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 >>
As the Islamic State terrorist organization continues to suffer setbacks in Iraq, the militant outfit has employed another brutal method to punish fighters caught fleeing the battlefield.
The Iranian-based AhlulBayt News Agency reports that an unnamed security source in the Nineveh province told the Iraqi news outlet al-Sumaria last Friday that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) tortured 25 of its own militants caught leaving the battlefield while fighting against Iraqi forces in Mosul by mutilating their ears.
According to the source, the militants were first detained in a prison in central Mosul. Then, they were taken to a hospital in the city, where they each had the upper part of one of their ears cut off. IS leaders reportedly threatened to cut off both of their ears if any of them were caught fleeing the battlefield again. more >>
As the Islamic State continues to spread fear into the hearts of residents in Iraq and Syria, the group recently forced hundreds of civilians to watch the decapitations of 15 people accused of apostasy.
As apostasy is a crime punishable by death in about 13 fundamentalist Muslim-controlled countries around the world, the so-called caliphate of IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) is no exception. However, IS has been known to accuse people of apostasy just because they oppose the brutal and torturous militant regime.
According to the Kurdish news site ARA News, IS executed 15 civilians in its Syrian stronghold of Deir ez-Zor on Thursday after an IS-run Sharia court convicted the individuals of renouncing Islam because they violated the group's strict brand of Sharia law. more >>