The Islamic State terrorist organization has reportedly abducted a 70-year-old prayer leader because he said he had dream about the barbaric militant group's downfall in its largest stronghold in Iraq, the city of Mosul.
According to local sources who spoke with the Iranian-based AhlulBayt News Agency, militants captured the elderly man, who was a prayer leader at a mosque in Mosul, after he claimed that he was given a prophecy in a dream about the demise of IS' control of the city.
As IS continues to suffer from declining oil revenues and U.S. President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi vowed on Monday to launch an offensive to recapture Iraq's second largest city within months, the militant group's leaders have barred Mosul residents talking about military successes against IS. more >>
Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore told The Christian Post in an interview that President Barack Obama is "very receptive" to ideas on prison reform that are being advanced by a coalition of conservative and liberal activists.
The leading ethicist for the Southern Baptist Convention attended a meeting last Thursday with President Obama, along with about a dozen others including Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and leaders from both conservative and liberal groups.
"It was pretty evenly divided between people who would be more associated with the right and people who would be more associated with the left," said Moore. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization in Iraq is now selling kidnapped children to organ traffickers in Turkey in order to overcome its financial shortfalls.
A local source in Iraq told Iraqi News that the heinous and barbaric militant organization, which rose to power in 2014 and took over large swaths of territory in northern Iraq and Syria, has sold scores of young children to Turkish organ traffickers in order to fund operations in its largest Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.
"ISIS have kidnapped dozens of children and sold them to the Turkish organ traffickers to finance their budget in Mosul," the source, who chose to remain anonymous, was quoted as saying. more >>
At the urging of America's largest secular legal organization, a public elementary school will no longer allow prayer during its kindergarten graduation ceremonies.
Springs Valley Elementary School in French Lick, Indiana, drew the ire of the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation after it's kindergarten graduation ceremony last May included a prayer offered by a 5 or 6-year-old student. The ceremony include an invocation and a designated time for prayer was listed on the ceremony program.
After the ceremony, a parent who was upset that the event included a prayer alerted FFRF. In August, FFRF legal fellow Ryan Jayne sent a letter to Springs Valley Community Schools Superintendent Tony Whitaker, arguing that the school had committed a "constitutional violation." more >>
The United States Navy will require all sailors to undergo training on the service's new transgender policies being put in place as a result of the Pentagon lifting a ban on transgender service members openly serving in June.
According to Military.com, an all-Navy message was sent out last Tuesday by Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke. Burke's message explained the new three-pronged training approach will prepare not only senior Navy leaders but also rank-and-file sailors for when the service begins accepting transgender recruits on July 1, 2017.
"This training will emphasize policies and expectations of personal behavior," the message states. more >>
A terminally ill 17-year-old has died in Belgium by physician-assisted suicide just two years after restrictions on euthanasia were lifted in the country to allow children of all ages to end their life, a move one family advocate is calling "tragic" and "atrocious."
Though few details have been released about the child's identity, government officials confirmed that the physician-assisted suicide has taken place.
Often called "mercy killings," euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002 and to date there have been 8,752 cases, according to EuroNews. In 2014, the law was amended and the age restrictions were scrapped, making it the only nation where children can choose to end their own lives. The Netherlands also allows euthanasia, but has an age restriction requiring children to be 12 years old or older. more >>