The wife of an imprisoned Iranian-American pastor has stated that her husband has been bringing fellow inmates to Christ and that his time in an Iranian prison is "not in vain."
Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini, told those gathered at Liberty University on Monday that though imprisoned in the infamous Evin Prison, her husband continues to evangelize. "He's been asked and tortured to deny his Christian faith and return to Islam and he has not," said Abedini, who said around 30 inmates have converted to Christianity due to Abedini's witness. "For me to know that so many of them now know Christ, it makes it worth it. I know his imprisonment is not in vain."
Abedini also told the students gathered that Saeed's torturers have often told him that he could go free should he return to Islam, but that he refuses to do so. "The kids and I desperately want him back but we're proud that over us he's chosen Christ, even over coming back to us, he's chosen to stand up for his faith," said Abedini. more >>
A Tennessee high school has decided to revise its field trip policy after a group of freshmen were taken to an Islamic mosque where they were given copies of the Koran and while a student who opted out of the trip was given a worksheet that alleged Muslims treated their conquered people better than the United States treated minorities.
The students were in an honors world studies class at Hendersonville High School and the field trips to the mosque as well as a Hindu temple were part of a three-week course on world religions.
But some parents objected to the trips and wondered why the school would tour a mosque but not a Christian church or a Jewish synagogue. more >>
The head of the Roman Catholic Church and the Bishop of Rome recently stated that if one is to be a "good Christian" they should pray for their political leaders, even if they do not agree with them.
Pope Francis made these remarks Sunday in Rome as part of a two-hour closed door meeting with clergy wherein the Pontiff talked about the need to pray for leaders.
"Pray for him, pray for her, that they can govern well…A Christian who does not pray for his leaders is not a good Christian," said Pope Francis. more >>
A United States District Court Judge has dismissed a suit brought by an atheist organization against the motto "In God We Trust" being on the national currency.
Judge Harold Baer Jr. of the Southern District of New York ruled Monday that a suit brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and others should be dismissed.
"The Supreme Court has repeatedly assumed the motto's secular purpose and effect, and all circuit courts that have considered this issue-namely the Ninth, Fifth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuit- have found no constitutional violation in the motto's inclusion on currency," wrote Baer. more >>
A Wisconsin-based secular group has sent a letter of complaint to a Tenn. school district, arguing that a student led prayer before high school football games is unconstitutional.
Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the letter Wednesday to Marion County schools arguing that the "Meet Me at the 50" prayer event was unconstitutional.
While many considered the new prayer policy for the games to be a compromise, FFRF staff attorney Rebecca Markert argued that it was a "serious and flagrant violation of the First Amendment." more >>
A Florida chapter of a national church-and-state watchdog group has sent a letter of complaint to a sunshine state city over its seal that includes Christian imagery.
The Flagler County chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent the letter to the mayor of the city of DeLand last month regarding the matter.
The letter was signed by Ayesha N. Khan, legal director at Americans United and Gregory M. Lipper, senior litigation counsel at Americans United. more >>