Christmas Day attacks on Christians occurred worldwide after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) issued a warning against Christians in the Middle East celebrating the occasion.
In Berlin, Germany, four men were attacked by Muslims on St. Stephen's Day, the day after Christmas. The victims, who are all Orthodox Christians from Montenegro and Serbia, were accosted as they were making their way out of an establishment in Potzdamer Platz, according to Church Militant.
One of the attackers reportedly shouted and identified himself as a Muslim while asking the four Chrisians about their religion. Four other men joined him in the assault, the report details. more >>
Sarah Silverman angered conservative Christians with a controversial Christmas message on Twitter about Jesus.
On Christmas Day, the comedian posted a message on both her Twitter and Facebook accounts calling Jesus "gender fluid." Sarah Silverman also posted a vulgar joke about Santa Claus on the same day, according to Time.
"MERRY CHRISTMAS! Jesus was gender fluid!" said Silverman. more >>
A war on Christmas always ensues when the holidays come around and while many take to social media to debate the reason for the season, Backstreet Boys' Brian Littrell posted a video showing who he and his family celebrate during the festive holiday.
In a Facebook video of Littrell, his wife, Leighanne, and son, Baylee, singing the traditional version of "Happy Birthday," the family is heard dedicating the song to Jesus Christ. In Christian tradition the birth of Christ is celebrated on Christmas Day and the multi-platinum recording artist made sure he and his family helped others remember that.
"Happy birthday Jesus! Merry Christmas from our family to yours!" Littrell wrote on Facebook along with the video. more >>
In an alarming Facebook post just days after celebrating Christmas with her family, singer Natalie Grant pleaded for prayers for one of her twin daughters who is in respiratory distress.
"My daughter Gracie has pneumonia, a partial collapsed lung and is in respiratory distress. We would so appreciate your prayers," Grant posted on her timeline.
Eight-year-old Grace Ana spent the holidays with her family in Seattle and appeared in perfect health just days before as she posed for a Facebook picture in front of a Christmas tree with her mother and sister. But on Dec. 28 Grant took to Facebook with another post that is now circulating around the Internet with petitions to pray for her daughter. more >>
What were you hoping for this Christmas? Well, Helen Johnson was just hoping for five eggs; but she got much more. I'll tell you her story.
Friends, we're coming to the close of a dark year. We've witnessed the brutality and barbarism of ISIS overseas and watched violent clashes between police and protesters in the Heartland. All around we see death, anger, and despair. I'm sure you'll agree there is much about the human condition we wish weren't true.
Yet as we approach Christmas, we're reminded once again that the darkness gathering around us does not have the final word. John the Apostle opens his Gospel with timeless words of hope regarding the Word of God: "In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." more >>
Islamic extremist group Boko Haram reportedly killed 16 people, including children, in an attack last week in a Nigerian village, continuing their long history of massacres on Christmas Day.
Nigerian national newspaper THISDAY reported that terrorists raided the Kimba village in the Biu local government area, located in southern Borno State, which the rebels still control.
The militants invaded the village Friday evening, setting houses and shops on fire, and kidnapping six other people. more >>