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NORTHERN IRELAND PASTOR SAYS HE'S READY TO GO TO JAIL FOR CALLING ISLAM 'SATANIC'

An evangelical Christian pastor has said he would rather go to prison than withdraw a comment calling Islam "satanic". Pastor James McConnell of the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is facing prosecution under the Communications Act 2003 for making the "grossly offensive" statement in a sermon streamed online.

However, he told the Belfast Telegraph that he intends to plead not guilty and will happily spend time in jail with "sex offenders, hoodlums, and paramilitaries" rather than back down.

"I am 78 years old and in ill health, but jail knows no fear for me," the pastor said, adding that he had no regrets about his words on "heathen" Muslims.

McConnell said: "I do not hate Muslims but I denounce Islam as a doctrine and I make no apologies for that. I will be pleading 'not guilty' when I stand in the dock in August."

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Miley Cyrus burns Bible on stage to promote tolerance

Immediately following her interview, in which Miley Cyrus confessed to being "the least judgmental person in the world" and "understanding and accepting of everyone," she started her next show by setting a Bible on fire. 

In an opening act for her recent concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Cyrus walked out onto the stage and held the Bible out to the crowd saying, "Here is a tribute to all you Jesus-lovers out there." She then set the pages on fire and yelled "Hillary '16!" before dropping the book to the ground. As the music started, Cyrus began to sing while squatting over the burning Bible and performing a sexually provocative dance with repetitive thrusting hip movements, called 'twerking.'

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'WannaCry' virus spreads to Asia, experts warn of new wave

LONDON -- The worldwide "ransomware" cyberattack spread to thousands more computers on Monday as people across Asia logged in at work, disrupting businesses, schools, hospitals and daily life. But no new large-scale outbreaks were reported, and British officials said a feared second wave of infections had not materialized.

The new infections were largely in Asia, which had been closed for business when the malware first struck. In Britain, whose health service was among the first high-profile targets of the online extortion scheme, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said "we have not seen a second wave of attacks."

He said "the level of criminal activity is at the lower end of the range that we had anticipated."

The malware, known as "WannaCry," paralyzed computers running factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems, hitting 200,000 victims in more than 150 countries. Among those hit were Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica and FedEx Corp. in the U.S.

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Baltimore awakens to devastation

Jamal Bryant, a local activist and pastor of Empowerment Temple, announced that he would open his church for teens with no place to go due to the school closures. He promised to conduct training on how to protest without destroying the city.

Bryant tweeted: "We're also gonna take HS students to go clean up OUR neighborhoods. We must rise from the ashes. Meet at @EmpowermentTem2 at 10"

More than a dozen arrests were made and more than a dozen police officers were injured in Monday night's violence, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said in a news conference late Monday. One officer was hit in the head and another suffered severe damage to his knee cap, Batts said.

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China to end one-child policy and allow two

China has decided to end its decades-long one-child policy, the state-run Xinhua news agency reports.

Couples will now be allowed to have two children, it said, citing a statement from the Communist Party.

The controversial policy was introduced nationally in 1979, to slow the population growth rate.

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Franklin Graham Rebukes Obama

After U.S. President Barack Obama's controversial remarks comparing radical Islam to the Christian crusades, Franklin Graham took to social media to call out America's leader: 

"Today at the National Prayer Breakfast, the President implied that what ISIS is doing is equivalent to what happened over 1,000 years ago during the Crusades and the Inquisition. Mr. President, many people in history have used the name of Jesus Christ to accomplish evil things for their own desires. But Jesus taught peace, love and forgiveness. He came to give His life for the sins of mankind, not to take life. Muhammad, on the contrary, was a warrior and killed many innocent people. True followers of Christ emulate Christ-true followers of Muhammed emulate Muhammed."

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No Negotiation: China and Russia Walk Out of UN Security Council Meeting: “This Isn’t An Exercise”

As Jerome Corsi warned earlier today, “this is one of the most serious moments that we’ve ever faced in world history.”

Events are happening quickly and as it stands, the United States, Britain and other western allies are preparing a missile strike on Syria.

Russia has been the most critical opponent of the possibility of mid east military action, but now China has also stepped in.

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The Persecution of Gordon College

In the new climate of liberal intolerance, conservative Christians can't even find refuge by agreeing with Elizabeth Warren. Just ask Michael Lindsay, president of Gordon College.

On July 1, 2014, he signed a letter to President Obama - writing as an individual rather than in his institutional capacity - exercising his most basic First Amendment right to "petition the government for a redress of grievances." The letter, signed by a number of Christian leaders and scholars - including the CEO of Catholic Charities and Rick Warren, famous pastor of Saddleback Church - dealt with the president's then-imminent executive order banning sexual-orientation discrimination by federal contractors.

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Fort Hood jihad murderer's glowing evaluations before attack may be used now to prevent him from getting death penalty

"He has a keen interest in Islamic culture and faith and has shown capacity to contribute to our psychological understanding of Islamic nationalism and how it may relate to events of national security and Army interest in the Middle East and Asia." He did indeed contribute to "our psychological understanding of Islamic nationalism and how it may relate to events of national security and Army interest in the Middle East and Asia," but not in a way that the U.S. Army is prepared to appreciate and use.

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