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9/19/2014

Non-Profit Organization Bringing Christian, Jewish and Muslim Children Together for Camp

Kids4Peace Boston is holding an interfaith summer exchange camp where 12-year-old Jews, Christians and Muslims come together to learn from each other.

The founder of Kids4Peace Boston is looking forward to a weeklong camp where children will learn about interfaith communication.   “Basically, it’s from 8 o’clock in the morning to 8 o’clock at night,” said Peggy Stevens. “And I can’t wait. They’re really wonderful to be with, and I’m excited.”   The Kids4Peace Boston is a chapter of Kids4Peace International. The nonprofit group started in 2002 in Jerusalem. The Boston chapter participates in an interfaith summer exchange camp where 12-year-old Jews, Christians and Muslims come together to learn from each other.   “I had never done something that was explicitly about peace,” Stevens said. “But it just seemed like something I should do because I could, and it seemed so important.”   Other camp activities include giving the children canoes, logs, ropes and life jackets and asking them to build a raft. During the building, the children discuss the three different religious texts on Noah building his ark.   “You can talk about learning to get along and what do you do when you have trouble deciding ... or you can build a raft,” Stevens says. “It’s a camp activity, but it’s a Kids4Peace lesson, a lesson that teaches not only about religion but how do you get along with people. How do you solve problems? How do you listen to one another?”     Publication date: September 19, 2014 read more
9/19/2014

High School Cheerleaders Lead Stadium in Pre-Game Prayer Amongst FFRF Pressure

A group of high school cheerleaders in Tennessee were recently told that a longstanding tradition of praying before football games over the loudspeaker would be prohibited.

A group of high school cheerleaders in Tennessee were recently told that a longstanding tradition of praying before football games over the loudspeaker would be prohibited. Oneida High School had been pressured by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union to drop the public prayer, and the stadium observed a moment of silence in its place.    People would still be permitted to say a prayer aloud during the moment of silence The BLAZE reports.    At a recent game, Oneida cheerleader Asia Canada began reciting the Lord’s Prayer. The rest of the cheerleading squad soon joined in reciting the prayer, along with the opposing team’s cheerleaders and all of the fans.    “He called for the moment of silence and I started off, ‘Our Father who art in heaven’ and everyone joined in,” Canada said.    The school has now decided that it will continue the practice of a student-led spoken prayer, though not over the loudspeaker.    “Where you had one person saying a prayer over the PA, now you’ve got hundreds, maybe a thousand people saying it together,” said Kevin Acres, Oneida football announcer.      Publication date: September 19, 2014 read more
9/19/2014

Attorneys for Meriam Ibrahim Banned from Leaving Sudan

Sudan this week banned five attorneys from leaving the country after another lawyer accused them of tainting the country’s image by defending Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian mother of two falsely accused of apostasy.

Sudan this week banned five attorneys from leaving the country after another lawyer accused them of tainting the country’s image by defending Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian mother of two falsely accused of apostasy, two of the attorneys said.   The move came in response to attorney Iman Hassan submitting a letter of complaint to a Sudan court accusing the defense lawyers of wresting the case from her, Ibrahim’s lawyers said. Hassan is also requesting that the court revoke the licenses of the five lawyers, who are not Christian but support the rights of Christians and other minorities in the country.     “The five attorneys have tarnished the image of Sudan by allowing human right organizations to put pressure on the government,” Hassan wrote in her complaint.   The court in Ibrahim’s case rejected Hassan’s attempt to defend the Christian mother at Ibrahim’s request, the defense attorneys said.   Ibrahim was sentenced to death after refusing to renounce Christ, but the sentence was revoked on June 23, less than two months after Morning Star News broke the story that set off a firestorm of international protests, and she was permitted to leave the country on July 24.   The defense attorneys said judicial authorities appear to be biased against them. One said he was surprised that the government sought to retaliate for a case that was already closed.   “Who can challenge the government?” he told Morning Star News.   “We have been told to give explanation to the accusations ... read more
9/19/2014

Ukrainian President Turns to American Pastors for Help Rebuilding Nation

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday that Ukraine is committed to freedom and asked that others join the country in promoting freedom.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday that Ukraine is committed to freedom and asked that others join the country in promoting freedom.   "It's impossible to imagine how I am feeling right now—how symbolic is the unity of the United States Congress and solidarity with Ukraine. This is exactly what Ukraine needs most right now—unity and solidarity, not only with the United States, the United States Congress, but with the whole world,” he said.   The American Pastors Network President Sam Rohrer said Poroshenko’s speech was an important message.   "The president's speech [Thursday] morning to Congress appealed to the one body of leaders who have it within their power to advance the cause of freedom or fuel the fires of tyranny," Rohrer says. "He didn't say, 'Fight our battles for us,' he asked for help with the tools necessary for them to fight the battle—that in reality is our battle today.   "Ukraine's quest for freedom is reminiscent of the voice of our Founders who, generations ago, appealed to the God of heaven to hear their prayers to build a new nation that would be a shining city on a hill. The question is, will we in America stand by them and let our light shine so theirs does not flame out?"     Publication date: September 19, 2014 read more
9/19/2014

ASU Admits Constitutional Error in Banning Crosses from Football Helmets

Arkansas State University football players will once again be permitted to place cross decals on their helmets after thousands of supporters contacted the school.

Arkansas State University football players will once again be permitted to place cross decals on their helmets after thousands contacted the school. The supporters argued that ASU’s previous orders to remove the crosses was religious discrimination and violated freedom of speech.   Charisma News reports that 25,000 people e-mailed ASU demanding that the football players crosses be put back in place after the American Family Association (AFA) sent an Action Alert to its 1 million supporters. An ASU player also contacted Liberty Institute, which contacted ASU President Charles Welch.    AFA President Tim Wildmon said, "Arkansas State University football players scored a major win for religious liberties today. We asked our supporters to weigh in, they unified their voice, and religious liberty was heard. This is a victory for all Americans to celebrate. We thank the Liberty Institute for their work in this case and for so quickly reaching out to the university. And we also thank Arkansas State University for rightly protecting the religious liberties of their players by reversing their original mandate to remove the cross from the team helmet."   The crosses were placed on the football helmets in remembrance of two teammates that died.      Publication date: September 19, 2014 read more