Mobile courts can operate two weeks more

first_imgMobile courts can operate two weeks moreThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has further extended by two weeks the stay on a High Court verdict that declared the operation of mobile courts by the executive magistrates illegal.Attorney general Mahbubey Alam said the executive magistrates can operate mobile courts during this time.A six-member bench of the Appellate Division led by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha adjourned the hearing for two weeks more following a plea by the government.On 4 July, the Appellate Division granted two weeks to the government for preparation.The matter was placed before the court for hearing. Hasan MS Azim stood for the writ petitioner.Earlier, the court stayed the hearing till 2 July.Following a stay plea by the state on the HC verdict, the chamber judge stayed the HC verdict till 18 May and sent it to the regular bench for hearing.The matter was placed before the court for hearing on 21 May.last_img read more

US to pursue targeted sanctions on Myanmar

first_imgRex W Tillerson US secretary of state Rex W Tillerson has said the United States will pursue accountability through US law, including possible targeted sanctions on Myanmar, if the situation does not improve in Rakhine State, reports UNB.”Those responsible for these atrocities must be held accountable. The United States continues to support a credible, independent investigation to further determine all facts on the ground to aid in these processes of accountability,” he said in a press statement shared by the US Department of State on Wednesday.He said they support the Burmese government’s commitment to create the conditions necessary for all refugees and internally displaced people to return to their homes safely and voluntarily, and welcome recent exchanges between the governments of Burma and Bangladesh on repatriation.”Support by Burma’s military for these government efforts is crucial. This is a difficult and complex situation. Many stakeholders must work together to ensure progress,” he said.The US Secretary of State said they have supported constructive action on the Rakhine crisis at the UN Security Council and in the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee.He visited Naypyidaw on 15 November where he met separately State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.”I reaffirmed the United States’ strong commitment to Burma’s successful democratic transition as the elected government strives to implement reforms, bring peace and reconciliation to the nation, and resolve a devastating crisis in Rakhine State,” he said.The US Secretary of State said their first priority is to relieve the intolerable suffering faced by so many.In response to the dire situation, he announced last week an additional $47 million in humanitarian assistance for those affected by the Rakhine State crisis, bringing the total amount spent in response to this crisis to more than $87 million since August of this year.He said Myanmar’s response to this crisis is vital to determining the success of its transition to a more democratic society.”As I said in Naypyidaw, the key test of any democracy is how it treats its most vulnerable and marginalised populations, such as the ethnic Rohingya and other minority populations,” said the US Secretary of State said.He mentioned that Myanmar’s government and security forces must respect the human rights of all persons within its borders, and hold accountable those who fail to do so.”I reiterate the United States’ condemnation of 25 August attacks on security forces by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). Yet no provocation can justify the horrendous atrocities that have ensued,” reads the statement.These abuses by some among the Burmese military, security forces, and local vigilantes have caused tremendous suffering and forced hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children to flee their homes in Burma to seek refuge in Bangladesh, it reads.”After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya,” said the US Secretary of State.last_img read more

Give us chance to serve you again Hasina asks people

first_imgSheikh HasinaSeeking votes for Awami League in the next general elections for “continuation of development”, AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday claimed that her party does not want to see any bloodshed.”We don’t want to see any bloodshed in Bangladesh. Bangladesh will be a developed and prosperous country…it’ll will march forward,” she said.Sheikh Hasina was speaking at a public rally at Jessore Eidgah Maidan.Chaired by district AL president Shahidul Islam Milon, the rally was addressed, among others, by AL presidium member Pijush Kanti Bhatacharya, Dipu Moni, Mahbubul Alam Hanif and Kazi Nabil Ahmed, MP.Sheikh Hasina said the way the voters gave their mandates in favour of AL-nominated candidates in the last general election the same way they will choose them in the next national election.”Please, give the chance to serve you again by casting your votes for the Awami League candidates as you did in the past,” she said.Terming the BNP-Jamaat alliance as the synonyms of killing, torture, militancy and terrorism, the prime minister said whenever AL comes to power people enjoy peace and security. “We want peace and development in the country and that is our prime task,” she said.Earlier arriving at the venue, the prime minister laid the foundation stones of 27 development projects, including the Academic Building of Jessore Medical College, Waterlogging Removal Project of the Kapotakkhya River (first phase), the 500-seat Shaheed Mashiur Rahman Auditorium-cum-Multipurpose Hall, the Public Library (third phase) Development Project, Jessore Police Super Building, Jessore Police Hospital, Sheikh Russel’s Sculptor, Jhikargahcha Upazila Muktijoddha Complex, the Waterlogging Removal and Sustainable Water Management Development Project of the Bhairab River, upgradation work on Jessore-Benapole National Highway and Jessore-Benapole (Palashbari-Rajghat portion) road, Jessore Central Shaheed Minar, Hamidpur Compost Plant, Pre-treatment Plant and Biogas Plant and Control Landfill Cell Work.last_img read more

