Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson, 82, raised all 8 of her children to be Jehovah’s Witnesses. Even at the peak of his fame, superstar Michael Jackson continued going door-to-door spreading the scripture and handing out copies of The Watchtower. But Michael, who did not observe holidays or birthdays as a child, broke with religious tradition by treating his own children to lavish birthday parties at his Neverland ranch.
When Katherine Jackson took custody of Michael’s kids, Paris, 15, Prince Michael, 16, and Blanket, 11, after Michael’s untimely death in 2009, the children attended meetings in Kingdom Hall with Mrs. Jackson, went door-to-door as their father did, and encouraged their friends to convert to Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Photos of Pope Francis kissing the feet of young male inmates at a detention center are drawing mixed reactions. Partly because the pope broke from longstanding tradition and also kissed the feet of 2 women detainees as part of the pontiff’s Easter celebrations. The papal tradition of washing and kissing feet is usually reserved for kissing the feet of other male priests. Women have never been included in the papal tradition until Pope Francis’ era. Apparently Pope Francis has been routinely washing and kissing the feet of the poor and downtrodden for years.
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Florida Atlantic University officials have reversed their decision to suspend a student who objected to a highly offensive classroom assignment, WPTV reports.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has demanded a detailed investigation into the activities of professor Deandre Poole, right, who instructed his class to write the name “Jesus” on a piece of paper, place it on the floor and stomp on it.
A N. Carolina church made a bold statement in support of gay marriage by vowing to halt traditional weddings if gay marriage isn’t legalized by the Supreme Court.
The Green Street United Methodist Church released a statement on Monday asking pastors to stop performing weddings for heterosexuals until same sex weddings cane be performed in the church.
“At Green Street Church, we claim the committed same-sex relationships as no less sacred in their ministry to us and the community,” the statement reads.
The gays are in an uproar over comments made by Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, who is considered to be the frontrunner for Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned on Feb. 28 due to ongoing medical issues.
If chosen, Cardinal Turkson will become the first black Pope. But his chances are growing slimmer by the hour as the gays vent their outrage over the Cardinal’s response to Christiane Amanpour’s question about the Catholic Church’s child sex scandal spreading to Africa.
Rapper The Game is no stranger to controversy. With every album release The Game pushes the envelope of respectability and morality. The Game’s latest album cover is already stirring debates among the religious set on social networking websites.
On the west coast rapper’s 5th studio album titled Jesus Piece, Jesus is portrayed as a gang banger with a red bandana covering his face. The color red signifies the Bloods, a violent west coast gang that The Game is known to be affiliated with.
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A DeKalb man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for beating his 5-month-old son to death, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Benjamin Edetanlen’s attorney used the bible to justify the horrific beatings that resulted in the infant’s death in 2004.
“Mr. Edetanlen firmly believed in the adage, you know, spare the rod and spoil the child,” defense attorney Ingrid McGaughey said with a straight face.
But prosecutors argued that the abuse based on the archaic bible passage went far beyond normal discipline procedures. The infant died from blunt force trauma, brain injuries and a broken leg, reports the AJC.