It's hard to believe that a young woman growing up in America's Deep South would choose to convert to Islam because she is a feminist. With bad news focusing on ISIS' enslavement and torture of women, Hamas' use of women and children as human shields, and Boko Haram kidnapping young Christian girls from their schoolyards all with the common quest to implement Sharia Law, Islam just isn't the religion that comes to mind when I think of women's rights and equality.
Still, in her CNN op-ed Islamic feminist Theresa Corbin expressed, "Surprisingly, Islam turned out to be the religion that appealed to my feminist ideals." she continued, "I came to realize Islam is a world religion that teaches tolerance, justice and honor and promotes patience, modesty and balance." The only problem, however, is that this feminist's writings focus on her emotions, Islam's cultural appeals (which apparently include arranged marriages), and not its faith teachings.
It is the same emotional, reductive argument that recently triggered Ben Affleck and Bill Maher's fiery debate over whether Islamists' conquests of oppression and destruction in the name of the Caliphate is a core tenant of the faith. Essentially, Bill Maher said look at the text and Ben Affleck said look at the people. more >>
The United States' war on terror group ISIS in Iraq and Syria has been given an official name and dubbed "Operation Inherent Resolve."
"According to CENTCOM officials, the name INHERENT RESOLVE is intended to reflect the unwavering resolve and deep commitment of the U.S. and partner nations in the region and around the globe to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, the region and the wider international community," read a statement by officials with U.S. Central Command, according to The Washington Post.
"It also symbolizes the willingness and dedication of coalition members to work closely with our friends in the region and apply all available dimensions of national power necessary — diplomatic, informational, military, economic — to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL." more >>
Testimonies from two Yazidi female teenagers who have escaped from the tight grip of the Islamic State detail their horrific experiences as ISIS captives. One of the girls, like many other ISIS captives, contemplated suicide before her eventual escape.
Interviews conducted by Globalpost.com earlier this month highlight the experiences of two Yazidi females, one 15-year-old and the other 19, who were captured when the Islamic State took control of the Yazidi region of Sinjar in the Nineveh province in Iraq on Aug. 3.
As the Yazidi Fraternal Organization states that it has registered the names of 12,000 missing Yazidis (7,000 men, 5,000 women) since Aug. 3, these stories provide greater anecdotal insight into the all-too common nature of the human rights abuses facing many religious minorities who are at the mercy of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. more >>
The primates of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Syrian Orthodox Church have urged Christians around the world to remember and reflect on the 1915 genocide of Armenians and Syriac Christians in Turkey, where up to 2 million people were killed or disappeared without a trace.
"We invite the entire Christian world to unite in prayer at the Armenian Genocide and the Syriac Sayfo centennial commemorative events in 2015. We call upon the civilized world to recognize and condemn the crimes committed against the Armenian and Syriac peoples as well as other Christian communities," read the joint statement by the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians, Karekin II, and the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Mar Ignatius Aphrem II, as reported by Fides News Agency on Wednesday.
The 1915 genocide during World War I in the territory of Ottoman Turkey is also known as the Armenian genocide, since Armenians made up close to 1.5 million of the victims. The attacks on Christians eliminated almost the entire Christian population in present day Turkey, leaving almost an entirely Muslim nation. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham recently addressed the state of the world's affairs and urged Americans to pray for their leaders, whether they agree with them or not.
"The prince of darkness is grimly and powerfully at work in world affairs, and prayer is a great battlefield especially as we pray for those in leadership," said Graham in his Sept 30 commentary for Decision magazine.
He also went on to explain the effectiveness of prayer. more >>
Pictures acquired by the Middle East Review of International Affairs provides visual evidence that the Islamic State terrorist group may have already used Saddam Hussein's leftover chemical weapons on Kurdish fighters.
The pictures were published in a report by the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) on Sunday and includes about 20 photographs of mutilated bodies of Kurdish fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) that could be a result of ISIS's use of chemical weapons in battle that took place on July 12 in the eastern part of the Kobane enclave.
The report was published two days prior to a New York Times report published Tuesday in which interviewees and an intelligence document show that United States and Iraqi troops encountered over 5,000 chemical warheads, aviation bombs and shells in Iraq from 2004 to 2011. The weapons are believed to be left behind from the rule of Saddam Hussein. more >>