Baptists Oppose ‘Christian Nation’

first_imgBaptist prelates and church members, with the blessing of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention (LBMEC), have expressed opposition to the proposal to turn Liberia into a “Christian Nation.”Proposal #24 to declare Liberia a Christian State, seen by many as highly divisive and dangerous, was among proposed amendments voted on and accepted by 400 delegates attending the 5-day Constitution Review Conference held last week in Gbarnga, Bong County. The LBMEC, under the leadership of its president, Rev. Dr. Olu Q. Menjay, who is also vice president and chair of the Commission on Human Rights Advocacy of the Baptist World Alliance, said Liberian Baptists do not support the proposal to make Liberia a “Christian Nation.”  As the oldest Christian denomination in the country, LBMEC said it is cognizant of its “baptistic history and core commitment as a Christian denomination, which does not discriminate.” “There is no blemish on our escutcheon (a protective or ornamental nameplate) for the practice of religious persecution, since the act is the unfair treatment of a person or group of people because of religious beliefs and practice. Religious persecution can take the form of physical punishment or discrimination,” a statement issued by the Baptist Convention and signed by Dr. Menjay stated Therefore, the Baptists are of the view that to make Liberia a “Christian Nation” is discriminatory and is not part of our Baptist Christian principles.” Accordingly, the Baptist said, they have persistently refused to bend their own necks under the yoke of suppression, “and we have meticulously withheld our hand and heart from . . . yokes placed upon others. “We do not support any legislated domination of any group or individual, because we strongly are driven by the words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 7:12 to “treat others as you want them to treat you. This is what the Laws and the Prophets are all about.   “We do not support making Liberia a “Christian Nation,” the Baptist statement emphasized. The Baptists, the statement said, have never approved an ordinance inflicting a civic disability on any human person or group because of religious practice and belief. According to the statement, the Baptists reaffirm the right of every human being in Liberia to exercise freedom in matters of faith and conscience from all compulsion or intimidation by any governmental authority. Liberian Baptists, therefore, “have no room for sectarian arrogance within the country’s diverse Christian persuasions and in a progressively more pluralistic world where Liberia is for all persons regardless of faith persuasion or affiliation. “A nerve center of our denominational sensibility as Christians called Baptist is not merely religious toleration, but religious liberty; not merely sufferance, but freedom not just for us, but for all people. As such, we affirm our stance against making Liberia a Christian Nation.” Meanwhile, the Baptist said they have joined the likes of several other Baptists, including John Symth, Thomas Helwys, Roger Williams, John Clarke, and Ann Hasseltine Judson and, in the words of another eminent Baptist minister, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”The Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention was founded in 1880 to bring Baptist churches together for fellowship, cooperation and the development of programs in Christian education and evangelism.Though the Baptist Convention was founded in 1880, the Baptists are recognized as Liberia’s oldest denomination because the first church which the pioneers from America built, in 1822, was Providence Baptist, on Broad Street in central Monrovia.  It is the smaller edifice behind which the new Providence Baptist Church, facing Ashmun Street, was built.  It was in that first Baptist Church on Broad Street that the Declaration of Independence and the Liberian Constitution of 1847 were signed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe brand new forecourt of Diver’s Hyundai in Letterkenny.After a number of hectic weeks at Divers Hyundai on Canal Road, which saw the complete refurbishment of the exterior of the premises by Bonner Engineering as well as the refit of the interior by Divers/Hyundai, motorists and pedestrians have been treated to a flavour of real Christmas cheer. The full order of the all new Tucson for January delivery bordered the entire premises with their LED lights switched on celebrating the end of works at the renowned establishment.Over the past few years the ‘Hyundai’ switch-on at Divers has become an annual event. Terence Diver he said that he had been inundated with calls and messages from customers asking if they would be lighting up the sold line up this year so the push was really on to get everything finished on time, and they just made it.The chilly evening sky was set alight by the all new Tucson and this was complimented by the number plates having the surnames of all the purchasers of this new model.Divers have been getting phone calls, text messages all evening from customers old and new and from many of their competitors commenting on the new look premises and the Tucson Christmas cheer.Some customers have already visited the premises and have taken photos of their new 161 new vehicles and have been posting them on their face book pages. The new Tucson has broke all records so much so that they have doubled their January order book from last year.It certainly looks that we’ve seen the worst of the recession and here’s hoping that ‘Ireland’s Tidiest Town’, Letterkenny and indeed the entire county can look forward with confidence to a new era for all businesses in 2016.The management and staff at Diver’s takes this opportunity to thank all customers, old and new for their continued support.We wish each and every one of you a Happy Christmas, New Year and the best in Hyundai motoring for 2016.MOTORING: DIVERS HYUNDAI SETS CANAL ROAD ALIGHT! was last modified: December 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DiversHyundailetterkennylast_img read more

