NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Three people were arrested and charged with assaulting police officers after protesters disrupted a peaceful unity march and clashed with the NYPD in Brooklyn . Demonstrators took to the streets Wednesday to call for an end to the staggering increase in gun violence across the city, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported. READ MORE: Suspect Arrested In Deadly Stabbing Of Yonkers Store Owner Ruben Martinez MORE : Gunmen Open Fire On Crowd Outside Crown Heights Apartment Building; 1 Dead, 5 Wounded A unity march has stepped off from Cadman Plaza, led by a diverse group of faith leaders, along with law enforcement and citizens. Their message is to come together to stop the violence in the city, and listen to one another @CBSNewYork pic.twitter.com/BJJusEMcsN — Natalie Duddridge (@NatDuddridgeTV) July 15, 2020 Tensions started to build as the group began to cross the Brooklyn Bridge and were met by counter protesters. As the march … [Read more...] about 3 Arrested, Charged With Assaulting Police Officers After Cops, Counter-Protesters Clash On Brooklyn Bridge
Abuja, Nigeria (CNN) A popular Nigerian televangelist has urged his followers to "pray for YouTube" for shutting down his account after he posted videos on his channel claiming to 'cure' gay members of his congregation of their sexuality. "I got to know what happened to YouTube when I saw the viewers complaining... I want you to help me pray for YouTube... Don't see them the other way around; see them as friends. We need to be strong," T.B. Joshua said in a sermon posted on the ministry's Facebook page at the weekend. The YouTube channel of The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) -- run by Joshua -- was deactivated last week and can no longer be viewed by its nearly two million subscribers. OpenDemocracy, a media rights group based in the UK, told CNN that it sent a message to YouTube on April 8 asking if the conversion therapy videos did not violate its policies. "We noticed at least seven videos. In one video, T.B. Joshua slapped a woman … [Read more...] about YouTube shuts down prominent Nigerian megachurch preacher’s channel for ‘gay curing’ claims
(CNN) The ban preventing athletes from protesting or demonstrating at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been upheld by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In a statement released on Wednesday, the IOC said it had come to the decision to continue with the Rule 50 ban after a 10-month consultation process with over 3,500 athletes, who represent 185 different National Olympic Committees and all 41 Olympic Sports. According to the survey: "A clear majority of athletes said that it is not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views on the field of play (70% of respondents), at official ceremonies (70% of respondents) or on the podium (67% of respondents)." READ: Meet Ayesha McGowan, the first Black American woman in pro cycling IOC President Thomas Bach, opens the Executive board meeting in April at the Olympic House. "The goal of this wide outreach was to engage with athletes and hear their thoughts on existing and new … [Read more...] about Protests and demonstrations banned at 2020 Tokyo Olympics as Rule 50 upheld
Freetown (CNN) A top aide to Sierra Leone's president is being investigated after she talked about her newfound wealth in church. Fatmata Edna Kargbo was invited for questioning after she displayed a photo of her new house and appointments letters to a church congregation in Nigeria, Margaret Murray, a spokeswoman for the country's anti-corruption agency told CNN. "I cannot delve into the details because the investigation is ongoing and she's been cooperating since we invited her for questioning," she said. CNN has reached out to Kargbo but has yet to hear from her at the time of publishing. She came under scrutiny after a video of her sharing a testimony at the Synagogue Church of All Nations surfaced online sparking outrage from citizens who questioned the source of her wealth. Read More What is a megachurch? In the two minutes long video, the public official spoke about her appointment and how it had helped her … [Read more...] about President’s aide boasted about wealth in church, sparks corruption probe
(CNN) We hear the word "megachurch" used all the time - whether it's because of a famous parishioner , a scandal , or an Instagram account that tracks pastors' designer clothing and sneakers . But what exactly does it mean? Here are four things to know about how megachurches are defined: 1. You'll need at least 2,000 consistent congregants. The Hartford Institute for Religion Research defines a megachurch as a Protestant congregation that has an average weekly attendance of 2,000 or more members in its worship services. Read More Protestants aren't the only Christians who go to church in large numbers, of course - there are thousands of Catholic congregations that are just as big. But the Hartford Institute says that it restricts its list to Protestant congregations in part because size isn't the only characteristic they use to define a megachurch. Other factors like charismatic leadership, more contemporary worship, state-of-the-art sound systems … [Read more...] about What is a megachurch?