s fictitious homosexual relationship.    The film follows the story of a lesbian police detective (Moore) with terminal cancer applying for a domestic partnership in order to pass her pension on to her girlfriend (Page) when she dies.    “Freedheld” producer Kelly Bush said, "That our film was denied access to a location because of the subject matter — a same-sex couple fighting for their legal rights — illustrates just how important it is that this story be told."   Salesian principal John Flaherty said, "All are welcomed at Salesian High School. Our school chooses to embrace the social issues such as hunger, homelessness, poverty, and helping the less fortunate."   Flaherty said that he would pass the final decision on to school president Father John Serio.      Publication date: October 22, 2014 read more
10/22/2014

"Houston Five" Pastor Calls for Investigation of Mayor Parker's Actions

Steve Riggle, one of the pastors whose sermons were formerly subpoenaed by Houston Mayor Annise Parker, is now calling for the mayor’s actions to be investigated.

Steve Riggle, senior pastor of Grace Community Church and one of the pastors whose sermons were formerly subpoenaed by Houston Mayor Annise Parker, is now calling for the mayor’s actions to be investigated.   Last week, five Houston pastors received subpoenas for their sermons that addressed homosexuality, gender identity or openly gay mayor Annise Parker. The subpoenas for the sermons were later repealed.  The pastors are now nationally known as the “Houston Five.”   Riggle says that Parker’s actions were an “outrage.”    "If her actions are allowed to continue without being investigated for violations of our voting rights, we will have failed ourselves, each other, our children, and devalued the price many have paid for our 'process' of freedom,” Riggle said. “As one of the 'Houston Five' whose sermons and any comment ever made about Mayor Parker have been subpoenaed, I call for her actions and those of the city attorney to be thoroughly investigated."     Publication date: October 22, 2014 read more
10/22/2014

ISIS Video Claims to Show Woman Being Stoned to Death for Adultery

A video of ISIS terrorists has once again appeared online, this time showing the militants stoning a woman to death for adultery accusations.

A video of ISIS terrorists has once again appeared online, this time showing the militants stoning a woman to death for adultery accusations.    The video, which was posted to Twitter Monday (Oct. 20), shows the accused woman being taken to stand in a hole in the ground; she says a prayer before a group of men throw heavy stones at her. One of the men stoning the woman is said to be her father.    In the background of the video, ISIS’ black flag is displayed.    The video was posted to a page for Syrian activists called “Raqqa is being slaughtered silently.” The authenticity of the video has not yet been confirmed, nor is the video dated.      Publication date: October 22, 2014 read more
10/22/2014

American Tourist Released from Captivity in North Korea

Jeffrey Fowle, the American Christian who has been held in North Korea since May, has been released.

Jeffrey Fowle, the American Christian who has been held in North Korea since May, has been released. Fowle was arrested during a tourist visit to North Korea after leaving a Bible in his hotel room.    The 56-year-old had been awaiting a trial for his “crime” of Christian evangelism. Fowle had previously stated that he intentionally left the Bible, knowing that such an act was illegal in the country.    Two other Americans remain captive in North Korea. American tour operator Kenneth Bae has been held in the DPRK for nearly two years after engaging in religious activities; Bae has been sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp.    Matthew Miller, 24, entered the DPRK in April; Miller tore up his visa and allegedly asked for asylum in the country. Miller has been sentenced to six years of hard labor.     Secretary of State John Kerry said that Fowle’s release was a positive step but Bae and Miller should be returned to their home country as well. “We are very concerned about the remaining American citizens who are in North Korea, and we have great hopes that North Korea will see the benefit of releasing them also as soon as possible,” Kerry said.      Publication date: October 22, 2014 read more
10/21/2014

Thousands of Iraqi Refugees in Desperate Need of Aid as Winter Approaches

With winter coming soon, religious minorities in Iraq face uncertain times.

With winter coming soon, religious minorities in Iraq face uncertain times.   In anticipation of winter, Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will deliver to thousands of displaced Iraqi Christians food, shelter, schooling and gifts for children in a concerted emergency relief program.   "There is an absolutely overwhelming need... people cannot be expected to survive in tents," John Pontifex of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) told Christian Today.   The $5 million plan announced by Aid to the Church in Need, one of the largest in the charity’s 67-year history, also includes pastoral support for priests and Sisters displaced by the crisis that has swept the country.   "These people left their homes with nothing other than the shirts on their backs. They need warm clothes, housing, schools, and they need greater protections to ensure that they don't fall to the mercy of extreme militants," said Pontifex.   ACN maintains the Christian communities are dependent on outside assistance and have been supported by the Church since they arrived in Kurdish northern Iraq. Many of them have found refuge in Ankawa, close to the regional capital, Erbil, and further north in the region of Dohuk, close to the Turkish border.       Publication date: October 21, 2014 read more