Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights provides this commentary on coverage of the Jr. College shooting in Oregon.
NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Bill Donohue comments on media reaction to the Oregon killings:
Here is what Chris Harper-Mercer said to his victims just before he killed them: “Are you Christian?” After they stood up he said, “Good, because you’re Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.” He then shot them. Another eyewitness account said that after he asked if they were Christian, “then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs.”
The following media outlets were among those that reported on this story but never mentioned that Christians were singled out:
- ABC World News Tonight
- CBS Evening News
- NBC Nightly News
- PBS News Hour
- New York Times
- USA Today
- Daily Beast
- Huffington Post
- Associated Press [This accounts for why so many papers across the nation made no mention of Christians.]
If African Americans or Muslims had been singled out, President Obama would have gone ballistic, Al Sharpton would be calling for street rallies, and CAIR would be asking for congressional investigations. But because Christians are being cherry picked for murder, there is no call to arms. Indeed, many major media outlets aren’t even telling the truth. It’s obvious—”Christian Lives Don’t Matter”—either here or abroad.
It seems like only a moment ago my friend Frank Shelton, and I were talking about this new show he was putting together called By Faith. I remember how we both expectantly looked forward to that first episode. He is now at episode 16. As I finish watching each episode I wait expectantly for each new one. Each episode is different and unique, and the ways it blesses its viewers is even more so. As you watch episode 16, my prayer is it will bless you in ways that will supercharge your faith.
NEW CASTLE, Pa., Sept. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In a meeting with United Way officials in New Castle this morning, the leadership of The New Castle Salvation Army delivered the news that they will be disaffiliating with United Way of Lawrence County. This decision, agreed upon by the local Salvation Army Advisory Board as well as The Salvation Army’s Divisional and Territorial Leadership, was based on the limitations for fundraising placed on The Salvation Army in comparison to the amount of money now being contributed by The United Way.
As is policy with many United Way funded non-profits, there are black-out periods in which those who receive funding from The United Way are not permitted to conduct their own fundraising activities. Over the years, the amount of money The Salvation Army has received from The United Way of Lawrence County has dwindled to the point where it is no longer feasible to adhere to such fundraising restrictions. Funds received from The United Way have gone from an all-time high of $20,000 in 2008 to only $3,710 in 2014. “With 2014’s amount representing less than 2% of its overall budget, it doesn’t make sense to continue to be held to restrictions preventing The Salvation Army from fundraising from September 1 – November 30,” said Captain Christopher Williams. The Salvation Army has been blessed by the financial support that it has received from The United Way over the years and has certainly been grateful for the relationship shared with the agency. However, the main concern of the New Castle Salvation Army is to raise the funds needed to assist local individuals and families in need.
With the Christmas season approaching and the need in the area continuing to grow, The Salvation Army is asking the community to rally support to help The Salvation Army reach the Christmas Kettle Campaign goal of $68,000 to ensure that our neighbors in need are served. There are many ways that help can be provided, including sponsoring kettles, volunteering as bell ringers, soliciting friends and associates through on-line red kettles, and donating generously. For more information on how you can support the New Castle Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas Campaign, please contact Captain Christopher Williams at 724.642.7921 or by email at: Christopher.Williams@use.salvationarmy.org
Celebrating 150 years of global service as both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 127 countries worldwide. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. The Salvation Army…doing the most good for the most people in the most need. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log on to www.wpa.salvationarmy.org
The canonisation of Blessed Junipero Serra: Jesus has no ‘shortlist’ of people worthy of His message
CHALAN PAGO ORDOT, Guam, Sept. 23, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — The island of Guam is about thirty miles long and six miles wide.
But Crossroad Bible Institute has a big vision for this tiny island with seven hundred inmates in its prison system. Guam is the site of CBI’s recently launched twenty-first satellite campus, the prison ministry announced Wednesday.
With an incarceration rate of about 438 per 100,000 people, Guam has struggled with an overcrowded prison system in recent years. Rose Van Engen, the CBI campus director in Guam, said there is great need for discipleship and reentry support in Guam’s prison system.
“The fields are ripe for ministry here,” Van Engen said. “Many prisoners are excited for the opportunity to participate with CBI.”
Van Engen, whose husband, Tom, is pastor of Faith Presbyterian Reformed Church, will be working closely with the Prison Fellowship Board, the Guam Ministerial Association and the associate pastor of Van Engen’s church, who will serve as the official Guam prison chaplain.
Some imprisoned people in Guam have already been taking CBI lessons through the United States office, but now they will be able to have their lessons processed through the local office, allowing participants to move through the program more quickly.
Rick H., a CBI Instructor in Guam, has been involved in prison ministry for over forty years and said working with CBI has been particularly fulfilling.
“CBI lessons encourage the inmates to study more and get deeper into God’s Word. It is a worthwhile ministry, easy to do and rewarding in many ways,” Harris said.