PM Hasina arrives in Kolkata to meet Modi

first_imgBangladesh Bhaban. Photo: Bhaskar MukherjeePrime minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Kolkata on Friday morning on a two-day visit to West Bengal at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage landed at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport at 9:40am (local time), reports UNB.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid, cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor and prime minister’s advisers on political, economic, foreign and energy affairs are accompanying her in the visit.During her visit, the premier will inaugurate Bangladesh Bhaban jointly with Narendra Modi at Visva Bharati and hold a meeting with him there today. Sheikh Hasina will also attend Visva Bharati Convocation Ceremony as the Guest of Honour there.She will receive an honorary of Doctor of Literature, to be awarded by the Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol on Saturday.From the NSCBI Airport, Sheikh Hasina will depart for Visva Bharati, Santiniketan by a helicopter.Vice chancellor of Visva Bharati professor Sabuj Koli Sen will receive the prime minister at Santiniketan.Narendra Modi will receive Sheikh Hasina at Rabindra Bhaban. She will then place flowers at Rabindra chair.She will depart for convocation venue at Amrakanon and attend Visva Bharati Convocation Ceremony.Hasina will take part in the convocation procession and oath ceremony.After the convocation ceremony, the Bangladesh prime minister and her Indian counterpart will jointly unveil the plaque of Bangladesh Bhaban.Tagore’s song ‘Anandaloke Mongolaloke will be played at the ceremony. The vice chancellor of Visva Bharati will deliver the welcome speech.After the inaugural function, Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi will sit in the meeting. After the meeting, she will leave Santiniketan for Kolkata by a helicopter.On her return to Kolkata, prime minister Sheikh Hasina will visit Jorasanko Thakur Bari. Later, local chamber leaders will meet her.On 26 May, the prime minister will go to Kazi Nazrul University (KNU), Asansol to receive the degree of Doctor of Literature.A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines will depart from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport, Kolkata for the Kazi Nazrul Islam (KNI) Airport, Andal, Durgapur at 9:50am (local time).The KNU vice chancellor will deliver the welcome address before conferring of the Honorary Doctor of Literature degree on Sheikh Hasina.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will then deliver a speech.Chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee will deliver her speech as the Guest-in-Chief at the convocation.After the programme, the prime minister will return to Kolkata. She will visit Netaji Museum (Netaji Bhawan) and place wreaths on the bed of Netaji and sign the visitor’s book on Saturday afternoon.Hasina is expected to return home at 10:30pm on Saturday by a VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.last_img read more

MPO enlistment a bad programme Muhith

first_imgFinance minister AMA MuhithFinance minister AMA Muhith on Tuesday told parliament that the enlistment of schools under the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) is not a good programme for the development of education, reports UNB.He, however, said fund has been allocated in the national budget for bringing schools under the MPO in the current fiscal year (2018-’19).The (enlistment of schools) MPO is a very bad programme which we had taken once upon a time. And we have been continuing it,” said Muhith replying to a supplementary question from Tarikat Federation chairman Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizvandary, MP.The finance minister said there are many good programmes for the development of education such as stipend for students and school-feeding and providing education materials.Muhith asked the MPs to change their attention from the MPO programme to school-feeding one.He said, “There were anomalies in the MPO process and our minister (Nurul Islam Nahid) is reducing these…but it’s not a very good programme.”last_img read more

