Megachurch Pastor James MacDonald Under Investigation for Allegedly Seeking out Hitman

Illinois police have opened an investigation into beleaguered Harvest Bible Chapel founder James MacDonald after multiple claims surfaced that the pastor sought a hitman to commit murder.

“A subject came in and filed a report and we are doing an investigation based on that report,” Wilmette Deputy Police Chief Pat Collins told The Christian Post.

That report was filed by Chicago radio personality Mancow Muller, a former church member. A similar but separate report was also filed with police in Bartlett, Illinois by Emmanuel “Manny” Bucur, a deacon at HBC and former confidant and volunteer bodyguard for MacDonald. Harvest recently fired MacDonald following accusations of bullying, mismanaging finances, inappropriate touching and other actions.

Muller made his allegations of murder-for-hire public during a recent podcast, saying that MacDonald asked him at least twice in 2018 if he knew a hitman. Muller said he thought the prominent pastor was joking but, during another conversation in December, it became clear to him MacDonald was “really serious.” According to Relevant magazine, Muller went on to say he believed the target was one of MacDonald’s rivals.

“And at that moment I realized I was in a cult, this guy was bad and I couldn’t support it any longer. Do I think he was kidding? No. I think he really wanted me to find a hitman for him.”

After the initial Muller podcast, another former parishioner came forward with similar charges on a subsequent podcast. Although Muller did not use his name on the program, independent journalist Julie Roys identified him as Bucur, the former bodyguard.

Bucur maintains that MacDonald wanted to have his former son-in-law, Tony Groves, killed in 2015 but that no offer of payment was made, according to the Patch.

The Christian Post reported that MacDonald asked Bucur if he would be willing to “take Tony out.” Bucur said he responded, “Are you asking me what I think you’re asking me?”

“He asked if I would be willing to do that for him, and he said he would be more than happy to help me get rid of the body,” the former deacon said.

According to the allegation, MacDonald then mentioned Bucur’s combat experience as a Marine, saying it shouldn’t be too hard to get away with the killing. Bucur then replied, “Absolutely not! We’re not having this conversation and we’re not talking about this ever again.”

Bucur said he didn’t report the exchange because MacDonald was angry about what happened to his daughter and that he initially believed it was just a momentary lapse in judgment by the pastor. Additionally, lawyers told him that legally, the claim would be seen as “hearsay,” Bucur said.

The Patch reported that Muller decided to go public with his allegations because he didn’t believe the elders at Harvest Church went far enough to protect others from MacDonald.

“I don’t think this man should be able to fleece people in the future and that’s why I’m doing it,” Muller said.

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Saudi Arabian State Media Urges U.S. To ‘Hit Iran Hard’ With Punitive Airstrikes

Iran sees the escalating tensions with the U.S. as extending to include Saudi Arabia and Israel. And on Thursday, an editorial in Saudi Arabia’s Arab News demanded: “Iran must not go unpunished… In [our] considered view, there has to be deterrent and punitive action in order for Iran to know that no sinister act will go unpunished; that action, in our opinion, should be a calculated surgical strike.”

A day earlier, the head of Iran’s IRGC claimed the country is ”on the cusp of a full-scale confrontation with the enemy. This moment in history, because the enemy has stepped into the field of confrontation with us with all the possible capacity, is the most decisive moment of the Islamic revolution.” Hossein Salami has previously threatened the “triangle” of the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel, and in 2015 said that Iran “would welcome” war with the United States.

“Riyadh has constantly warned world leaders of the dangers Iran poses,” Arab News said in its editorial, ”not only to Saudi Arabia and the region but to the entire world. The time has come for Iran not only to curb its nuclear weapon ambitions – again in the world’s interest – but also for the world to ensure they do not have the means to support their terror networks across the region.”

The Saudi newspaper claims that the drone attacks on Tuesday and the attack on four oil tankers off the coast of the UAE at the weekend “represents a serious escalation on the part of Iran and its proxies, should the initial conclusions of an international investigation prove to be accurate.”

Earlier on Thursday, Iran’s foreign minister said from Tokyo that “the escalation by the United States is unacceptable.” Javad Zarif also described U.S. actions as “economic terrorism, pure and simple.”

