WASHINGTON — At a Religious Freedom Project summit Friday at the Catholic University of America, a Chinese evangelist told of how she was was forced to make Christmas tree lights and endured starvation, electrocution and beatings in Chinese prisons and "re-education" labor camps due to her refusal to renounce Christ.
Speaking at the conference organized by Baylor University, the largest Baptist university in the world, Chinese evangelist Sarah Liu, and Syrian Christian ministry leaders, Joseph and Hannah Sleman, gave their testimonies to the torture and persecution faced by Christians unwilling to compromise in two of the most hostile regions toward Christianity this world has to offer.
Liu, a born-again Christian who was baptized in 1991 in the dead of a winter night due to fear of a government crackdown, told of how she and ministry partners traveled through China's Hubei province, going village to village, to spread the word of Christ. more >>
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is being accused of misquoting a Bible verse during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network at a California golf course that he owns.
"Proverbs, the chapter 'never bend to envy.' I've had that thing all of my life where people are bending to envy," the billionaire businessman and reality TV star proclaimed. "There's so many things that you can learn from it."
Eugene Scott of CNN noted that the phrase "never bend to envy" does not actually appear in the book of Proverbs. more >>
A new campus policy has been proposed at the University of California that seeks to limit freedom of speech so that students and faculty have the "right" to study or work "free from acts and expressions of intolerance."
The policy proposal, which has been deemed a "statement of principles against intolerance" was discussed by a committee of university regents on Thursday, and aims ban so-called intolerant speech, yet protect its students' and faculty's freedom of expression at the same time.
The policy defines intolerance as being "unwelcome conduct motivated by discrimination against, or hatred toward, other individuals or groups," and includes "acts of violence or intimidation, threats, harassment, hate speech, derogatory language reflecting stereotypes or prejudice, or inflammatory or derogatory use of culturally recognized symbols of hate, prejudice, or discrimination." more >>
Short shorts and mini skirts could soon be outlawed in a small Alabama town after one local council member proposed the idea in response to a bid to ban saggy pants.
Last month, Dadeville City Council member Frank Goodman proposed legislation to banish saggy pants during an August 25 council meeting, explaining that he felt compelled to do so after much thought and prayer. City Councilwoman Stephanie Kelley suggested that skimpy attire like hot pants and mini skirts should also be banned and said that such legislation would need to be applicable to everyone and not just males, in order for it to be deemed equitable.
"My concern is it should be for everybody," Kelley said during the meeting, according to AlexcityOutlook.com. "I think for the girls, with these shorts up so high looking like under garments and dresses so short, I don't want us to be showing favoritism." more >>
The Rabun County School District in Tiger, Georgia has agreed to discontinue Christian prayers at graduation ceremonies and remove a sign containing the name Jesus from public school property.
The district agreed in writing earlier this week to stop having Rabun County Elementary School Principal Lisa Patterson give Christian prayers at public school graduation ceremonies and to remove the sign.
These actions came at the demand of the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center, who sent a letter of complaint to the school district in early September. more >>
Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and other second-tier Republican presidential candidates shared differing views Thursday night on whether Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and other public officials have the right to exercise their religious belief in traditional marriage while serving public office after the Supreme Court has nationalized same-sex marriage.
During CNN's first Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, which featured the four lowest polling GOP presidential nominees, Jindal was first asked to give his opinion on the 14-year-old Muslim student in Texas who was wrongly arrested for bringing a clock to school and how America should handle the fine line between keeping America safe from radical Islam and not discriminating against Arab-Americans.
After Jindal gave a response bashing radical Islam that challenged Muslim leaders to stand up against extremism, he added that the biggest discrimination problem that America should be focusing on is the discrimination against Christians who publicly stand by their religious belief in natural marriage. Jindal referenced Davis, a Christian Kentucky county clerk who was jailed last week for refusing to issue marriage licenses due to her objection to having her name and title authorizing same-sex marriage certificates. more >>