The Free Methodist Church in the U.S. is now calling for prayers after one of their working missionaries, the Rev. Phyllis Sortor, was abducted by masked and armed men in Nigeria Monday morning who've demanded a $300,000 ransom for her safe return. Her distraught family, however, say they cannot afford it.
"Early this morning we received a report that Rev. Phyllis Sortor, our missionary in Nigeria, was abducted from the Hope Academy compound in Emiworo, Kogi State, Nigeria, by several persons. The U.S. Embassy has been notified, and the State Department and the FBI are working with local authorities to find and rescue her. We are calling on the U.S. church to join together in prayer for Phyllis' safety and speedy release," the church noted in a statement posted on its website Monday.
A 19-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a female on Saturday at the University of Illinois-Chicago campus has reportedly told police that he was acting out scenes from the recently released film "Fifty Shades of Grey."
CBS Chicago identified the man as Mohammad Hossain, and noted that he's facing a charge of felony aggravated criminal sexual assault. State attorneys confirmed that when speaking with investigators, the man said that he was "acting out" scenes from "Fifty Shades of Grey," based on the famous book series of the same name that deals with sexual bondage.
ABC 7 Chicago added that the assault took place in Hossain's dorm room. Prosecutors said that the female victim was sexually assaulted after Hossain allegedly bound her hands and legs and covered her mouth with a necktie, and refused to stop after she asked him to. more >>
The 13-year-old at the center of the "Slender Man" stabbing is back in school and enjoying her life, thanks to support and prayers from family and friends.
Payton Leutner is enjoying spending time with her family and friends, including celebrating her 13th birthday, after nearly being murdered by two former friends in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, suburb of Waukesha on May 31, 2014.
Leutner, then 12, and Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, were believed to have been having a slumber party when Geyser and Weier led Leutner out into the woods, stabbed her repeatedly 19 times, then left her for dead. Leutner somehow managed to crawl out of the woods just enough for a passing cyclist to see her and get help, thereby preventing her death. more >>
I'm virtually certain that David Frum was simply trolling Twitter (a popular pastime) when he tweeted on Saturday: "Hypothesis: the people who most want to carry are the very last people on earth who should be allowed to carry."
In the remote chance that an otherwise-thoughtful person was actually arguing that the people who most want to exercise a constitutional right are the "very last people on earth" who should be allowed to exercise that right, I thought I'd take a moment to explain why a person carries.
In my experience, those individuals who carry do so because they very consciously do not want to belong to the class of citizens that is inherently helpless — totally reliant upon the state to protect not just themselves but their family, friends, and neighbors. If the choice is between protectors and protected, they choose to be protectors. more >>
Nevada Republican Assemblywoman Michelle Fiore has come under fire for a comment she made in a recent interview, stating that "young, hot little girls" would be protected from sexual assault on college campuses if allowed to carry firearms.
Fiore introduced a bill in the state last week to allow concealed firearms on college campuses; nine other states have introduced similar legislation. All 10 states have used the argument that arming students, particularly females, would prevent sexual assaults.
"If these young, hot little girls on campus have a firearm, I wonder how many men will want to assault them," Fiore told The New York Times via telephone. "The sexual assaults that are occurring would go down once these sexual predators get a bullet in their head." more >>
A Florida church was the possible victim of a hate crime this week after vandals set fire to the building and spray painted swastikas and the Islamic phrase "Allahu Akbar" along its walls.
New Shiloh Christian Church of Melbourne, a rapidly growing church founded in 1997, was vandalized sometime early Monday morning.