Here’s what you need to know in news for Oct. 2:
Nigerian church collapses, kills 115 people
The Nigerian Synagogue Church of All Nations building collapsed during a church tour, killing at least 115 people.
Officials don’t know what caused the collapse.
Reports estimate that some 200 people were gathered at the church for an event organized by TB Joshua.
Some speculate the building collapsed because of additional stories that were illegally added onto the church. Others theorize the collapse was because of a terrorist attack.
Two ministers say pastors should support abortion
A pair of liberal clergy members said in a column this week that since most Christians support abortion, pastors should also support it.
In the article published on Monday by the Washington Postt, Harry Knox and Alethea Smith-Withers, both ordained ministers, said they support abortion.
“[I]t is why we absolutely believe that every woman should have the ability to make her own decision on whether and when to raise a child,” they wrote. “Her health insurance should honor the full spectrum of care that she might need, including abortion.”
Arizona coach suspended for praying with team
A high school football coach in Arizona has been suspended for two weeks after he prayed with his team.
Tom Brittain, head varsity coach at Temple Preparatory Academy, prayed with the team after winning a game.
According to school policy, Brittain violated policy.
“He is a man who likes to pray and I don’t object to that. Just, he can’t do that with our students. That’s the only prohibition,” said Dr. David Baum, the school’s headmaster.
Arkansas gun range banning Muslims
The owner of a gun range in Arkansas has banned Muslims from the property.
Jan Morgan, the owner of Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, says the business is a “Muslim Free Zone.”
“This is a live fire indoor shooting range. People come here to buy, rent, and shoot lethal weapons. In the range, people are shooting guns in close proximity to each other, so my patrons depend on me and my discretion regarding who I allow to shoot beside them. One mistake in judgement on my part could cost innocent people their lives,” Morgan wrote on her site.
“I understand that not all Muslims are terrorists. I also believe there are as many Muslims who do not know what is in their Koran as there are Christians who do not know what is in their Bible. Since I have no way of discerning which Muslims will or will not kill in the name of their religion and the commands in their Koran…I choose to err on the side of caution for the safety of my patrons.”