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Nigerian authorities searching for gunmen who killed mother and daughter in church attack
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Nigerian authorities searching for gunmen who killed mother and daughter in church attack

Nigerian authorities are searching for the assailants who killed a woman and her daughter, and injured three others during an attack on a church in Kogi state on Sunday. On Monday, government officials said the suspects arrived at Celestial Church on Sunday and shot the two victims before escalating on motorcycles. Authorities believe the suspects specifically targeted the church and its members. Sunday's attack was the latest example of violence aimed at houses of worship in Nigeria. In June, 40 people were killed in an attack on a Catholic Church in Ondo state during mass. More about the deadly church attack in Kogi state can be found here.
DOJ attorneys say Supreme Court should not review Dylann Roof case
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DOJ attorneys say Supreme Court should not review Dylann Roof case

Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice have reportedly responded in a filing on Wednesday to a request from attorneys representing Dylann Roof, asking for the Supreme Court to review his case. Roof, who was convicted of killing nine Black people in a racially-motivated attack at a church in South Carolina in 2015, was sentenced to death. Earlier this year, Roof's attorney's asked the Supreme Court decide how to handle disputes regarding mental illness-related evidence between capital defendants and their attorneys, reported the Associated Press. DOJ attorneys said in 39-page brief filed Wednesday that Roof "fails to identify any meaningful disagreement in the lower courts" regarding how his legal representation played out at trial, reported the Associated Press. Roof ...
5 suspects arrested in connection with massacre at Nigerian Catholic church
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5 suspects arrested in connection with massacre at Nigerian Catholic church

Nigerian officials announced today that authorities have arrested five suspects who killed dozens of people during mass at a Catholic church in Ondo state in June. Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) is suspected of carrying out the attack on a congregation inside the St. Francis Catholic Church on June 5 which left at least 40 people dead. ISWAP, an Islamic militant insurgency group, is mostly associated with attacks in the northeast. There are concerns the group is expanding its influence in Nigeria as such attacks are uncommon in Ondo state. RELATED: At least 50 killed in Nigerian church massacre The governor for Ondo state reportedly said one person believed to have provided "accommodation" to the suspects before the massacre was also arrested. RELATED: State ...
Kidnapped Nigerian priest killed as religious violence surges
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Kidnapped Nigerian priest killed as religious violence surges

One of two priests who were reportedly kidnapped last week has been found dead. Father John Cheitnum was kidnapped from Christ the King Church in Lere, located in central Nigeria, on July 15 along with Father Donatus Suleiman. It is believed Father Cheitnum was killed the same day he was abducted. His body was discovered July 19, according to Catholic News Service. Father Suleiman was reportedly able to successfully flee from his abductors. Father Cheitnum is the fourth Catholic priest killed in Nigeria this year as religious violence continues to spread. Last month, dozens of Nigerians were killed when gunmen shut the door of a church during mass and opened fire. The assailants have not been caught. In May, a Nigerian woman was beaten and set on fire because of “blasphemy.” Christ...
Pastor T.D. Jakes comments about families and women during sermon raises eyebrows
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Pastor T.D. Jakes comments about families and women during sermon raises eyebrows

Comments Pastor T.D. Jakes made about families and women during a recent sermon has drawn a lot of criticism on social media. During a sermon titled “Real Men Pour In,” the megachurch pastor suggested families are being compromised by some of today’s cultural norms, and said “we are raising up women to be men. And you are not applauded for your femininity. You are applauded in the contemporary society by how tough, rough, nasty, mean, aggressive, hateful, possessive you are. And you're climbing the corporate ladder, but we are losing our families.” During the sermon, Pastor Jakes said that when men are led by women, it “breaks the divine order” of creation. He also goes on to say, in part: “Real men pour in. When Adam is created and Eve is pulled out of him, he breaks the divine orde...
Black pastor running for office shot twice with BB gun by White suspect in Washington
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Black pastor running for office shot twice with BB gun by White suspect in Washington

A Black pastor running for office in Washington state was reportedly injured after he was shot twice with a BB gun while he was canvassing. Pastor Dr. Carey Anderson of First AME Church in Auburn and Seattle, was shot at close range by a "young white male" in a black sedan while he was canvassing in Auburn, according to MyNorthwest. In April, Dr. Anderson officially announced his candidacy for State Representative for the 30th Legislative District. The 30th district is new and encompasses Auburn, Algona, Des Moines, Federal Way and Pacific. Dr. Anderson, a Federal Way resident, is contending for the House seat vacated in March. More about Dr. Anderson can be found here.
3 people arrested on 115 hate-crime charges in NY; Black church one of the targets
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3 people arrested on 115 hate-crime charges in NY; Black church one of the targets

Three people were arrested last week on 115 hate-crime charges for allegedly leaving racist and bigoted symbols at churches and other places in upstate New York, according to police. The arrests came after local police began investigating reports about hateful pamphlets and stickers showing swastikas and racial slurs in two local churches. One of the places reportedly targeted was a Black church. Hornell is a predominantly White city. Two men and one woman were arrested after law enforcement executed a search warrant at a residence in the city. During the search, authorities allegedly found evidence “which depicted the crimes of Aggravated Harassment.” The three people were charged with 115 counts of 1st-degree Aggravated Harassment. More about the hate-crime arrests can be found here...
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Black woman says she and family turned away from church in Arkansas due to race

A Black woman says she and her family were denied entry into a Baptist church she was invited to in Arkansas because of their race. The incident happened last week. The woman posted a statement recalling the ordeal on FaceBook saying she was stopped by an older White man who asked where they were going when they walked inside. She said church service, but he told her the service hadn’t started even though she observed other people already walking inside. A White woman then came out and told the woman and her family they have had “coloreds” at their church before. When asked what she meant by “coloreds,” the White woman doubled down on her terminology by saying that she has always referred to Black people as “coloreds.” The Black woman and her family then left. After the situation came...
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At least 50 killed in Nigerian church massacre

At least 50 people have been killed and countless more injured after gunmen opened fire on a Catholic church during service for Pentecost Sunday in Nigeria. The shooting happened on Sunday around 11:30 a.m. in the town of Owo in the Ondo state and left men, women and children dead or injured. Witnesses reportedly said the gunmen opened fire inside the church while the other assailants waited outside. The church had three entrances but the main entrance was locked. The gunmen fled before authorities arrived. Tensions between religious groups, particularly involving Islamics and Christians, have been on the rise, but such violence is not common in southwest Nigeria. Last month a woman was beaten and set on fire by classmates for “blasphemy” at a school in northern Nigeria. ...
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Stampede at church event in Nigeria kills 31 adults and children

A stampede at a church charity event in Nigeria has left 31 people dead, mostly children. The stampede happened at an annual event on Saturday at a church in Port Harcourt in the state of Rivers. The event, which gives away gifts and food, reportedly attracted more people than anticipated, many of whom started lining up to reserve a spot at 5 a.m. even though the start time was scheduled  to begin at 9 a.m. A gate that was supposed to be locked was somehow broken and people flooded into the area. Most the victims of the stampede were children. A pregnant woman was also reportedly killed in the stampede. About seven people were also injured. Some church members were also reportedly attacked by relatives of the victims of the stampede. More information about the tragedy can be found h...