As many as 15,000 supporters rallied at protests held in eight cities around the globe on Saturday to continue putting pressure on the Norwegian government to release five Romanian Pentecostal children who were removed from their parents based on abuse allegations.
As previously reported by The Christian Post, the five children of Ruth and Marius Bodnariu were removed from their parents' custody last Nov. 16 after the principal from the school the Bodnarius' two daughters attended notified authorities of her concern that the children were being spanked by their parents at home as a form of discipline.
All five children, who range from age nine to four months, were placed into three separate foster homes by the Barnevernet (Norway's child protection services) and their parents have been given limited visitation rights. more >>
Hundreds of Yazidi women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State have managed to escape and report that they've been subjected to painful "virginity tests" by Iraqi authorities to prove that they were actually abused.
The Independent reported that watchdog groups, such as Human Rights Watch, have documented the traumatic experiences women have been forced to undergo after escaping from IS.
Rothna Begum, a researcher at the group's women's rights division, said she has spoken with victims who have confirmed that hundreds of women and girls have been subjected by Iraqi authorities to the painful virginity tests to prove that they have been raped. more >>
A number of children were burned alive in Boko Haram's latest horrific attack in Dalori village in Nigeria, with officials saying that 86 people were killed.
The Associated Press reported on Monday that charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets in the Northeastern village, which is hosting up to 25,000 refugees who have fled the Islamic militants.
One survivor said he hid in a tree and heard the screams of children being burned alive.as Boko Haram militants torched huts. more >>
Lacking the presence of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, a wide range of topics were discussed at length Thursday night in the last televised debate before the Iowa caucus, including discussions on the Islamic State, Kim Davis, the apocalypse and how the candidates' political views are inspired by their Christian convictions.
While the GOP's top-polling candidate chose to skip the Fox News debate in Des Moines due to his objection to moderator Megyn Kelly, more time was devoted to dissecting and debating the candidates' stances on issues like amnesty, healthcare reform, Russia, the economy, domestic terrorism, and government entitlements.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is currently sixth in the average of national Republican presidential polls and seventh in an average Iowa polls, was asked about his past remarks regarding the religious freedom of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed for over five days last year for refusing to issue marriage licenses with her name on them to same-sex couples. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina defended the indicted producers of the undercover Planned Parenthood videos during Thursday night's undercard debate in Iowa, saying that the disturbing facts behind the nation's largest abortion provider have not changed.
Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, has long cited the Center for Medical Progress' investigative videos from last year that expose atrocious realities behind Planned Parenthood's aborted baby compensation practices throughout her campaign to call for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the passage of other pro-life measures.
But after Planned Parenthood was cleared by a grand jury in Texas earlier this week and CMP founder, David Daleiden, and one of his associates were indicted on felony charges, Fiorina was asked during the Fox Republican debate in Des Moines whether she had any regrets about citing the Planned Parenthood videos to voice her pro-life message. more >>
The Texas grand jury responsible for investigating allegations that a Houston Planned Parenthood clinic used illegal practices to harvest aborted babies for profit and instead indicted the pro-life activists behind the undercover Planned Parenthood videos, never voted on issuing criminal charges against Planned Parenthood officials.
After the Center for Medical Progress released its undercover Planned Parenthood videos last year, which were the result of a 30-month investigation behind the aborted baby selling practices of Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas, California and Colorado, the state of Texas announced that it would investigate the abortion clinic's practices.
Despite the claim that an investigation was being conducted on the Planned Parenthood clinic by a grand jury in Harris County, it was CMP investigator and founder David Daleiden and one of his associates, Sandra Merritt, who wound up indicted with felony charges of tampering with governmental records (showing Planned Parenthood officials fake driver's licenses). more >>