Ancient “High Technology Civilization” in Nigeria – Scholar

Paleojudaica links to a bizarre story in the Nigerian Vanguard: NIGERIA’S dogged cultural researcher, and erstwhile senior special assistant to the President on Arts and Culture, Catherine Acholonu-Olumba recently teamed up with India’s computer engineer and IT specialist, Ajay Prebhaka, winner of several awards as an upcoming computer “whiz kid” to undertake the most painstaking […]

Tabloids Blamed for anti-Coptic Riot; more Violence to Come?

ASSIST links to a website with some background to the recent anti-Coptic riot in Alexandria [sic for typos]: Mr. Mostafa El Bakry, Chief Editor and CEO of El Osboa Newspaper stated that a play was performed at Saint George and Antonious Coptic Church, that insulted Islam and the Muhamed the profit. He demanded an apology […]

MichNews Peddles Satanic Panic

With a tragic murder in California, the peddlers of Satanic panic are back in business. Over to Jim Kouri, vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and wingnut pundit at The news coverage of the extraordinarily brutal murder of Pamela Vitale, wife of well-known California criminal defense attorney Daniel Horowitz, seems to […]

Going Underground with Pilot Baba

While increasing numbers of Christians see recent hurricanes, earthquakes and wars as signs of the inevitable end times, other religious traditions have a different tack on what needs to be done. WebIndia123 reports from Madhya Pradesh: A Japanese god woman buried herself alive underground in “Samadhi”, a state of complete meditation in Hinduism, as she prayed on […]

Messiah Countdown in Israel

Latest news from the Israeli religious right, via Arutz Sheva: On Thursday night, Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri said, “Jews must come to the land of Israel to receive our righteous Mashiach (Messiah), who has begun his influence and will reveal himself in the future.” …During the afternoon Mincha prayer on Yom Kippur, the Kabbalist scholar surprised […]

Evangelical TV in Mongolia Preaches “Faith and Freedom”

Interesting news from ASSIST about the return of an evangelical television station in Mongolia: For nearly ten years Eagle TV operated as the sole voice of independent journalism on television in Mongolia, airing Christian programming and generating more than 10,000 contacts for evangelism. Now the new Eagle Broadcasting Company begins broadcasting on terrestrial Channel 8 […]

God Hates Bacon

When I saw this, I thought for a couple of minutes that it might be one of the “Hebraic Roots” people in action (note the Jesus Star of David). However, it’s actually from a Fred Phelps parody site. (Pic via Murmurings of a Mind Malcontent)

The Israelites of Ohio

The Cleveland Jewish News has a piece on non-Jews who are adopting a Jewish identity, which has been a recent topic of this blog. Reporter Stephanie Graber names the phenomenon as the “Hebraic Roots” movement. The trend goes further than the Noachide movement, in which non-Jews keep deference to the “laws of Noah” and generally […]

Ethiopia Gets Rapture Ready

Premillennialist founds 1,000 Churches Keeping with the subject of missionaries, news from Crosswalk: Dr. Charles Blair and the Blair Foundation, Denver, Colorado, announced August 31, 2005 the successful completion of a two-year project to secure sponsors to fund the planting of 1,000 evangelical churches in the previously unreached region of Benishangul-Gumuz, Ethiopia, bordering the Sudan. […]

Chavez to Expel New Tribes Mission

From the BBC: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said he is about to expel a US missionary group, New Tribes Mission. The leftist leader said the group were “imperialists” and that he felt “ashamed” at their presence in indigenous areas of Venezuela. He accused the Florida-based group of making unauthorised flights and setting up luxurious […]