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  • Jehovah’s Witnesses Leader: COVID-19 Signals the “Last Day of the Last Days” rapture

    02/27/2021 1:36:09 PM PST · by Cronos · 277 replies
    Patheos ^ | 20 march | He meant mehta
    In case you’re wondering how some religions are coping with the outbreak of COVID-19, just look to the Jehovah’s Witnesses to see how absurd reactions can get. In a recent video featuring Governing Body member Stephen Lett, he absolutely delights in the disease because he sees it as a signal that Armageddon is imminent. So the events unfolding around us are making clear, [more] than ever, that we’re living in the final part of the Last Days. Undoubtedly, the final part of the final part of the Last Days, shortly before the last day of the Last Days.
  • No longer knocking on doors, Jehovah's Witnesses have adapted their ministries to COVID-19

    02/27/2021 6:50:34 AM PST · by Cronos · 38 replies
    Commercial appeal ^ | 21 January 2021 | Catherine Burgess
    Before COVID-19 reached the United States, Roderick and Danesha Allen spent an estimated 60-70 hours every month going door to door. As Jehovah's Witnesses, spreading their message is a central part of their religion, and witnesses have been doing so "door to door" for years. "That was our go to," said Roderick Allen, who lives with his wife near West Memphis, Arkansas. "We spent a lot of time knocking on doors, talking to strangers about the Bible, something we both really, really enjoyed, being able to connect with people, show an interest in people and their situations.” But for the...
  • The quran shop sketch. (This is a re-write of the Cheese shop sketch by Monty Python.)

    02/25/2021 8:19:39 AM PST · by fishtank · 7 replies
    Sneaker's Corner ^ | 2-22-21 | Sneaker's Corner
    From the Sneaker's Corner page: "This is a re-write of the Cheese shop sketch by Monty Python. Here is the original sketch:​ (I've re-edited to balance the background sound, hopefully, better) Sneaker's Corner is jointly run by Mel and Murad. We also work in collaboration with Bala. Our theories are liable to be updated in light of new information, so please treat them as our considered view in light of what we currently know. We support freedom of expression, however, spamming in the comment section is not welcome. Please take the time to compose your own view. Copy and...
  • Migrant Muslims on the Prowl: 'These Men Act in Groups and Start Hunting, Treating the Women Like Prey'

    02/12/2021 10:43:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | 02-10-2021 | George Thomas
    From London to Vienna to Stockholm, young migrant men, mostly from Muslim-majority countries, are targeting white women for sexual violence and harassment. European governments are doing little to stop the attacks or punish the perpetrators for fear of being labeled racist. Now some are warning that immigration and Islam are endangering women's rights and security across Europe. For some forty years, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of young women have been drugged, raped, and beaten across dozens of UK cities by men belonging to so-called grooming gangs. "They are gangs of men who groom young teenage girls and abuse them for sex...
  • More than Just a Parable: The Genetic History of the Samaritans

    01/27/2021 5:36:45 AM PST · by Cronos · 15 replies
    23 and me ^ | 2008 | 23
    ...Many people who know this parable or the term ‘Good Samaritan’ are unaware of who the Samaritans really are. In actuality, the Samaritans are a unique people whose history can be traced to Biblical times. They are not considered ethnically Jewish or Arab, despite the fact that Samaritans have lived in close proximity to both groups for thousands of years. Though they used to be numerous, there are now only about 700 Samaritans left, divided between two towns near Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. They rarely marry non-Samaritans, and their religious practices are distinct from all Jewish sects. Their ability to...
  • Why didn’t the Jews and Samaritans get along?

    01/22/2021 1:10:31 AM PST · by Cronos · 20 replies
    USC ^ | 14 May 2020 | Alice Camille
    ...Israel’s first king, Saul, only governs some of these people. His successor, David, pulls all the tribes together under him. David’s son, Solomon, does little to hold them in place. When Solomon dies in 930 B.C.E., the kingdom fractures into big northern Israel and meager southern Judah. The north names its capital Samaria. The southern kings retain David’s capital at Jerusalem. As scholar Raymond Brown points out, the distance between Samaria and Jerusalem was 35 miles—closer than Baltimore and Washington, D.C., which share an airport. But proximity doesn’t equal intimacy. Eventually, Samaria becomes a catchword for the entire northern region....
  • Is Jesus the same person as Archangel Michael as Seventh Day Adventist claim using Daniel 12 and Revelation 12?

