Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Egypt court to try Copts abroad over anti-Islam film

Seven Egyptian Coptic Christians living abroad and a US pastor will be tried by a criminal court for insulting Islam over a film made in California which mocks the Prophet Mohammad, Egypt's public prosecutor said on Tuesday.

The Egyptians include US-based Morris Sadek who has said he promoted the film that provoked outrage in the Muslims world.

Florida Pastor Terry Jones, who angered Muslims in 2010 by threatening to burn the Koran and who has expressed support for the film, is also accused.

The public prosecutor said in a statement that convictions could be punishable by the death penalty and called for the seven Copts and Jones to be handed over to Egypt, but did not say in which the countries the Copts were.

A judicial source said two Egyptian lawyers had raised the suit with the public prosecutor, who referred the case to a criminal court on Tuesday. The court will set a date for the trial, the source added.

Anger at the film has stretched across the Middle East, Asia and Africa. In several cities, protesters attacked US embassies, blaming America for the video. In Egypt, protesters clambered over the embassy wall and tore down the US flag, and clashed with police in streets nearby for four days.


Iran: Jerusalem will be Israeli 'graveyard'

Iranian analyst Alireza Forghani boasted today that Jerusalem, which he claims was invaded over 50 years ago by the “pig-faced” Jews, will soon become a mass “graveyard” for the Israeli people.
Forghani, a strategy specialist in the camp of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, boasted that every city in Israel will turn into a killing ground and the longsuffering of Muslims worldwide “will be justified by the mighty Islamic Iran.” No one then will listen to the cries of the women and children of Israel, the author warned, when Jerusalem becomes “the biggest graveyard in the world.”


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Pastors Get Ready to Preach Politics, Challenge IRS Restriction

Over 1,000 pastors are set to defy the IRS next month by intentionally preaching on politics. The ultimate goal is to reach the court so that the "muzzle" on churches can be declared unconstitutional.

"People in America are allowed to debate these issues except for pastors from the pulpit," said Erik W. Stanley, senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, on Family Talk last week. "The pastors of America, your voices need to be heard on these vital issues. It's unjust, it's unconstitutional that you've been censored and taken out of the public debate every time an election season rolls around.
"This restriction must be declared unconstitutional."
Alliance Defending Freedom is holding its fifth annual Pulpit Freedom Sunday on Oct. 7 where pastors throughout the country will preach on what the Bible says on moral and social issues and where the candidates stand. The alliance believes Christian leaders' religious liberty is at stake.
Since 2008, pastors have been challenging the 1954 Johnson Amendment which states that tax-exempt organizations cannot "participate in, or intervene in ... any political campaign on behalf of – or in opposition to – any candidate for public office."
Lyndon B. Johnson, who was running for reelection to the United States Senate, added the amendment to the tax code.

Meet The Need Endorses UNCONDITIONAL the Movie

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 18, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Meet The Need Ministries, Inc. announces collaboration on ACT campaign with the endorsement of Unconditional the movie. The ACT campaign challenges moviegoers to become proactive in volunteering and mentoring children and youth in their communities. With many ministry partners on board across the nation for the September 21st release, Unconditional has become a catalyst to connect individuals with local serving opportunities.

The compelling drama, Unconditional starring Lynn Collins (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and The Lake House) and Michael Ealy (Think Like a Man, 2 Fast 2 Furious) is the debut production of Harbinger Media Partners, LLC. The Nashville, Tennessee produced movie was written and directed by Brent McCorkle and tells the story of how Samantha Crawford (Lynn Collins), a woman of faith and a children's book author seems to have it all until her world changes with the death of her husband.

Struggling with the lack of leads in the case, her faith and desire to live are diminished when an old childhood friend, Joe Bradford (Michael Ealy) enters back in her life. Joe, dying of Kidney disease, spends his last days serving fatherless children in an under-resourced community. Observing "Papa Joe's" tireless love for his "kids", Sam begins to find new purpose, but has difficulty letting go. www.unconditionalthemovie.com

"This movie sheds light on the tremendous amount of need all around us and the hope we can bring by sharing our time, resources and faith with others," said Jim Morgan, president and founder of Meet The Need www.meettheneed.org. "We decided to partner with the ACT campaign and endorse Unconditional because they share our heart to mobilize people to get involved."

Meet The Need and ACT will work together to equip local ministries and charitable organizations to more effectively collaborate and broadcast their needs to those who can help. Find more information about ACT by visiting unconditionalthemovie.com/act.

About Meet The Need:
Meet The Need's mission is to dramatically increase the impact churches and ministries have in their communities by mobilizing more people to loving acts of service. Meet The Need accomplishes that mission by giving each church and ministry powerful tools for managing all aspects of local missions, seamlessly connecting them all "behind the scenes" on a shared platform. For more information visit www.meettheneed.org or the press room at www.meettheneed.info.

To schedule an interview with Jim Morgan, contact Maurice Jackson at 813-676-8492 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            813-676-8492      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or media@meettheneed.org or visit www.meettheneed.info.

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