Police investigate India New Year sex attacks

first_imgIndian police personnel holding ‘lathi’ sticks as they attempt to manage crowds during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Bangalore. AFP file photoThere is “credible” evidence that gangs of men sexually assaulted women at a New Year’s Eve celebration in Bangalore, Indian police said Wednesday, adding they have filed a criminal case over the incident.Praveen Sood, the police commissioner of Bangalore city, said an inquiry had been set up into allegations women attending the Saturday night celebrations were chased, groped, molested and robbed.The announcement followed a public outcry over comments by a local minister blaming the attacks in the southern city-an IT hub considered relatively safe for women-on “western dress”.“We did not waste any time,” Sood told reporters, saying police had registered a criminal case without waiting for a complainant.“The police teams are working, we are sure we will catch the culprits.”Additional police commissioner Hemant Nimbalkar told AFP the case had been filed against unnamed persons for sexual harassment, illegal confinement and forcefully attempting to disrobe.Police officers have been sifting through footage from at least 45 CCTV cameras installed in the city centre where hundreds of revellers had gathered to celebrate the new year.India has been shamed in the past by shocking levels of sexual assault against women, notably in December 2012 when a student was gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi and later died of her injuries.Indians took to social media to condemn the latest incident, dubbed “night of horror”.“#bangaloremolestation only shows how casual it is to molest women” tweeted Falguni Vasavada-Oza.“How easy it is to grope! How vulnerable is safety! How deep is (d) hierarchy.”Video footage circulated on social media showed women screaming for help.The attacks in Bangalore have drawn comparison with last year’s mass sexual assaults at New Year’s celebrations in the German city of Cologne, where police were also accused of losing control.last_img read more

Migrants get three mins to call home

first_imgMigrants wait to receive free food near the Serbian-Hungarian border outside the town of Subotica. ReutersAfter an 11-month journey across desert and sea, Mohamed finally hears his mother’s voice once more thanks to a Red Cross camper that travels across Italy to help migrants call home.From the border crossing of Ventimiglia in the country’s north to the southern island of Lampedusa, this white converted camper van has offered hundreds of freshly-arrived migrants a three minute call to their nearest and dearest.Last stop was the capital Rome, where it pottered to a halt Monday in front of a Red Cross tent camp which houses up to 200 people plucked from unseaworthy vessels in the Mediterranean before they are sent to reception centres.Mohamed, a 27-year-old from Senegal, takes his place at one of the tables manned by volunteers laid out in the sunshine, as others from Bangladesh, Eritrea, Pakistan and West Africa crowd around, some unable to believe their luck.It can take time: numbers might not work, there may be network issues, or the phone rings off the hook. But often, a mother, brother or neighbour picks up on the other side of the world, and the distance drops away.”I have not spoken to my mum for five months, I heard her voice and it was like a blow to the heart, a blow of madness. I’m happy,” Mohamed tells AFP with a wide smile.Tears, celebrationsHe left home in April 2016, crossed the Sahara desert, was held hostage in Libya, before escaping and setting out to sea, where he was rescued by a Norwegian ship operating under the European border agency Frontex.He was brought to Sicily on Sunday, and was driven to the capital overnight and given a bed at the Red Cross camp.Mohamed used his three minutes — as the seconds tick down on a timer clock beside him — to thank his elder sister, who gave him the money for the journey.He also urgently wants to warn his friends: “Never try what I did. I risked my life.”It is not the first time the Red Cross volunteers have seen people warning loved ones. A few weeks ago in Pozzallo, Sicily, an Ivorian woman used the phone call to beg her mother to stop other young women leaving.”Libya is hell,” she sobbed according to the Red Cross, describing how she was raped by men holding her captive there.”My head was there in the village, mother, it was only my body that was with those men,” she was quoted as saying.The calls can be difficult when migrants discover someone back home has died.Others are moments of celebration, such as one in which a Malian man finally got through to his wife only to be told she had given birth to their baby boy.In either case the calls work wonders, says project manager Francesco Montrone, who since mid-January has overseen over 1,500 calls, 60 percent of which have been successful.Mood changer”The mood in the centres changes a lot once the migrants call home. They calm down, the atmosphere is more relaxed,” Montrone said.The project was launched a year ago in the Netherlands by the Vodafone Foundation which finances the camper and pays for the calls.The unit, which has spent two months on loan to the Italian Red Cross, will now return to tour Dutch reception centres, but Montrone hopes it won’t be the last Italy sees of this mobile psychological lifeline.Reception centres are obliged to provide migrants with telephone cards, but those waiting to be transferred from first responder camps do not have this privilege, nor do those living in informal settlements at the borders.A shy young Nigerian sits down at one of the tables, shivering in his threadbare clothes. The volunteer assigned to take care of him runs to get him a body warmer before helping him dial his father’s number.At the next table, a Pakistani who arrived last week reassures his brother he is well until an alarm clock sounds: the three minutes are up.last_img read more

