7:49 AM, Jan 23, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Westminster Abbey announced on Twitter that it's flying its flag at half staff after the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
"The Abbey flag is flying at half mast as a mark of respect following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, King of Saudi Arabia," the church tweeted.
Ironically, Christianity is not welcome in Saudi Arabia. As religious liberty expert Nina Shea has told Fox News just a few months ago, "Saudi Arabia is continuing the religious cleansing that has always been its official policy. … It is the only nation state in the world with the official policy of banning all churches. This is enforced even though there are over 2 million Christian foreign workers in that country. Those victimized are typically poor, from Asian and African countries with weak governments."
12:21 PM, Apr 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Via the White House pool report:
...Easter worship at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, DC
First family arrived at church through tented entrance at 10:05 am, and sat in second pew in mostly, but not completely filled church. POOL estimates about 250 people celebrating Easter here.
President, wearing a light khaki suit, is rocking his head back and forth to the fabulous choir and chewing something. Malia is wearing spring yellow dress, and Sasha, her hand to her chin, appears to be in pale gray or pale blue. …
10:48 AM, Jan 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Later today, President Barack Obama will be officially sworn in for his second term. But first, Obama and his family attended church, where the reverend's sermon used the president's reelection campaign slogan "Forward" as a theme. From the pool report:
7:18 PM, Aug 30, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
St. Petersburg, Fla.
The day after delivering his first major address to the nation, Paul Ryan attended daily mass at Our Lady of Grace parish in St. Petersburg. The church, built in 1929, is a beautiful structure that is “Byzantine in style with Romanesque features.” A sign in front of the church read: “ALL ARE WELCOME.”
12:00 AM, May 28, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
A fair number of Americans would probably tell you that Memorial Day is held to celebrate the Indy 500. And, even those who are aware of why, actually, the day has been set aside tend to honor it in the breech, if at all. On my way, every year, to the service in our town, I am struck by how many more cars are parked near the golf course than in the church parking lot.
But that, of course, is one of the glories of America.
12:00 PM, Apr 21, 2011 • By GARY BAUER
As we look ahead to Easter—Christianity’s greatest feast day, and the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead—there is much to pray for. We pray for those affected by economic strife, and those harmed by natural disasters and war. But let’s not forget the Christians suffering around the world for their beliefs.
But will they ever name the persecutors?3:30 PM, May 28, 2010 • By MARK TOOLEY
U.S. church officials are voicing objections to the continuing violence against Iraqi Christians, by sending letters to Defense Secretary Bob Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Advisor James Jones. But the church prelates are declining to name Islamists as the perpetrators.
The White House wants churches to advance its climate change agenda.May 3, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 31 • By MEGHAN CLYNE
If the Obama administration has its way, the gospel of climate change will be coming to a pulpit near you. That at least seems to be the dream of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships—a 25-member group of leaders from across the religious spectrum that is part of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The church's leadership takes a pro-Palestinian stance.12:00 AM, Mar 4, 2010 • By ALAN F.H. WISDOM
Six years ago, the nearly 3 million member Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) became the first and only U.S. religious body to adopt a divestment policy against Israel. After a large uproar from Christians and Jews, including a personal appeal from Presbyterian former CIA Director James Woolsey at the church’s General Assembly in 2006, the divestment stance was repealed.
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