American religious leaders on Tuesday castigated Donald Trump for posing in front of a church holding a Bible after peaceful protesters were violently cleared from the surrounding area.”It was traumatic and deeply offensive, in the sense that something sacred was being misused for a political gesture,” Washington’s Episcopal Bishop Mariann Budde said on public radio station NPR. The Republican billionaire, whose supporters include many evangelical Christians, used “the symbolic power of our sacred text, holding it in his hand as if it was a vindication of his positions and his authority,” she said. The historic St John’s Episcopal church is across the street from Lafayette Park, which faces the White House and has been the epicenter of the protests in Washington since Friday.The church was defaced with graffiti and damaged in a fire during a demonstration on Sunday night. On Monday protesters were demonstrating there peacefully when law enforcement including military police used tear gas to disperse them — clearing a path for the president to walk from the White House to the church for the photographs.The protest was televised, and the backlash as the images spread was swift and furious. “The protest at that point was entirely peaceful,” Budde said. “There was absolutely no justification for this.”Trump on Monday adopted a martial tone in a nationwide address he delivered just before the church visit, in which he threatened a military crackdown after the biggest civil unrest in decades.Hundreds of thousands of people have been demonstrating their anger since the May 25 death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man killed by police in Minneapolis. The gatherings have been largely peaceful, but some have degenerated in to riots. Other Episcopalian leaders denounced Trump’s visit to the church as “disgraceful and morally repugnant.””Simply by holding aloft an unopened Bible he presumed to claim Christian endorsement and imply that of The Episcopal Church,” bishops from New England said in a statement.On Tuesday the president and his wife followed up with a visit to the St John Paul II National Shrine in the capital’s northeast, immediately infuriating the country’s Catholic leadership as well.”I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles,” Washington’s Archbishop Wilton Gregory said in a statement.The pontiff, who died in 2005, “certainly would not condone the use of tear gas and other deterrents to silence, scatter or intimidate them for a photo opportunity in front of a place of worship and peace,” he added. Topics :
Comment Phil HaighWednesday 29 May 2019 8:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link It is going to be a tense London derby in Azerbaijan (Picture: Getty Images)What TV channel is the Europa League final on?AdvertisementAdvertisementBT Sport 2 will be showing the game live with coverage from 6.30pm (kick-off at 8pm).There are various ways of getting BT Sport, either with BT Broadband or by adding it to your Sky or TalkTalk package, which are detailed here.Is it on any free to air TV channels?No, it is only being shown on BT Sport.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHow can I watch Arsenal vs Chelsea for free?Thankfully, BT Sport are being quite generous and showing the final for free on the BT Sport website, their app and on their YouTube channel.The same situation will apply for the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham on Saturday.MORE: Arsenal vs Chelsea Europa League final time, odds, team news and head-to-headMORE: Eden Hazard prepares for perfect Chelsea send-off in Europa League final as Arsenal rue contract missteps Advertisement Arsenal and Chelsea will battle it out in Baku (Picture: Getty Images)All eyes will be on Baku on Wednesday night as Arsenal and Chelsea battle it out for the Europa League title.Premier League sides are contesting both the Europa and Champions League finals this week and either the Gunners or the Blues will be getting their hands on the first European title of the season.Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea side are the favourites to lift the trophy having finished third in the Premier League, compared to Arsenal’s fifth, however, they have only won one of their last eight meetings against Unai Emery’s team.It has been a turbulent build-up to the contest, with political tension ruling out Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and plenty of off-field struggles for Chelsea which could see them lose both their manager and star player after the match.ADVERTISEMENT What TV channel is the Europa League final on and how to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea for free? Advertisement
Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi has named a 24-man Team B squad of local players that will face Ghana in an international friendly to commemorate the commissioning of a newly constructed stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.Stephen Okechukwu KeshiThe grand opening of the ultra-modern Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Uyo on Friday, will see the home based Eagles pit their strength against rivals Ghana who will be represented by their U-23 male squad, the Black Meteors.Keshi has called up 24 players made up of the Nigerian league’s goal-king award chasers Emem Eduok and Mfon Udoh, the Super Eagles senior team regulars Chigoozie Agbim, Gbolahan Salami, Solomon Kwambe and Azubuike Egwuekwe to report to camp at the Le Meridien Hotel in Uyo on Monday.The Ghana side coach by Malik Jabir, a former technical adviser for Nigerian side Kano Pillars are already in camp with 29 players out of which a squad for the trip to Uyo will be named. Ghana will leave for Nigeria on Wednesday, November 5. –
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s health may be in grave danger following surgery. CNN cited a U.S. official who said reports of Kim being in dire health were being https://youtu.be/6Ln4PfTwf-Emonitored. There has been speculation about Kim’s health since he missed the recent celebration of his grandfather earlier this month. He last appeared in public on April 11th.A South Korean media report late Monday cited an unidentified source that Kim was recovering at a villa after surgery for a cardiovascular issue. However, South Korea’s government says there’s no indication North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is gravely unwell. A spokesman for South Korea’s president said earlier today there’s been no unusual movement inside North Korea.
The teams played through 40 minutes of scoreless time after Darren Medeiros and Levi Hulston exchanged first period goals.Castlegar held much of the territorial play out shooting Nelson 41-23.Patrick Ostermann, busy in the Nelson nets, took the loss for the visitors.Paul Broadbent registered the win in goal for the Rebels.Despite registering a single point, Nelson fell two points behind third place Grand Forks Border Bruins in Murdoch Division standings.Both Grand Forks and Nelson clinched a playoff berth after Spokane Braves suffered a 5-0 home ice loss to Fernie Friday. The loss was Spokane’s eighth straight setback.Nelson is idle until the Leafs host Castlegar Friday at the NDCC Arena. The Nelson Leafs know they can play with the best in the Murdoch Division.Now the players overcome the hurdle by registering a few wins.Nick Headrick scored a power play goal in overtime to spark the Rebels to a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday night in Castlegar.Headrick scored the marker with Nelson defenceman Aigne McGeady-Bruce in the penalty box for holding.