Islamic State terrorists have allegedly forced an overly abused sex slave to undergo virginity restoration surgery over 20 different times after being raped and sold away to various ISIS fighters, a United Nations official has explained.
Zainab Bangura, a U.N. special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, recently revealed new horrifying details regarding the Islamic State's sex trafficking trade that she discovered through nearly two weeks of interviews in five different countries. She spoke with dozens of females who were capable of fleeing from the wrath of the Islamic State and she came to the conclusion that the raping of women and girls is a "central aspect" to ISIS' jihad.
"ISIL have institutionalized sexual violence and the brutalization of women as a central aspect of their ideology and operations, using it as a tactic of terrorism to advance their strategic objectives," Bangura stated in a media briefing last week. more >>
Oregon is expected to join California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia in enacting a ban on sexual orientation change efforts therapy for gay minors.
The Oregon Senate voted 21-8 Thursday to pass HB 2307, the so-called "Youth Mental Health Protection Act" and Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign it into law.
Over the past couple years, efforts across the nation have been made at the state level to ban conversion therapy, which is also called reparative therapy or sexual orientation change efforts therapy. more >>
The Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev. Justin Welby said that the worst "poison pen letters" he receives are from other Christians. The leader of the Anglican Communion said that Christian groups are failing to show tolerance to one another, and said that religious leaders should look to confront the "profound differences" between faiths.
"The worst poison pen letters I get are from other Christian groups on the whole," Welby revealed during his address to the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Independent reported on Sunday.
"The reality is that we do not as faith groups in our society always exhibit that secure tolerance to each other that enables us to speak powerfully of secure tolerance to the world around us. Christians are as bad as anyone at this – in fact, if I dare to be competitive, I think we're worse." more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has said that the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision on whether to legalize same-sex marriage across America or allow states to continue to make their own decisions will "rank as the most historic and far-reaching judgment of the 21st century." He argued that it could pave the way for "persecution of believers," and said he would be praying for the nine Supreme Court justices.
"This is a pivotal moment in the history of America. As nine U.S. Supreme Court justices consider arguments brought before the court on April 28 about whether to make same-sex marriage a constitutional right, we need to pray fervently for the wisdom and counsel of God to work its way into the hearts and minds of those making this momentous decision," Graham said in a message on Facebook Saturday.
"The impending decision will rank as the most historic and far-reaching judgment of the 21st century. If our nation's highest court decrees same-sex marriage as the law of the land, the consequences will be great. It sets the stage for persecution of believers committed to living by the truth of God's Holy Word. " more >>
This column was co-authored by Rob Schwarzwalder.
The rioting in Baltimore is disturbing to all Americans, as the unresolved cause of Freddie Gray's death while in police custody should be, as well.
It is right that political and religious leaders, community groups, business organizations, and law enforcement officials are commenting about all the causes and effects of the riots. But one thing seems missing from the discussion, a factor whose omission is unacceptable. It's called fatherhood. more >>
Paraguay's Health Minister Antonio Barrios has said that an impregnated 10-year-old girl will not be granted the abortion her mother is seeking, despite pressure from human rights groups to allow the procedure in this case. A leading Catholic clergyman has meanwhile said that the controversial case is "dividing the country in two."
"The pregnancy will not be interrupted," Barrios affirmed, according to AFP. "We've already completely ruled out abortion."
The girl's mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, initially brought the girl to a public health clinic back in April, believing she had a tumor, but the clinic affirmed that the girl is six months pregnant. The mother has been charged by authorities as an accomplice in her daughter's rape, and has been placed under arrest. more >>