A Pakistani Christian boy who was arrested earlier this week could face the death penalty after he was accused of posting a picture on Facebook that Muslims consider to be blasphemous toward Islam.
According to the London-based charity British Pakistani Christian Association, 16-year-old Nabeel Masih, who lives in the town of Kasur in the Punjab province, was accused of posting a blasphemous picture on Facebook that reportedly showed the Kaaba (the building at the center of Islam's most sacred mosque in Mecca) with a pig's head on top.
Masih's alleged post was reported to local police by a Muslim friend who found it offensive. Masih was arrested and is being held at the local police station in Kasur until his trial. more >>
A drunken Muslim mob in Pakistan stormed the homes of Christians and beat men, women and children because they deemed the Christian residents to be "ritually impure."
As the systematic persecution of Christians in Pakistan continues to increase across the country and the situation shows no signs of improvement, the London-based charity British Pakistani Christian Association reports that a small group of Muslim men in the Faisalabad district physically beat at least seven Christians in the town of Samundri last Friday.
The inebriated men were reportedly being loud and obnoxious as they walked down the residential streets of Samundri. After a Christian woman asked them to quiet down and told them they were disturbing the peace in the neighborhood, they were enraged by "the audacity of 'ritually impure' Christians making demands on them," BPCA reports. more >>
For a climber, being "snow blind" on a mountain top is never a good thing, and being snow blind atop Mt. Everest, the tallest peak in the world, is as bad as it gets. But that's exactly what happened to Christian mountain climber Brian Dickinson who survived what is considered "the death zone" against all odds.
"[In] My struggle on Everest where I was blind and alone, I could have given up and became a permanent fixture on the mountain," Dickinson said in an interview with The Christian Post.
Snow blindness is a condition in which the surface of the eye, or cornea, is burned, which usually happens at high altitudes on highly reflective snow fields. After Dickinson's snow goggles cracked during a fall, his eyes were exposed, ultimately leading to his snow blindness. more >>
Singapore pastor Kong Hee, along with five other City Harvest Church leaders, have been accused by the prosecution of weaving "lies and falsehoods" in trying to get themselves out of a conviction that found them guilty of misusing $35 million in church funds.
"The offenders wove an intricate tapestry of lies and falsehoods in the course of committing their offenses and seeking to conceal them," Deputy Public Prosecutor Christopher Ong said, according to Channel News Asia.
"With the truth having been laid bare at trial, it has become a web of deceit from which they cannot and should not be allowed to escape." more >>
Philippines' controversial President Rodrigo Duterte, who called on authorities and citizens to kill drug users and dealers on sight soon after assuming office less than three months ago, has sought a six-month extension for his war on drugs, which has already led to the death of more than 3,000 suspects, mostly by hacking.
"Even if I wanted to, I cannot kill them all," Duterte said at a news conference in the southern city of Davao on Sunday, of his campaign promise to eradicate illegal drugs within six months, Agency France Presse reported.
Police say they have killed 1,105 drug suspects, and another 2,035 have been murdered by unknown assailants, according to human rights groups, as a result of his campaign promise to kill 100,000 people to deal with illegal drugs. The United States, the European Union parliament and the United Nations have strongly condemned Duterte's approach to deal with the drug issue. more >>
A 14-year-old Christian boy was sexually molested and murdered, and his body hung on a tree, in eastern Pakistan. Police reluctantly filed a complaint before declaring it to be a "natural" death despite witnesses pointing to unidentified Muslim men.
The body of the victim, identified as Zeeshan Masih and who was visiting his uncle's farm in Faisalabad, Punjab province, was found hanging from a branch of a tree near the farm, the British Pakistani Christian Association reported this week.
Masih was last seen while leaving his uncle's farm to buy a soft drink from a nearby shop on Aug. 23. more >>