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China: Police Loot Church, Bury Bibles, Detain Members As Persecution Escalates

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China’s total Christian population is now thought to number anywhere between 25 million and 100 million people.

Chinese authorities have launched yet another brutal attack on Christianity, looting the donations box of a church, buying Bibles, and detaining the senior pastor before shuttering the building.

The raid, led by the deputy governor of Zhecheng county and involving armed SWAT and anti-riot police, took place at True Jesus Church in Anping town.

According to Bitter Winter, 60 vehicles, surrounded the church with the police blocking off all the intersections leading the building. Authorities claimed that the church was in contact with foreign countries and was thus engaging in illegal activity. They ordered an immediate shut down by any means possible.

Anticipating the raid, 60 church members attempted to prevent authorities from entering the building by overturning benches at the entrance. Despite their efforts, 100 plainclothes officers stormed into the building, immediately broke into the donations box, and demanded to know where the church funds were held.

“As soon as they entered the church, they smashed the donation box and pocketed the money, which totaled thousands of RMB,” said one member of the congregation. “They also questioned us about where all of our church’s money was kept.”

Then, officials ordered the officers to remove all surveillance cameras located inside the building, before mercilessly beating members of the congregation. “Fifteen believers were beaten to the ground, moaning in pain,” Bitter Winter noted.

One believer, who was in her sixties, was beaten so badly by the authorities that she suffered two cracked ribs. Another elderly church member who attempted to help her was also beaten. The outlet also reported that officers slapped the face of a paralyzed believer in her seventies and knocked several others unconscious for at least half an hour.

Before leaving, authorities buried Bibles, hymnbooks and Christian literature in a large pit outside the church.

In an attempt to “Sinicize” Christianity and infuse it with “Chinese characteristics,” China has arrested hundreds of pastors and church congregants. Additionally, dozens of churches have been demolished, with officials claiming that curtain buildings must be torn down due to new zoning laws.

In late March, authorities shut down a 1,000-member house church in Beijing, changed the locks and demanded that members in attendance sign a letter stating that they will no longer attend the church.

Last year, authorities in Beijing also banned one of the city’s largest house churches, Zion Church, claiming it had refused to register with the government and was thus illegal.

However, the church’s pastor, Jin Mingri, said officials never asked his church to register with the government “No [government] department has asked me to register the church in the past 10 years,” he said.

Because of these atrocities, China ranks as the 27th worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA’s 2019 World Watch List.

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CNN Records A Documentary On Stonebwoy.

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Multiple awards winning Reggae/Dancehall, Afro-fusion recording artiste and Grammy Awards nominee, Livingstone Etse Satekla, known within the entertainment habitat as Stonebwoy has been featured as a documentary on American news-based pay television channel, Cable News Network(CNN).

The minuscule and succinct digital recording of moving visual images made in a form of a documentary delineated Stonebwoy's artistic journey, achievement, impact in the entertainment industry, including his "Bless His Imperial Majesty" (BHIM) Nation and record label, Burniton Music group.

The main objective of the documentary being broadcasted on the American traditional media company is to recognize and promote the undiluted talent, ranging from his music composition or writing prowess, vocal dexterity and effort of one the best recording artiste in Africa who has being hardworking in his endeavor earning him an overwhelming respect from music pioneers, including Legendary Buju Banton, Jamaican superstar Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Sean Paul.

The video also touched on his achievements, thus, the recognition of excellence he garnered in the Reggae/Dancehall field. He won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2015 BET Awards and Artist of the Year at the 2015 Ghana Music Awards. In 2019, he won the Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year for the 5th consecutive time at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. He is recognized as the king of reggae and dancehall artists in Africa.

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Cable News Network (CNN) is an American news-based pay television channel owned by AT&T's WarnerMedia. CNN was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner as a 24-hour cable news channel. Upon its launch, CNN was the first television channel to provide 24-hour news coverage, and was the first all-news television channel in the United States.

While the news channel has numerous affiliates, CNN primarily broadcasts from 30 Hudson Yards in New York City, and studios in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Its headquarters at the CNN Center in Atlanta is only used for weekend programming. CNN is sometimes referred to as CNN/U.S. (or CNN Domestic) to distinguish the U.S. channel from its international sister network, CNN International.

The network is known for its dramatic live coverage of breaking news, some of which has drawn criticism as overly sensationalistic, and for its efforts to be nonpartisan, which have led to accusations of false balance.

As of September 2018, CNN has 90.1 million television households as subscribers (97.7% of households with cable) in the United States. Globally, CNN programming airs through CNN International, which can be seen by viewers in over 212 countries and territories.

Watch Stonebwoy - Tuff Seed below;

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Interesting Similarities Between The Amadioha Deity & Jesus Christ.

