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GoFundMe’s ‘crowdfunding for everyone’ isn’t really for everyone

GoFundMe’s home page states its purpose in bold font: Crowdfunding for Everyone! But “everyone” doesn’t include people undergoing certain types of litigation. Over the weekend, GoFundMe shut down two campaigns raising money for two small businesses accused of violating state anti-discrimination laws. Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon and Arlene’s Flowers in Washington both had […]

Myanmar’s marginalized Muslims earn country UN rebuke

With a half-century of military dictatorial skin to shed, Myanmar is only just beginning to emerge a democracy. As presidential elections approach, racial-religious conflict is on the rise and threaten to undermine reform efforts. Last week, the United Nations chastised Myanmar, also known as Burma, for neglecting the issue of citizenship for minority Muslims of […]

Faith takes center stage at Iowa GOP forum

The staff of The World and Everything in It has profiled 22 possible 2016 presidential candidates in its “White House Wednesday” series. Now they take a look at who’s ahead and who’s making moves as the big campaign gets closer. Faith and freedom. Some of the first votes in early 2016 will be cast in […]

Are new execution drugs cruel and unusual?

High court argues over whether a drug used for lethal injections is constitutional, as states have fewer lethal drug choices

World Bank, faith-based NGOs join forces on anti-poverty mission

Religious leaders and presidents of faith-based organizations have signed a joint statement pledging to work to eliminate extreme poverty. This month’s “Ending Extreme Poverty: A Moral and Spiritual Imperative” came out of a roundtable discussion sponsored by the World Bank Group earlier this year. The statement commits religious leaders and organizations to support only those […]

Midday Roundup: Singing hymns, convicts face Indonesian firing squad

Joyful in death. Indonesia on Tuesday executed seven men convicted of smuggling drugs out of the country. At the last minute, the government pardoned the one woman also sentenced to die after someone came forward and admitted duping her into being a drug mule. Two of the men executed by firing squad were Australians, and […]

Globe Trot: Aid trickles into Nepal’s remote areas

NEPAL: As the death toll climbs above 5,000 in last Saturday’s earthquake, relief workers are getting in to assess both the human crisis and the archaeological disaster. EGYPT: In the United States, you could get a guest slot on Saturday Night Live for filming a video mocking the Islamic State. In Egypt you land in jail on […]

Baltimore official: The curfew worked, the city is stable

UPDATE: Baltimore police made only 10 arrests last night as a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew kept most people off the streets. A few protestors gathered at the site of Monday’s violent riot as the curfew deadline came and went. When police advance toward them, ordering them to go home, some threw bottles and […]

The Morning After the Pentecostal Murders

Ten years ago, scandal put Sweden’s free churches on edge. Now their prospects are brighter than ever. Our taxi driver feigns nonchalance, but we are lost. More than once he has reversed our sedan back down one of these serpentine streets, only to try another route to a park that’s supposedly tucked into this residential […]

The Changing Face of Higher Education

You can hardly mention higher education today without hearing buzzwords such as innovation, change, reinvention, or transformation.

Jimmy Butler News: Bulls’ Leading Scorer Takes Blame for Losses, Says He’s Been ‘Worried About Offense Too Much’

If Chicago wants to regain their composure going into the second round, then they better dispose of the Bucks in Game 6 tomorrow. Unfortunately, that won’t be that easy, given that it will be played on Milwaukee’s home court.

Jeb Bush: Christians Acting on Faith Is ‘Liberating Influence,’ But They Need Freedom to Do That

Former Florida governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush stated that Christians in America and abroad should have protection to act upon their beliefs.

HTC Market Share: Taiwanese Manufacturer Posts Best Quarter Earnings Since 2011

HTC has not been doing pretty well in the mobile industry in recent years, bowing down to other Android phone makers such as Samsung, LG and even Chinese brands like Huawei and Xiaomi.

