Islamic State terrorists have beheaded a 4-year-old girl in the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa and forced her mother to soak her hands in her daughter's blood, an Iranian news outlet has reported.
A Syrian woman who recently escaped the wrath of IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh) told the Tehran-based Al Alam International News Channel on the condition of anonymity about a terrifying incident that led to the decapitation of an innocent child.
"A mother told her 4-year daughter to go home and she refused and then the mother told her unintentionally 'go home and I swear to God that I will behead you if you don't,'" the woman recalled. "And one of the ISIS members heard this and told the mother 'since you swore to God you should behead her,' but the mother strongly opposed." more >>
Four House Democrats held a "prayer shaming" protest similar to a protest after the San Bernardino shooting by walking out of a moment of silence for the victims of Sunday's massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
When Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called for a moment of silence in the House chamber on Monday to honor the 49 killed and 53 wounded in Sunday's massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., led a walkout in protest of the House leadership's unwillingness to advance gun control legislation that would ban anyone on the Terrorist Screening Center's no-fly list from purchasing a gun.
As the Connecticut delegation has heavily advocated for gun control since the the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown in 2012, fellow Connecticut Democrats John Larson and Joe Courtney, along with Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., also joined Himes in walking out on the moment of silence, Roll Call reports. more >>
A Chinese human rights lawyer who was released from jail in 2014 recounts the torture he suffered at the hands of government authorities in a new memoir in which he reveals how his Christian faith gave him strength to survive.
The Associated Press conduced an interview with 52-year-old Gao Zhisheng about his Chinese-language memoir, China's Hope: What I Learned During Five Years as a Political Prisoner, which the lawyer said was hard to write due to ongoing surveillance by Communist Party officials.
Zhisheng revealed that he spent three years in solitary confinement for standing up against the government's various human rights abuses, but said it was "his Christian faith and his unwavering hope for China that sustained him in that period of isolation." more >>
Christians ought proclaim the love of Christ with our lips, and in our lives. And the events in Orlando underscore how the two must never be separated.
Recently, I've been reading some of the very first works of Christian apologetics: by Justin Martyr, Tertullian, and Athenagoras. Today, someone known as an apologist primarily attempts to make a case that Christianity is true, or answer a critique of Christianity, or show other worldviews — such as atheism or pantheism — to be false. The earliest apologists did all of this as well.
But because they were writing at a time of Christian persecution, the earliest apologists did not aim their work at the masses. They wrote to Roman authorities, pleading for the end of persecution. And to make their case, the earliest apologists pointed not only to truthfulness of Christianity, but also to the goodness of how Christians lived their lives. more >>
Early Sunday, a man named Omar Mateen shot about 100 people in an Orlando gay nightclub with an assault rifle, killing half of them.
Mateen called 911 pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State, or ISIS, and was eventually killed by Orlando police in a firefight.
While Mateen clearly stated his loyalty to ISIS and the terrorist group itself has accepted responsibility for the shooting, other people have found themselves being thrown into the blame game as being in some way responsible for the violent anti-gay act. more >>
WASHINGTON — The mother of one of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram from a public school in the Borno State in 2014 says God will help her and the rest of her village overcome the adversity and uncertainty that they face.
Although it has been over two years since the Islamic State-affiliated terrorist outfit abducted the schoolgirls from the government secondary girls school in Chibok on April 14, 2014, only one has been rescued so far.
One Chibok mother, who had her 15-year-old daughter kidnapped by the militant organization on that fateful night, became the first parent of a kidnapped Chibok girl to leave Nigeria to speak out about the mass abduction outside the country. more >>