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.1 comments
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.1 comments
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.