In the News – 21st September to 3rd October 2016

IN THE NEWS

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Trump to Netanyahu: I will Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s United Capital

September 25, 2016

Under a Trump presidency, the United States will “finally accept the longstanding congressional mandate to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel,” his campaign said in a description of the meeting, which was closed to the press.

Jerusalem Post

Syria Says Israeli ‘Terrorism’ Threatens Entire Region

September 24, 2016

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Saturday condemned Israel’s strikes in southern Syria, saying the IDF’s “aggressive policies do not only threaten Syria but the whole region.” Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, Muallem said the Syrian state was dealing not only with “mercenary terrorists on its territory” in its five-year civil war, but also “has long confronted a different kind of terrorism; the terrorism of Israel that has occupied a precious part of our land in the Syrian Golan since 4 June 1967.”

Times of Israel

Yemen Plans U.N. Complaint over Iran Weapons Transfers: Minister

September 24, 2016

Yemen plans to complain to the U.N. Security Council over what it says are Iran’s weapon transfers to Houthi allies fighting the internationally recognized Yemeni government, the foreign minister said on Saturday. In an interview with Reuters, Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi also said he hoped a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire would take effect “early next week.”

Reuters

Turkey Strikes ISIS Targets in Syria after Missiles Hit Border Town

September 23, 2016

After Islamic State again fires rockets on southern border town of Kilis, Turkish jets hit the jihadi group’s positions, reportedly killing at least 40 ISIS operatives. At least 21 people killed, 80 wounded by ISIS rocket attacks on Kilis since January.

Israel Hayom

In Defiant U.N. Speech, North Korea Vows to Strengthen Nuclear Forces

September 23, 2016

North Korea’s foreign minister condemned the United States on Friday for flying supersonic bombers over South Korea this week and vowed his country will strengthen its nuclear capabilities in defiance of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Los Angeles Times

Religion and the African-American Experience (Video)

September 22, 2016

The Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African-American History and Culture opens on September 24 on the National Mall in Washington. Correspondent Kim Lawton reports on the many ways it portrays the role of faith and spirituality in the African-American experience. She also talks with religious leaders about the impact they hope the new museum will have.

PBS Video

Why Most People Leave Religion? They Just ‘Stop Believing’

September 22, 2016

It’s bad news for organized religion: A majority of the religiously unaffiliated — the so-called “nones” — say they fell away from faith not because of any negative experience, but because they “stopped believing,” usually before the age of 30.

Religion News Service

Netanyahu’s High Stakes Gamble

September 21, 2016

The new ten-year military aid package for Israel is now mired in controversy, assome Senate Republicans are also weighing in to express their displeasure with the terms the administration imposed on the Israelis.

Commentary Magazine

Why the Church can Rescue us from Our Smartphones

September 21, 2016

Andrew Sullivan confesses that he “used to be a human being.” In a provocative essay in New York magazine, Sullivan writes about the ways smartphone technology and its constant connectedness have disconnected us from our sense of our humanity and from one another.

The Washington Post

Modern Technology Unlocks Secrets of a Damaged Biblical Scroll

September 21, 2016

Experts using a novel computer imaging program have for the first time virtually unwrapped an ancient scroll too burned and fragile to be opened. The experts say this new method may make it possible to read other ancient scrolls too brittle to be unrolled, including several Dead Sea scrolls and about 300 carbonized scrolls from Herculaneum, which were destroyed in A.D. 79 by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

MSN News

Compelling Tale of Christians Saving WWII Jews in New Ken Burns Film

September 20, 2016

At Israel’s official Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, there are only five Americans listed as Righteous Among the Nations, a title awarded to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during World War II. The story of two of these honored heroes, American minister Waitstill Sharp and his wife, Martha, is brought to life in the new Ken Burns film, “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War,” airing September 20 on PBS stations nationwide.

Jewish News Service

 

IN THE NEWS

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Russia said to send more warplanes to Syria, diplomacy ‘on life support’

October 1, 2016

Russia is sending more warplanes to Syria to ramp up its air campaign, a Russian newspaper reported on Friday, as the United States said diplomacy to halt the violence was “on life support” but not dead yet. Fighting continued to intensify a week into a new Russian-backed Syrian government offensive to capture rebel-held eastern Aleppo and crush the last urban stronghold of a revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that began in 2011.