1000 shot in Chicago this year

first_imgChicago hit a grim milestone Tuesday, with more than a thousand people shot in the Midwestern US city since the beginning of the year. Photo: AFPChicago hit a grim milestone Tuesday, with more than a thousand people shot in the Midwestern US city since the beginning of the year.According to the Chicago Tribune newspaper 1,008 people have been shot in the city — at least 182 fatally — since the beginning of January, a pace roughly unchanged since the same period last year.The largest city in the Midwest has been struggling with a stubbornly high murder rate that peaked at more than 750 last year, the highest in two decades.The Chicago Police Department (CPD) offered conflicting data for the first four months of 2017, saying 172 people were killed and 954 shot — a nine per cent decline compared to the same period last year.The police department did not account for shootings on area expressways under the jurisdiction of a separate agency, which could explain the conflicting data, according to CPD spokesman Kevin Quaid.There were also 3,500 shootings, mostly concentrated in poor sections of the city with rampant gang and drug-related violence.The city plans to hire nearly 1,000 additional officers over two years to address the problem, and is increasingly relying on high-tech solutions.Quaid highlighted the addition of “intelligence hubs” in the city’s violence-plagued neighborhoods as one reason they are reporting fewer shootings so far this year.”Officers and data analysts run historical crime data, gang intelligence, and social networking analytics through predictive software programming to help officers focus on the right people, at the right place, at the right time,” Quaid told AFP in an email.Chicago police last week became the first US police agency to use a new web tool where residents can anonymously report crime.last_img read more

Riva Ganguly likely to replace Shringla

first_imgRiva Ganguly (R) is likely to replace Harsh Vardhan Shringla as India’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh.Riva Ganguly Das, currently in charge of India’s external affairs ministry’s cultural arm, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), is likely to be the next High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh.Current Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla is likely to become India’s next ambassador to the US, replacing Navtej Sarna, who is set to retire at the end of this year, reports UNB.The Indian government is planning a rash of changes in its envoys to a number of key world capitals, reports Times of India mentioning Shringla and Riva’s new likely postings.When approached, a diplomatic source in Dhaka said nothing is finalised. “It’ll take time.”Shringla was appointed Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka in November 2015.last_img read more

President PM pay homage to language heroes

first_imgPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have paid their rich tributes to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement on the occasion of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day. Photo: BSSPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have paid their rich tributes to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement on the occasion of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day.They paid the homage by placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka at one minute past midnight tonight.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at the Shaheed Minar six minutes before the clock struck 12 midnight, while president Abdul Hamid reached the Central Shaheed Minar two minutes before the zero hour.President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina proceeded to the altar of the Central Shaheed Minar together in slow pace as the immortal song on Amar Ekushey–“Amar Bhaiyer Rakte Rangano Ekushey February”– was playing.The president was the first to lay the wreath at the Central Shaheed Minar. Just after the president, the prime minister placed the wreath at the Shaheed Minar.They stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the Language Heroes.Ministers, advisers to the prime minister, parliament members, chiefs of three services, senior Awami League leaders, freedom fighters, foreign diplomats, civil and military officials were present on the occasion.Later, speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and deputy speaker Fazley Rabbi Mia placed wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar.Flanked by cabinet members and senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the President of Bangladesh Awami League, later placed another wreath at the Shaheed Minar on behalf of the party.On arrival at the Shaheed Minar, the president was received by prime minister Sheikh Hasina and vice chancellor of Dhaka University (DU) professor Md Akhtaruzzaman, while Prime Minister was received by DU vice chancellor.Later, the chiefs of three services, mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation Sayeed Khokan, the panel mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation, the inspector general of police, the ambassadors and high commissioners of different countries and the heads of international organisations placed wreaths at the Shaheed Minar.last_img read more

