Megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas has blasted President Barack Obama's plans for the United States to admit 110,000 more refugees in 2017 as "absolutely ludicrous," and warned that terrorists today are much more likely to be Muslims than Christians or Jews.
Several persecution watchdog groups have said that President Barack Obama should have spoken out more forcefully for persecuted Christians and other religious minorities at his final U.N. General Assembly speech, as world leaders continue meeting this week in New York.
"While President Obama referenced the tragic conflict in Syria and the 'mindless, medieval menace of ISIL,' in his speech at the UN General Assembly, I was disappointed that he did not reference the unprecedented level of brutal persecution faced by Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities throughout the Middle East," Kristin Wright, director of advocacy at Open Doors USA, told The Christian Post in a statement.
"I believe the American people want to see greater evidence of deep concern from the president of the United States — in word and action — for those living under the tyranny of religious persecution," Wright added. more >>
Muslim rebels in the Central African Republic raided a predominantly Christian village and killed six people in a door-to-door attack last Friday.
According to a source who spoke with the nonprofit organization Morning Star News, militants from Séléka alliance of rebel militias stormed the village of Ndomete, which lies about 220 miles north of the CAR capital of Bangui, around 8 p.m. last Friday.
The source, speaking anonymously from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, explained that the militants went house-to-house to massacre Christians. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization has reportedly abducted a 70-year-old prayer leader because he said he had dream about the barbaric militant group's downfall in its largest stronghold in Iraq, the city of Mosul.
According to local sources who spoke with the Iranian-based AhlulBayt News Agency, militants captured the elderly man, who was a prayer leader at a mosque in Mosul, after he claimed that he was given a prophecy in a dream about the demise of IS' control of the city.
As IS continues to suffer from declining oil revenues and U.S. President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi vowed on Monday to launch an offensive to recapture Iraq's second largest city within months, the militant group's leaders have barred Mosul residents talking about military successes against IS. more >>
Christians in Aleppo are trying to keep the faith amid news that the ceasefire in Syria has already ended, Bishop George Abu Khazen said on Monday.
On Sunday, the faithful celebrated a mass of thanksgiving for the canonization of Mother Teresa. "The church was full, the bishops and faithful of all the churches in Aleppo were present. As pastors, we are comforted by the sight of so many Christians who live the tremendous moment we are going through in faith," said Khazen, Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo for the Catholics of the Latin rite, to Fides News Agency.
"I get emotional when I think that thanks to their faith the Lord will bless us and give us His peace." more >>
The Homeland Security Department's inspector general revealed on Monday that as many as 858 immigrants who had pending deportation orders have mistakenly been granted U.S. citizenship and allowed to stay in the country.
"Incomplete digital fingerprint records hinder adjudicators' full review of naturalization applications and may lead to USCIS granting the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship to those who may be ineligible or may be trying to obtain citizenship fraudulently," the DHS inspector general's office said in a statement.