Nothing is new in the Middle East. The military standoff between Iran and Saudi Arabia defines the region, far more than any regional enmity towards Israel. Tel Aviv has been courting Middle Eastern Arab states, including Saudi Arabia and UAE. In the region, the concept of “my enemy’s enemy” carries serious weight.

“Our strategy is to erase Israel from the global political map,” Hossein Salami has said of Israel. On Wednesday, Iran’s defense minister announced that Iran will “defeat the American-Zionist front.” And on Tuesday, Ayatollah Khamenei said that “the control of many affairs rests in the hands of the Zionist society” because Washington prioritizes Israel ’s interests over all others.

On the subject of Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia could not be more aligned.

“We argue this because it is clear that sanctions are not sending the right message,” Arab News said. “Our point of view is that they must be hit hard. They need to be shown that the circumstances are now different. We call for a decisive, punitive reaction to what happened so that Iran knows that every single move they make will have consequences.”

Much has been written about the U.S. plan as regards the standoff with Iran and the escalating situation in the Gulf. The danger is that it will be a regional trigger that escalates the situation further, rather than any considered U.S. action. Iran doesn’t need to target U.S. forces in the Middle East when it has all of Saudi Arabia and Israel on its doorstep. And the danger of a proxy war, most likely in Iraq, also now looms large. And from there everything gets frighteningly serious frighteningly fast.

According to the Guardian, Qassem Suleimani, the leader of the IRGC’s venturing Quds force, “recently met Iraqi militias in Baghdad and told them to prepare for a proxy war.” The newspaper added that, according to intelligence sources, “the move to mobilize Iran’s regional allies is understood to have triggered fears in the U.S. that Washington’s interests in the Middle East are facing a pressing threat.”

On Monday, U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said “we are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident with an escalation that is unintended. What we need is a period of calm to make sure that everyone understands what the other side is thinking.” By Thursday, the U.K. had raised the threat level for military and diplomatic staff in Iraq and Hunt followed up discussions with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by tweeting that “we share the same assessment of the heightened threat posed by Iran. As always we work closely with the U.S.”

In its editorial, Arab News referenced Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman calling Ayatollah Khamenei the “new Hitler of the Middle East,” arguing that “appeasement does not work with the Iranian regime, just as it did not work with Hitler,” and urging that “the next logical step should be surgical strikes.”

If and when that happens, though, Iran’s response will be markedly different to Syria’s.

Security Fury in Judea and Samaria: ‘Complete abandonment of human life’

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan attacked the defense establishment decision to approve the transfer of armored vehicles to the Palestinian Authority by the European Union.

The vehicles, which were transferred to the Palestinian Authority security services as a gift from the EU, were reportedly sent to Judea and Samaria through Jordan.

Dagan said the armored vehicles transfer is “total abandonment of human life and taking an unacceptable risk both of the lives of IDF soldiers and of the lives of the residents of Judea and Samaria.”

“Any reasonable person understands that the supply of armored vehicles with machine guns for terrorists in uniform is a decision that could cost a lot of blood,” Dagan says. “Many terror attacks in Judea and Samaria, in which Jewish soldiers and civilians were murdered, were carried out by or with the help of Fatah soldiers or policemen of the Palestinian Authority, Ido Zoldan, Rabbi Meir Hai, Ben Yosef Livnat, Eviatar Borovsky, and many others were murdered by Palestinian policemen or by the Palestinian GSS,” he said.

“It’s amazing that those people who participated in the ‘Don’t give them guns’ demonstrations during the Oslo days are now giving them armored cars. I’ve called on those who made this unfortunate decision to regain their wits. They also give the enemy armored cars. Unbelievable,” said Dagan.

The last time PA armored vehicles aroused controversy was in 2000 when a paper published by the Ariel Center for Policy Research identified the PA armored threat to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, saying “Because the IDF limits yishuv self defense to small arms, the growing armor vehicle capability of the PA would render the assault troops it carries invulnerable to yishuv defenders. The IDF gate guards do not have anything to stop these vehicles. The standard sliding gates for all yishuvim would buckle under the impact of such armored vehicles, and many yishuvim lack even this ‘obstacle’ – such that the only thing separating between the attacker and the yishuv is a moving aluminum arm painted red and white.”

