Wednesday, September 18, 2019

NYC Presbyterian Church Has Pagan Sculpture; Hosts 15-Foot Sculpture of Slavic God Sviatovid

A Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation in New York City has garnered controversy for its decision to host a pagan sculpture on its property, the Christian Post website reports today (September 18, 2019).

The United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton hosted a 15-foot sculpture known as Sviatovid.

The sculpture, which was created by Bart Kresa Studio designer Akira Wakul, was put on display at the church earlier this month as part of the LUMA Festival.

Sviatovid was a local Slavic god of war, fertility, and abundance in the Baltic region of Europe.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

US Blames Iran for Saudi Oil Facilities Attacks; Trump: US Is Prepared for a Conflict with Iran

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper blamed Iran for a series of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, and said the Pentagon was considering its options, the Washington Examiner website reports today (September 17, 2019).

Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen took credit for the strikes on September 14, which disrupted 5 percent of the world's daily oil supply, but American officials believe Iran was directly responsible.

"The U.S. military, with our interagency team, is working with our partners to address this unprecedented attack and defend the international rules-based order that is being undermined by Iran," Esper said.

Esper added he briefed President Donald Trump yesterday. Trump said it "certainly would look like" Iran was behind the attacks, and the U.S. "is more prepared" for conflict than any country in history.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Suspect Nabbed for Destroying Min.Synagogue; Adas Israel Synagogue Is Burned to the Ground

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the fire that burned to the ground a historic synagogue in northern Minnesota, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (September 16, 2019).

The Adas Israel Synagogue in Duluth, Minnesota caught fire on the morning of September 9.

The building was more than 100 years old.

Matthew James Amiot, 36, who is homeless, was arrested on September 13 on a first-degree arson charge. He will appear in St. Louis County court in Duluth on September 23, according to reports.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Justice Kavanaugh Hit with Sexual Misconduct; Flashed Private Parts to Women at Yale Parties

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is facing a new allegation of sexual misconduct, the Alter Net website reports today (September 15, 2019).

The new allegation was discovered during a 10-month investigation by reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly.

Deborah Ramirez, a freshman at Yale when Kavanaugh was also a Yale freshman, said Kavanaugh pulled down his pants and thrust his penis at her during a dorm part, causing her to inadvertently touch it.

At a different dorm party during Kavanaugh's freshman year at Yale, another classmate, Max Stier, said she saw Kavanaugh with his pants down and his penis being pushed into the hand of a female student.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Girl,10, Forced to Marry 22-Year-Old Man in Iran; Girl Seen Smiling, Unaware of What Is Happening

In what is viewed by many people as a case that supports child rape, an innocent 10-year-old girl has been forced to marry a 22-year-old man in Iran, the Metro (British) website reports today (September 14, 2019).

The case has provoked widespread condemnation as the girl appears to be smiling, clearly unaware of what is really happening.

Iran's Sharia Law has set the legal age of marriage for a girl at 13, and for a boy at 15.

However, marriage can still be carried out at a younger age with the consent of the father or paternal grandfather and the permission from a court judge.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Trump Plans Substantial Middle Class Tax Cut; Pelosi to OK It Only If Taxes Hiked on Wealthy

President Trump said yesterday that he plans to announce a middle class tax cut within the next year, The Hill website reports today (September 13, 2019).

"It will be a very substantial tax cut," Trump said at a Baltimore retreat with House Republicans.

Any tax proposal from the White House would face an uphill battle in Congress, with a House controlled by Democrats.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has indicated she would be open to middle class tax cuts, but only if they are offset by taxes on the wealthy.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Pope Says He's Not Afraid of Cath.Church Split; Says Conservative US Catholics Want a Schism

Pope Francis said he does not fear a schism within the Roman Catholic Church, as criticism grows among conservatives of his liberal views on migrants, the protection of the environment, and allowing divorcees to receive communion, the Yahoo News website reports today (September 12, 2019).

Speaking on board the papal plane on his recent return from a trip to Africa, the Pope said he had been unfairly labelled "a Communist" by critics, with the most vocal being conservative Catholics in the United States.

Francis said there had been masny doctrinal splits during the 2,000-year history of the Christian Church, although he prayed there would not be another.

"I am not afraid of schisms; I pray that there will be none, because what is at stake is people's spiritual health," he told journalists on board the plane.