The campaigns of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton have both spoken with persecution watchdog groups about the violence Christians face around the world, and have been urged to explain their plan of action to the American people.
Open Doors USA president and CEO David Curry told The Christian Post in a phone interview that representatives of the two candidates met this week with a group of individuals and organizations promoting religious freedom around the world, following a petition and letter writing campaign.
Curry said that the meetings were "productive," and focused on urging both the Trump and Clinton campaigns to think about how they would "integrate religious freedom issues into larger discussions within the administration." more >>
Nadia Murad, a young Yazidi woman whose family was massacred by the Islamic State terror group while she was kept as a sex slave before she managed to escape and later testify before the U.N. about the genocide of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, has been awarded the prestigious Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize in Strasbourg on Monday.
The Independent reported that Murad, 23, who was initially captured by IS in 2014 and subjected to severe sexual and physical abuse, has been speaking out on the plight of minorities ever since, urging world leaders to do more to protect persecuted people.
The Havel Award, named after a former Czech president, honors outstanding action in defense of human rights, and carries with it a $66,000 prize. more >>
The Islamic State's vicious brutality is ongoing in the Syrian city of Raqqa where families who've fled the terror group say children's limbs are being severed by militants as punishment for alleged crimes.
One of the families that managed to flee told Sky News that the IS victims have included kids as young as 11 years old.
"All my children have seen them," the mother, who wasn't named, said of the punishments. more >>
CHICAGO — R-rated films typically aren't known for their spiritual themes, sermons and biblical references. There is the rare exception — "The Passion of the Christ" comes to mind — but in most cases R-rated movies carry content that most Christians simply would rather avoid.
This weekend, another exception — "The Birth of a Nation" (R) — hits theaters, telling the true story of Nat Turner, the slave/preacher who shared the Good News of Scripture to his fellow slaves and anyone who would listen, and who felt led by God in 1831 to lead a violent revolt against plantation owners in Virginia that led to his death.
Not since "The Passion" has an R-rated movie contained so much Christian content in a positive light. In fact, it's not hyperbole to say that "The Birth of a Nation," which was directed by and stars Nate Parker, includes more faith-based and biblical content than 90 percent of faith-based films, not to mention many Sunday morning sermons I've heard during my life. more >>
A persecution watchdog group is organizing a 24-hour prayer rally for Asia Bibi, the Christian mother of five who's facing the death penalty in Pakistan for blasphemy, and warns that hard-line Islamists could lash out violently against Christians after next week's hearing.
The Pakistani Supreme court announced on Friday that Bibi's appeal will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13 in Islamabad, which is expected to decide whether the Christian mother will escape the death penalty, or become the first woman in Pakistan to face such an extreme punishment for blasphemy.
Bibi was originally sentenced to death after an argument with Muslim co-workers back in June 2009, in which she was accused of insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad, though she denies the charge. more >>
A Pakistani Christian family was tied up and beaten by a group of Muslims who stormed their home last month looking to force the family to convert to Islam. But when the family refused to renounce their faith, their youngest daughter was abducted, raped and has yet to return home.
The London-based charity British Pakistani Christian Association has come to the aid of the Masih family, a family of 10 Christians caught in the grips of bonded labor (modern day slavery) near the city of Kasur in Eastern Pakistan.
According to BPCA, the family lived in a small home made of mud and had been constantly pressured by local Muslims to convert to Islam, as they were the only family in the neighborhood who hadn't embraced Islam. more >>