One of our readers had this leaflet put through her door?
Leaflets have been dropped in letter boxes around the north Dublin area regarding the “I believe you can event” at Croke Park this Sunday. The small print indicates this is UCKG.
It is a very clever leaflet targeting the vulnerable. They have pictures of people claiming they were saved from “years of addiction, family problems, ulcerative colitis (!!),spiritual problems, loneliness & unemployment.”
How many people will innocently get sucked into this tomorrow unaware of what it is ??
We have been receiving reports for over 8 years about this Church. They are clearly very active in Phibsboro where they have a rented building near Doyles Corner.
They have these glossy adverts but seem to be very focused on tithes and offerings and getting people to become obsessed in working for them which = working for the Kingdom of God. Read more »
Liberal elite’s double standard hard to bare The Sunday Times / 12.05.13 / p. 11 Pdf of Article: Kevin Meyers 1 By Kevin Meyers
How much was the commercial failure of the Broadway production of Colm Tóibin’s The Testament of Mary due to the actress Fiona Shaw appearing completely naked on stage as the mother of Christ? Read more »
By Alex Cuadros on April 25, 2013
Edir Macedo is 5-foot-6, slight, and 68 years old. He has deformed fingers, a sparse crown of graying hair, and more than 5 million followers, whose donations over the last 36 years have made him a billionaire. In Brazil, where he was born and raised, he is a major national figure, the subject of dozens of criminal inquiries, and the owner of Rádio & Televisão Record, a media conglomerate that runs the country’s second-largest television network. He is known to most everyone by the title he created for himself: He is—“The Bishop.” Macedo is the founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, a Pentecostal denomination specializing in prosperity theology, which links faith to financial success. He preaches twice a week, often in two different cities, and the sermons are fervently watched on church websites, his Facebook page, and the miniature TV sets that Brazilian taxi drivers like to keep on their dashboard. Now and then he holds outdoor events that draw crowds of half a million. In February he addressed 5,000 of his parishioners at one of his churches in Belo Horizonte, in southeastern Brazil. High overhead, a stained-glass cross lit by fluorescent bulbs took up most of the ceiling while a theater-size screen blew him up for the pews in the back. He paced back and forth on the stage, explaining the intersection of God and money. “Which is the largest country in the world, economically speaking? It’s America, the United States. Do you know why? Because way back—this is history, you can look it up on the Internet—the colonization was done by men who believed in the word of God. And they were tithers,” he said. “That’s why you see on the dollar bill: ‘In God we trust.’ ”
Glenn has issued the following comments in response:
Andrew Sullivan, back in his fight-the-jihadis mode, proclaims that – unlike President Obama – he knows exactly why the Tsarnaev brothers attacked Boston. “Of Course it Was Jihad”, he declares in his headline, and adds that it was “an almost text-book case of Jihadist radicalization, most likely in the US.” He then accuses me “veer[ing] into left-liberal self-parody” for suggesting today that the evidence is lacking to make this claim. Read more »
Commentary on Andrew Sullivan’s article,
“Religion, the motive the left refuses to see amid the carnage of Boston.”
There are several things we cannot confidently say about the motives of Tameran Tsarnaev in bombing the crowd at the finish of the Boston marathon. We do not know all the details of his psychological profile; we do not know the identity of a figure called Misha, who was apparently instrumental in Tsarnaev’s radicalisation; we do not know why he chose the marathon as his target; we do not fully know the role of his younger brother or his wife, who claims total surprise at the events. Any act as violent as his is “multi-determined”, as my shrink unhelpfully puts it. Every individual is a unique blend of DNA, experience and psychological complexity. It’s worth keeping that in mind before we reduce someone to a caricature.
We can agree with this section as in all things there are many factors in a decision and the course of action taken.
But we do know this: Tsarnaev was a fanatical, extremist Muslim – and his brother has testified that “defending Islam” was the motive. Tsarnaev’s YouTube page is crammed with Islamist conspiracy theories, apocalyptic myths and violent Islamist imagery. He disrupted his own mosque’s services by ranting that it was wrong to honour Martin Luther King Jr because he wasn’t a Muslim.