Partial Platform Collapse Disrupts NYC Subway Service in the North Bronx

For the second time in two weeks, construction issues at the decrepit Dyre Avenue 5 Subway train station, in the Eastchester section of The Bronx, caused a collapse at the terminal for the line.

This time though, the partial platform collapse, which occurred at around 8:00 last night, was caused by machinery too heavy for the island platform at the station in its current condition to handle, causing plywood to fall onto the tracks making it easy for trains to derail.

The collapse caused an emergency shutdown of the 5 Subway between Eastchester-Dyre Ave and East 180th Street, and with the planned FASTTrack on the 2 Subway Line affecting 5 Subway service passengers living in the northern parts of the line had an even more difficult time getting home.  According to the FDNY, no injuries happened as a result; however, the scene of the collapse was under investigation. Continue reading “Partial Platform Collapse Disrupts NYC Subway Service in the North Bronx”

North Carolina Lawmaker: ‘Keep Our State Straight’

RALEIGH, N.C. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rhetorical skirmishes continued Tuesday in North Carolina over a law limiting protections for LGBT people, as Democrats criticized a Republican’s plea to “keep our state straight.” The criticism came a day after dueling demonstrations drew thousands of protesters for and against the law, ending with the arrests of 54 people voicing their opposition to the law in the Legislative Building. At … Continue reading North Carolina Lawmaker: ‘Keep Our State Straight’

When terrorism destroys religious cooperation: the Holy See’s message to the UN

.- Terrorism in the name of religion is a lie, the head of the Holy See’s mission to the United Nations said last week.

“In the Middle East, in particular, terrorists must never be allowed to destroy centuries of peaceful co-existence of Muslims and Christians in the region,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza said at the United Nations April 14.

The archbishop, who is the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, spoke in the U.N. Security Council’s open debate on threats to international peace and security. Continue reading “When terrorism destroys religious cooperation: the Holy See’s message to the UN”

Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them ‘state property’

TURKEY’S Islamist government has stepped up its war on Christianity by seizing all the churches in one city and declaring them state property. UK Express President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir in his latest move to squash freedom of speech and religious movement. The state-sanctioned seizure is just the latest in a number of … Continue reading Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them ‘state property’

272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown. What Does It Owe Their Descendants?

Rachel L. Swarns
The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The human cargo was loaded on ships at a bustling wharf in the nation’s capital, destined for the plantations of the Deep South. Some slaves pleaded for rosaries as they were rounded up, praying for deliverance.

But on this day, in the fall of 1838, no one was spared: not the 2-month-old baby and her mother, not the field hands, not the shoemaker and not Cornelius Hawkins, who was about 13 years old when he was forced onboard.

Their panic and desperation would be mostly forgotten for more than a century. But this was no ordinary slave sale. The enslaved African-Americans had belonged to the nation’s most prominent Jesuit priests. And they were sold, along with scores of others, to help secure the future of the premier Catholic institution of higher learning at the time, known today as Georgetown University. Continue reading “272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown. What Does It Owe Their Descendants?”

Pope Francis Reinforces Sexual Taboos

Pope Francis won wide praise for lightening up on Catholic condemnation of divorce but a closer reading of his text shows him reinforcing the Church’s repressive positions on human sexual behavior, writes Daniel C. Maguire.

By Daniel C. Maguire

It embarrasses me to remember it. In 1960, as a young priest in my very first year in a parish, I took it upon myself to give a two-day retreat to the married people in the parish, to tell them how to live their married lives.

The event should be filed under A, for arrogance or I for ignorance. I am glad the talks were not preserved on YouTube, for much that I said was awful. In condemning contraception I trotted out what was a staple of the time, “A Letter From An Unborn Son.” Continue reading “Pope Francis Reinforces Sexual Taboos”

Bible makes list of books most challenged at libraries, public schools

On the latest list of books most objected to at public schools and libraries, one title has been targeted nationwide, at times for the sex and violence it contains, but mostly for the legal issues it raises.

The Bible.

“You have people who feel that if a school library buys a copy of the Bible, it’s a violation of church and state,” says James LaRue, who directs the Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association, which released its annual 10 top snapshot of “challenged” books on Monday, part of the association’s “State of Libraries Report” for 2016. Continue reading “Bible makes list of books most challenged at libraries, public schools”

Students’ religious liberty gets a boost in KS

Source – OneNewsNow

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback recently signed an important bill that protects the rights of student religious organizations on campus.

Liberal all-comers policies forbid Christian campus organizations from preventing students who don’t share their beliefs from joining and taking leadership positions. Steve Brunk of theFamily Policy Alliance of Kansas is a former legislator who helped develop Senate Bill 175 that will put a stop to that. Continue reading “Students’ religious liberty gets a boost in KS”