Wednesday, April 1, 2015
One of the world's most influential black-led church coalitions has broken with the US Presbyterian Church over its endorsement of gay marriage
The National Black Church Initiative, a coalition of 34,000 African-American and Latino churches representing nearly 16 million Americans, and which work to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing and the environment said that it had split with the Presbyterians because of their "arbitrary change of Holy Scripture." The Presbyterian Church recently decided to redefine marriage as a "commitment between two people" to take into account same-sex marriage. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative, called on the Presbyterians to "repent and be restored to fellowship." He said that the change in doctrine was a "sin" and represented a break with 2,000 years of tradition. "No church has the right to change the word of God. By voting to redefine marriage PCUSA automatically forfeits Christ's saving grace," Evans wrote. Bishop Janice Hollis, presiding prelate of the Covenant International Fellowship, said that she agreed with Evans. Too many members of the clergy were "preoccupied" with secular values, she said. "God has the final say, but we all have to say something about what we believe and not live in hiding. We must share our faith and when we don't, we lose ground to our spiritual enemy that comes to devour and destroy." Conservative Christians in America's African-American community are among the critics of US President Barack Obama's liberal attitudes on issues such as same-sex marriage.
A recent survey by the YouGov-Cambridge Program shows that 55% of British voters currently think that there is a fundamental clash between Islam and the values of British society, compared with just 22% – little over one in five – who say that Islam and British values are generally compatible
Among Tory supporters, this gap increases to 68% who say “clash” versus 17% who think “compatible”. Ukip supporters look almost unanimous on the issue (89% “clash” versus 4% “compatible”) while roughly half of Labor supporters take the negative view (48% “clash” versus 27% “compatible”) and Lib Dems are divided (38% “clash” versus 39% “compatible).
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
In the United States, it is alright for Jews to make fun of gentiles but gentiles must never make fun of Jews.
It increases the number of victims available for Jewish swindlers to exploit.
Israel will begin deporting asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan to unnamed third countries in Africa even if against their will, the immigration authority has announced
The assumption is that the third countries are Rwanda and Uganda, although Israel has not revealed details. According to the interior minister, Gilad Erdan, the move will “encourage infiltrators to leave the borders of the state of Israel in an honorable and safe way, and serve as an effective tool for fulfilling our obligations towards Israeli citizens and restoring the fabric of life to the residents of south Tel Aviv”. Until now, the state exerted pressure and provided a one-off monetary incentive for asylum seekers to leave voluntarily, but only if they signed written consent. Now the state will give them 30 days to leave; those who refuse will face a hearing to determine their indefinite imprisonment. People in Holot, a detention facility in the Negev, currently requesting asylum will not be immediately affected by the new measure. Mutasim Ali, a detainee in Holot who fled Darfur and is a leading activist in Israel’s African asylum seeker community, said that the new policy was not that different from the current grim reality. “This is just another technique Israel is using to make our lives miserable and force people to leave,” he said. “There is not a big difference between being detained in Holot and being imprisoned in Saharonim [a prison in the Negev desert]. If we had other options we wouldn’t be in Israel.” According to Asaf Weitzen, the head of the legal department at the Hotline for Refugees and Migrant Workers, the new policy is the state’s way of circumventing a recent supreme court ruling that limits detention to 20 months. “Determining that someone who does not leave ‘voluntarily’ will be incarcerated for an indefinite amount of time is a blatant violation of the principles of international law,” said Weitzen, adding that there was no guarantee that they would have any rights once they reach the third country. Eritreans and Sudanese are entitled to collective protection under the 1951 UN refugee convention, to which Israel is a signatory, because their lives would be in danger if they were sent back to their countries of origin. An estimated 42,000 Eritrean and Sudanese nationals currently reside in Israel, of whom about 2,000 are being held in Holot. According to the immigration authorities, 1,500 left with consent to a third country in 2014 and 7,000 returned to their home countries.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Black criminal shoots white cop: Police Commissioner William Evans has said that Boston police officer John Moynihan remains in critical condition after he was shot without provocation in Roxbury
Evans said at a press conference from the Boston Police Department headquarters that officers approached 41-year-old Hyde Park resident Angelo West’s vehicle without guns drawn and the black man opened fire. West has a violent criminal history with several gun convictions. Investigators say that authorities were in the area because of a previous shooting that took place. Six officers approached West’s car, but they did not have their guns drawn. At that point, West began shooting, hitting Moynihan from point blank range in the face. As West ran away, police say that he continued to shoot at officers and emptied the chamber of his gun before they shot and killed him. Two other people inside the vehicle were taken out by police. Evans said that there were other unrelated charges pending against them. During the shootout, Moynihan, 34, was shot just below the right eye. He remains in critical condition and Evans said the bullet remains lodged near Moynihan’s ear. The six-year officer is currently in a medically-induced coma at Boston Medical Center. Moynihan is a member of the department’s Youth Violence Task Force and is a former Army Ranger who served in Iraq. He was also honored at a White House ceremony where he received the Top Cops Award. “When the bombs went off on Boylston Street, he was one of the first ones there,” Evans said, referring to the Boston Marathon bombings. “When Dic Donohue got shot at Watertown, he was one of the first officers to render aid."
Saturday, March 28, 2015
But nearly three-quarters of people from elsewhere in Britain voted no. The biggest study yet of how Scotland made its historic decision on September 18, 2014 has found that the votes of people born outside Scotland were crucial to the result. While 52.7% of native-born Scots voted yes, a massive 72.1% of voters from England, Wales or Northern Ireland backed the Union. There were more than 420,000 Britons from elsewhere in Britain living in Scotland when the last census was taken. And if they cast their ballots in line with the findings of the Edinburgh University study, more than 300,000 of them would have voted no. That’s a significant number in a contest that ended with 2,001,926 votes for no and 1,617,989 for yes. Voters born outside Britain also rejected independence, with 57.1% voting no. Political scientist Professor Ailsa Henderson, who wrote the study, said that it showed the importance of “Britishness” among voters born elsewhere in Britain in deciding the result. She said: “Scottish-born people were more likely to vote yes and those born outside Scotland were more likely to vote no." Ailsa said that the trend she found was similar to those seen in other independence votes in places such as Quebec in Canada. The study, which recorded the attitudes of several thousand voters in a series of surveys, also confirmed that women and older people were more likely to vote no while men and the young were more in favor of yes. Researchers found that 56.6% of women voted no while 53.2% of men voted yes. The divide was even wider when it came to age. More than 62% of voters aged 16 to 19 backed independence. The yes side also had a majority among voters aged 20 to 24, 25 to 29 and 30-39, while voters aged 40 to 49 were split almost exactly down the middle. But 50 to 59-year-olds, 60 to 69-year-olds and voters aged 70 or older were all in the no camp, with the pro-Union majority getting bigger the older they were. Nearly two thirds of 70-something Scots voted no.