Coptic Christians have reacted with nervous relief to the Egyptian military's pushback of the Christian-persecuting Islamist rebels who had taken over Dalga.
During the two and half months that Islamist rebels held control, Christians suffered the vandalism and destruction of a monastery, two churches and close to three dozen homes. Recently, they had reported that the rebel rulers had forced them to pay a "jizya" or tribute tax to the Islamists — in essence, bribing their oppressors to let them stay in their homes.
Further, Copt incomes also suffered severely — the majority of Christian-owned small businesses were shut down during the Islamist takeover. In response to these measures, hundreds of Dalga's 20,000 Christians fled the city. more >>
A pro-life petition made to the European Union's legislative arm, which would define life as beginning at conception, has garnered over one million signatures.
Championed by the "One of Us" campaign, the personhood petition reached and passed the milestone last week, meaning it will likely receive attention from the European Commission. "Juridical protection of the dignity, the right to life and of the integrity of every human being from conception in the areas of EU competence in which such protection is of particular importance," reads the initiative in part. "To ensure consistency in areas of its competence where the life of the human embryo is at stake, the EU should establish a ban and end the financing of activities which presuppose the destruction of human embryos, in particular in the areas of research, development aid and public health."
Registered last year, the petition garnered signatures from citizens of eleven EU member nations. The One of Us campaign received support and advice from Personhood USA, an American organization with similar goals. more >>
On Tuesday people across the United States will be observing Constitution Day. The important and influential document will be turning 226 years old this year.
The date, Sept. 17, is the anniversary of when 38 of the 41 delegates present at the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention signed the document, thus framing it.
Established in 2004 as an amendment to an omnibus spending bill, Constitution Day was created with the primary purpose of educating people about the document. more >>
"My father has a great imprint on me, my children, my grandkids, and I think on the world at large." -- Her Excellency Zenani Mandela-Diamini
The imprint left upon the world by Nelson Mandela is the idea that everyone, regardless of their race, color, religion or nationality, wants to be free.
Everyone desires to have the freedom to pursue their best life now. more >>
After 65 years in exile, Palestinian Christians are asking the Israeli government to finally keep their promise, and allow them to return to the home of their ancestors.
Forced from Biram in 1948 by Israeli forces during the creation of the state of Israel, Maronite Christians were guaranteed a return to their village in a 1951 Supreme Court case. But the Israeli government has never made good on this promise, despite pleas from the Biram diaspora.
Now, descendents of the community have sought to make their case to the government through an encampment in the national park where the town is located. more >>
Egyptian Coptic Christians in Dalga have been forced to pay a "submission" tax to the Islamists that have ruled their city since early July. The tax is being forced upon any non-Muslim who refuses to convert to Islam.
This fee, known as a "jizya" tax, has historic roots in political Islam. American author and translator Raymond Ibrahim, who has Coptic lineage, has said that the jizya was what "conquered non-Muslims historically had to pay to their Islamic overlords 'with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued' to safeguard their existence."
If non-Muslims converted to Islam, they were no longer taxed. more >>