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 >>
Dallas megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress says there are as many as 75 million radical Muslims in the world today, and claims that number is a conservative estimate.
Jeffress, who is the outspoken senior pastor at the 12,000-member First Baptist Church, told Lou Dobbs during an interview on Fox Business Wednesday that 5 percent or more of the Earth's 1.5 billion Muslims are embracing radical Islam.
After criticizing President Barack Obama over his refusal to identify radical Islam as being the "common denominator" behind recent terror attacks in Pakistan, Brussels, Paris and San Bernardino, Jeffress praised Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump for his assertion in early March that "Islam hates us." more >>
The Islamic State is reportedly preventing remaining Christian families in the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa from leaving the city, as fears grow that the terror group is planning to kill the remaining Christians in the town.
The activist organization Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RIBSS), a media group that reports on life in Raqqa using sources within the city, tweeted Tuesday that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) has issued a new order to prohibit Christians from leaving the city "under any condition."
In a follow-up tweet posted Thursday, the group stated that it has counted as many as 43 Christian families that still remain in the town, with each family consisting of about two to three people. more >>