The family of American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded in a video released by terror group ISIS earlier this week, have spoken out on the life of the reporter, stating that he was "no hero" but a man who tried to find good in the world, and ultimately sacrificed his life to bring to others stories of suffering and ravages of war.
"He was no war junkie. He did not want to be a modern-day Lawrence of Arabia. He merely wanted to give voice to those who had none," the family began in a statement through a spokesman.
"From the Libyan doctor in Misrata who struggled to provide psychological services to children ravaged by war, to the Syrian plumber who risked his life by crossing regime lines to purchase medicine, their story was Steve's story," the statement continued. more >>
A British mother of two, now a Muslim convert associating with Islamic State terrorists in Syria, posted a series of tweets threatening Christians, with one specifically mentioning beheadings at the point of a "blunt knife."
The radical militant threats along with pro-Osama Bin Laden comments were posted to the Twitter account of a radical jihadist named Sakinah Hussain who uses the pseudonym Umm Hussain al-Britani. She is believed to be known in the United Kingdom as Sally Jones, 45, hailing from Kent in southeast England, according to investigators.
"You Christians all need beheading with a nice blunt knife and stuck on the railings at raqqa … Come here I'll do it for you!" the tweet stated. more >>
Yesterday we heard the sad news that the savage terrorist group ISIS reportedly beheaded American journalist, Steven Sotloff.
As the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attack draws nearer, we as Americans must remain vigilant. We must remember that radical Islam poses a severe threat as it seeks to infiltrate America.
ISIS is not a "jayvee team" as President Obama once said—it is a group of extremist militants looking to destroy America. more >>
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko revealed on Wednesday that he has reached a ceasefire agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin, though a spokesman for Putin noted that no such ceasefire is possible since Russia maintains that it is not involved in the war in Ukraine.
"The conversation resulted in an agreement on ceasefire regime in the Donbas (eastern Ukraine region). The parties reached mutual understanding on the steps that will facilitate the establishment of peace," a statement from the Ukraine government said.
Early in August, I flew from New York to Tel Aviv. I was a part of a faith oriented solidarity trip, with Christians United for Israel, focused on supporting Israel from a prayer and public policy perspective. In my mind this was a humanitarian trip – it was made up of a diverse group of 51 ministers representing all 50 states plus Washington, DC. We prayed earnestly for the peace of Jerusalem and Israel. Of special concern to everyone was the protection of women and children of all faiths and ethnicities.
The three-day trip to Israel was worth every moment we invested. We got a chance to talk with Israeli citizens who were practicing Christians, Jews, and Muslims. We were also allowed to view regions targeted by rockets, conflict zones, and selected sacred sites.
The most surprising bit of information we gathered was that nearly one out of every five Israelis is of Arab descent. Nowhere was this diversity more evident to us than in Jerusalem. Arabs and other minorities live with the full rights of citizenship in Israel, unlike Muslim controlled lands surrounding them - where religious freedom is almost non- existent. more >>
The pastor of a small-town Baptist church in Georgia says he got banned from YouTube after he posted video of a Sunday sermon he gave about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
"Apparently, they didn't like me preaching on radical Islam, so I got booted and banned," said Daniel Ausbun, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Moreland, Ga. "This is sermon censorship."
On Aug. 24, Ausbun delivered a sermon about the Islamic State, terrorism, radical Islam and Christian persecution in the Middle East. more >>