Horrific stories of the ongoing genocide being carried out by the Islamic State terror group against Christians and other religious minorities were shared at a conference in New York last week, with one account revealing that a couple was sent the body parts of their dead daughters, along with a video of them being raped and tortured.
The Catholic News Agency described the stories shared by human rights activists at the #WeAreN2016 international congress on religious freedom as "graphic, brutal and raw."
"One account told of a couple whose children had been captured by ISIS militants. When they answered their door one day, they found a plastic bag on their doorstep. It contained the body parts of their daughters and a video of them being raped and tortured," the report described. more >>
A Pentagon investigation has found that war crimes were not committed last October when a United States aerial gunship killed 42 civilians during an accidental airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders medical charity hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, said at a news conference on Friday that the "tragedy" was a result of errors that led 16 U.S. service members to believe they were bombarding a Taliban command center last Oct. 3.
"They were trying to do the right thing. They were trying to support our Afghan partners," Votel explained. "Unfortunately, they made a wrong judgment in this particular case and ended up targeting this Doctors Without Borders facility." more >>
Hindu radicals in India doused a Christian pastor and his wife in gasoline in an attempt to force them to convert, a leading Christian human rights group has reported.
According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, the attack occurred on April 17, when two men posed as Christians and went to Berseba Church in Chhattisgarh state's Karanji Village in search of prayer.
The church's pastor, Deenbandhu Sameli, let the two men into the church and was then attacked and forced to chant "jai sri ram," which means "hail Lord Rama" (one of the incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu). more >>
The ongoing #WeAreN2016 Congress, an international gathering of high level experts and witnesses being held in New York City, is calling on world leaders to stop the persecution of Christians and other minorities in countries such as Syria, Iraq and Nigeria, particularly by Islamic State and other Islamist terror groups.
"Christians account for 80 percent of persecuted minorities. They are victims of the deliberate infliction of conditions of life that are calculated to bring about their physical destruction in whole or in part," say the organizers on the website of the congress, which began Thursday and will go on until Saturday at several locations in New York City.
"They are being murdered, beheaded, crucified, beaten, extorted, abducted, and tortured," they say. more >>
A U.S. congressman who played a vital role in persuading the government to label the Islamic State's slaughter of religious minorities a "genocide" has warned that the world has "no hope" unless the terror group is stopped from exterminating Christians and the other minorities it is targeting.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., co-chair of the Caucus on Religious Minorities in the Middle East, said in a lecture event at the Family Research Council on Thursday that there are still "people of goodwill left in the world," who are willing to sacrifice and defend the "rich tapestry of various religious traditions" that make up the Middle East.
"ISIS' attempt to exterminate this with their twisted theology, with their a-century barbarism, unfortunately with 21st century weaponry, is not only a threat to human dignity, it's a threat to the very stability of the Middle East in the future, and the principles of civilization itself," Fortenberry said. more >>
Following Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's announcement Wednesday that former GOP candidate Carly Fiorina is to be his vice-presidential running mate, the nation's largest abortion provider chastised the two staunch pro-lifers as "the most loathsome pair."
Fiorina has long called for Planned Parenthood to be stripped of its tax funding and has frequently cited last year's Center for Medical Progress sting videos that purport to show abortion clinics violating the law. The abortion giant's lobbying arm issued a statement that claims that a Fiorina-Cruz ticket would give American women "nightmares."
"This is the same Carly Fiorina who is best known for lying; firing 30,000 people at Hewlett Packard; falling drastically in the race for the GOP nomination because of her lies about Planned Parenthood; and ambushing a preschool field trip to use toddlers as a tiny prop audience in an anti-abortion talk," the Planned Parenthood Action Fund wrote on its website. more >>