The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has garnered countless headlines across the globe.
Their atrocities against religious minorities and effort to create an Islamic state in the Middle East have spurred international outrage as well as U.S. airstrikes.
Below are four important points about ISIS, specifically its origins, military engagement, atrocities and denunciations from Muslim leaders. more >>
Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old from Ferguson, Missouri, was fatally shot by a police officer after what local authorities have described as a physical confrontation. Witnesses at the apartment complex where Ferguson was killed claim the man was shot several times while holding his hands in the air.
Since Brown's Saturday, Aug. 9 killing, Ferguson has been rocked by protests and at least one night of looting, with police officers turning out in force with assault rifles, dogs, and tear gas and dressed in riot gear. Christians have been expressing shock, hurt and words of prayer and encouragement amid the days and nights of tumult that have been unfolding in startling images and videos before the nation.
Here are some examples of what Christians have been expressing on Twitter: more >>
The man accused by hacktivist group Anonymous of killing Missouri teen Michael Brown is not a police officer, authorities have confirmed.
On Thursday Anonymous released the name and picture of a man it claimed is responsible for Brown's death, however, the St Louis County police denied this is true via social networking site Twitter.
They also confirmed that the officer who did in fact fatally shoot Brown in Ferguson on Saturday will not be named publicly unless he is prosecuted. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. more >>
Can we stop reincarnating Trayvon Martin and Rodney King every time an altercation between black and white males occur-police or otherwise?
St. Louis is in shambles after the loss of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday. The facts of the incident that led to his death remain largely unknown, but that didn't stop looters from destroying and robbing businesses in Ferguson (a suburb of St. Louis) in the name of "justice." Having lived through the Los Angeles riots I'm not sure which is worse, black-on-black crime or black-on-black justice.
Consider whites, Hispanics, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews. Have you ever heard of any other people group besides blacks that execute justice on their own community by rioting and looting their own neighborhood businesses for the sake of protesting a perceived injustice? How many blacks will lose jobs because local shopkeepers are no longer in business to hire them, or because they decide to move out of the community? How will the riots and looting affect local property values? How many teens will turn to selling dope and fall prey to senseless crimes because the job market is scarce? Looters don't care about justice! I doubt they can even spell it! They're opportunists that want free stuff even if it means crawling over an ice-cold corpse to get it! more >>
The family of a raped and murdered six-year-old girl have said that they are relying on their faith through this time and have forgiven their daughter's killer.
"Gabe was tempted by the fallen," James Wright, whose daughter Jenise was found murdered a few days after she disappeared, told the Kitsap Sun. Her suspected murderer, 17-year-old Gabriel Gaeta, is currently in jail in lieu of $1 million.
"With the free will given by our Father, he chose wrong. I've already forgiven him. How can I be in (God's) grace if I don't' forgive?" Wright asked. more >>
WASHINGTON — An education expert has argued that United States public schools can benefit immensely from reading the Bible in literature classes and having prayer in schools.
William Jeynes, senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute and an education professor at California State University, made these arguments in a presentation Wednesday at the Family Research Council.
Titled "Putting the Bible and Prayer Back in the Public Schools," Jeynes said there are many benefits to keeping the Bible in public schools and drawbacks from when, during the 1960s, courses were taken out. more >>