Former Congressman Frank Wolf believes that the rise of radical Islamic terrorism around the globe is an indication that World War III has arrived, yet the United States government is doing little to nothing to address the threat of jihad.
In a panel discussion focusing on religious freedom and Islamic violence across the world hosted by the Family Research Council on Wednesday, Wolf, who's the distinguished senior fellow at 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, stressed that the Obama administration and Congress are standing idle while terrorist groups like the Islamic State (IS), Boko Haram, the Taliban, al-Shabaab and others continue to commit atrocities against religious minorities worldwide.
Wolf, the former Republican representative for Virginia's 10th Congressional district who is known as a leading advocate for international human rights, followed up on a comment by fellow panelist Thomas Farr, the director of Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. more >>
The Islamic State has reportedly burned 15 people alive for trying to escape the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah, and has also reportedly arrested a woman who pleaded in a video for Western powers to "save us or bomb us," so they can die quickly and end their sufferring.
MailOnline reported that IS captured and killed 15 civilians in Fallujah, which is located west of Baghdad, and is currently being besieged by Iraqi government forces who are trying to liberate the city.
The radical group is said to have sentenced the hostages to death for their attempts to flee, with a source telling Kurdish news agency ARA that living in the IS-held city has become "unbearable." more >>
Open Doors USA, a persecution watchdog group, has warned that world governments simply condemning attacks against Christians, such as the one on Easter Sunday in Pakistan where 73 people were killed, is not enough to save lives.
"Right now few leaders are offering more than condolences after major attacks on Christians," David Curry, CEO of Open Doors, told the Daily Beast. "They need to go to the countries, meet with its leaders and people to find bipartisan ways to protect Christians and promote religious freedom to all."
The attack in Lahore was carried out at an Easter fun fair park for families, and most of the victims in the suicide blast where women and children. A splinter group from the Taliban, Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, has claimed responsibility and vowed that even more "devastating" attacks on Christians are coming. more >>
The Islamic radical group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has threatened that even more "devastating" attacks against Christians are coming, following the Easter Sunday bombing at a fun fair in Lahore, Pakistan, which killed 73 people, mostly women and children.
Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban group, told NBC News during an interview published Monday that the extremists are planning "more devastating attacks that will target Christians and other religious minorities as well as government installations."
Ehsan identified the suicide bomber who blew himself up in the Lahore attack as Salahuddin Khorasani, describing him as a martyr who "carried out the attack on the eve of the Christian festival Easter." more >>
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said Catholic priest Tom Uzhunnalil, who was previously feared to have been crucified by the Islamic State on Good Friday, is alive, safe, and efforts are being organized for his release.
Catholic Bishops' Conference of India spokesman Father Gyanprakash Topno told the Press Trust of India that Swaraj met with CBCI delegates and told them that reports claiming Uzhunnalil has been killed are not true.
"Father Tom is safe and efforts are on for his release as early as possible," Topno said, conveying the minister's words, adding that the "government will facilitate the priest's safe return to India." more >>
The Mufti of Singapore has told the country's Roman Catholic Church leader that Islam completely condemns the terror attack in Lahore on Easter Sunday, where at least 72 people were killed, with Islamic leaders "outraged" at the "inhumanity" of the slaughter.
Mohamed Fatris Bakaram said in a letter of condolence to Mgr. William Goh, the Catholic Archbishop of Singapore, that the suicide attack on the Easter fun fair in Lahore, which targeted Christians and civilians, "is not only against Islamic teachings, but it is also an attack against all humanity."
"We strongly condemn the attack in Lahore and express our deepest condolences to the families of all the victims. We must join together to tell our clear horror of such acts of inhumanity," read the letter shared by Fides News Agency. more >>