The report went on to say that “The PA armored vehicle force is not capable of challenging the IDF, but would be unstoppable in a first strike on yishuvim. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that that is their purpose.

“Although it is possible to gain sudden entry into yishuvim by using commandos or even less prepared troops – as the examples of Ariel and Ofra show – armored vehicles provide a rapid capability to do so that ground troops cannot match.” The report can be seen in the original Hebrew here.

At that time, the IDF justified PA armored vehicles according to Oslo saying Arafat needed them to protect his government from Arab extremist elements, while at the same time trying to deny their existence.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/263495

Will Supreme Court Agree that Christian Student Should Be Forced to Cite Islamic Conversion Prayer in School?

Four years ago, a Christian high school junior was compelled by her teacher at La Plata High School in La Plata, Md., to recall the Islamic conversion creed – the Shahada – as part of a written assignment. She was required to write the Islamic creed, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

The World History course also taught that “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian’s.”

Caleigh Wood refused to complete the assignment, believing that is it is a sin to profess by word or in writing, that there is any other god except the Christian God.

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School officials refused to let her opt out of the course, and as a result she received a lower percentage grade for the course, but that did not affect her letter grade.

The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) on behalf of the Wood family filed a lawsuit, claiming the school had violated the First Amendment Establishment Clause and the girl’s right not to be forced to profess faith in another religion. Both the Federal District Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the high school’s Islamic curriculum.

Now, the TMLC has appealed the case to the Supreme Court asking the high court to decide whether any legal basis exists to allow public schools to discriminate against Christianity while at the same time promoting Islam.

“Under the guise of teaching history or social studies, public schools across America are promoting the religion of Islam in ways that would never be tolerated for Christianity or any other religion,” TMLC President and Chief Counsel Richard Thompson said in a statement. “I’m not aware of any school which has forced a Muslim student to write the Lord’s Prayer or John 3:16: ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'”

Using a Powerpoint presentation in the class, the students at the school were also taught:

Islam is a peaceful religion
Jihad is a “personal struggle in devotion to Islam, especially involving spiritual discipline.”

“To Muslims, Allah is the same God that is worshiped in Christianity and Judaism.”

“Men are the managers of the affairs of women” and “Righteous women are therefore obedient.”

“Many public schools have become a hotbed of Islamic propaganda,”

Thompson continued. “Teaching Islam in schools has gone far beyond a basic history lesson. Prompted by zealous Islamic activism and emboldened by confusing court decisions, schools are now bending over backward to promote Islam while at the same time denigrate Christianity.”

“We are asking the Supreme Court to provide the necessary legal guidance to resolve the insidious discrimination against Christians in our public schools,” he concluded.

Christians and Jews Should Be ‘Locked Up’ According to Speaker at Harvard Diversity Conference

In honor of its annual diversity conference, Harvard University’s faculty of arts & sciences invited an anti-Christian activist to speak at its “Decade of Dialogue” event. Tim Wise, known for his hatred of Christians, pushed the racial divide and condemned Christian belief in his remarks.

In an attempt to garner liberal support, Wise spoke of the nation needing to give reparations for slavery and criticizing President Trump as “always” being a racist. He stated the 2016 election showed that “this country is more sexist and more racist than I realized.”

He went further to condemn the belief that people who put in the effort can be successful.

“Genesis 1:1 in the bible of Americanism” is the idea that “anybody can make it in America if you are just willing to work hard,” he said. “We all know this is not true.”

His comments are not new as he has been known for making outrageous and denigrating comments regarding Christians. In the past, he categorized Christians as “Jeezoids” and fascists and called Pope Francis evil, according to the College Fix.

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In 2012, he tweeted that “people who believe in a God of hell/damnation deserve to be mocked viciously and run out of the public square.”

sorry but people who believe in a God of hell/ damnation deserve to be mocked viciously and run out of public square

The College Fix reports that in 2015 Wise also stated that those who live life founded on the Hebrew Scriptures “deserve to be locked up.” Later, he claimed to be “sorta kidding but not by much.”