Martin V., a CBI student in Guam, said he is thankful for what he has learned. “I am praying that Crossroad Bible Institute will continue God’s wonderful and helpful work for us, the rejected of the world,” he said.
Van Engen said she is excited to see CBI impact the prison system in Guam.
“Our program is still very small, but the prisoners involved have expressed thanks for CBI, and the Instructors are enthusiastic supporters,” Van Engen said. “Our vision is to have CBI available to all prisoners who have a desire to know more about our God who takes us as we are and makes us new.”
In this episode my friend Frank interviews his wife Ruth. Ruth Shelton grew up the daughter of a preacher during some of the worst years of the civil war in El Salvador. With Faith as her strength she made her way to Dallas, Texas worked as a housekeeper. She then began her career in Christian radio, first as a volunteer. As she became better trained her responsibilities increased. God then opened the door for her to help start a new Spanish language Christian station in Washington D. C. That station WWGB is now the largest Spanish language Christian station across several states. Ruth Shelton the preachers daughter from a war torn developing country is now the General Manager of that station . In this interview Ruth talks about the importance of her faith in making this journey. Enjoy this episode, right here, right now !
The Archdiocese of New York Announces Record Gift of $40 Million for Inner-City Scholarship Fund’s New Endowment Campaign
NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Archdiocese of New York today announced the launch of Inner-City Scholarship Fund’s $125 million “Kids Are Our Capital” endowment campaign led by a record-setting founding gift of $40 million from Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman along with a $40 million commitment from the Archdiocese itself. The Schwarzmans’ gift is the single largest donation in the Archdiocese’s 207 year history. In addition, Inner-City Scholarship Fund will raise $45 million in the course of the campaign as a match to the Schwarzmans’ contribution.
Inner-City Scholarship Fund provides tuition assistance to children from underprivileged families attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York. By creating an endowment, the mission will be funded in perpetuity and the scholarships will no longer be dependent on annual fundraising alone. Funds from the endowment will begin to be awarded in the fall of 2016, and will provide for approximately 2,900 new scholarships annually, a 43% increase over prior years. The scholarships will be available to current students and new students who qualify.
The gift was announced during a special visit to Cathedral High School by Archbishop of New York, Timothy Cardinal Dolan; the Schwarzmans; and the President of Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Bloomberg Chairman Peter Grauer.
“I believe this is the single largest gift ever made to Catholic elementary and secondary education not only in our Archdiocese, but in the nation,” said Cardinal Dolan. “That, when combined with the sacrifices our parents make to send their children to our schools and the dedication of our teachers and administrators is a tremendous gift to our city. I am so grateful.”
The Schwarzmans first began supporting Inner-City Scholarship Fund in 2001 after meeting the late Archbishop of New York, Edward Cardinal Egan. They previously contributed more than $8 million in tuition support for 350 students annually.
“We’ve met so many impressive young women and men from various religious backgrounds,” said Christine Schwarzman, “They have all benefited greatly from the values provided by a Catholic school education. Providing future generations that same opportunity is very important to us.” Stephen A. Schwarzman added: “Quality education is the single greatest gift we can provide to young people, and Catholic schools have been providing it to the children of New York for a long time with great results.”
“The endowment campaign we are launching is an essential ingredient to the long-term stability and success of Inner-City Scholarship Fund and Catholic education,” said Peter Grauer. “We could not have asked for a better way to begin, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the Schwarzmans.”
Christine Schwarzman is a Trustee of Inner-City Scholarship Fund and an active philanthropist. She is a former attorney specializing in intellectual property, patent, trademark and copyright law. She is a member of the City of New York, New York County, New York State and American Bar Associations.
Stephen A. Schwarzman is an American financier who founded the global asset management firm Blackstone, where he currently serves as Chairman and CEO. He serves on numerous civic boards and is an active philanthropist with a history of supporting education and schools. His recent philanthropy includes a historic gift to the New York Public Library in 2007; the creation of Schwarzman Scholars, an international scholarship program modeled on the Rhodes Scholarship he founded in 2013 to educate future leaders about China; and a 2015 gift to Yale University to establish a state-of-the-art campus center.
Inner-City Scholarship Fund, led by Executive Director Susan George, was founded in 1971 by the late Terence Cardinal Cooke and a group of New York City business leaders whose goal was to preserve Catholic school education as viable choice for all children. Today, Inner-City provides tuition assistance to nearly 7,000 Catholic school students (92% minority and 33% non-Catholic). An impressive 98% of seniors attending Inner-City supported schools graduate, and 96% percent pursue higher education at some of the finest universities in the nation. The work of Inner-City Scholarship Fund, through the kindness of its donors, is not only bettering the lives of students today, but it is helping shape the character and productivity of New York’s future workforce as well.