WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from both political parties told Christian persecution activists Thursday that the U.S. government has a moral obligation to help the Christians and other religious minorities affected by the refugee crisis in Syria and Iraq and also detailed various proposed resolutions aimed at doing so.
As thousands of Christians are risking their lives to smuggle their families into Europe in order to escape from the violence of the Islamic State and the Syrian civil war, Christian activists gathered by In Defense of Christians met with a bipartisan group of Congress members on Capitol Hill to discuss the actions being taken by the U.S. government to aid asylum seekers and other persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
Over 17 members of Congress spoke at the press conference and expressed displeasure with inaction taken by the Obama administration to provide refugees with protection and asylum. (On the same day, the White House announced plans to let 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States, a six-fold increase from current levels.) more >>
ORLANDO — The organizer of the three-day Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit, says a major purpose of this weeks conference is to raise awareness of the importance of reframing porn addiction as a "public health crisis."
"Pornography leads to increased violence against women, sexual dysfunction among young men and lifelong addictions. The child pornography epidemic is overwhelming jails, increasing divorce rates, and the sexual templates of young children are being gravely affected due to earlier exposure," said Dawn Hawkins, vice president and executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation in an interview with The Christian Post.
Hawkins, who is the organizer of the second annual summit, further emphasized that the moral and spiritual sides of the argument are still essential. more >>
WASHINGTON — The United States and other world powers are directly responsible for the escalating refugee crisis in Syria and Iraq because of their inaction toward protecting uprooted religious communities from the torturous Islamic State terror organization, a group of human rights activists proclaimed Wednesday.
At a National Press Club panel discussion kicking off a three-day summit on the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians organized by In Defense of Christians, prominent Christian human rights activists called on the United States government to not only recognize the Islamic State's atrocities as "genocide," but also to coordinate a plan to destroy the group and protect peaceful refugees of all religions.
"My parents and I became human rights defenders precisely to ensure that nothing like the Holocaust would ever happen again," former chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Katrina Lantos Swett, said during the panel. more >>
A 16-year-old Yazidi girl who was used as a slave by Islamic State terror group leader Abu bakr al-Baghdadi has described the savage beatings and rapes she and other women, including U.S. hostage Kayla Mueller, suffered at the hands of the jihadists.
The Yazidi girl, using the name Zeinat, revealed in a CNN interview that she met Mueller when both were forced to serve al-Baghdadi at his home in Raqqa, Syria.
"He treated us so badly," Zeinat said. "He would always tell us: Forget your father and your brothers. We have killed them. And we have married off your mothers and sisters. Forget them." more >>
Pope Francis has urged every Catholic parish and religious community in Europe to take in at least one refugee family and help Europe with its migrant crisis, noting that the Vatican would take two families itself. With hundreds of thousands of refugees making their way toward Western Europe, countries such as Germany and Austria are said to be near the "tipping point" of how much they can help.
"May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family" Francis told the crowds at St. Peter's Square on Sunday. ￼ "Before the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees fleeing death in conflict and hunger and are on a journey of hope, the Gospel calls us to be close to the smallest and to those who have been abandoned," he added, according to Vatican Radio.
Republican presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz slammed President Barack Obama's Iran deal, saying that he has neglected American hostages held in the Islamic Republic.
At a rally held on Capitol Hill on Wednesday by the conservative group Tea Party Patriots and attended by thousands, Sen. Cruz said that the deal was "catastrophic" for America and the hostages.
"[The Iran deal] abandons four American hostages in an Iranian hellhole, including Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen and Christian pastor sentenced to eight years in prison for the crime of preaching the Gospel," said Cruz. more >>