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There is a saying that there is nothing new under the sun, this is true for everything that  exists on the face of the earth. Christianity has convinced untold amounts of black people that their spirituality is demonic, it will amaze you my reader to know that only the African man believe’s his spirituality is demonic and must be eradicated. The demonizing of our own cultures and traditions is ironic in the sense that the Christianity that has convinced us to do this seems to be based on those African traditions that we have come to view as demonic.

Today I will be concentrating on the Igbo people of West Africa in Nigeria, I will be looking at a their tradition and gods and comparing it to Christian doctrine, I leave you to make your own conclusions by the end.

AMADIOHA & JESUS CHRIST:

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Amadioha; is the Igbo people’s god of thunder, but even this is a misconception Amadioha in actuality is the god of Justice. Literally Amadioha means man of the people.

Besides justice, Amadioha is also god of love, peace and unity, aside the above manifestations of Amadioha, he represents a messianic hope for those in critical situations.

In the play, the Other Side of the Mask, the character Jamike refers to Amadioha as “the god of carvers”. The carving craft is a form of carpentry in the sent that they are working wood into furniture or other objects.

His color is red, and his symbol is a white ram.

Amadioha is described to have no humanoid form, according to the priests and those that commune with Amadioha, He always appears as a white ram.

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JESUS CHRIST; till today is considered a man of the people, both in the way he lived and chose to die. Jesus Christ is synonymous with the idea of Justice, Love and Unity. One of Jesus most popular quote was what he said in Mark 12:31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these. The entire Idea of Jesus Christ based on the idea of Justice, Peace, love and the “messianic idea of hope for those in critical need” for all, one of Jesus’s titles was “The Prince of Peace

Jesus Christ in his life was a carpenter as stated in Mark 6:3: Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Amadioha was also a wood worker (carver).

As the sacred color of Amadioha is red, Just do a quick google image search of Jesus Christ, you will be surprised at how many images of Jesus Christ where he is wearing a red scarf, red coat or something red on him, this is a clear indication that the color red is symbolic to Jesus Christ. Amadioha appears as a white ram. Here are some bible scriptures in which Jesus Christ is described as a lamb:

It is true that the message of Christ is the more popular today with bible version that has been translated to suit the message of over a 1000 different christian sect and doctrine. Christianity has been in practice for almost 2000 years, but the idea and spirituality of Amadioha has been in practice for over 4000, the message in its base is much the same as that of Christianity. Africans must understand that apart from Christianity, all religions on earth are derived from the African spirituality, be it the belief in Amadioha, the philosophy of IFA of the Yorubas or the Vodoun of Dahomey Kindgom that is Benin Republic today.

The high priestess Adedoyin Talabi Faniyi at the Ogboni shrine in the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove, a Unesco World Heritage site in southwest Nigeria.
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Ogboni shrine in the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove
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Arusi Odinani Shrine in Igbo Land Nigeria
Ika Shrine of Igbo People in Nigeria
Arusi Ikenga Shrine in Igbo Land Nigeria

If the world has copied what is ours and are using it to do great things, if the world has copies what is ours and sold it back to us and used it to control our people, body, mind and soul, then why cant we take advantage of our own spirituality that is linked to our bloodlines and free ourselves from our bondage?

The white man came with guns and cannons but it took them 5 centuries to conquer us, Africa could not be conquered by force, this was why the brainwashing by the missionary was necessary. Please let it be known that when the missionary came the first thing they took back to England was our alters, masks, charms and powers they called demonic. They took it and they learned to us it to exploit us all while they called our powers demonic, it is ironic that today, the West that has slaughtered countless people for not following Christianity have become the world’s greatest cesspool of perversions, degeneration, exploitation and sin according to the same bible they murdered and pillaged for.

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 Stolen African art in European Museum

Till today we have people around Africa who can not by killed by a guns, we have people in Africa who can walk under water for miles, we have people all over Africa that can fly, we have people that receive innovative information through dreams and people who can monitor people through mirrors. Why cant this power be used for the benefit of Africans? It is simple, we see our own culture, tradition and spirituality as evil, this means we consider the core of our soul and bloodlines demonic and undesirable.

The African spirituality is the original of all religions and spiritualisties, they have tried to feed us with, I have shown you a simple comparison between Amadioha a lesser known deity mostly known by the Igbo people of West Africa and the globally accepted idea that is Jesus Christ. My brothers and sisters you have seen it and if you open your heart the truth is loud and clear. Decide for yourself, is this the ranting of one demon possessed or the words of truth from an African that wish to see his brothers accept who they are and use the gifts they have to achieve the greatest fits that will ever be known to man.

Africa is dying, Africa is being murdered and the day that Africa dies finally is the day that our cultures, traditions and spirituality leaves our souls. The day this happens, Africa will not only be over but the black men and women who inhabit these areas will be extinguished from life. I love my Africa and I am not ashamed of our cultures and traditions, everything that is used for evil can be used for great good.