‘Captain America Civil War’: Daniel Bruhl Confirms He’s Playing Baron Zemo in Sequel

For months, there has been a lot of speculation as to who will play the villain in the next “Captain America” film. It has been reported that Daniel Bruhl has been cast as Baron Zemo, and recently, the actor confirmed that he indeed starring in “Captain America: Civil War.”

Patrick Dempsey Let Go Over Behavior on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Set?

Last week, fans of “Grey’s Anatomy” were shocked when the show’s episode, “How to Save a Life,” featured the death of one of the original and most beloved characters of the ABC drama — Dr. Derek Shepherd, also known as McDreamy, played by Patrick Dempsey.

Willie Robertson Says ‘Duck Dynasty’ Musical Makes Him Emotional

Earlier this month, the Robertson family headed to Las Vegas to witness the opening night of their latest endeavor, “The Duck Dynasty Musical: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty.” Recently, Willie Robertson and his wife Korie talked about the show and how the idea of a musical first started.

Kate Middleton, Prince William Send Breakfast to Fans Camped Outside Lindo Wing Awaiting Royal Baby’s Birth

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge await the arrival of their second child who is due any day now, fans are camping outside St. Mary’s Hospital in London, where the Duchess will soon deliver the royal baby. To express their gratitude, the couple decided to send them a breakfast treat.

Nina Dobrev Reportedly Turned Down Invitation to Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed’s Wedding

Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed have just gotten married last Sunday, April 26, in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony in the mountains of Santa Monica, California. In attendance were the pair’s close family and friends, including Somerhalder’s “The Vampire Diaries” co-stars. But one person was absent at the nuptials—the actor’s TVD co-star and ex, Nina Dobrev.

‘NCIS: New Orleans’: Episode 21 Recap ‘You’ll Do’

This week on “NCIS: New Orleans,” Lasalle’s brother, Cade, turns to NCIS for help when he finds his girlfriend’s body in the trunk of his car. Despite evidence that implicates Cade, Lasalle is determined to prove his brother’s innocence.

REPOST: Safety First

If you've ever read VOM's newsletter you've probably seen a picture like this one, a picture where someone's identity has been concealed. But you've also seen pictures of other Christians—sometimes in the same country—with their faces uncovered and clearly visible. What's the deal? In today's post I'd like to take you inside the decision-making process […]

Ethiopia: They Died Because of Their Love for Jesus and Family

The story of three Ethiopian martyrs who claimed Christ and sought better lives for their struggling families to the end By Troy Augustine and Abebe Kibret 04/29/15 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – On April 19, the world witnessed the brutal execution of approximately 30 Ethiopian and Eritean Christians, killed by ISIS militants in Libya. […]

Nigeria Rescues Nearly 300 Women and Girls; Still No Sign of Chibok Girls

By Troy Augustine 4/29/2015 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The Nigerian military has rescued nearly 300 girls and women who were captives of Islamic terror group Boko Haram (BH), but one military official said that they are not the missing schoolgirls from Chibok. “The troops rescued 200 abducted girls (not Chibok girls) and 93 […]

Boy in Pakistan Burned Alive Because He Admitted He Was A Christian

By ICC’s Pakistan Correspondent, 4/28/2015 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “Being Christian [means] being persecuted daily in this country,” Asif Masih said to ICC in a hospital in Lahore, Pakistan. “This is no longer a country for human being[s] or for liv[ing] a dignified life. There is no protection and no rule of law”. […]

Egypt: Christians Between Hope And Fear For Future

ICC Note: The situation for Egypt’s Christians remains in flux. The past four years have been filled with violent attacks and other sorts of persecution, but there are also signs of hope for the community that makes up about 10% of Egypt’s population. 04/27/2015 Egypt (ANSAmed) Egypt’s Christians harbor fear as well as hope for […]

European Parliament Condemns Garissa Attack, Killing of Christians

ICC Note: Nearly one month after the horrific al-Shabaab attacks on Garissa University College April 2 that killed 148 people, the European Parliament condemned the attack and agreed to support Kenya in the fight against militant Islamists. Several MEPs voiced their concern that the West continues to ignore the increasing Christian persecution in Africa. The […]

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