A former Cuban prisoner of conscience who was imprisoned for opposing the Communist regime of Fidel Castro and used his own blood to write poetry throughout his 22-year detention will be honored as the 2016 recipient of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's highest honor.
Armando Valladares, a former Cuban government worker who was arrested in 1960 for refusing to put a sign at his desk stating "I'm with Fidel," kept his faith in the Lord despite suffering from years of atrocious and torturous conditions during his detention.
Valladares, 78, who was released in 1982 thanks to the intercession of French President Francois Mitterand, suffered from relentless beatings, survived a number of hunger strikes that left him wheelchair-bound for years, spent eight years naked in solitary confinement in a mosquito-infested cell where guards often threw buckets of human waste on him. more >>
Indiana will soon consider a bill that will implement anti-discrimination measures for LGBT individuals while providing certain exemptions for religious liberty.
Introduced by Republican State Senator Travis Holdman on Tuesday, the new bill will add gender identity and sexual orientation to state antidiscrimination code while including assorted religious liberty exemptions.
According to the bill's synopsis, the proposed legislation will prohibit "discriminatory practices in acquisition or sale of real estate, housing, education, public accommodations, employment, the extending of credit, and public contracts based on military active duty status, sexual orientation, or gender identity." more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization announced Wednesday through its monthly online magazine that its militants have executed two foreign hostages from China and Norway.
In the newest edition of IS' online English-language magazine, Dabiq, the jihadi group published two photos of foreign hostages that it claims had been "executed after being abandoned by their kafir [infidel] nations and organizations."
The photos appeared on the second-to-last page of the magazine and featured 48-year-old Norwegian graduate student Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad and 50-year-old Beijing native Fan Jinghui, whom both appear to have been fatally shot in the head. more >>
Real estate mogul and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump raised concerns Wednesday about the U.S. accepting Christian refugees from Syria, charging that their faith could be hard to prove.
"I don't know if you can prove that they're Christian," said Trump at a press conference in Worcester, Massachusetts, according to CNN.
"You have to prove it. How are they proving it?" Trump asked. "I have a real concern that the people who are coming into this country are coming in, some for very bad purposes." more >>
Police officials in Yamunanagar, India, have revealed that a migrant from Bihar "mortgaged" his wife off to a friend in exchange for 30,000 rupees and later killed the lender for refusing to let his wife go after the money had been paid back.
The Times of India reports that upon trying to solve the mystery behind the death of 35-year-old quiltmaker Mohammad Golam, officers in Yamunanagar discovered that Golam had loaned a friend named Sabir Ali 30,000 Indian Rupees, the equivalent of $453, this past January.
The officers realized that this was no ordinary loan when it came to light Monday that Ali had offered his wife, Salma, to Golam as collateral for the loan. more >>
A Pakistani Christian family has been forced to flee from home and is now in hiding after the family's eight-year-old daughter was beaten and locked inside of her school's bathroom for hours after she allegedly used a toilet designated for Muslims.
The British Pakistani Christian Association, a London-based humanitarian organization, reports that Sara Bibi, the youngest of five siblings, was expelled from the Government's Girls School in Samundari area of the Punjab province after she was accused of using the same toilet that her Muslim classmates use.
While a common mentality displayed in the Pakistani Muslim community is that Christians are "unclean," Bibi's classmates accused her of "polluting" their toilet. After her classmates informed the school's headmistress, Zahida Rana, that Bibi used the Muslim toilet, Bibi was verbally scolded and abused by the headmistress. more >>