News round-up: May 20
Inferno is coming
Another Christian-tinged fantasy from phenomenally successful author Dan Brown will reach our screens this year. Inferno is set for release on October 16 and again stars Tom Hanks as professor Robert Langdon. Inferno hasn’t caused the same controversy as Brown’s The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons, which combined some fact and much fiction about Christian religion into provocative romps. But, then again, given Inferno is about hell and it possibly being unleashed on earth, expect some to get hot under the collar when October 16 rolls around.
Christianity keeps everyone safe: Andrew Bolt
While he openly claims no personal allegiance to Jesus or his teachings, controversial commentator Andrew Bolt this week wrote a striking article about the anti-Christian backlash he has observed. Bolt lists examples of celebrities, media outlets, universities and other groups attacking Christians and their beliefs. Bolt asks” “Which societies are safest for nonbelievers? Which the most likely to be democracies?” He states that “the answer is Christian. Christianity profoundly inspires the values of those societies, even if many of their citizens despise it.” Bolt challenges those who hope Christianity will die, wondering what might happen if it no longer exists. “I am no Christian, but I do have a faith in Christianity. Will we be this safe once it’s gone?”
“Forgive them” cries Iraqi girl
A conference in New York City about the persecution of Christians has heard the disturbing true story of a 12-year-old Iraqi girl being burned to death. Among other accounts of Middle-Eastern Christians being targeted by Islamic extremists, the family’s home had been set alight by ISIS fighters. The girl was so seriously burned that she died in her mother’s arms. Before she did, the 12-year-old Christian told her mother to “Forgive them”. Powerful
An outbreak of “contagious demonic possession”
Sounding like a news report from some of the villages Jesus visited, about 100 children at a school in Peru recently displayed similar symptoms of vomiting, fainting, and frothing at the mouth. These scary symptoms have all been tied to common hallucinations which the students have experienced, including being chased by a “tall man in black with a beard”. Education officials have labelled this outbreak “contagious demonic possession or interference”.