Clown troupe driven out of Iraq by terrorists

In a story from the BBC:  Exiled Iraqi clowns cheer refugees

“Rahman, Ali and Safi are members of Happy Family Clowns group, established in 2004 to put smiles on the faces of Iraqi children.

A few months ago the group started receiving death threats warning them against continuing their show, entitled A Child is as Scared as a Country.

But the clowns kept going, until two members of the troupe were murdered.

This was enough to drive the surviving three to leave Iraq.

“We don’t know why they targeted us. We were entertaining children,” says Rahman.” (more…)

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Why haven’t you reviewed …

Why haven’t you reviewed … some feedback on how things get reviewed here

A few days ago, I received a very nice email thanking me for the site, and especially the section on Red Skelton (one of my favorite TV clowns).   The nice lady emailing asked me why I  hadn’t  reviewed some of his books and movies, most notably  The Clown — €by all reports an excellent movie, with great amounts of humor and pathos, showcasing the acting talents of Red Skelton in ways rarely seen.   The answer is very simple:  I’ve  never seen it. (more…)

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Clown Ministry Wife Swap ?

My life gets surreal sometimes.   I’€™ve been contacted by lots of nice people over the years due to running the Clown Ministry website, and a few strange requests as well.   I’€™m adding the phone call that I received this morning from the  Wife Swap  TV show to the “strange” category.

The producers of the  Wife Swap  show are apparently looking for a couple involved in clown ministry (preferably with both parents active in clowning), with small children at home.   Part of the follow-up email that I received reads as follows: (more…)

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Biblical basis of ministry

Biblical Basis of Ministry

Biblical basis of ministry – what foundation do we rest on?

In the 07/11/2004 newsletter, I made what I considered to be an innocuous request. I requested American subscribers to contact their senators in favor of the Federal Marriage Amendment. This legally defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. I was surprised by some of the responses that I received. (more…)

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