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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2017 FUNERAL FOR CTK’S – RALPH ROACHFORD

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2017 FUNERAL FOR CTK’S – RALPH ROACHFORD
By Waltie Ainsworth

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Mr. Ralph Roachford

The dean of acolytes within the Willingboro Christ the King (CTK) Episcopal Church, Mr. Ralph Roachford has died. Ralph wielded tremendous influence within the church organization and was 82 at the time of his death.
Ralphs great grandparents were from Barbados but he was third generation Brooklynite. He never lost the Bajan accent or a taste for fine foods and liquor from the region. He was also somewhat of a techno geek. He loved technology because in his head, it was the only thing in the marketplace that was going down in prices as against food, fuel, furniture and funerals.

A special mass and tribute is planned for dearly beloved Ralph on Thursday February 23, 2017 at 10.00 am at his home church CTK on Charleston Road in Willingboro NJ, just off of Route 130.   Continue reading

Is Kwanzaa Still A Thing? – Reports are that interest in it is waning – NPR

Is Kwanzaa Still A Thing? – Reports are that interest in it is waning – NPR
December 28, 201212:00 PM ET  – Heard on Tell Me More
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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we’d like to talk about Kwanzaa. Wednesday marked the start of the seven-day celebration of African-American culture and heritage. And if you’ve been around a while, then you probably remember that in the 1980s and 1990s, Kwanzaa was one of the trifecta of winter holidays – along with Christmas and Hanukkah, of course – that got a lot of attention from the media; from retail establishments, including the big department stores; and artists. Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass released a song “Happy Kwanzaa” on his 1998 album “This Christmas I’d Rather Have Love.” Let’s listen.

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Religion in Zimbabwe – Tithing troubles

Religion in Zimbabwe – Tithing troubles

Even the most popular preachers of prosperity are facing tougher times

zimAug 27th 2016 | HARARE | Economist

THE booming voice of Apostle Rodney Chipoyera, the pastor of the Kingdom Prosperity Ministries, fills a decrepit cinema-turned-church in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital. Yes, times are tough, he tells his congregants, who sit in broken chairs wearing their Sunday best. The country may be bust, but if you stop tithing—giving a full tenth of your income to his church—you will be cursed. “You tithe, He blesses,” proclaims Mr Chipoyera. “You keep the tithe, the curse is initiated.” The congregation responds in ardent agreement: “I refuse to rob God in tithes and offerings!”      Continue reading

Islamic council proposes allowing men to ‘lightly beat’ their wives

Islamic council proposes allowing men to ‘lightly beat’ their wives

Islamic council proposes allowing men to ‘lightly beat’ their wives if they do not ‘dress as he desires’, refuse to have sex, or fail to take a bath after their period 

  • 20-member Council of Islamic Ideology advises Pakistani government 
  • It proposes in a new bill that women can be beaten for various reasons
  • Those include women talking to strangers or failing to wear a hijab

The Council of Islamic Ideology has proposed allowing a man to ‘lightly beat’ his wife if she does not ‘dress as he desires’, refuses to have sex, or fails to take a bath after her period.

The 20-member council is a constitutional body of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, but can only advise the government rather than make laws.

Its latest proposals come as part of its own women protection bill, after it rejected Punjab province’s controversial Protection of Women against Violence Act, branding it un-Islamic.  Continue reading