A disabled North Korean defector has established a rescue ministry that is currently helping defectors who are being abused in China find undetectable paths into the democratic haven of South Korea.
Ji Seong-ho, who founded the organization Now, Action, Unity, Human Rights (NAUH) in April of 2010, told The Christians Post in a Monday phone interview that his group consists mostly of prayer-sharing Christians who have already helped 76 North Korean defectors living as unrecognized refugees in China make their way through Underground Railroad-like excursions, spanning across several countries, so that they can ultimately resettle with the liberty offered in South Korea.
Ji, who claims to have once been tortured by North Korean police, said that defectors in China are still treated horribly even after successfully fleeing from the numerous atrocious human rights abuses carried out by the North Korean government. Many of the defected women, according to Ji, are sexually trafficked and abused in China, while defected men in China are forced to work for no wages. Defectors have no human rights in China, he stated. more >>
It is Advent and it has been 136 days since unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot six times and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
In those first hours after Brown went down, blocks from the spot where he lay dead in the tightknit Canfield neighborhood of Ferguson, Mo., protestors filled West Florissant Avenue, where Brown had been only minutes before his death. They were met by the local police force decked out in camouflage and body armor, armed to the gills with military-grade weapons, and rolling around in armored cars. Many commented that the streets of Ferguson looked like Fallujah.
It was both shocking and clarifying at once. more >>
A Christian senator in Michigan was rankled into action Sunday after the Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple mounted a mockery of the nativity scene called the "Snaketivity" on the north lawn of the Michigan Capitol featuring a snake, a satanic cross and a book called Revolt of the Angels.
The Satanic Temple, however, did not see it as a mockery but charged that it's an attempt to diversify the way in which the Christmas holiday is celebrated.
"I think that this holiday season is a time of year that is celebrated in many different ways. Having our government endorse one singular viewpoint or method of celebrating the season is problematic when we have a diverse community of people in Michigan," Jex Blackmore, Satanic Temple spokesperson, told the Lansing State Journal. more >>
Should Christian journalists expose sin and error within the Body of Christ? Or, do such reports simply discredit Christian leaders and damage the Church's witness?
I have been asked this question numerous times over my career. Many times, I suspect, believers would prefer that Christian journalists engage in public relations, not serious journalism. After all, isn't our community getting pummeled enough in the secular media? Yet, investigative journalism, which once was almost non-existent in the evangelical community, has become more prevalent in recent years. In fact, about a month ago, The New York Times printed an article highlighting the "muckraking" activities of the evangelical newsmagazine World.
As the Times noted, World's exposés have led to substantial change. For example, World's revelation that filmmaker and scholar Dinesh D'Souza attended an overnight conference with a "woman not his wife" led D'Souza to resign as president of The King's College. More recently, World reported that Mars Hill Church funds were used to promote a book by Pastor Mark Driscoll, which likely contributed to Driscoll's resignation. more >>
Mike Myers' infamous villain persona took over the set of "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, interrupting the opening sketch to bring a message to North Korea and Sony Pictures.
Dr. Evil, the antagonist of the Mike Myers' comedic film franchise "Austin Powers," interrupted the opening sketch of "A Very Somber Christmas With Sam Smith."
After receiving a strong ovation from the live studio audience, Myers as Dr. Evil expressed his protestations against all the parties involved in the recent decision by Sony to pull the film "The Interview" from various theaters over a hacker threat. more >>
Despite anti-discrimination laws in many states that require Christian bakery owners to bake cakes for same-sex weddings, 13 LGBT and gay-owned bakeries objected to one man's request when he asked if they'd make a pro-traditional marriage cake that would read "gay marriage is wrong." All refused to back the cake and one person even cursed at the Christian man for "hate speech" and said a cake supporting traditional marriage "went against their beliefs."
Blogger Theodore Shoebat, of Shoebat.com, wanted to see if the same level of tolerance that Christian business owners who belive in traditional marriage are required to abide by is also being exemplified at bakeries that advocate for same-sex marriage.
Shoebat set off on a video experiment where he called 13 bakeries, which are all either known as gay-owned bakeries or bakeries that strongly support gay marriage, and told them that he was hosting a pro-traditional marriage celebration and that he needed a cake that says "gay marriage is wrong." more >>