Religion Briefs

Calvary Chapel to hold groundbreaking in Aiea

The congregation of Calvary Chapel, which has met in downtown Honolulu for several years, will celebrate the groundbreaking of a new $10.5 million church and school project in Aiea.

The festivities from 2 to 3 p.m. tomorrow are open to the public. The 6-acre site on Komo Mai Drive is across from Nahele Street and near the Newtown park and recreation center.

Pastor Bill Stonebraker founded the church 20 years ago on the North Shore, and it has held services in several locations. About 1,500 people attend weekend services at the current sanctuary at 1190 Nuuanu Ave. The Aiea location will include a four-building complex to house the church sanctuary, a Christian grade school, Bible college, gymnasium and new studios for KLHT Radio/1040 AM.

Pakistani region vows strict Islam adherence

PESHAWAR, Pakistan >> Lawmakers in Pakistan's deeply conservative northwestern province promised to speed up the adoption of new laws based on Islamic teaching.

The anti-American politicians in the North West Frontier province came to power after elections last year vowing to follow the lead of Afghanistan's former Taliban rulers.

"We are Muslims, and we should be governed under Islamic laws," Zar Gul Khan, from a six-party alliance called Muthida Majlis-e-Amal, or United Action Forum, told fellow legislators Thursday in Peshawar, the capital of the province the borders Afghanistan.

Asif Iqbal, the region's minister in charge of taxation, told the assembly that a committee has been formed to begin drafting new, Islamic-based laws and to encourage the enforcement of those already on the books but ignored under previous administrations.


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