The Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) lamented the House of Representatives’ proposal to regulate Sunday schools and catechism in a draft bill on pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) and religious education, which was discussed by lawmakers in a plenary meeting recently. The draft bill in question stipulates that Sunday schools and catechism constitute religious education, therefore, to hold the activities, each forum must have at least 15 participants and require permission from the representative office of the Religious Affairs Ministry in the regency. In a press release made available to The Jakarta Post on Thursday, PGI spokesperson Jeirry Sumampow said the proposed articles 60 and 70 -- which stipulate the aforementioned issue -- reflected the lawmakers’ ignorance, suggesting that Sunday schools and catechism were informal educational forums, thus, should be regulated as such. “Both activities are part of the church service for children and teenagers,” … [Read more...] about PGI protests draft bill regulating Sunday schools, catechism
Sometime ago, Nigerians were rated as the happiest people on earth, three years down the line, the country is now ranked the fifth in the world among countries whose citizens are most prone to commit suicide. JOSEPH CHIBUEZE, VICTORIA USMAN, GABRIEL EMAMEH and JULIET KUYET BULUS reportA yet-to-be-identified middle-aged man drowned after reportedly jumping into the Lagos Lagoon in the early hours of Tuesday 2 October, 2018. It was gathered that the deceased jumped into the lagoon after trekking on the Third Mainland Bridge inwards Lagos Island. A member of the rescue team, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said despite efforts by paramedics to resuscitate the victim, he eventually passed on. “The man’s identity could not be ascertained. He apparently resorted to the action out of frustration,” he said. Fred Onuigbo was a successful taxi driver in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, for several years. Suddenly, setbacks came in. The cab he was driving broke down beyond … [Read more...] about Suicide, An Escape Route From Pains?
Holly Meyer Nashville Tennessean Published 7:30 PM EDT Oct 10, 2018 The Roman Catholic bishops of the Nashville and Knoxville dioceses are speaking out against the looming execution of death row inmate Edmund Zagorski. In a joint statement, Nashville Bishop J. Mark Spalding and Knoxville Bishop Richard Stika underlined their opposition to the use of the death penalty in all cases. Their position is in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church as well as pronouncements from the three recent popes. "The Catholic Church teaches that the death penalty is simply not necessary when society has other means to protect itself and provide a just punishment for those who break civil laws," the bishops said in the statement released Wednesday. "Rather than serving as a path to justice, the death penalty contributes to the growing disrespect for human life." More: From denominations to pews, why the death penalty divides many Christians More: Sixth Circuit Court of … [Read more...] about Catholic bishops of Nashville and Knoxville speak out against looming Zagorski execution
By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN October 05. 2018 4:36PM FOUR DAYS AFTER he described Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, as a "very credible witness," President Donald Trump could no longer contain his feelings or constrain his instincts.With the fate of his Supreme Court nominee in the balance, Trump let his "Make America Great Again" rally attendees in Mississippi know what he really thought of Ford's testimony."'Thirty-six years ago this happened. I had one beer.' 'Right?' 'I had one beer.' 'Well, you think it was (one beer)?' 'Nope, it was one beer.' 'Oh, good. How did you get home?'"'I don't remember.' 'How did you get there?' 'I don't remember.' 'Where is the place?' 'I don't remember.' 'How many years ago was it?' 'I don't know. I don't know. I don't know. I don't know.'"By now the Mississippi MAGA crowd was cheering and laughing.Trump went on: "'What neighborhood was it in?' 'I don't know.' 'Where's the house?' 'I don't know.' 'Upstairs, downstairs, where was … [Read more...] about Patrick J. Buchanan: We are all Deplorables now
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