Healthcare worker appears in court charged with alleged assault of patient

first_imgA healthcare worker has appeared in court in Co Donegal charged with assaulting a patient.Douglas Mason, 58, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with the incident. An initial mention of the case heard claims that the incident occurred when some bedside furniture was allegedly pushed in the face of a patient.Photos of the alleged injuries were handed into the court in evidence and seen by Judge Paul Kelly.Gardai confirmed that the alleged victim in the case was a patient in Letterkenny University Hospital at the time of the alleged assault on February 24th last.Mr Mason, of Magheralosk, Bunbeg, was present in court but did not address the court during the Section 3 of the non-fatal offences against the person act.His solicitor, Mr Cormac Hartnett, applied for a statement order in the case.He said his client is a married father-of-two who earns €440 per week.Judge Kelly asked if the court knew if the patient had to receive medical attention as a result of the alleged incident.He adjourned the case until October 1st and asked Garda Inspector Shaun Grant to find out if the patient needed more attention as a result of the incident.Healthcare worker appears in court charged with alleged assault of patient was last modified: September 6th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultdonegalDouglas MasonLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more

Home-grown death metal helps ease Angolans’ pain

first_imgAngolan death metal is cathartic and empowering, a form of music that gives power back to the powerless. (Image Credit: Death Metal Angola) • Angola is open for South African business • Music van de Caab keeps Khoi and San music alive • Shifting perspectives: a history of Shifty Records • Tinariwen sings the story of the vanishing Tuareg • The joy of music reigns in Kinshasa’s veins Sulaiman PhilipWith the payoff line “the hardest hardcore is Angolan hardcore”, a new documentary Death Metal Angola follows Wilker Flores and Sonia Ferreira as they stage the first rock festival in Angola in 2011. In the process director Jeremy Xido shows the liberating effect this most extreme form of music has in a country still dealing with its violent past.Angola’s oil wealth means it is, potentially, the biggest economy in Africa but most development has been limited to Luanda. Huambo remains a war-scarred shell surrounded by mine fields, a gloomy background to Angola’s growing hardcore music scene.  Ferreira, who runs Huambo’s Okutiuka orphanage, and Flores are death metal fans. They are part of a growing community that has embraced a dark musical form because it gives them a sense of place in the world. The 2011 death metal festival aimed to bring the bands who performed out of their backyards and into the consciousness of Angola’s second largest city.They have names likes Before Crush, Dor Infantima and Black Soul and their music is more DIY roughness than professional slickness. They all play a degenerate mix of power chords and belt out meandering angsty lyrics. And while Flores declares his music helps “to clear out the debris from all these years of war,” there is no political influence or social subtext to the scene. ‘One of the hardest and harshest’While making a documentary on a Chinese built railway that runs through the country, Xido stopped in Huambo looking for a decent cup of coffee. It was then that he met Flores who invited him to a show at the orphanage.“I assumed it was some sort of club,” Xido told heavy metal music site “However, when I arrived in the middle of the night at what seemed like an abandoned milk factory in the middle of nowhere, it was clear that this was no club.“Syphoning electricity from the neighbour, Wilker proceeded to play one of the hardest and harshest impromptu concerts imaginable, lit by nothing more than the headlights of van. It was absolutely magical and terrifying and it marked the beginning of my long and profound relationship with Wilker, as well as the woman who runs the orphanage, Sonia Ferreira, who is one of the most remarkable people I have met in my life.” Wilker Flores, gatekeeper between this world and something else, something quite profound. (Image Credit: Death Metal Angola) What Xido found was a subculture that reminded him of his American hometown. Like his friends and neighbours in Detroit, a city that suffered more than most large cities in tough economic times, the metal heads of Huambo leaned on one another and have built their own future. “The musicians have lived through some of the worst humanity has to offer. They are tenacious, full of grit, perseverance, humour and love for one another. And crazy enough to dream big against all odds.”Talking to Revolver magazine in early November, Xido describes that night as harrowing and powerful. He artistically refers to a nexus of past and future, an experience that changed his ideas about how the world worked. A year later he was back in Angola, flush with funding to finish his railway documentary.He called Flores and Ferreira who informed him of their plan to stage a national rock festival.  “And then matter of factly, they told me that I was going to film it.  No discussion.  Just smiles. So really, they decided we were going to make this film. And given what I experienced that first night, I was powerless to resist.” Metalhead and mother henFerreira, an internal refugee who kept moving through Angola to escape the horrors of the country’s civil war, is mother hen to the orphans she supports and the metal musicians she cajoles into performing at the Huambo rock festival. Intelligent, graceful and beautiful, her passion for death metal infects the 55 orphans she cares for. Ferreira’s identity as a metalhead gives her a vision for a better tomorrow. Her passion is infectious, and her charges draw strength from her. Equal parts master mediator and tenacious fighter, Sonia Ferreira, shepherded the birth of the Huambo rock festival. (Image Credit: Death Metal Angola)Xido interprets Ferreira and Flores’ campaign to stage the festival as an alternate way of rebuilding and learning conflict resolution. All the musicians are self-taught and pass on their skills. “And you have to have band practice, which is, like, insane, because you have to mediate and negotiate between personalities. In and of itself, that’s rebuilding things that were lost in the years of the war: basic education, basic principles of conflict resolution.”Death metal is not ignorable, and is cathartic. And it must be played loud – preferably in a residential neighbourhood. For the performers in Huambo the clanging density of the music allows them to look beyond the years of loss and pain, lets them to see the possibility of fun in the future. Born of warIn the documentary Flores talks about the death of Angolan culture, how 40 years of conflict created a population more familiar with the sound of bombs and bullets rather than guitars. The sound created by death metal bands create mimics that familiar sound, but it not the sound of conflict, it is the sound of disenchanted Angolans picking up the fragments and trying to tell their own story.“Now we hear music instead of gunshots and bombs. Rock means poetry, love, lifestyle, joy, happiness. Above all, a way of life.”Angola’s home-grown Kuduro dance music – European and American beats mixed with African percussion – is the antithesis of death metal. Kuduro gets its name from the rubber-limbed and aggressive dance style (cu duro means “hard ass” in Portuguese) and celebrates the now, the fun of being young and attractive, sexy and funky.What they do have in common is this – they are both born out of the pent-up anger of Angola’s youth who lived through the last years of the civil war and are yet to see the dividends of peace. For both sets of fans the music they love is the agent of change and renewal.last_img read more

Alleged Xiaomi Mi 5 benchmark scores leaked ahead of launch

first_imgAhead of its purported January 15 launch, the alleged Xiaomi Mi4 successor (tipped as the Mi5) is in news yet again, only this time round things have turned out clearer with regard to what’s in store. A new report (via PhoneArena) has now tipped some rare images of the alleged Xiaomi Mi5.Going by the purported images, the alleged Mi5 doesn’t look all that different from its predecessor. However, the bigger picture here is that the alleged images show the rumoured Mi5 running some kind of benchmark app, quite possibly AnTuTu. The images thereon reveal the benchmark score of the alleged Mi5 and are pretty good one at that.Reportedly, one of the leaked images shows the device scoring an impressive 46,866 benchmark score. Meanwhile, another leaked image goes on to depict a benchmark chart where the alleged Mi5 is seen placed higher than biggies such as the OnePlus One, HTC One (M8), Xiaomi Mi 4 and Mi 3, Samsung Galaxy S5, Google Nexus 5, and the LG G3; according to the report. Now that’s saying a lot about the device, and if things do turn out this way, the alleged Xiaomi Mi5 may be one big powerhouse of a device.That’s not all, one of the leaked images allegedly shows the device running a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC. Meanwhile, one image reportedly shows a dual-LED flash alongside the rear camera.On the downside, the alleged Mi5 is seen sporting an all plastic frame unlike the Mi4 that sports metal.  The Chinese tech start-up is expected to launch not one but two new devices at its January 15 event to be held at the National Conference Center in Beijing.advertisementlast_img read more