The Diversity Dialogue Series, put on by Harvard, is suppose to provide a “retrospective look at diversity and inclusion, a discussion of current issues, and practical guidance on how we can move toward greater inclusion and belonging at Harvard,” according to the website.

After the weekend attack on the synagogue in California, Wise used it as an opportunity to bash Christians who have protested in past years about efforts to secularize the Christian holiday of Christmas. Of course, Christmas was four months ago and no one else is even talking about it, except for Wise.

98 Church Members Leave In Anger As Their Gay Pastor Announces His Partner Is Pregnant

“It is a blessing from God. I will not let the church or the devil stop my blessing from coming true. Mrs. Terry and I will not tolerate any haters in the church”- Pastor William Terry Longstroke II.

A report on social media reveals that Pastor William Terry Longstroke II of Atlanta’s Little Rock Missionary Church of God, caused so much protest and confusion when he announced in church Sunday that he was expecting a baby with his ‘husband’, Mrs. Donte Terry who he got married to a month ago.

Pastor William Terry had earlier announced to his congregation that he was gay. Naturally, this news was met with disapproval and criticism. The church members quoted relevant aspects of the scripture in a bid to change Pastor Williams’s mind, but it was met with blatant refusal. The congregation had no choice than to accept him and continue attending church.

According to photos and information, Pastor William Terry is a former military serviceman who was married to a woman and has a grown son. He recently married Mrs. Donte Terry who he claims to be three months pregnant.

He announced, “It is a blessing from God”. This announcement was met with shock by the congregation which led to an immediate uproar by members of the church present at the service.

However, a member of the church didn’t take the news so well. The impact of the news was too much for Fred Johnson- a devoted and longtime member of the church to bear. He reeled and collapsed at the shock and was rushed down to the hospital for medical treatment.

Pastor William Terry did not stop at this shocking revelation. He went on to announce that he would not allow anybody, be it the devil or his church members to prevent his joy and blessing from coming true.

This announcement did not go down well with some members, as 98 members walked out of service and vowed not to return until Mrs. Terry proved he was pregnant.

At the exit of these church members, Pastor William got angry and labeled them ‘haters’. He concluded by saying he and Mrs. Terry would not tolerate any haters in his church.

Some of the members claimed when Pastor William Terry had earlier revealed to them he was gay, they did not move to a new church but rather learned to accept me. However, they claim that this is the straw that broke the camel’s back. So if Pastor William is unable to provide concrete proof from a gynecologist, they are going to leave Atlanta’s Little Rock Missionary Church of God for good.

https://957thebeat.iheart.com/content/2017-04-23-gay-pastor-says-his-husband-is-3-months-pregnant-church-members-walk-out/

Yellowstone National Park hit by 73 EARTHQUAKES near super-volcano – sign of an eruption?

In the past 28 days, the Yellowstone area in Wyoming, USA, has been hit by 73 earthquakes. All of the tremors have been relatively small with the largest registering at 2.6 on the Richter scale on April 29. However, since the start of May, the tremors have become slightly more frequent, with 10 of the quakes hitting since Monday alone, according to monitoring from the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Despite the quakes being weak, experts have warned that it is not necessarily about the strength of an earthquake around a volcano, but more the quantity of them.

Portland State University Geology Professor Emeritus Scott Burns said a spate of small tremors around a volcano usually signifies that magma and gasses beneath the surface are beginning to navigate their exit.

He said: “If you get swarms under a working volcano, the working hypothesis is that magma is moving up underneath there.”

However, others disagree about whether an earthquake swarm near a volcano could be a sign of things to come.

Jamie Farrell at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, believes this is just part of the natural cycle for Yellowstone volcano, saying: “Earthquake swarms are fairly common in Yellowstone.

“There is no indication that this swarm is related to magma moving through the shallow crust.”

The upturn in quakes has also been accompanied by a sudden eruption of the Ledge Geyser.

The Ledge Geyser, which is the second larges in the Norris Geyser Basin, had not shown any activity for three years before its eruption in April 28.