A large survey of attitudes and opinions held by people in several Arab states have found that Egyptians and Palestinians are the most sympathetic toward the Islamic State. Among Syrian refugees, 13 percent expressed support for the terror group.
The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, which released its findings this month, carried out a public opinion poll of 600 respondents in the countries of Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Iraq, as well as a sample of 900 Syrian refugees based in camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
While the vast majority, or 72 percent of all respondents said that they have an overall negative view of IS, which has captured territory across Iraq and Syria, the militant group found small pockets of support — overall 4 percent of all respondents said they have a positive view of IS, and 7 percent said "positive to some extent." more >>
When he steps onstage to perform in the play "Broadway to Oz" in Australia this month, Golden Globe Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman plans to surrender his performances to God.
"Before I go onstage every night, I pause and dedicate the performance to God, in the sense of 'allow me to surrender.' When you allow yourself to surrender to the story, to the character, to the night, to the audience, transcendence happens," Jackman revealed to Parade magazine during an October interview. "... When that happens, there is nothing like it on the planet. It's the moment people experience when they fall in love, which is equally frightening and exciting. That's what it feels like."
The 47-year-old actor, who rose to international fame as Wolverine in the "X-Men" franchise, likens his relationship with God to that of Christian runner Eric Liddell in the film "Chariots of Fire." While Lidell's sport helped him connect to God, Jackman believes his live performances do the same. more >>
Aggressively enforcing their interpretation of Shariah law, Islamic State militants have released a new video showing two alleged thieves in Western Syria blindfolded, bound, and flanked by members of the terror group as each has a hand chopped off with a meat cleaver.
The news and entertainment site Heavy.com published the graphic video on Saturday which shows a propagandist for IS explaining the punishment to onlookers before their hands are severed.
Heavy reports that the amputations took place in Welayat Homs, a city that's controlled by radical Islamic jihadists. more >>
The Bible has much to say about how we should treat our physical selves: Treating the body as a temple, disciplining the body, taming the tongue, running the race.
While such gems as "cleanliness is next to godliness" do not appear in the Good Book, parts of the Old and New Testaments do talk about staying fit.
Need some motivation to run those laps, to skip that second helping of chicken or that extra-large soda at the movies? Here are some verses and passages for you! more >>
Jesus Christ is coming soon.
That's not the message of a religious tract or televangelist.
It's a warning from former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann who has called for an intensified effort to convert Jews to Christianity in time for the return of Christ. more >>
Never underestimate the determination of a man and his cat. Not even water can stand in the way of this feline who intends to retrieve a treat stolen by some thieving geese.
When Aaron and his pet cat Prince Michael realize their bag of goldfish has been stolen by a group a geese, the duo try to save it.
After their initial attempts are unsuccessful, Aaron comes up with a brilliant idea: He improvises a jet ski. more >>