A leading bishop in Bangladesh's capital city is warning Christians that fanatical Islamic groups are killing people they deem as non-believers.
"We are aware, concerned but not alarmed. Fanatical groups are spreading death, but we hope that the government can control them. The pastoral and social activities of the Church continues," Mgr. Theotonius Gomes, the Bishop Emeritus of Dhaka, told Fides News Agency in a report on Tuesday.
Islamic radicals in Bangladesh have publicly targeted atheist writers and bloggers in the past few years, with extremists reportedly operating on a list of targets they claim have insulted Islam in online postings. more >>
Brandon Parker, the 33-year-old Georgia pastor who was tragically shot dead during a dispute with his 48-year-old girlfriend Saturday, was the grandson of Otis Redding, one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music.
Known for hits like "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay," Redding died tragically at the age of 26 in a plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin, on Dec. 10, 1967. He was known as the "King of the Soul Singers." He got his first American No. 1 record with "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" four months after his death. Redding's son, Dexter Redding, is Parker's father, according to The Telegraph.
Bibb County sheriff's deputies said in a statement Saturday that they arrested and charged Parker's girlfriend, Tracia Hubbard of Macon, with his murder after she was found kneeling next to Parker who had suffered a gunshot wound to his neck. more >>
After a wave of media pressure, Muskogee District Attorney Orvil Loge agreed Monday to drop a civil forfeiture case against the volunteer American tour manager of a Christian rock band of Karen people from Burma and Thailand who was accused of drug trafficking.
"We are thrilled that District Attorney Loge has dropped the criminal case against Eh Wah and offered to return the money to the band, the church and the orphanage. The intense public scrutiny generated by this outrageous case led to justice being served. Unfortunately, civil forfeiture laws allow property to be seized from innocent people every day in this country. The law allows this to occur and most people do not have the media or pro bono counsel to fight it. Absent the extraordinary circumstances of this case, that property is almost always forfeited and lost for good, even if no one is charged with or convicted of a crime," Institute for Justice attorney Dan Alban said in the statement. more >>
Christian author and speaker Joyce Meyer has revealed further details about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father growing up, sharing that she was raped at least 200 times.
In an interview posted on her website Monday, Meyer admitted that some of the things her father did were too crude to publicly talk about, but said she is sharing her testimony in order to inspire others and give them hope that recovery and healing through God is possible.
Although Meyer has talked about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child numerous times in the past, in the latest interview she said using the term "sexual abuse" is not enough anymore, and the real truth is that her father raped her. more >>
A Christian woman in Pakistan was brutally attacked and gang-raped by two young Muslim men while her husband was away serving in the army.
The attackers also threatened the woman's young daughter, the British Pakistani Christian Association said on Monday, forcing her to comply to their demands.
"The men treated me like an animal, telling me I was a worthless Christian, but I know my God is a great God. When I screamed they told me that they knew my husband was away and that I was unprotected. They threatened to kill my child if I did not comply with their perverse demands," said the victim, 30-year-old Asia Mushtaq from the Toba Tak Singh district. more >>
The sons of a slain Ethiopian woman who was beaten mercilessly by her husband after she converted from Islam to Christianity last year have given their lives to Christ after witnessing their mother's strong faith in Jesus.
According to global Christian persecution watchdog Open Doors USA, a Christian convert named Workitu, a mother in her 50s, was killed by her husband and a neighbor at the end of March in the Addis Ababa after she refused her husband's demands to sell government drought relief aid.
Christians in the Muslim-dominated town told Open Doors that prior to Workitu's fatal beating in March, she had already endured a number of relentless beatings from her husband after she converted to Christianity last August. more >>