“The most hated sort [of moneymaking], and with the greatest reason, is usury, which makes a gain out of money itself, and not from the natural use of it. For money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest.

And this term ‘usury,’ which means the birth of money from money, is applied to the breeding of money, because the offspring resembles the parent. Wherefore of all modes of making money this is the most unnatural.” -- Aristotle

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As the Israeli army's brutality against civilians in Gaza continues, with attacks on schools, health centres and hospitals, a religious leader from the Iranian Jewish community made a bold comparison between the Israeli government and the extremist group ISIS.

Christian Church Replaces Pastor with AI Chatbot, Hundreds Gather MikeRivero Tue, 12/05/2023 - 06:58

Hundreds have gathered at a Christian church after the pastor was replaced with an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot for the service.

The Friday sermon at St. Paul’s Church in Fürth, Germany, was delivered by the AI chatbot ChatGPT.

The chatbot replaced the human pastor and was presented as a black man with a beard on a large screen above the altar of the evangelical church in Bavaria.

Claiming to be a steward of God, the AI chatbot told the packed congregation not to fear death, according to the Associated Press.

Why 'Messiah prophecy' haunts Netanyahu MikeRivero Tue, 12/05/2023 - 05:28

Benjamin Netanyahu was told by a powerful Jewish religious figure that he would be Israel’s last leader and hand the sceptre to the Messiah. How does this so-called prophecy affect Netanyahu’s political calculations?

'Largest marijuana grow in the county's history' uncovered at former church, authorities in Tennessee say MikeRivero Mon, 12/04/2023 - 13:11

Authorities in Tennessee said they uncovered "the largest marijuana grow in the county's history" at a former church.

The Stewart County Sheriff's Office announced the development on Friday after deputies executed a search warrant amid a three-week investigation.

"When the search was conducted approximately 2000 plants were found in a very sophisticated growing environment," the sheriff's office noted on social media.

Israel must protect rights of all religious communities in country Russian diplomat MikeRivero Thu, 11/30/2023 - 06:11

Russia calls on the Israeli authorities to make sure that Christians and all other religious communities are equally protected under the law, including their places of worship and property, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

Supreme Court Issues Decision In Religious Freedom Case MikeRivero Mon, 11/27/2023 - 12:41

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously decided in favor of a postal worker from Pennsylvania in a significant religious liberty case involving the appropriateness of employers’ accommodation of religious preferences in the workplace.

Pope can't breathe properly, forced to cancel meetings MikeRivero Mon, 11/27/2023 - 10:06

Pope Francis has canceled a series of meetings this week after falling ill, the Vatican said on Monday.

The Pope is suffering breathing difficulties due to inflammation of the lungs and has postponed some of his meetings until he recovers, the Vatican told the Daily Caller News Foundation. He does not have pneumonia or a fever and has begun taking antibiotics to treat his ailment.