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Suspicious powder deemed not harmful at campus of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

By By Linda Trischitta , Sun Sentinel After white powder was noticed in office mail, four people at an organization with offices on the campus of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church were quarantined by Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue on Thursday, an official said. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel     ...
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Religion

As Myanmar’s Rakhine Buddhists gain strength, so does anti-Muslim apartheid

By Reuters Staff (Displaced Rohingya woman Norbagoun carries her severely malnourished 25-day-old twins in her lap in their house at the Dar Paing camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Rakhine state, April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Minzayar) A campaign to isolate Muslims living under apartheid-like conditions is gathering steam in western Myanmar, driven by Buddhist activists emboldened by the country’s transition from military rule. Religious violence since 2012 has killed hundreds of Rohingya Muslims and displaced more than 140,000 in Rakhine State. Survivors live as virtual prisoners in camps or in segregated villages, subject to restrictions on travel, and, in some areas, marriage and the number of babies they can have. In recent months, Buddhist Rakhine activists and politicians have spearheaded a campaign to restrict healthcare and other aid for many of the estimated one million Rohingya living in the state, aid workers say. At the forefront of the movement are the Rakhine Social Network (RSN), an umbrella grouping of activist organisations, and the newly-formed Arakan National Party (ANP). “We are worried that this country will not remain Buddhist,” Nyo Aye, the chairwoman of the Rakhine Women’s Network, which is part of RSN, told Reuters. “We Rakhines are strongly guarding Myanmar’s western door,” she added, referring to the widely accepted …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Religion

Iran says will not hesitate to defend Iraq’s Shi’ite holy sites

By Reuters Staff (Shi’ite Muslims attend a religious ritual at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen) Iran will not hesitate to defend Shi’ite Muslim holy sites in neighbouring Iraq against “killers and terrorists”, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, following rapid advances by Sunni militants there over the past week. Speaking on live television, Rouhani said many people had signed up to go to Iraq to defend the sites and “put the terrorists in their place”. He added that veteran fighters from Iraq’s Sunni, Shi’ite and Kurdish communities were also “ready for sacrifice” against these militant forces. “Regarding the holy Shia shines in Karbala, Najaf, Khadhimiya and Samarra, we announce to the killers and terrorists that the big Iranian nation will not hesitate to protect holy shrines,” he said, speaking to a crowd on a visit to western Lorestan province. “These terrorist groups, and those that fund them, both in the region and in the international arena, are nothing, and hopefully they will be put in their own place.” Rouhani said on Saturday Iran had never dispatched any forces to Iraq and it was very unlikely it ever would. Western diplomats suspect Iran has in …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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French imams, prison chaplains seek ways to combat Islamist radicalisation

By Tom Heneghan (A family lights candles at the Jewish Museum, site of a shooting in central Brussels May 25, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Vidal ) Islamic prayer leaders and prison chaplains in France, jolted by a French Islamist’s killing spree at the Brussels Jewish Museum, have begun discussing ways to better fight the radicalisation of young Muslims here. About 30 imams from southeastern France, meeting in Avignon on Wednesday, said action was urgently needed because about 300 young French Muslims are reported to have left their region to fight alongside jihadist forces in Syria. Their meeting, which debated practical options such as surveillance cameras in mosques to spot jihadi recruiters and centrally written sermons for Friday prayers, will be followed by further sessions in other regions in the coming months. Muslim chaplains in prisons, a fertile ground for recruiting young men to Islamist radicalism, met in Paris last weekend to urge the state to expand their ranks by helping train them and then paying them basic salaries for working with prisoners. “There are young men in my neighborhood leaving for Syria. We need a joint effort to fight against that,” Farid Darrouf, an imam from Montpellier, told French radio in Avignon. “We’ve had 300 people leave for Syria from PACA,” …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Thousands rally at U.S. Capitol against gay marriage

By Heather Adams WASHINGTON (RNS) Faced with a string of losses in the court and a rapid shift in public opinion in favor of gay marriage, planners of Thursday’s traditional marriage rally aimed to show lawmakers — and especially courts — that they will not give up without a fight. The post Thousands rally at U.S. Capitol against gay marriage appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Christian

Texas Governor Rick Perry: I Neither Condone or Condemn Homosexuality

By Heather Clark In a recent interview with CNBC, Texas Governor Rick Perry stated that he neither condones or condemns homosexuality, citing that he does not wish to do so because of his belief that ‘we’re all children of God.’ Perry was featured this week on Squawk Box with host Joe Kerner, who sought to have the governor clarify a statement made last week in San Francisco, where he compared homosexual temptation to alcoholism. “Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” he told those gathered at the Commonwealth Club of California. “I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue that way.” Following outrage over the matter, Kerner asked Perry whether or not he really believes homosexuals can change and whether therapy can be beneficial. “You know, I don’t know,” Perry replied. “The fact is, we’ll leave that to the psychologists and doctors.” He asserted that the matter of homosexuality needs to be left to the states, and suggested that there are more important matters for the government to address. “The focus …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Presbyterians vote to allow gay marriage by whopping 3-1 ratio

By Lauren Markoe (RNS) Gay rights activists within the church rejoiced at their victory, which was remarkable for its lopsidedness after multiple years of razor-thin defeats. The post Presbyterians vote to allow gay marriage by whopping 3-1 ratio appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Will another historic Black celebration, Juneteenth be whitewashed out of our history?

