Five Christian girls have been kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam just this month, according to a human rights group that monitors ongoing abuses of religious minorities in Pakistan.
"In April in the area of Kasur alone, five Christian girls were kidnapped and converted to Islam and forced to marry their captors. These girls are denied the legal protection of individual rights," said Sardar Mushtaq Gill, a lawyer with Legal Evangelical Association Development in Pakistan.
Fides News Agency reported Monday that the latest victim was 23-year-old Laveeza Bibi from the Kasur district in Punjab, who earlier this month was kidnapped by two Muslims who stormed her house armed with guns, kidnapping the girl and threatening her parents. more >>
Facebook has attempted to censor a Washington woman who posted viral meme-like photos opposing the push to allow men who self identify as female into women's bathrooms after some angry viewers falsely flagged her post for "nudity."
In photos posted to Facebook earlier this month, Kristi Merritt of Lakewood, Washington, dressed up in a series of costumes to prove her point that no matter what or who she dressed up like, she will never actually be a what she appears to be in the photos.
One photo shows Merritt dressed up like a pirate, holding a sign that reads, "Does this make me a pirate?" Another photo shows Merritt wearing a sombrero and holding a Corona and a sign that states, "Does this make me a Mexican?" In another photo, Merritt wore a Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks jersey while holding a football and a football helmet along with a sign that asks, "Does this make me Russell Wilson?" more >>
Lakewood Church's one-day Go Conference for Men was a pit stop where men could refuel, recharge and renew their inspiration in order to get back on track.
In a rare and candid chat hosted by pastor and author Phil Munsey on Friday, Lakewood Church senior pastor Joel Osteen and Life.Church senior pastor Craig Groeschel gave audience members a glimpse into more intimate aspects of their lives, opening up about managing their personal relationships, balancing church and family, and how they got where they are today.
On his relationship with his wife of 29 years, Victoria, Osteen shared that she has helped him become the man he is today, saying, "I wouldn't be who I am were it not for Victoria." He explained that 10 years before the death of his father, the late Rev. John Osteen, Victoria began telling him that he would one day preach. Osteen said that after his father passed, he felt empowered to preach because Victoria had been telling him for so long that he could do it. "We're better together," he told the gathering of men. more >>
More than 392,000 people have signed an online pledge to boycott Target after the retail giant said that transgender employees and customers could use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, irrespective of their biological sex.
"This means a man can simply say he 'feels like a woman today' and enter the women's restroom...even if young girls or women are already in there," says American Family Association's online #BoycottTarget pledge, which was launched after Target announced Tuesday, "We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity."
"Target's policy is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims. And with Target publicly boasting that men can enter women's bathrooms, where do you think predators are going to go?" the pledge asks. more >>
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said he feels "very strongly" that issues related to North Carolina's law that says people must use bathrooms according to their biological sex should be decided by the state, hours after criticizing the legislation.
"I love North Carolina, and they have a law, and it's a law that, you know, unfortunately is causing them some problems," Trump said in an interview on Fox News. "And I fully understand that they want to go through, but they are losing business, and they are having people come out against."
Some businesses have boycotted North Carolina over the law. more >>
At a joint press conference with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in London, President Obama said the laws in North Carolina concerning use of bathrooms as per biological sex and in Mississippi that protects opponents of gay marriage from being punished for their religious beliefs, should be "overturned." He also said the Syrian conflict can be solved only with political negotiations, and that he listened to Prince's "Purple Rain" and "Delirious" before his bilateral meetings.
"I want everybody here in the United Kingdom to know that the people of North Carolina and Mississippi are wonderful people," Obama said at the press conference, after a reporter asked him about the laws. "They are hospitable people. They are beautiful states, and you are welcome, and you should come and enjoy yourselves, and I think you'll be treated with extraordinary hospitality."
The U.K. recently issued a travel advisory, saying, "The U.S. is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country. LGBT travelers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi." more >>