Suspected Fulani herdsmen have burned down nine churches and have killed at least 30 people in two separate attacks against Christian communities in Nigeria’s Adamawa state.
According to World Watch Monitor, a group of armed men attacked and burnt down Shima and Shiure villages on Feb. 2 and carried out another assault on Tinde and Dumne villages on Feb. 4.
One local source said that the second attack occurred in broad daylight, as people were about to go to church. Many innocent people were chased and killed by the assailants, who also burned down lots of properties, including nine churches, according to the source.
“Despite several calls to the governor and his deputy, and other security apparatus, the government remained silent as the atrocities continued,” he said.
“The Fulani were able to carry out their deadly attack. They stayed for hours in the vicinity, moving at will, unchallenged,” he added.
Source: Fulani herdsmen burn down 9 churches in Nigeria as Christians decry ongoing violence
Police say a Massachusetts woman stabbed her two young children to death and then asked a neighbor to call 911, in what prosecutors call a heartbreaking crime.
Source: Cops: Woman says Voodoo ritual led her to kill sons, 5 and 8 | Fox News
At least died after a knife-wielding man stabbed four people at an in-home church service in Texas on Wednesday night, police said.
Source: Texas church service stabbing leaves at least one dead; suspect in custody | Fox News
New Jersey Democrats are celebrating that a new governor from their own party has agreed to sign off on a bill to allow taxpayer dollars to be used for family planning grants to Planned Parenthood.
“This day has been eight years in the making and today we are finally going to pass legislation that we can reasonably expect will be signed,” state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said prior to the 29-9 vote in the Senate to appropriate $7.5 million in taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood, reports NorthJersey.com.
Bill S120 is now before the state Assembly. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy – who replaced pro-life Republican Gov. Chris Christie – promised to sign the bill if it gets to his desk.
Source: With Christie Gone, NJ Taxpayers Poised to Fork Over $7.5 Million to Planned Parenthood
A Saudi man living in Oklahoma was charged on Tuesday with visa fraud by a federal grand jury in Oklahoma for allegedly lying about attending an Al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in a statement.What’s the story?The FBI took Naif Abdulaziz Alfallaj into custody Monday after it matched his fingerprints to documents recovered by the U.S. military found at an Al-Qaeda safe house in Afghanistan.In late 2011, Alfallaj allegedly first entered the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa based on his wife’s status as an international student, the DOJ said.Officials have also accused the 34-year-old Alfallaj of answering several questions falsely on his visa application, including whether he ever supported terrorists or terrorist organizations.Alfallaj, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, has been living in Weatherford, about 70 miles west of Oklahoma City, with his family since 2012, according to the statement.In October 2016, he applied …
Source: Saudi man arrested in Oklahoma is suspected of training at Al-Qaeda camp – TheBlaze
A father in Texas has been charged by authorities for selling his missing teenage daughter for sex. The girl, kept hidden in a separate location, he was later resuced when she made an escape to a McDonald’s restaurant and called the authorities.The Dallas Morning News reported that 31-year-old Steve Marks was charged with “purchasing or selling a child for sex,” according to jail records. His wife, Lila Miller, has also reportedly been charged for her alleged involvement.
Source: Father Arrested For Selling Teen Daughter For Sex
In a controversial new statement, progressive German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said he could envision blessing homosexual couples in the Catholic Church, but added that it would have to be up to the “pastor on the ground” rather than made into a universal rule.In an interview with the Bavarian State Broadcasting’s radio service, the cardinal—who is president of the German bishops’ conference as well as a member of Pope Francis’ nine-man advisory board—said there are “no general solutions” to the question of blessings for same-sex couples.In reporting on the interview, the German edition of Vatican News acknowledged that the cardinal had said that the blessing of homosexual couples is possible in individual cases.
“It’s about pastoral care for individual cases, and that applies in other areas as well, which cannot be regulated, where there is no sets of rules,” he said.
Source: Leading German Cardinal Opens the Door to Church Blessings of Homosexual Couples
Hate crime figures leaked by police in Germany have caused alarm, as they revealed murder, assault, and arson numbering among almost 100 attacks which targeted Christians in 2017.
Published by the Funke media group several months before annual crime statistics are due to be officially released, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) data showed attacks on churches and Christian symbols accounted for a quarter of the 97 cases.
At least 14 of the cases in the report involved asylum seekers and refugees, including the murder of an Afghan Christian convert by a fellow Afghan in May last year which prompted politicians to urge the BKA to record “anti-Christian crimes” separately for the first time.
Source: German Politicians ‘Alarmed’ at Scale of Anti-Christian Hate Attacks
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 1, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Episcopal church in the Diocese of Washington, D.C., passed a resolution last week to stop using masculine pronouns for God in future updates to its Book of Common Prayer.
The resolution to stop using “gendered language for God” was passed quickly by delegates to the Diocese’s 123rd Convention.
“If revision of the Book of Common Prayer is authorized, to utilize expansive language for God from the rich sources of feminine, masculine, and non-binary imagery for God found in Scripture and tradition and, when possible, to avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God,” the resolution stated.
“Over the centuries our language and our understanding of God has continued to change and adapt,” the drafters of the resolution stated. The drafters said that referring to God using masculine pronouns is to “limit our understanding of God.”
One delegate said that a Jewish name for God should be reinterpreted as ‘God with breasts.’
Source: U.S. Episcopal diocese votes to stop using masculine pronouns for God | News | LifeSite
Two Massachusetts women allegedly “tied up, burned and disfigured” a 5-year-old girl during a Haitian Voodoo ritual, The Enterprise reported.The East Bridgewater women told police they performed a voodoo ritual in an attempt to rid the girl of a demon that was making her misbehave, according to the report. One of the women also allegedly threatened to cut off the head of the girl’s 8-year-old brother.Peggy LaBossiere, 51, and her sister, Rachel Hilaire, 40, were arraigned in Brockton District Court and held without bail after pleading not guilty to charges charges of mayhem (permanently disfiguring a child’s face), assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a child with injury, indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 and threatening to commit a crime (murder), The Enterprise reported.What did they do?At one point in the ritual, LaBossiere allegedly blew flames from a burning stick …
Source: Two arrested in Massachusetts over voodoo ritual that permanently disfigured 5-year-old girl – TheBlaze