Religion

Gay Anglican priest’s license is revoked after he marries

By Trevor Grundy CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The House of Bishops (one of the three houses that governs the Church of England) bans gay clergy from marrying. The post Gay Anglican priest’s license is revoked after he marries appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Christian

Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Hang for Refusing to Convert to Islam Freed

By Editor KHARTOUM, Sudan (RNS) – A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death by hanging for refusing to convert to Islam has been freed after an appeals court canceled the death sentence, according to the state-run news agency SUNA. Meriam Ibrahim, a 27-year-old Roman Catholic and mother of two, had been sentenced to hang in April for abandoning her Muslim faith, triggering global outrage and condemnation, including a campaign with more than 1 million signatures. Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father, but was raised by an Ethiopian Orthodox mother as the father left the home when Ibrahim was a child. In Sudan, children are expected to follow the religion of their fathers, and her father’s family had reportedly turned her into authorities for rejecting Islam. Earlier news reports indicated that Ibrahim was an “Orthodox Christian,” but current reports show that she is Roman Catholic. Many in the Muslim-majority nation held that Ibrahim, who married Daniel Bicensio Wani, an American citizen of South Sudan origin, should never have turned from Islam because her father was a Muslim. The couple was arrested in September for adultery, after men claiming to be Ibrahim’s relatives complained to authorities that she had broken Shariah, or Islamic law, by marrying a …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Education

FIYou: Moses Shumow

By Joel Delgado Name: Moses Shumow Hometown: Gila, New Mexico Job Title/Department: Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Broadcasting, School of Journalism and Mass Communication Campus: …read more Source: FIU News     ...
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Religion

U.S. Presbyterian Church to shed investments in Israel in occupation protest

By Reuters Staff (Protesters gather outside the Caterpillar annual shareholder meeting in Chicago, June 11, 2008. The protesters demonstrated against how Israel acquires Caterpillar heavy machinery from the U.S. REUTERS/Frank Polich) A deeply-divided gathering of U.S. Presbyterian Church elders and ministers has narrowly voted to divest the religious group’s holdings in three American companies it says have ties to Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian Territories. As a result of the vote the church will divest holdings worth roughly $21 million in Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions. “We as a church cannot profit from the destruction of homes and lives,” said Reverend Gradye Parsons in a statement about the decision at its meeting in Detroit on Friday. “We continue to invest in many businesses involved in peaceful pursuits in Israel.” Members of one of the largest mainline Protestant denominations had voiced concerns for years over the prospect of companies profiting from “non-peaceful pursuits”, and the decision came amid an international movement pushing a boycott of Israeli goods. Friday’s vote – 310 in favor, 303 against – came after about a decade of debate and the rejection by two votes in 2012 of a similar measure. It was almost certainly the largest such commitment among U.S. church-group conventions. Caterpillar, which …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Education

Ron Chenail named Interim Dean of Fischler School

By mkiffin NSU President George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., recently announced that Ron Chenail, Ph.D., associate provost for the Division of Applied and Interdisciplinary Studies, has been appointed Interim Dean of the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education, replacing Wells Singleton, Ph.D., who is retiring as dean. Dr. Chenail’s distinguished academic career and administrative experience over the twenty-five year span of his career with the university will well-serve NSU during this transitional period. Dean Singleton will depart the University with the new fiscal year on July 1, 2014. …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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Christian

Is the ‘Gay Gene’ a Myth? Scientists Say Homosexuality Impossible to Determine by DNA

By Garrett Haley CHICAGO – The results of a comprehensive scientific study released earlier this year suggest that homosexuality cannot be directly traced to a ‘gay gene,’ but is instead dependent on a variety of factors, including environmental and social influences. Pro-homosexual activists have long claimed that homosexuality and abnormal “sexual orientations” are primarily caused by genetic factors. They argue that individuals with a hereditary “gay gene” are predisposed toward same-sex attractions and thus unable to appreciate traditional marriages. However, scientific findings released earlier this year during the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago call this premise into question. During the meeting, Michael Bailey of Northwestern University unveiled comprehensive research results which suggest that genetics alone do not determine “sexual orientation.” In his research, Bailey and other scientists examined the DNA of 400 men who described themselves as homosexual. Ultimately, the researchers concluded that homosexuality cannot be traced to specific genes. “The genes were neither sufficient, nor necessary, to make any of the men gay,” wrote Ian Sample, science correspondent for The Guardian. The findings show that it is impossible to accurately predict a person’s sexual behavior by solely examining DNA. “The flawed thinking behind a genetic test for sexual orientation is clear from studies of …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Controversial ‘Preachers of L.A.’ Reality Show Given Second Season

By Garrett Haley LOS ANGELES — In spite of widespread controversy, the second season of a reality show spotlighting the lavish lifestyles of six Los Angeles megachurch ministers is scheduled to air later this year. As previously reported, Preachers of L.A. first aired on the Oxygen Network last fall. The reality show features six megachurch ministers who claim their material wealth—including expensive cars, large mansions, and designer clothing—is a sign of God’s blessing. “The Bible says that I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers,” Clarence McClendon, one of the show’s ministers, said last year. “I believe that.” “The Bible says that those of us who sow among us should reap from us, and that’s implying that preachers should be taken care of,” stated Jay Haizlip, a skateboarder who pastors The Sanctuary of Huntington Beach and is also featured on the show. Although Preachers of L.A. attracted a large viewing audience during the first season’s airing late last year, many Christians have criticized the show’s content and message. “Any preacher I have ever know lived a humble life,” one commenter wrote on a film review website. “It makes me sick to see men of God flaunt …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Religion

Anti-government cleric returns to Pakistan as supporters clash with police

By Reuters Staff (Supporters of Muhammad Tahirul Qadri chant slogans at a sit-in protest, following Qadri’s arrival after his plane was diverted from Islamabad to Lahore, in Karachi June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro) A prominent cleric landed in Pakistan on Monday after his plane was diverted from the capital Islamabad where his supporters clashed with police amid government concerns about the return of a man who describes himself as a revolutionary. Tahirul Qadri, a Pakistani preacher turned political activist who usually lives Canada, is a divisive figure in Pakistan where he made headlines last year when he led mass rallies against the previous government. The plane carrying Qadri circled above Benazir Bhutto International Airport near Islamabad for an hour and a half before it was diverted to the eastern city of Lahore. “We want no corruption, we want no terrorism in our country,” Qadri told Reuters aboard the plane. “We want total transparency of institutions.” In chaotic scenes rarely seen in the usually orderly Pakistani capital, police fired tear gas and fought running battles with Qadri supporters outside the airport after 2,000 protesters gathered there to greet their leader. Qadri’s sudden ascent to prominence has prompted speculation that the army, which ruled Pakistan for decades, may be using him …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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