A Sydney-based evangelist as well as the bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), both recently condemned the crackdown on Christians under Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who had promised better treatment of religious minorities before taking office, and called for the release of prisoners of conscience, including Iranian American pastor Saeed Abedini.
"The Iranian government actively pursues Christian ministers and believers, placing them in prison under trumped up political charges, or simply killing them in accordance with their law," asserted Christian worker Marlene Mathew, who works with immigrants from the Middle East, to The Christian Post on Monday. "These people are innocent and need to be set free....In recent weeks the Iranian government has openly declared that 'Christians are enemies' who are a major threat to the state."
The USCIRF also condemned the detention of prisoners of conscience, and called for their immediate release, adding that since President Rouhani assumed office, he has failed to fulfill his promise to improve the climate for religious freedom, despite sparking hopes in 2013 when he said, "All ethnicities, all religions, even religious minorities, must feel justice," as reported by The Jerusalem Post. August marks the second anniversary of Rouhani's presidency. more >>
Sixteen states have filed an amicus brief in support of three Christian academic institutions that have sued the Health and Human Services Department due to religious objections to the birth control mandate.
The brief was filed Monday on behalf of Houston Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University, and Westminster Theological Seminary, who are appealing to the U.S, Supreme Court to get an exemption from the HHS mandate.
Attorneys General listed in the brief represent the states of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia. more >>
Black pastors are calling on the Smithsonian Institution to remove a bust of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger from the National Portrait Gallery's "Struggle for Justice Exhibit" in Washington, D.C.
The Smithsonian has fallen victim to the propaganda of abortion supporters, according to the group of black pastors who assert that while pro-choice activists praise Sanger as a hero, she was instead a woman who spoke at KKK rallies, advocated for "black eugenics" and wanted to "eliminate black births."
In a letter sent to Smithsonian last Friday, 10 pastors representing a coalition of clergy known as Ministers Taking A Stand, which promotes educational choice, entrepreneurship and strong families, urged the museum to remove the likeness of Sanger from its exhibit. more >>
A fourth atheist blogger was killed in Bangladesh Friday when a gang of suspected Islamic extremists wielding machetes hacked him to death.
Niloy Neel, 40, was killed at his home in the capital city of Dhaka, becoming the fourth secular blogger to be killed in the Southeast Asian nation this year.
Even though billionaire businessman Donald Trump has been widely criticised for his misogynistic brashness during last Thursday's Fox News presidential debate, leading Evangelist Franklin Graham believes most Americans can "agree" with some of the remarks the Donald made during the primetime two-hour event.
In a post-debate interview with AL.com, Graham, the president of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, explained that he was excited to hear some of the 17 GOP candidates talk about their faith and God during the debates.
Though Graham, who prayed for a number of the participating candidates, refused to endorse any one candidate, he was asked give his thoughts about Trump's performance. more >>
A minister in the United Church of Canada who is an avowed atheist is fighting to keep her clergy credentials as a regional body investigates the effectiveness of her ministry.
The Reverend Gretta Vosper, head pastor of West Hill United Church in Toronto, has filed an appeal over a ruling in May from Nora Sanders, general secretary for the UCC General Council.
In the Sanders ruling, the general secretary provided the Toronto Conference with a process for reviewing the effectiveness of Vosper's ministry. more >>