Sonagazi OC withdrawn as victims family cannot trust him

first_imgWithdrawn Sonagazi Model police station OC Moazzem Hossain. Photo: CollectedA Feni court on Wednesday placed Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa principal Siraj Ud Doula on a 7-day remand and two other people on 5-day remand each in a case filed for setting fire to a female student of the madrasa.The other accused put on remand are Abser Uddin, lecturer of English department of the madrasa and student Arif.Feni’s senior judicial magistrate Saraf Uddin Ahmed passed the order after the police produced the three accused before the court seeking a seven-day remand.Meanwhile, Moazzem Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sonagazi Model police station, has been withdrawn, said Md Sohel Rana, assistant inspector general (AIG) of police headquarters (PR).Later, he was attached to the Armed Police Battalion (APBn), said superintendent of Feni police SM Jahangir Sarker.Sources at the police headquarters told Prothom Alo that the authorities decided to withdraw the OC taking the plaintiff’s no-confidence in Moazzem Hossain into cognisance.Besides, the case filed for the incident of setting fire to the girl has been transferred to PBI (Police Bureau of Investigation) so that no local people can influence the investigations, the sources told Prothom Alo.On Tuesday, a court in Feni placed four people — Nur Hossain, Kefayet Ullah, Md Alauddin and Shahidul Islam — on a five-day remand after their arrest in a case filed over the incident.The case was filed accusing eight people, including madrasa principal Siraj Ud Doula, lecturer of English Absar Uddin, Feni municipality councillor Maksudul Alam Maksud, and four unidentified ones.On Saturday, Nusrat Jahan Rafi was set afire allegedly by students loyal to principal Siraj Ud Doula after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as Rafi had accused him of sexually harassing her.The madrasa was declared shut until 17 April after the incident grabbed the headlines and sparked outrage across Bangladesh.The victim, who suffered 75 per cent burn injuries, has been kept on life support at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.last_img read more

UK EU close to Brexit deal over Irish border

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 25 July 2018 Ireland`s foreign minister Simon Coveney speaks to members of the media following a meeting of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference, outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photo: AFPBritain would remain in a temporary customs union with the EU, avoiding a hard Irish border, as part of a new deal being thrashed out between London and Brussels, according to a Sunday Times report.Senior sources told the paper that Prime Minister Theresa May has secured concessions from Brussels, with the EU agreeing to write an “all-UK” customs union into the divorce deal.This would avoid the EU’s “backstop” solution that would have treated Northern Ireland differently from the rest of Britain.There will be an “exit clause” from the customs union in a bid to convince Brexiteers that it is not a permanent arrangement as May looks to secure enough votes to get the deal through parliament, added the paper.May’s spokesman refused to confirm the report, calling it “speculation”, according to Sky News.The Irish border has proved the biggest obstacle to a deal, with both sides vowing not to reinstate a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland for fear of destabilising the peace accord that ended decades of deadly sectarian violence.Under the agreed deal, the EU accepts that regulatory checks on goods can be carried out in factories and shops rather than at the border, the Sunday Times said.The deal keeps open the possibility of Britain securing a future free trade agreement similar to the one signed between Canada and the EU in 2016.The opposition Labour party has all but ruled out supporting any deal May reaches with Brussels, leaving the prime minister reliant on her slender parliamentary majority that comprises her own divided MPs and coalition partners the Democratic Unionist Party.She is expected to warn her most stridently anti-EU MPs that they will be held responsible for the consequences of a no-deal Brexit if they do not vote for her deal.However, if these Brexiteers are not convinced that the customs union is only a temporary measure they would almost certainly rebel.Her cabinet is due to hold talks over the plan on Monday, with a potential EU summit pencilled in for the end of November, if they agree enough progress has been made.Parliament would then vote on the deal in December.last_img

Quader to return home in 2 weeks

first_imgObaidul Quader. File PhotoAwami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, who is now undergoing treatment in Singapore, will return home after two weeks.“If there is no problem in his (Quader’s) health, then he will return home after two weeks,” Public Relation Officer (PRO) of Bridges Division Sheikh Walid Faiz told BSS Wednesday.He said specialized physicians in Singapore advised Quader for taking rest enough.However, before leaving for London Wednesday morning, prime minister Sheikh Hasina talked to Obaidul Quader and inquired about his physical condition. During the conversation, Quader informed the prime minister of his present state of heath, the PRO quoted as saying.Earlier, Quader admitted to the Bangladesh Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on 3 March, following breathing complications. Later, he was flown to Singapore on 4 March and admitted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital.last_img read more