By Carma Henry Bobby R. Henry, Sr. Will another historic Black celebration, Juneteenth be whitewashed out of our history? 19 Now the people came up from the Jordan on the tenth of the first month and camped at Gilgal on the eastern edge of Jericho. 20 Those twelve stones which they had taken from the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal. 21 He said to the sons of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘What are these stones?’ 22 then you shall inform your children, saying, ‘Israel crossed this Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the Lord your God had done to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed; 24 that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, so that you may fear the Lord your God forever.” Joshua 4:19-24 (NASB) By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. On June 19, 1865, Gordon Granger, a Union General rode into Galveston, Tex. to let folk know that the Civil War had ended two months earlier. …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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WESTPOINT BOUND

By Carma Henry WESTPOINT BOUND — Dillard High Scholar/Athlete, Arthur Rico Kennedy, Jr., son of Arthur and Yolanda Kennedy will be attending West Point Military Academy this fall on a football scholarship. Rico who excelled in both football and basketball was an All County defensive end for Dillard High School this year, Broward County Athletic Association Scholar Athlete, and ranked 49th in his Class. Rico is a member of The New Mount Olive Baptist Church and credits his strong faith in God for being able to succeed in the classroom as well as on the field. Go Army!!!!! …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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100 Black Men of America: Developing inherent possibilities of greatness in our Black youth

By Carma Henry 100 Black Men of America: Developing inherent possibilities of greatness in our Black youth By Starla Vaughns Cherin I am who I say I am and I am living out my destiny, is what Dr. Thomas A. Parham Vice Chancellor University of California, Irvine and the Education Chair of the 100 Black Men of America. “Each of us is a divine seed of divinely inspired possibility if nurtured it can and will grow into the fullest of all we are supposed to become. Everything you need is within you.” Managing the Dynamics of Cultural Identity: Unlocking the Shackles of Mental Incarceration workshop, helped participants analyze the societal negative stereotypical thinking about African American men and steps to a positive definition of self to harness and use their potential. Urging the group to let no one else define them, Dr. Parham asked the group to understand that mistakes do not define you and introduced the dimensions of the African character Ma’at Code of Conduct based on Truth, Justice, Righteousness, Harmony, Order, Balance and Propriety. “Take the old CD out and break it in half, put a new CD in and burn some new information on it. You do not lose your divinity because you made a …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Powerful Women Wanting Changes in Education

By Carma Henry Powerful Women Wanting Changes in Education: During the recent National Convention of the 100 Black Men of America held in Hollywood Beach, Fla., women were not excluded, but included. Among the many workshops, panel discussions and shopping excursions for women was a powerful discussion on educating women, our families and our communities. Pictured here are the participants; Gail Dotson, US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development; Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President of Florida Memorial University; Darnita Knight, of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation; Melanie Campbell, of the Black Women’s Roundtable; Donna Richardson, health and fitness guru; Charmaine Ward, of Georgia Pacific and First Lady of the 100, Jennifer Dossman (c). The lively panel spoke on the topics: Women of Influence: Leveraging Social and Political Clout to Change Public Education; the panel ended with an impromptu fitness exercise led by Richardson. Curley Doss-man is the current chairman. For more information on the 100 Black Men of Ameri-ca, Inc, visit them online at 100blackmen.org. …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Girls’ Choir of Miami

By Carma Henry On June 16, 2014, some members of the Girls’ Choir of Miami were featured on NBC’s ‘6 in the Mix’., which features an interview from Ms. Kerry, Girl Power’s Program Manager, and Ms. J, the coordinator for the Girls’ Choir of Miami. Girl Power’s singing sensations performed ‘Move’ and ‘Cadillac Car’ from the musical Dreamgirls. You and your family are invited this Sunday, June 22, to the Church of the Open Door for Girl Power’s second annual Gospel Brunch Explosion, 6001 N.W. Eighth Ave. 1 to 4 p.m. Brunch will be provided. The Girls’ Choir of Miami will be singing songs from Dreamgirls, as well as Top 40 Pop and Gospel music. To purchase your ticket visit girlpowermiami.eventbrite.com …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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