Reuters

Alabama chief justice ousted over gay marriage defiance

September 30, 2016

The chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court was effectively ousted on Friday by a judicial panel that found he unethically resisted U.S. court rulings that legalized same-sex marriage. Chief Justice Roy Moore, 69, violated judicial ethics with an order seen as directing probate judges to withhold marriage licenses from same-sex couples, defying federal court decisions, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary ruled.

Reuters

Shimon Peres, Israel’s last founding father, buried in Jerusalem

September 30, 2016

‘Thank you, dear friend,’ Obama says in Hebrew; Netanyahu pays final respects to the former rival he ‘loved, we all loved’; Rivlin asks for forgiveness for opponents who crossed ‘red lines’.

Times of Israel

Will churches pay attention to another Orwellian warning?

September 30, 2016

Call it ironic or Orwellian, but the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is coming after conservative Christians for clinging to their beliefs. “It should set off alarm bells,” says Commissioner Peter Kirsanow, a dissenting voice on the commission, “because what the Civil Rights Commission does you will see in law very often a few years down the road, maybe even less than that.”

One News Now

EU fast-tracks Paris climate deal to brink of entering into force

September 30, 2016

European Union states agreed on Friday on a fast-track, joint ratification of the Paris accord to combat climate change, pushing the landmark global pact to the brink of entering into force. The 2015 Paris deal will guide a radical shift of the world economy away from fossil fuels. Friday’s agreement by environment ministers from all EU 28 member states marks a rare political breakthrough for the bloc at a time of uncertainty over Britain’s departure and discord over the migration crisis.

Reuters

What Americans Think of What Evangelicals Think of Religious Liberty

September 29, 2016

On two of three contentious issues at the intersection of religious liberty and nondiscrimination concerns, Americans remain evenly divided. Though most Americans believe employers should be required to supply birth control in their health insurance plans, they are split down the middle on whether businesses should be required to provide wedding services for same-sex couples, as well as on whether transgender people should be allowed to use the restroom of their choice, says a study released this week by the Pew Research Center.

Christianity Today

400-year-old Yemenite Torah scroll to be restored in Jerusalem

September 28, 2016

A rare Yemenite Torah scroll written hundreds of years ago is currently undergoing a restoration and preservation process, Israel Hayom has learned. The careful procedure is being undertaken by the Tifara Baatika [Glory in Antiquity] center in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Israel Hayom

Orlando Terror Attack ‘Triggered’ by Pentagon Drone Strike

September 28, 2016

The domestic terrorist behind the Orlando nightclub massacre was motivated by a Pentagon drone strike in Iraq a month before the shooting, according to police transcripts made public last week. Conversations between Omar Mateen and an Orlando police negotiator on June 12 were kept secret by FBI and local police until Friday.

The Free Beacon

How decades of divorce helped erode religion

September 27, 2016

Two widely recognized trends in American society might have something to do with each other. Divorce rates climbed to the highest levels ever in the 1980s, when about half of all marriages ended in divorce. And in the present day, Americans are rapidly becoming less religious. Since 1972, the share of Americans who say they do not adhere to any particular religion has increased from 5 percent of the population to 25 percent.

The Washington Post

World’s First Baby Born Using Controversial New ‘Three-Parent’ Technique

September 27, 2016

The world’s first child created using a controversial “three-parent” baby technique has been born in Mexico, it has been announced. According to critics, the procedure is tantamount to genetic modification of humans or even “playing God”. But supporters say it allows women with a particular type of genetic disease to have healthy children who are related to them.

The Independent

‘Emergency’ Need for Exorcists after Surge in People Dabbling in Satanism and Black Magic

September 27, 2016

Exorcists are in urgent demand as a result of a sharp rise in people dabbling in Satanism and the occult, experts from the Catholic Church in Italy and the US said. “The number of people who take part in occult and satanic practices, which lead to serious physical, psychological and spiritual damages, is constantly rising.”

The Telegraph

Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as ‘hate incidents’ at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’

September 27, 2016

According to The La Crosse Tribune, one student reported feeling unsafe when discovering a Campus Crusade for Christ poster on campus, claiming that the cross represents “oppression and hate of the LGBT+ community.” Two other students turned in one of their peers for publishing a blog post about life as a white student, calling his post offensive to students of color, and even saying that the proximity of the author’s off-campus residence made them feel unsafe living on campus.

Campus Reform

 

-FROM:- KHouse.Org

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