    12/11/2020 4:32:45 AM PST · by Cronos · 83 replies
    Evidence for Christianity ^ | 3 August 2009 | John Oakes
    Question:I have come across a statement which a 7th Day Adventist claims. They say Jesus and the Archangel Michael is one and the same person. Their reading is in Daniel and also revelation with the war in heaven, I think its chapter 12. I find this hard to believe. What are your views in this?Answer:No, Jesus is DEFINITELY not Michael. I am a bit surprised to hear a 7th Day Adventist making this heretical claim. This would be no surprise at all coming from a Jehovah’s Witness, as they believe that Jesus is not God, but a very high and...
  • Zoroastrians make comeback in northern Iraq, but still face stigma {Kurds converting from Islam to Zoroastrianism}

    10/26/2020 7:25:35 AM PDT · by Cronos · 35 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 2 October 2020 | ILYHF
    According to Yasna, an association that promotes Zoroastrianism in Kurdistan, since 2014 about 15,000 people have registered with the organization, most of them Kurds converting from Islam.Aram Mehdi, an Iraqi Kurd who recently converted from Islam to Zoroastriansim, poses for camera as he holds a pendant representing Zoroaster, in Dohuk, Iraq Carefully tucking his Farvahar pendant under his shirt, Aram Mehdi reminds himself of the core Zoroastrian principles it represents: good words, good thoughts and good deeds.Born and raised in a conservative Muslim family, the 31-year-old Iraqi Kurd from the city of Dohuk, in the north of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan...
  • 2 Sayyaf men wanted for killing of Jehova’s Witness members fall – NBI

    10/20/2020 5:23:49 PM PDT · by xomething · 5 replies ^ | 10/20/2020 | Tetch Torres-Tupas
    MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation has arrested in Pasay City two suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group wanted for the 2002 kidnapping and killing of members of Jehova’s Witness. NBI Officer-in-Charge Director Eric Distor identified the suspects as Jamar Ibi and Raden Jamil. The two were arrested by members of the NBI’s Counter-Terrorism Division (NBI-CTD) by virtue of arrest warrants issued by the Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 266. NBI-CTD Officer-In-Charge Darcy Binaya said the two were among those charged with six counts of non-bailable charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom before...
  • Zoroastrianism Rises in North America

    09/28/2020 5:45:40 AM PDT · by Cronos · 39 replies
    WSJ ^ | 25 June 2020 | Amy DePaul
    ...“To Zoroastrians, fire is the physical form of God’s energy. It’s in all Zoroastrian rituals,” Mr. Bhandara explains. “We say that the fire has warmth and light. Light is a metaphor that cuts through the darkness of ignorance, bringing one face to face with the truth of the divine.” ...The supreme deity in the faith is Ahura Mazda. Zoroaster, or Zarathustra in ancient Persian, was actually a prophet after whom the religion came to be known among Westerners. Cyrus the Great, founder of the first Persian Empire circa 550 B.C., was a Zoroastrian. While Persia served as an incubator for...
  • The Death of BG pushed me to join Satanic Temple (trunc/libcommie)

    09/24/2020 10:49:01 PM PDT · by Stepan12 · 20 replies
    Huffpost ^ | Sep2020te,ber 24, | Jamie Smith
    I am a 40-something attorney and mother who lives in a quiet neighborhood with a yard and a garage full of scooters and soccer balls. I often walk with my children to get ice cream and spend weekends hiking through a national park. I am not the type of person who would normally consider becoming a Satanist, but these are not normal times. Like so many other women in the United States, when I learned of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing, my first reaction was not grief but fear. I fear that American citizens are inching closer to living...
  • Iran’s secular shift: new survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs

    09/14/2020 12:14:12 AM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    The conversation ^ | 10 September 2020 | BST
    Iran is becoming more secular Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution was a defining event that changed how we think about the relationship between religion and modernity. Ayatollah Khomeini’s mass mobilisation of Islam showed that modernisation by no means implies a linear process of religious decline. Reliable large-scale data on Iranians’ post-revolutionary religious beliefs, however, has always been lacking. Over the years, research and waves of protests and crackdowns indicated massive disappointment among Iranians with their political system. This steadily turned into a deeply felt disillusionment with institutional religion. In June 2020, our research institute, the Group for Analyzing and Measuring Attitudes...
  • French Cemetery Desecrated in Name of Satan

    08/28/2020 6:39:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 8/28/20 | Martina Moyski
    France reeling from Church attacksLANNEMEZAN, France (ChurchMilitant) - Two young men have admitted to desecrating scores of graves in a French cemetery earlier this month, explaining the deed as a bargain with the Devil. The men, both in their early 20s, confessed to the crime shortly after their arrest Aug. 18. One perpetrator, a migrant from Cameroon named Fabien, said he vandalized the cemetery in Lannemezan as an offering to Satan to succeed in a musical career, according to La République des Pyrénées. The other, named Jordan, tried to downplay his involvement but was accused by his partner of participating...
  • Poor and Desperate, Pakistani Hindus Accept Islam to Get By

