The new film, “Waiting for Armaggedon“, is an hour-long documentary examining how some US Evangelical Christians are awaiting the end-of-days. Their highest hopes are aligned with planetary destruction, a rapture of Christians up to heaven, pre-tribulation with the Anti-Christ’s one-world government, all before a millennial reign of Jesus on earth.
Is this typical Christianity? To paraphrase Harold Bloom’s critique of the “American Religion”: Christianity in America is not so much Christian as it is American.
Lindsay Lohan in “transference”: takes on child trafficking in India
A portion of a BBC documentary on child-trafficking in India was recently leaked, and the star is none other than Lindsay Lohan. The 23-year-old’s relationship with her father is publicly toxic. Could her work on the BBC documentary be a therapeutic outlet for her own abusive childhood?
The State Supreme Court of California is to preside over a case involving free speech for the Hare Krishna’s apostolate at LAX. The court is to decide whether or not an airport like LAX is public space open to groups soliciting donations, or private property. If the court rules the latter, Hare Krishnas may find themselves barred from handing out flowers and requesting donations. Being both the butt of jokes and fascination in the media and movies, the Hare Krishnas’ presence at LAX stretches back nearly 35 years, but this controversy is nothing new; six years ago a federal judge ruled against LAX from barring Hare Krishna solicitation.
Talking about free speech, last week Minnesota prosecutors decided not to press charges against a man who willfully admitted posting anti-Muslim signs in front of mosques and Pakistani run stores. The man’s actions were considered offensive to some, yet protected under the First Amendment. It is yet to be seen if his actions will continue, and if community opposition will attempt to argue that his is a case of “hate speech.”
Pope Benedict XVI has recently made public statements condeming violence in Italy and Egypt. In Egypt clashes between Coptic Christians and Muslims erupted over last week, ranging from bodily assault to the burning of buildings. Benedict also spoke out against recent attacks on dozens of African migrants and police in the Calabrian town of Rosarno, Italy. Police suspect that one of Italy’s criminal organizations, the Ndrangeta, were responsible for the attacks. Benedict’s message of non-violence is powerful, and he won’t be likely to send the Swiss Guard to Calabria to provide a little extra muscle.
Several Christian churches were recently attacked in the nation of Malaysia following a court ruling allowing Malaysian Christians to print the name of God as “Allah” in their Bibles. Hoping to retain religious freedom for a Christian minority, the Malaysian government is facing some Muslim opposition who wish to ban the use of “Allah” in Christian Bibles. Such a ban is highly unique for a nation with a Muslim majority, seeing that the name “Allah” is commonly used by Coptic Christians in Egypt and Assyrian Christians in Syria.
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