Rob Ford's crack video, which was recently revealed by a drug dealer going by the name "Jermaine," doesn't show some of the worst parts of the infamous Toronto Mayor's night, the dealer alleges. Rob Ford got into a fight with his longtime associate Alessandro Lisi and repeatedly used a racial slur to denigrate an African-American Toronto housing official, according to Jermaine.
Rob Ford's crack video was taken Saturday night by the 20-year-old drug dealer at Kathy Ford's house and still photos of the drug-fueled night were released to media outlets including The Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. The man, who said he had supplied the crack for the evening to the mayor's sister Kathy, recalled that Ford beat Lisi three separate times during the night.
"Poor Sandro was crying like a baby," the drug dealer told The Toronto Star, adding that he was down on the ground getting hit. Kathy Ford had to intervene. more >>
NEW YORK – Members of several of the world's main religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, warned that the grave prospect of a nuclear weapons catastrophe looms dangerously over the world, and urged leaders to move toward disarmament at a United Nations conference on Wednesday.
Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said that although religious leaders are not experts on nuclear weapons, they still have the responsibility to speak out and take the floor on this particular issue.
"We know that we are not experts on disarmament, we do not have technical solutions, but we do have a voice to act," Chullikatt said, adding that the group of religious leaders have taken on the subject partly so that future generations do not accuse them of not doing anything. more >>
A Tea Party candidate challenging Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) in the upcoming Republican primary elections was recently fired from his adjunct teaching job at a Christian university after he made a sexually suggestive campaign ad that called for curing "electile dysfunction."
J.D. Winteregg, considered to be a long-shot opponent against Boehner, recently released an attack ad against the current Speaker of the House, mocking his last name and his perpetual tan, among other things. The one-minute long advertisement spoofs a commercial promoting drugs for erectile dysfunction, such as Viagra. Instead of "erectile dysfunction," the advertisement, entitled "When the Moment is Right," suggests Ohio residents cure their "electile dysfunction" by voting Boehner out of the House.
"If you have a Boehner lasting longer than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention," the advertisement says in between low-grade production shots of couples drinking out of coffee mugs that read "Winteregg." more >>
Ukraine acting President Olexander Turchynov says the government is "helpless" to stop the uprising in the eastern regions of the country as pro-Russian activists continue taking government buildings.
"I would like to say frankly that at the moment the security structures are unable to swiftly take the situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions back under control," Turchynov said during a meeting with regional governors, BBC News reported. He added that security personnel "tasked with the protection of citizens" are "helpless."
Reuters reported that masked military forces took control of government offices in the town of Horlivka on Wednesday. The gunmen were apparently wearing the same military uniforms as other pro-Russian activists who have seized other towns in Ukraine. more >>
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta officially signed into law a bill legalizing polygamy, giving men the right to marry numerous women without consulting their other brides. The bill has faced opposition by the country's Christian leaders, who criticize it for not respecting women or marriage.
"Marriage is the voluntary union of a man and a woman, whether in a monogamous or polygamous union," Kenyatta said in a statement on Tuesday, AFP reported.
Archbishop Timothy Ndambuki, from the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), which represents more than 40 church and Christian organizations from across the east African nation,has said, however, that the tone of the bill is "demeaning to women since it does not respect the principle of equality of spouses in the institution of marriage." more >>
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed her Methodist faith and her dedication to the social gospel while speaking to nearly 7,000 women at the United Methodist Women's Assembly in Louisville, Ky., this past Saturday. The politican encouraged all Christians to help those less fortunate than themselves because "we are all in this together."
During her address, the potential 2016 presidential candidate reportedly spoke little on her position in politics and focused more on how her faith has led her through her career, saying that her denomination's dedication to the social gospel has instilled in her a desire to focus on humanitarian efforts.
"I have always cherished the Methodist Church because it gave us the great gift of personal salvation but also the great obligation of social gospel," Clinton told the crowd, referring to the intellectual Protestant movement that focused on applying Christian teachings to social injustice. "And I took that very seriously and have tried, tried to be guided in my own life ever since as an advocate for children and families, for women and men around the world who are oppressed and persecuted, denied their human rights and human dignity." more >>