I will close with this proverb “Truth was taking a bath and hung his cloths at the door of the bath house, Lie was passing when he saw the cloths of Truth and decided to still it, as Lie took the cloths wore it and started running, Truth came out naked from the bath house and started chasing Lie” Ever since that day, Naked TRUTH has been chasing that well dressed LIE!

(Source: The Anago Man)

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TOMBOY: History of Women Dressing Like Men.

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Today most people wouldn't bat an eye at a women wearing pants or a bow tie (in the western world), but it wasn't always this way. In fact, prior to the late 19th and early 20th century, social customs were very strict regarding women’s clothing, with women wearing dresses, underskirts and painfully tight corsets. 

In the 1850's, women's rights activist, Amelia Bloomer, started to shake things up. She advocated for women to ditch the tight corsets and heavy petticoats worn under their skirts. Initially inspired from Turkish dress, the wide lose fitting pants worn under a knee length skirt, were aptly named the "Bloomer".  The Bloomer became a symbol of women's rights in the early 1850s and was worn by famous feminists, like Susan B Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Then in the 1920's, there was another big shift in women’s clothing with women entering the workforce during WWI and gaining the right to vote. They had to think more practically about their outfits, and demanded less restrictive, more casual attire. Although women continued to wear skirts, their clothing became more masculine, loser and sporty.

One of the most influential fashion icons of the 20’s was Coco Chanel. She rebelliously dismissed the feminine styling of her day and embraced androgynous style. She accelerated the already growing movement towards female empowerment and paved the way for menswear-inspired clothing, designing elegant suits, tweed blazers and simple everyday-wear for women. She was best known for wearing nautical stripes, trousers, and chunky knit sweaters.

The 30’s brought menswear-inspired fashion to the forefront, with actresses such as Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn sporting suits and bow ties in popular movies. 

Left image: Marlene Dietrich. Right image: Katherine Hepburn.

Although Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn rocked trousers before the 30’s, it was really only considered socially acceptable for women to wear pants in specific situations, like sports or during the wars when they took over many of the men's jobs. With their husbands away at war, women took on what were previously male dominated roles such as farm or factory work. Since traditional women's attire wasn't appropriate for the more physically demanding work, they raided their husbands closets and altered them to fit.

In 1939, Vogue illustrated a woman in a pair of pants on the cover of it's May issue. The editors wrote, "Our new slacks are irreproachably masculine in their tailoring, but women have made them entirely their own by the colors in which they order them, and the accessories they add." However the article goes on to depict when, where and how these slacks may be worn, stating  ‘One Iron Rule is that they are well-cut and well-creased to appear properly ‘feminine’ and stresses the necessity to avoid the ‘mannish accessories’ that characterised the ‘early, experimental days’ of  trouser-wearing. So women could be free to wear whatever they wanted as long as they still looked like a stepford housewife and looked pretty for their husbands!

After the war ended, women returned to their role as housewife and mother, and with that they went back to dresses and skirts. The 50's was subsequently hyperfeminine with clothing made to accentuate a women's hips and bust with tight waisted dresses, and curved jackets. However there were still pockets of women breaking free from the trends. For example, there was a group of women in London called Teddy Girls who rejected the traditional notions of femininity, dressing in jackets, rolled up jeans and flat shoes.  

Image of Teddy Girls sourced from Ken Russell's photography exhibition

Although there were instances of women wearing men's clothes throughout the 20th century, it really wasn’t until the 60's and 70’s that menswear inspired fashion was no longer considered a rebellious political statement. In the 60's women made large strides toward equality with the passing of Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which both gave women more rights in the workplace. In 1961 Audrey Hepburn wore black capri's in the movie, "Breakfast at Tiffany's", inspiring a new resurgence of women breaking away from traditional feminine clothing. 

Yves Saint Laurent took menswear-inspired styling to new heights with his “Smoking” Tuxedo Jacket,  hailed as the alternative to the Little Black Dress. As he said himself, “For women, the tuxedo is an indispensable outfit, which they feel comfortable with, so they can be who they are. This is style, not fashion. Fads come and go, style is forever.”                

Another influence was credited to the 1977 movie “Annie Hall” starring Diane Keaton, where Diane Keaton’s menswear-clad character donned bowler hats, vests, wide ties and button-up shirts. 

Then the 1980's was all about the power suit, which included a tailored jacket with large shoulder pads and a knee length skirt. A recent article from Vice magazine about the evolution of the pant suit, stated, "These big shouldered jackets and pants disguised a women's figure and took the focus off her gender, creating a feeling of authority as the traditional sex roles continued to blur." UK prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, always wore a suit, saying that "she was in a man's world, and she had to look the part." 

