In what some observers have called the worst crackdown on Christian worship in China in years, Beijing police arrested nearly 200 Protestant Christians from a prominent unregistered church who had gathered on April 10 in a public square to worship following the congregation’s eviction several days earlier from the restaurant where it had been meeting.
The United Nations continues to prove itself to be an unqualified authority on world affairs, this time, according to the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC), by giving special recognition to an organization that supports Hamas terrorist groups and was involved in organizing flotillas headed to Gaza.
There are countervailing pressures in any nation: power and profit. Power that comes from conflict and agitation — power for the sake of power — and profit that comes from being hospitable to individuals seeking to maximize their own talents and efforts. All too often, pundits laud the first aspect of statehood and mock the second.
Reports out of Afghanistan have placed the death toll at over 20 in violence supposedly stemming from the burning of copies of the Quran half a world away in Florida. Initially at least eleven people were killed on April 1, including several United Nations personnel, after protests erupted in response to the burning of copies of the Islamic holy book by Florida pastors Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp in Mid-March. ABC News reported that in a staged event at their church, Jones “supervised” while Sapp soaked a copy of the Koran in kerosene “and burned it after finding it ‘guilty’ in a mock trial.”