Harvest announces executive committee will resign more changes after MacDonald fired

first_img “a sinful pattern of inappropriate language, anger and domineering behavior.”This (together with high crimes and misdemeanors, which are apparent all over the place) is a great reason why the Executive Committee of America should fire Donald Trump, but it won’t. Yes, we do have such an Executive Committee which actually can fire the president upon request from the House. It’s called the United States Senate. It so happens that its Republicans also “own” the catastrophe of Trumpism Behavior anyway. Any half dozen of them could have stopped most of it cold—–even without any firing at all. So, what kind of “elders” do you have up there?That aside, church boards seldom really manage pastors, especially founding pastors. It’s the other way around. Board members are the ones who are usually managed—–as these Harvest guys now know. Share This! By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites TagsHarvest Bible Chapel James MacDonald Walk In the Word,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,CHICAGO (RNS) — Harvest Bible Chapel, an embattled Chicago-area megachurch, announced this past weekend that the executive committee of its elders will resign.The resignations, which will take place over several months, came days after church elders fired James MacDonald, Harvest’s founding pastor.In a statement, the elders said they’d failed in their duty to properly oversee MacDonald, who was terminated for what they called “a sinful pattern of inappropriate language, anger and domineering behavior.”“We acknowledge failures in direction, discipline and response time. We, as the larger elder board, have made mistakes, and we own these,” they said in the statement, which was read during church services and posted later on the church’s website.The elder resignations are one of several changes that will take place in the weeks to come at Harvest Bible Chapel.Calling it “one of the most difficult weeks in the history of our church,” executive committee member Bill Sterling said in the statement that the church also will make changes to “both the composition and structure” of its elder board. That board currently is composed of more than 30 men, he said, which has “made it difficult to make decisions during times of adversity.”Senior Associate Pastor Rick Donald preaches at Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Ill., on Feb. 16, 2019. Photo courtesy of Harvest Bible ChapelAnd the church will make changes to its campuses, abandoning plans to launch a new campus in suburban Hinsdale and returning its Naples campus to the elders and staff of that church.Earlier this year, Harvest had fired Pastor John Secrest, who founded the Naples church. Secrest had objected to plans that allowed McDonald to preach at the Naples church while on an “indefinite sabbatical” from preaching and leadership in Chicago.That sabbatical came after years of controversy over MacDonald’s leadership style and the church’s finances. The controversy flared up after Harvest sued two bloggers who had been critical of the church, along with a freelance writer who was investigating the church.Harvest later dropped the lawsuit. But the controversy remained, and the church’s elders dismissed MacDonald after a local radio host played recordings of crude comments purportedly made by the pastor about his critics.Fallout continued Tuesday (Feb. 19), as Moody Publishers, which has published most of MacDonald’s books, said those titles no longer are available for sale through the publisher. It will accept returns for credit through May 31.LifeWay communications director Carol Pipes also confirmed the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention will no longer publish or carry MacDonald’s resources.The megachurch’s elders announced over the weekend they have formed a “Harvest 2020” team of congregants, staff, elders and outside professionals to review the church’s oversight, accountability and transparency, according to the statement. That team will be led by Rick Korte, a church member with experience in management and leadership, according to the elders’ statement.Senior associate pastor and elder Rick Donald told worshippers at a weekend service that the church is in a time of “humility” and “self-reflection” and asked them to forgive and pray for the church staff.