Images of the 1980's power suit sourced from Pinterest

In the last twenty years, “menswear-inspired fashion” has increased in popularity from sculptural shoulders, buttoned vests, plaid patterns, classic fedoras and trench coats to slouchy boyfriend jeans and suit sets. But, until recently it still had a feminine element with cinched waists, addition of ribbons or lace, and pastel colors.

 In the last five years this trend for menswear-inspired fashion has continued to grow, but there has also been a growing demand for women’s clothing that is masculine without the feminine touches; so no longer just inspired from menswear, instead it is actual menswear designs fitted to the female body. This style has been given many names, but most commonly referred to as androgynous fashion, tomboy style, or menswear-inspired fashion.

Images sourced from Jessi Poo Tumblr, Marimacho, SJW, and Dapper Chicks of NY. 

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Tanzanian Authorities To Publish Names Of Married Men To Protect Single Women.

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Authorities in Tanzania are considering publishing the identities of all married men on a website run by a state agency as part of efforts to curb cheating and protect young women from “unnecessary heartbreaks.”

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner, Paul Makonda, who disclosed this on Monday, August 12, said: “I have received a lot of complaints from young women. Many women from Dar es Salaam region have been deceived many times, and they have had enough.

“Men have been promising to marry them, then later, they ditch the ladies and this is something that is humiliating,” the regional commissioner said.

“These cunning men have left many women nursing heartbreaks and emotional bruises. You’ll find a young man successfully wooing a woman, making her leave every other thing that she does, hoping that the man will marry her, not knowing that he is, indeed, conning her.

“If you look at the laws that we have in the country, there is a clause that protects women, who were promised marriages, only to be used and dumped. We want to use that clause to bring sanity in relationships.”

If adopted, all married people would be required to register their marital statuses with the region’s database agency. Any woman who has been promised marriage can then access the database to find out if the man who has made that promise is already married or not.

In that database, all the marriages, including Christian, customary, Muslim, those filed at the registrar of marriages, will be registered, Makonda said.

“We want to reduce the cases of men conning women in the name of love and marriages.

“We are planning to meet the State agency in charge of the citizens’ database. Once that meeting is done, you, who lied to a woman that you will marry her, but ended up using and dumping her, be prepared, we are coming for you.”

This development comes after Tanzanian women were recently pressurized to produce more children when the country’s president, John Magufuli reiterated the need to have a higher birth rate to boost the economy.

Magufuli, who had earlier spoken against contraceptives, believes women should “set ovaries free” and give birth to more children to turn the East African country into a regional powerhouse, a move critics say would rather worsen poverty and inequality.

Tanzania is home to some 55.5 million people, according to the World Bank, an increase from 10 million when it gained independence in 1961. The country also has one of the world’s highest birth rates – around 5 children per woman while figures from the UN Population Fund, UNFPA, indicate that the population is growing by about 2.7 percent a year.

Most young people do not have jobs while most public schools and hospitals are overcrowded.

Most women in Tanzania use contraceptives to curb the high rates of births, but Magufuli is against that, saying that the country needs more people to build the economy.

This is the same president who upheld a controversial 2002 law in 2017 that bans pregnant schoolgirls from returning to school after giving birth. He also supported the order to arrest all pregnant schoolgirls to serve as a deterrent.

In January 2018, the authorities arrested five pregnant schoolgirls and their parents. They explained that the arrest was to ensure that they testified against those responsible.

The other reason behind their arrest was to end the growing teenage pregnancies in the country, prevent other girls from engaging in sexual activities and get the girls to testify against the culprits who are on the run, district official Mohammed Azizi told local media.

The country continues to deny its citizens human rights as the media, opposition parties and musicians have all been victims of the regime which has formulated laws that stifle dissent and violate freedom of expression.

Unfortunately, women are the most affected in Tanzania as the men propose the laws and they only have to obey.

This June, women became the target of certain unpopular decisions by the Magufuli administration after announcing moves to impose a tax on wigs and hair extensions.

Finance Minister Philip Mpango, in his budget speech in parliament, announced a 25 per cent tax on imported wigs and hair extensions and a 10% tax on those made locally. He said that these were part of measures aimed at increasing government revenue.

Those in support of the levy said it will make women keep their natural hair, but critics, largely women, felt the decision is mainly to hurt them.

“People love artificial hair. Why of all the things that could be taxed did they opt for wigs?” a popular Tanzanian importer of wigs, Annasatasia Sigera asked while speaking with the BBC.

For others, the measure could ruin relationships, as most men in Tanzania are used to seeing their wives with wigs and extensions, a trend that many young women have embraced.

Tanzanian women were also up in arms against the government’s decision to scrap the exemption on value-added tax placed on sanitary towels. Finance Minister Mpango explained that since that exemption was introduced, consumers had not benefited as businesses refused to reduce their prices, but women described the measure as unfair.

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