A Sudanese woman recently sentenced to death for her Christian faith is unlikely to renounce her religion, her husband says.
27-year-old Meriam Yehya Ibrahim was sentenced to death earlier in May for apostasy and adultery due to her Christian religion and her marriage to a Christian man. Although Ibrahim is scheduled to be killed by hanging in two years, she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.
"There is pressure on her from Muslim religious leaders that she should return to the faith," Daniel Wani, Ibrahim's husband who is also Christian and a U.S. citizen, recently told CNN. "She said, 'How can I return when I never was a Muslim? Yes, my father was a Muslim, but I was brought up by my mother.' " more >>
The husband of a pregnant woman recently stoned to death in Pakistan recently admitted to murdering his first wife.
Mohammad Iqbal, husband to 25-year-old Farzana Parveen, admitted in a recent interview that he had murdered his first wife six years ago in order to marry Parveen. Parveen was recently stoned to death by members of her family when she refused to comply with an arranged marriage, going against her family's orders and instead marrying Iqbal. She was three months pregnant when she was stoned on Tuesday.
"I wanted to send a proposal to Farzana, so I killed my wife," Iqbal told CNN in an interview Thursday. Iqbal's son, who is now in his twenties, was reportedly the first to alert authorities when his mother was murdered six years ago. His father reportedly served one year in jail before being released because his son forgave him, an aspect of Pakistani law. more >>
A report by Pew Research Center has found that as of 2012, about one in ten nations in the world have legal punishments for apostasy, or the leaving of one's faith.
Released Wednesday and authored by Angelina Theodorou, the report found that 11 percent of countries and territories had apostasy laws and 22 percent had blasphemy laws.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging Congress to vote on immigration reform before the August recess without delay, saying that the time has long since come to enact major changes to America's immigration system and help suffering families that are being split apart by the current policies.
"Our strength as a nation is drawn from our diversity and the unique talents of persons from around the world. Under our current immigration system, we weaken our country, not strengthen it. By not acting, we alienate a generation of young persons, who are the future leaders of our country. We are saying "we do not want you or your families," Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami , who is part of the USCCB's Committee on Migration, said in a statement Thursday.
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Migration, lamented that each day, families are being divided by deportation, and as many as 100,000 U.S. children are being separated from their parents each year. more >>
Former actress and abortion counselor Emily Letts, who posted a video on YouTube that allegedly shows her having a surgical procedure for an early first trimester abortion, is being called out by some pro-life advocates as having possibly faked the video due to its glaring inconsistencies.
Letts, 25, is working as an abortion counselor at the Cherry Hill Women's Center in New Jersey, and was awarded a cash prize from a pro-abortion group for submitting a 3-minute video of herself allegedly having an abortion as an entry in the "Abortion Stigma Busting" contest. Her video has already garnered over 2 million views on YouTube and she also wrote a column that was published in Cosmopolitan magazine to help promote the abortion video.
In 2003, the clinic that employes Letts paid an undisclosed settlement in a malpractice lawsuit that was filed against the facility after the abortionist on staff, Charles Benjamin, performed a second trimester abortion on a 17-year-old student from Pennsylvania without obtaining parental consent. more >>
Lila Rose, president of the pro-life youth led organization Live Action, distributed a 60-page six-year investigative report on Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, to members of Congress Wednesday, asking them to defund the organization.
According to Live Action's multi-state investigative report, "Lies, Corruption, and Scandal: Six Years of Exposing Planned Parenthood," which was distributed to members of Congress and is available online here, Rose and her investigative team have documented the abortion provider covering up the sexual abuse of children; aiding the sexual exploitation of girls; accepting donations to abort black babies and girls; and not informing women about post-abortion PTSD, among other illicit and illegal activities.
To launch their new national campaign, Rose, along with volunteers and interns, walked the halls of Congress to deliver their findings to Republican and Democratic Senate and House members, asking them to review the report and pass legislation to stop using taxpayers' dollars to fund the abortion provider. more >>