Pakistan's Supreme Court has finally set a court date for the final appeal hearing for Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who was sentenced to death in 2010 on accusations of blasphemy.
According to the Christian persecution watchdog agency International Christian Concern, Bibi, also known as Aasiya Noreen, will have her final appeal heard before the country's highest court during the second week in October.
"The Chief Justice [of] Pakistan has ordered that Asia Bibi's appeal be fixed in the second week of October for final hearing," Bibi's Supreme Court lawyer Saif-Ul-Malook told ICC. "I will appear before the Supreme Court of Pakistan and argue her case while she will remain in prison. I hope [the] result will be an acquittal." more >>
One of the world's leading Christian persecution watchdog groups has put together a petition to presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, decrying a "baffling silence" on the problem of persecution, and urging them to devise a plan of action for how to help.
Kristin Wright, director of advocacy at Open Doors USA, told The Christian Post in a phone interview that there has been a "baffling" silence by both Trump and Clinton, given that most Americans believe that the next American president should have a plan of action for addressing the persecution of Christians.
Two separate petitions, one addressed to Trump and one to Clinton, point to a recent Harris/Neilsen poll that shows three out of four Americans believe this is an important issue for the next president to address. more >>
Many Americans seem to be splintering into opposing factions when it comes to race: Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter. In response, Christian rapper Lecrae, Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) and Jeff Shinabarger, founder of Atlanta-based non-profit Plywood, recently engaged in a candid conversation that focused on race, non-violence, and love over hate.
Racial tension has been at an all-time high with the recent police shooting deaths of African Americans by white officers and the subsequent killings of white police officers by African Americans. Lecrae pointed out today's perceived civil rights injustices and the desire for immediate retribution, which often leads to more violence.
For more than a month now the swell of the Dalit (sometimes called "untouchables") uprising has grown across India. Riots stir main streets and town centers; protesters clash with police; and a war of words has begun, with India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, locked in everyone's bull's eye.
"What right do these gau rakshaks [cow protectors] have to treat the Dalits and poor in this manner? If they want they can shoot me, but please don't target my Dalit brothers," asked Modi last week, referring to the incident in July when four Dalits where publicly beaten for skinning a cow.
At his remarks, several Hindu right wing groups, who represent the so-called cow vigilantes, threatened Prime Minister Modi, saying he would pay a price for his remarks in the next general election. This threat comes as a personal blow to Modi, since his political roots reach all the way into these groups. more >>
Popular Christian boxing icon and Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao has called for drug dealers and other perpetrators of serious crimes to be put to death, saying that the Bible has given the government authority to do so.
The 37-year-old Pacquiao, one of the most revered boxers and Christian celebrities on the planet, gave his first speech as a senator during a legislative session last week. The "Pacman" called for the restoration of capital punishment, saying that doing so would benefit many of law-abiding Filipinos.
Although the death penalty was repealed in the Philippines in 2006, Pacquiao talked about the destruction and "havoc" that the illegal drug trade is causing in the Philippines. more >>
A Texas woman who convinced two Mexican women that she was the "voice of God" and forced them to work without pay for 14 years by threatening them with Hell and immigration authorities after bringing them into the country illegally, was convicted of labor trafficking in federal court last Friday.
A release from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Olga Sandra Murra, 64, aka "Olga Sandra Capon-Meneses," who ran a house cleaning business in Fort Worth and El Paso, was convicted on two counts of forced labor and two counts of harboring an illegal alien after a weeklong trial.
She is now facing a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for each forced labor count, and up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for each harboring count when she next appears in court on Nov. 28. more >>