“If I had to choose a word to kind of describe where we’re at as a church right now, I think I would use the word ‘storm,’” Donald said in his message.“Storms are temporary,” he said. “Yeah, we’re in a storm right now, and we’re going to be walking through some things that are going to be challenging and difficult and sometimes painful, but here’s the truth that I believe: The sun’s going to shine here again.”Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Ill., on Feb. 10, 2019. Video screenshot from Harvest Bible ChapelNot everyone at the church was pleased with that message. The Chicago Tribune reported “dozens of attendees” walked out of the Saturday night service on the church’s main campus in Rolling Meadows as Donald delivered the message, gathering elsewhere to pray.One attendee told the Tribune she was surprised the church had chosen Donald to deliver the message. He is reportedly a close friend of MacDonald and joined the staff at Harvest within a year of its founding.Noting her willingness to stay and rebuild, Rene Cross of Carol Stream said: “I just got up quietly and walked out because I felt like that’s the right thing to do. We’re not in a storm. It was sin.”Questions still remain about Walk in the Word, MacDonald’s longtime radio program. Once an independent ministry, the show and its finances came under Harvest control several years ago. In January, MacDonald and Harvest announced the show, which had been broadcast on stations nationwide, would become a digital-only operation.New content for the show has been posted on MacDonald’s website, JamesMacDonald.com, since his departure from the church.Calls by RNS to Harvest were not returned. A  recorded ministry update heard when calling Walk in the Word still shared the news the program would be going digital in March. Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Alexa responds to minister’s sermon, orders toilet paper February 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites News Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Looks like a “big box” store with a church in the parking lot.,In Detroit, one organization is schooling Muslims on racial justice News Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,5 Comments Click here to post a comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. FriendlyGoat says: February 19, 2019 at 5:24 pm What about THIS from Charisma News-x so you know you can rely on its veracity.“James MacDonald, pastor of the megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC), was fired from the church after a radio show host aired the first of several inflammatory audio clips. In the clips, a man who is presumed to be MacDonald makes crude comments about Christianity Today, reporters and even discusses a plan to plant child pornography on someone’s computer.” The “someone” being Christianity today CEO Harold Smith. Other news reports say that the people who heard it And would know were fairly certain it is MacDonald. The originator of the tapes would say, probably due to litigation threats. Personally, I have no idea. But I do have a few questions. If true, where would he get it? How would he get access to it? How does he know where to get it? What kind of man threatens to do something like that to someone else? Is anyone going to look at MacDonald’s computer?What kind of man of God would go there? News • Photos of the Week February 19, 2019 at 8:16 pm Share This! February 20, 2019 at 12:12 pm February 19, 2019 at 9:50 pm Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 This is a congregation of which I have little knowledge, so all that i know comes from the reporting in RNS and Christianity Today. However, when I read the above article I noticed something that set off alarm bells for me. The entire elder board is all male, and there are no women serving on this board which supposedly sets policy and direction for the congregation. That explains a lot, especially in matters related to sexual abuse. I’m not saying that simply having one or more women on the board would have necessarily put a stop to this much earlier. 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Racial concerns prompt Christian university in Oklahoma to rename auditorium

