The arrest of the 11 year old disabled Pakistani Christian girl on so-called blasphemy charges is part of a decades-old trend in "witch hunts." This is according to Duke University professor, Ebrahim Moosa who works in the department of Religion & Islamic Studies. Moosa told the Christian Post that 647 such blasphemy charges were filed in Pakistan between 1986 and 2007.
he Republican platform committee has rejected an amendment that would have endorsed civil unions for gay couples. The GOP has maintained its official support for a constitutional amendment that would "protect traditional marriage" by defining it as between a man and a woman. The Democratic National Committee platform has embraced gay marriage, urged on by President Barack Obama's decision to endorse it earlier in the year.
Six-term Republican Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri, who's running for the U-S Senate, is backpedaling from a controversial remark about abortion. And the Romney-Ryan campaign is even weighing in.
Syria's opposition says government forces continue to pound the city of Aleppo with artillery. The U-N observer mission expired this weekend, despite growing concerns about the rising death toll. And the humanitarian situation in Syria appears to be deteriorating at a rapid rate.
The Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation is giving Syrian President Bashar al-Assad another diplomatic blow: a suspension of Syria from the group - a step opposed by Syria's Shi'ite Muslim ally Iran. The move comes from the 57 member body meeting in Mecca.
Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney chose his running mate over the weekend: Wisconsin Republican, Paul Ryan. As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, the 42 year old Ryan underscores Romney's effort to make the election a referendum on the nation's economy.
Former girlfriend of suspect—Wade Michael page-- in Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting arrested;Page's connection to hate rock; Clinton addresses personal scandals in South Africa while Bill Clinton was president; Syria and Iran re-affirm their allegiance; United Methodist Church declining in U.S. but increasing in Africa.
Nigerian churches continue to be targeted after gunmen in central Nigeria killed 19 people, including a pastor, during a church service. They used assault rifles. Nigerian churches are being attacked almost weekly since last year, as Islamic extremists from the terrorist group Boko Haram have stated that they plan on wiping out Christianity from the country.
40 year old Wade Michael Page, the man identified in the shooting rampage at the Milwaukee area Sikh temple that killed six people on Sunday has been described as a white supremacist that spread his message of hate for over a decade. Page, an ex-Army soldier was shot dead by a police officer at the scene. The FBI is treating the incident as an act of domestic terrorism.
Kofi Annan has resigned as the U.N. and Arab League special envoy to Syria. His mandate expires on August 31st and according to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Annan did not wish to renew his mandate. A successor is now being sought out to continue peace efforts…in a conflict that is now internationally regarded as civil war between an armed resistance movement and the Syrian government.
US secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has been meeting with Israeli officials over Iran building nuclear weapons. Israeli Defense Minister Ahud Barak addressed Israel's options……Panetta talked about exhausting every effort with Iran before resorting to military action……
President Obama has announced new U.S. sanctions against Iran to isolate it for refusing to answer international questions about its nuclear program. The sanctions target Iranian oil as well as banks in China and Iraq. Obama accused those banks of facilitating transactions worth millions of dollars for Iranian banks already under sanctions.
24 year old James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 in a shooting spree during a Batman screening in Colorado has been formally charged.
The Northern Syrian city of Aleppo is reportedly in a critical situation. In the past week, the once most popular city in Syria has become a major focal point in the war. And over this weekend alone, 200-thousand civilians fled the city into neighboring villages and across the border into Turkey.
One of the most frightening aspects of the Colorado massacre is that the accused --James Holmes – is described as having a plan when he allegedly walked into the Aurora movie theatre and fired at moviegoers. The ammunition and equipment involved shows the attack could have been much worse. He was not only armed to the teeth and booby trapped his apartment with explosives and chemicals, but he was prepared in case anyone in the theatre had a gun to stop him.
The accused gunman in last Friday's midnight movie massacre in Colorado – James Holmes – reportedly mailed a notebook on July 12th….."full of details about how he was going to kill people" to a University of Colorado psychiatrist . But the parcel sat unopened in a mailroom before its discovery Monday. A law enforcement source reported there were also drawings in the notebook.
CP World Report: Aurora Pastor, Christian Bale, International AIDS Conf., U.K. Evangelicals Targeted
In the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a Colorado theater, there have been several arrests for making threats during or after watching the new Batman movie . In one case, movie-goers in Sierra Vista, Arizona, panicked when a 27 year old man who appeared intoxicated was confronted during a showing of the movie. It caused "mass hysteria" and about 50 people fled the theater.
The Colorado theatre shooting suspect James Holmes made his first court appearance yesterday. District Attorney Carol Chambers said the complex case will require the investigation to continue right up to the trial, which could begin within a year.
Churches in the city of Aurora and much of Colorado held special prayer services, vigils, while Pastors and ministry leaders offered counsel.
CP World Report: Dark Night Shooting, Christian Martyr Museum, Bible Ripping, Madonna Poland Concert
A deadly shooting rampage at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Fourteen people were killed and over 50 injured when a lone gunman opened fire during an early morning screening of the new Batman movie. A suspect is now in custody.
The attack on a tour bus carrying Israeli youth in a Bulgarian resort was carried out by a suicide bomber carrying a fake American passport, said the Bulgarian Interior Minister. No group behind it has claimed responsibility.
In a joint venture between Anglicans and Catholics in England, a new post is being developed to help and support parishes of the "Catholic Church of England." Its purpose is to promote Anglican-Catholic evangelism and to encourage the growth of churches within this constituency.
A kidnapper in Egypt has released two Americans hostages and their Egyptian tour guide. They were in good condition. Among them was a 61 year old Boston Pentecostal Pastor-- Michel Louis. He was on a church trip when he was abducted in broad daylight—along with the others by an Egyptian Bedouin who stopped a bus, ordered the three to get off, and then took them captive.
America's 1.1. billion dollars in aid to Pakistan could be in jeopardy. It's over Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor jailed in that country for helping the CIA track Osama bin Laden. US Senator Rand Paul claims to have enough support to force a vote on the Senate floor later this month on a bill stripping Pakistan of U.S. aid unless Afridi is released.