    08/06/2020 3:56:23 AM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | Aug 4,2020 | Maria Abi-Habib and Zia ur-Rehman
    The Hindus performed the prayer rituals awkwardly in supplication to their new, single god, as they prepared to leave their many deities behind them. Their lips stumbled over Arabic phrases that, once recited, would seal their conversion to Islam. The last words uttered, the men and boys were then circumcised. Dozens of Hindu families converted in June in the Badin district of Sindh Province in southern Pakistan. Video clips of the ceremony went viral across the country, delighting hard-line Muslims and weighing on Pakistan’s dwindling Hindu minority. The mass ceremony was the latest in what is a growing number of...
  • Arson at Caribbean Church Sparks Tension Between Catholic and Rastafarian Leaders

    07/28/2020 5:24:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/24/20 | Staff
    A man sets fire to a crucifix outside a church in St. Lucia. Credit: YouTube screenshotCNA Staff, Jul 24, 2020 / 06:35 pm MT (CNA).- A man on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia attempted on Sunday to set fire to a crucifix outside a Catholic church, while parishioners worshiped inside the building. The man, whose name has not been released to the public, threw two homemade incendiary devices at the crucifix of St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church in the village of Pierrot, part of the town of Vieux-Fort on Saint Lucia - a small island in the eastern...
  • Enemies of Humanity

    06/20/2020 9:23:13 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    The New Message From God ^ | May 24, 2014 | Marshall Vian Summers
    Worldwide Community The Enemies of Humanity Home » The Message » Volume 1 » The Greater Community » The Enemies of Humanity As revealed to Marshall Vian Summers on May 24, 2014 in Boulder, CO Humanity has enemies in the universe. They are not opposed to you, but they seek what you have. They seek to take what you have from you without the use of undue force, relying upon the powers of persuasion and sowing the seeds of division amongst a contentious humanity. They seek this world for themselves. They do not seek to destroy you, but to use...
  • Vandals Profane French Church, Steal Consecrated Hosts

    05/22/2020 6:45:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/20/20 | Thomas D. Williams
    Unidentified vandals broke into the Church of Saint-Jean-des-Cordeliers in southwest France Tuesday and jimmied open the tabernacle to steal the consecrated hosts. According to the attentive folks at L’Observatoire de la Christianophobie, the vandals broke into the church, located in the town of Bergerac in the Dordogne region, sometime in the afternoon, and stole both the hosts and the ciboria (covered metal vessels) that held them. The theft of consecrated hosts often occurs in conjunction with Satanism, since the Satanic rite called a Black Mass is performed using the consecrated bread, which Catholics believe to be the body of Jesus...
  • Woman Invokes Satan After Arguing with Polite Pro-Life Students

    03/11/2020 2:19:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    Western Journal ^ | March 10, 2020 | Natalie Morrison
    The pro-life movement is often criticized for supposedly imposing religious views on others. However, those in favor of abortion sometimes express devotion to a much darker aspect of spirituality. On Saturday, members of Students for Life, a pro-life group based in Virginia, had a sinister encounter with an abortion supporter. According to Kristan Hawkins, the group’s president, members of the Students for Life chapter at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington, were gathered to pray peacefully outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic when they were antagonized by pro-abortion advocates. Top videos 1/5 GOP Group Angry That This Rep. Is Running...
  • The Rise of Millennial Witches

    02/24/2020 10:51:48 PM PST · by OddLane · 23 replies
    Relatable ^ | 2/24/20 | Allie Beth Stuckey
    Today we focus on the confusing consequences of godlessness. First, we break down atheist Richard Dawkins’ contradictory take on eugenics. Then, we analyze a troubling trend among young women: witchcraft.
  • Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes Draws 200,000 Who Pray for Coronavirus Victims [India]

    02/16/2020 5:49:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 2/13/20 | Purushottam Nayak
    Participants observed a minute's silence. The Marian shrine, which is located in the Diocese of Berhampur (Odisha), draws the faithful of all religions. “The only source of true happiness is the Lord,” says the local bishop.Berhampur (AsiaNews) – More than 200,000 pilgrims, both Christian and Hindu, came from across Odisha (Orissa) to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes at the shrine dedicated to her in Dantoling, Diocese of Berhampur. At the opening of the ceremony, on Tuesday, participants observed a minute of silence for the victims of the coronavirus outbreak. Bishop Sarat Chandra Nayak of Berhampur led a...