first_img Bobby Ross Jr.,Load Comments,Omar’s Israel remarks expose Democrats’ simmering divisions By: Bobby Ross Jr. Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 News Baptists who split from Southern Baptist Convention have own sex abuse policies By: Bobby Ross Jr. Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Bobby Ross Jr. Share This! Bobby Ross Jr. Share This! News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) — A Christian university in Oklahoma is renaming its main auditorium — known for a half-century as Hardeman Auditorium — amid concerns over a racist statement attributed to the late namesake, N.B. Hardeman.The president of Oklahoma Christian University, which is associated with Churches of Christ, recently revealed to students that the assembly hall’s new name will honor donors Benton and Paula Baugh.The Baughs are members of the Memorial Church of Christ in Houston and active proponents of racial unity efforts in Texas’ largest city. They recently gave Oklahoma Christian $1 million — just their latest donation after previous seven-figure support of the university’s Bible and engineering programs.Students greeted President John deSteiguer’s announcement of the newly renamed Baugh Auditorium — already dubbed the “Baughditorium” — with a standing ovation.Oklahoma Christian University President John deSteiguer reveals that the school assembly hall’s new name will honor donors Benton and Paula Baugh at the former Hardeman Auditorium in Oklahoma City on Feb. 26, 2019. Photo courtesy of Hayley Bentley, Oklahoma Christian University“For a lot of African-American students, we’re happy that the name is changing,” said Elise Miller, a sophomore from Plano, Texas. “It’s difficult to worship under the context of a man who, if you met him, probably wouldn’t like you.”In 1966, Oklahoma Christian dedicated the 1,175-seat auditorium in memory of the late N.B. Hardeman, whom the university’s website called “a great preacher among churches of Christ in the early part of the 20th century and a longtime president of Freed-Hardeman College.”But recently, some students, faculty members and alumni raised questions about whether Hardeman was a racist.“As I learned more and more about the levels of concern that people had, I thought: Hospitality and welcoming people are such important core values of this institution that we probably needed to make a change,” deSteiguer said.Minority and international students comprise roughly one-third of Oklahoma Christian’s total enrollment of nearly 2,300.In an article titled “Negro Meetings for White People” in the March 1941 edition of the Bible Banner, prominent Church of Christ preacher Foy Wallace wrote that Hardeman refused to meet with African-American Christians and made derogatory comments about them while speaking in Texas.“When N. B. Hardeman held the valley-wide meeting at Harlingen, Texas, some misguided brethren brought a group of negroes up to the front to be introduced to and shake hands with him,” Wallace wrote. “Brother Hardeman told them publicly that he could see all of the colored brethren he cared to see on the outside after services, and that he could say everything to them that he wanted to say without the formality of shaking hands. I think he was right. He told of a prominent brother in the church who went wild over the negroes and showed them such social courtesies that one day one of the negroes asked him if he might marry his daughter. That gave the brother a jolt and he changed his attitude!”Douglas A. Foster, director of the Center for Restoration Studies at Abilene Christian University in Texas, said the statement attributed to Hardeman was “typical of the overtly racist attitudes of the day, including the reference to black men as sexual predators and the specter of miscegenation.”“Hardeman, like virtually all the white leaders of our churches and schools, bought wholly into white supremacist ideology, and it was manifested throughout all his dealings with people,” Foster said.Oklahoma Christian officials quietly removed the Hardeman name from the auditorium over the Christmas break, a fact first reported by the student newspaper The Talon in late January.Brad Bradshaw, a great-grandson of Hardeman, responded that nothing in his great-grandfather’s life, actions or works “supports any kind of disunity in the church. On the contrary, he was in favor of unity.”The great-grandson, who attends a Church of Christ in the Atlanta area, said older relatives who knew Hardeman well and are still living witnessed no hint of racial prejudice.“The allegations that my great-grandfather was a racist are a complete lie,” said Bradshaw, who was 9 years old when Hardeman died at age 91 in 1965. “It upset me, and it upset the family.”Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., also is associated with Churches of Christ. It’s named after A.G. Freed and Hardeman. Officials there declined to comment on Oklahoma Christian’s decision to rename its auditorium.However, Freed-Hardeman President David Shannon addressed racial issues at the Tennessee university’s recent 83rd annual Bible Lectureship. Shannon responded to a keynote sermon by a prominent African-American minister named Eugene Lawton. The New Jersey preacher’s message, taken from Exodus 22:21-27, addressed how “liberation from injustice was needed in Egypt then, and liberation from injustice is needed now in America,” according to the online program.Eugene Lawton, minister for the Newark, N.J., Church of Christ, preaches on liberation from injustice at the 83rd annual Bible Lectureship at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., on Feb. 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Bramblett GroupShannon voiced regret for “so many injustices that we simply cannot explain.”“We regret the violent times of the Civil War and civil rights (era) — times of prejudice and cruel hatred,” Shannon told the lectureship crowd. “I regret times that we settled to be nice yet to be separate.”Shannon also said that “many of our Christian schools only opened the doors to all races when our government tied their funding — federal funding — to this discussion.”“There’s no way to explain that away, to make it right,” he said. “It’s just not. For this I’m sorry.”Churches of Christ have an estimated 1.4 million adherents in 12,000 congregations nationwide, according to a national directory.In recent years, universities associated with Churches of Christ have taken steps aimed at racial reconciliation — from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., awarding an honorary doctorate to Fred Gray, a civil rights attorney who once sued Lipscomb, to Abilene Christian launching a center on race studies and spiritual action.At Oklahoma Christian, an annual “History Speaks” series brings civil rights icons such as Gray, former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and Terrence Roberts and Carlotta Walls LaNier of the Little Rock Nine to campus.“It’s been a priority for us to bring in heroes who we could learn from and be with as we try to make this a more welcoming community for folks,” deSteiguer said.(Bobby Ross Jr. writes for The Christian Chronicle, where the original version of this article appeared.) Share This! 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