The 28-year-old New York woman behind a now viral photo associated with the Black Lives Matter movement in Baton Rouge has said the popularity and discussion generated by the image is the "work of God," and described herself as a "vessel."
Several news sites, including the BBC, reported on the photograph, which shows Leshia Evans wearing a long, flowing summer dress as she stands in front of a police line.
Reuters photographer Jonathan Bachman said the photo was taken on a street near police headquarters that was being blocked by protesters in the city, which was the site of Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend. more >>
Evangelist and best-selling author Ray Comfort declared that atheists cannot be trusted with political authority, as seen with historic examples.
In an interview last week on the radio program "Janet Mefferd Today," Comfort said "you can't trust an atheist in a position of authority."
"Atheists have caused 110 million deaths in the last hundred years. Stalin, 60 million, he was an atheist. Mao, 40 million, and he was an atheist. Pol Pot, 1.7 million, he was an atheist. Vladimir Lenin, 5 million people slaughtered, he was an atheist," said Comfort. more >>
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law last week a measure punishing any kind of religious evangelization outside of churches, which some observers have called one of the most restrictive move in "post-Soviet history."
"This new situation resembles the Soviet Union in 1929. At that time confession of faith was permitted only in church," Hannu Haukka, president of Great Commission Media Ministries, told National Religious Broadcasters, according to Breitbart News. "Practically speaking, we are back in the same situation. These anti-terrorist laws are some of the most restrictive laws in post-Soviet history."
The law, which is supposed to be aimed against the spread of terrorism and extremism, has also been approved by the Russian Parliament's upper chamber. The move blocks the sharing of faith in any place that is not a government-sanctioned house of worship. more >>
The Reverend Franklin Graham announced that he will lead live prayer events on Facebook for the opening of the Republican and Democratic national conventions.
In a message posted to the social media site on Monday, Rev. Graham explained that the nation "is in a huge mess" and needs prayer and spiritual healing.
The Rev. Franklin Graham has said that America is in desperate need of Divine intervention in the wake of several shootings and riots, and announced a major prayer initiative ahead of both the Republican and Democratic national conventions.
"Our country is in a huge mess. Shootings, riots, and protests now claim the headlines about America, and that's heartbreaking. We are in desperate need of Divine intervention. We need healing. Prayer is what can make a difference in America," Graham said in a Facebook message on Monday.
There have been several violent incidents that have shaken America's core in recent weeks, from the deadly shootings at an Orlando gay nightclub that left 50 people dead, to the shooting deaths of two black men by police last week, followed by three shootings of police officers in Missouri, Georgia and Tennessee, and the killing of five police officers in Dallas by a man who said he "wanted to kill white people." more >>
A Muslim man in the Iraqi city of Balad sacrificed his own life by hugging an Islamic State terror group militant who was wearing a suicide vest, saving hundreds of lives in the process.
India Times reported that the man, Najih Shaker Al-Baldawi, was at Balad's Sayyed Mohammad Shrine when he witnessed the IS jihadist making his way toward the crowd of people. Al-Baldawi stopped the jihadist from entering the shrine, and when he saw that the attacker was wearing an explosive-laden vest, he hugged him, and took the direct brunt of the explosion.
The suicide attack was still very deadly, leading to 37 deaths according to a Joint Operations spokesman in Iraq, but the man's actions potentially saved hundreds of others. more >>