The United Nations Children's Fund has said that as many as 1 million children have been forced out of school due to the Boko Haram terrorist group.
"Across Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, over 2,000 schools remain closed due to the conflict — some of them for more than a year — and hundreds have been attacked, looted or set on fire," UNICEF reported on Tuesday. "In far north Cameroon, only one out of the 135 schools closed in 2014 has re-opened this year."
The militant group has been waging a war in Nigeria for almost six years now, carrying out mass suicide bombings, shooting attacks, and raids on entire towns and villages, killing over 20,000 people. The Islamic extremists have focused heavily on Christians, trying to drive them out of the country, but have been attacking moderate Muslims and all who stand in their way. more >>
A Wheaton College professor who was suspended last week for asserting that Muslims and Christians worship the same God argued Monday that her claim has been affirmed by the church for centuries and also affirmed by other Evangelical scholars.
After Wheaton political science professor Larycia Hawkins posted on her Facebook Dec. 10 that she was going to wear a hijab throughout the Advent to show solidarity with Muslims, adding, "we worship the same God," the school placed the tenured professor on paid administrative leave on Dec. 15 as her comments appear to have violated the Evangelical institution's statement of faith.
Hawkins addressed her Facebook post in an interview with Chicago's public television WTTW on Monday in which she proclaimed that her post was in not a "theological treatise" and was really meant to be just a call for solidarity. more >>
The US Food and Drug Administration has announced the implementation of a new blood donation policy that allows gay men to donate blood.
Reversing a 30+ year policy, the FDA announced Monday that homosexual men can donate blood provided that they do so after having abstained from sex for at least one year.
"As part of today's finalized blood donor deferral guidance, the FDA is changing its recommendation that men who have sex with men (MSM) be indefinitely deferred – a policy that has been in place for approximately 30 years – to 12 months since the last sexual contact with another man," stated the FDA. more >>
More than 1,800 people experienced a Missouri congregation's first drive-thru interactive Nativity last weekend that included several live animals and actors portraying Roman soldiers.
Drivers were handed a coin to later give to Roman soldiers as a tax to enter Bethlehem, going through a recreated biblical era town that included a bustling marketplace.
"At the gate, Roman soldiers requested their tax token to enter into the city. As the visitors drove to the city gate, they witnessed folks in biblical dress walking to and from the city. Booths [were set up] to feture a basket shop, bread shop, scarves and jewelry shop, and a carpenter's shop. All were manned by characters hawking and showing off their wares," said Bryan Ridenour, student pastor at North Nixa Baptist Church, who told The Christian Post that months back lead Pastor Jerry Francisco came up with the idea to host a drive-thru Nativity for the community. more >>
A school district in Wyoming has reversed a high school principal's decision to bar students from privately praying in the school cafeteria during lunchtime after a Christian law firm threatened to take legal action if the students were prohibited from exercising their religious liberty.
On Oct. 15 a small group of students, led by the children of Pastor Marty Roark, gathered in the back of the Glendo High School cafeteria to bow their heads and pray over their lunchtime meal. The student that offered the prayer spoke only so the group could hear him and after the prayer was over, the students sat down and ate their lunch without causing any disruption.
Although the prayer was not initiated by a school employee, Principal Stanetta Twiford approached one of the students after lunch and told her that she and the other students were not allowed to pray during lunch because it was pushing their religion onto the other students. more >>
United States government officials have acknowledged that thousands of Americans have "disappeared" for attempting to spoil the ending of "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens."
In a prepared statement released Monday, the Obama administration admitted to overseeing a joint operation between the CIA, NSA, FBI, and the Department of Education to purge the Star Wars spoiler-ers.
"We believe this was a major matter of national security," pointed out Chief White House Spokesman Ernest P. Worrell, who just went to camp. more >>