Persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria fear that they are on the "brink of extinction" amid the genocidal actions of the Islamic State terror group.
"We are a people on the brink of extinction," Juliana Taimoorazy, a Chaldean Catholic and ethnic Assyrian, told the National Catholic Register in an interview published Wednesday.
The report notes that hundreds of ancient Christian churches and places of worship have been destroyed by IS throughout Iraq and Syria, while millions of people have been forced to flee as refugees, and entire groups have been killed. Large Christian communities have also been emptied, putting an end to thousands of years of history. more >>
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that religion is a vital part of foreign policy and understanding how the world works, pointing out that some extremes can push people into war and genocide, while others use religion to search for peace.
"We cannot understand the world if we fail to comprehend and honor the central role that religion plays in the lives of billions of people," Kerry said at Rice University in Texas on Tuesday, Voice of America News reported.
Kerry, a Roman Catholic, noted that religion impacts the world in fundamental ways, and can act as a positive or destructive force. more >>
The U.S. military doesn't have a compelling interest in preventing service members from displaying Bible verses at their desk, Family Research Council's Travis Weber told The Christian Post after hearing oral arguments in a federal appeals court.
The case involves United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling, who was court-martialed for disobeying an order to remove three signs from her office desk that quoted the Bible. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces heard oral arguments Wednesday morning in the United States v. Sterling case.
Documents regarding salaries and bonuses paid to Islamic State fighters have revealed that radical militants are not only encouraged, but rewarded for keeping more sex slaves, as well as for having more children and wives, who are often forced into marriage.
Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, a British scholar who obtained the documents and shared them with the media, revealed that the base salary for a single IS (also known as ISIS and ISIL) fighter was only $50 a month, but the payment was doubled for each wife, or each "female captive," or sex slave, that a fighter would keep. Each child under the age of 15 also brought in an additional $35.
The Washington Post reported that the documents come directly from IS' self-declared Caliphate over Iraq and Syria, where the terror group continues to hold significant territory. Al-Tamimi offered in his analysis that the records suggest IS is struggling to compensate its members, and is being forced to ration electricity, fuel and other resources. more >>
A Michigan church's website was hacked earlier this month by supporters of the Islamic State terror group who posted anti-Christian propaganda on its homepage which is being investigated by the FBI.
Lamont Christian Reformed Church, a congregation of about 130 members based in Coopersville, was hacked by a group of IS supporters calling themselves the United Cyber Caliphate.
Local media outlet WOOD TV 8 reported Sunday that the hacked webpage featured a 2014 video by IS leader Abu Muhammad Al-adnani and was discovered by a teenager who belonged to Lamont CRC. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has reportedly killed 45 of its soldiers by locking them in a freezer after they attempted to flee from a battle in Iraq.
MailOnline reported on Iraqi media sources, such as Al Sumaria News, who shared that the 45 IS fighters are believed to have been locked inside forensic freezers, bringing about a slow and prolonged death.
The victims were held inside the freezers for the entire day, after which their bodies were stretched alongside the sides of a road as a warning. more >>