Roman Catholic priest jailed for child abuse images charged with sexual assault
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by Ramon Antonio Vargas in New Orleans
10h ago
New charges filed against Anthony Odiong after eight accusers came forward alleging unwelcome sexual conduct Days after being jailed in Florida on counts of possessing child abuse imagery, a Roman Catholic priest with ties to south-east Louisiana and Texas has been charged with two counts of sexual assault. Police in Waco, Texas, announced the new charges against Anthony Odiong late on Thursday in a statement. It said a total of eight victims had come forward alleging Odiong, 55, tried to use his influence as a priest to pursue sexual contact they either did not welcome or to which they could ..read more
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Extremist Israeli minister makes provocative visit to al-Aqsa mosque
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by Ruth Michaelson in Jerusalem and Andrew Roth in Washington
17h ago
Itamar Ben-Gvir, who seeks to disrupt ceasefire talks, makes video at contested holy site in Jerusalem Israel’s extremist national security minister has visited the holiest Muslim site in Jerusalem, recording a video saying he went to pray, in a provocative move as he seeks to disrupt ceasefire talks. Itamar Ben-Gvir, an ultranationalist and champion of the settler movement, recorded footage at al-Aqsa mosque compound, also known as the Temple Mount, a site holy to Muslims and Jews ..read more
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Israeli minister Itamar Ben-Gvir makes provocative visit to al-Aqsa compound – video
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Israel’s extremist national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, has visited the holiest Muslim site in Jerusalem, the al-Aqsa compound, in a provocative move as he seeks to disrupt ceasefire talks. Ben-Gvir, an ultranationalist and scion of the settler movement, recorded footage at the compound, also known to Jews as the Temple Mount. Visits by Israeli ministers to the site or incursions by Israeli security forces have proved to be a trigger for protests and violence in the past. Under an existing agreement called the status quo, Muslims are allowed to pray on the site whereas people from othe ..read more
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National religious recruits challenge values of IDF once dominated by secular elite
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by Peter Beaumont and Quique Kierszenbaum in Jerusalem
1d ago
Two-fifths of infantry graduate officer cadets now come from section of Israeli society aligned with far-right parties and settler movement Israel’s army, for much of its seven decades the country’s pre-eminent secular institution, is increasingly coming under the sway of a national religious movement that has made bold moves across Israeli society in recent years. About 40% of those graduating from the army’s infantry officer schools now come from a national religious community that accounts for 12 to 14% of Jewish Israeli society and is politically more aligned with Israel’s right and far-ri ..read more
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John Lennon wasn’t joking about Jesus | Brief letters
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by Guardian Staff
3d ago
Lennon and ChristianityPepys loses itTwo-child capGuardian deliveryGareth and GoveMPs and buses “The Beatles joked about being bigger than Jesus” (I’m a Swiftie, but the staggering size of the Eras tour has left me feeling alienated, 13 July)? Not quite. One Beatle, John Lennon, during a wide-ranging interview with Maureen Cleave, discussed the decline of Christianity. He compared this to the rise in fame of the Beatles, who Lennon stated were “more popular than Jesus now”. This was a statement of opinion, was probably factually correct, and was in no sense a joke. Cherry Weston Wolverhampton ..read more
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Catholic priest accused of sexual misconduct charged over child abuse images
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by Ramon Antonio Vargas
3d ago
Anthony Odiong, prohibited from ministering in Texas and Louisiana amid criminal investigation, arrested in Florida A Catholic priest under criminal investigation for sexual misconduct with multiple women – and consequently prohibited from ministering in two states – has been charged with illegally possessing child abuse imagery depicting girls. Anthony Odiong was arrested Tuesday as he was leaving his home in Ave Maria, Florida, on a warrant obtained by police in Waco, Texas, charging him with possessing child abuse images showing disrobed children. According to sworn statements in support of ..read more
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Labour rejects JD Vance ‘first Islamist country with nuclear weapons’ remarks
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by Jessica Elgot Deputy political editor
3d ago
Deputy PM Angela Rayner says she does not recognise Donald Trump running mate’s ‘characterisation’ of Britain Explainer: Who is JD Vance? UK politics live – latest updates Senior Labour figures have rejected comments by Donald Trump’s vice-presidential pick, JD Vance, that the UK could become the first “truly Islamist country that will get a nuclear weapon” under the party. They were reacting to comments that were made by Vance, a junior senator for the state of Ohio who has been announced as Trump’s running mate, at a conference for US conservatives ..read more
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Exclusive Brethren students exposed only to material that conforms to church’s ‘ethos’, former teachers claim
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by Sarah Martin
4d ago
Former staff claim OneSchool Global network does not offer some subjects in years 11 and 12, including biology, but spokesperson says school students have taken ‘high level art, sciences and social studies’ Why Guardian Australia is investigating Exclusive Brethren schools Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Students at the network of schools linked to the fundamentalist Exclusive Brethren sect are given access only to learning materials that have been approved internally as conforming to the church’s “ethos”, multiple former teachers have claimed. Guard ..read more
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How the inspirational selflessness of this unlikely hero offers lessons in healthy masculinity | Simon Smart
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by Simon Smart
5d ago
Horrified by Nazi atrocities, this unlikely hero saw it as a sacred duty to risk his life for the sake of persecuted others I once stood in the very spot in Flossenbürg concentration camp where the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged by the Nazis for his role in a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler. It was an eerie experience. And surprisingly moving. Bonhoeffer, who was 39 and engaged to be married when he met his fate, had been a significant figure in providing the moral impetus for the failed plot. Bonhoeffer’s act was an incredibly selfless one. Horrified by Nazi atro ..read more
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Muslims aren’t single-issue voters. Gaza was a lightning rod for their disaffection | Kenan Malik
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by Kenan Malik
5d ago
A drift from Labour has been as much about domestic issues as sectarian politics Should we celebrate or fear the “Muslim vote”? The success of independent candidates running on pro-Palestinian tickets, four of whom were elected, overturning huge Labour majorities, has led to a debate about the role of Muslims in British politics. On the one side are radical Islamic groups, including the Muslim Vote (TMV), a coalition of organisations seeking to maximise Muslim electoral impact. “Through the grace of the Almighty,” it proclaimed after the election, Muslims had sent “the main political ..read more
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