A six-year-old boy attending a U.K. primary school is at the center of a controversy regarding the school's ban of his Christian bracelet and his father's outrage over alleged discrimination of his son's expression of faith.
The young student, Eddie Thompson, was forced to hand over the symbolic band when a teacher discovered the Christian bracelet under his sock when he scratched his ankle, reported U.K.-based Daily Mail. The boy's father was upset after learning that his son was no longer allowed to wear the Christian band.
The father, Peter Thompson, told the Daily Mail that his son had chosen the bracelet at a local Christian bookshop and had been wearing it unseen for the past six months. "We are a Christian family and Eddie's band was a reflection of this," said Thompson. "He wears the band because he wants to feel that God is always with him." more >>
Participants in this year's March for Life, marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, seemed less bothered by the mainstream media's lack of coverage of the estimated half-million people descending on Washington, D.C. to demonstrate against abortion on Friday. That's because they relied heavily on social media to help shine the spotlight on the movement.
Outside the march, supporters of the pro-life movement were not deterred either. Pope Benedict XVI gave a shout-out on Twitter in nine languages. "I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life," Benedict tweeted. The Pope has 2.5 million followers on Twitter in just six-week time since he began using the social media heavyweight.
"We have the biggest social media movement online for the pro-life movement educating almost a million people a week with the truth about human life and abortion," Lila Rose of Action Network, a pro-life investigative journalism group, told Fox News. "Our Facebook at over 430,000 is bigger than Planned Parenthood's Facebook and they're a billion dollar abortion chain." more >>
Muslim protestors attacked a group of Christian-owned businesses in a Southern Egyptian town following allegations that a Muslim girl was sexually assaulted by a Christian man.
Police ended up firing tear gas at hostile crowds who were said to have burned down four stores and thrown rocks at a local church after Friday prayers in Marashda village in the province of Qena.
Tina Ramirez, director of International and Government Relations for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told The Christian Post that incidents like these have been taking place since before the overthrow of long-serving President Hosni Mubarak during the Arab Spring. more >>
The "Weekend of Prayer To End Slavery and Trafficking," which kicks off Friday and goes to Sunday, hopes to mobilize prayers and awareness in America to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking.
Tim Gratz, director of Keys Coalition and a vice chair of the Weekend of Prayer, told The Christian Post that this annual multiday event had in its roots in previous smaller scale efforts. "Tomas Lares of Orlando, Fla., had a national prayer event last year but on a much smaller level last year," said Gratz. "Two local anti-trafficking groups, one from Maryland and one from Key West, associated with him and soon added several other anti-trafficking leaders from several other states who formed the leadership task force."
Gratz also told CP about the many things that can be done and needs to be done in order to end modern human trafficking. "First, foremost, we need God's guidance and counsel. Effective legislation is important. So is reducing demand, and there is a well-established link between pornography and the demand for commercial sex," he said. more >>
An American pastor currently held in Iranian prison is facing a grim future after it was announced that his case was recently transferred to a judge accused of human rights violations and infamous for the number of people he has sentenced to death.
"This new development is highly troubling -- it appears Iran is determined to remove any chance of the American pastor receiving any semblance of a fair trial. Even more troubling is that the U.S. government has remained silent, essentially abandoning this American in his search for justice," Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice, said in a report shared with The Christian Post. The ACLJ is representing Pastor Saeed Abedini's family in the U.S.
Abedini, 32, grew up in Iran, before converting to Christianity at the age of 20, and marrying an American woman in 2002, which helped him gain U.S. citizenship. Along with his wife, Naghmeh, and their two young children, the pastor has traveled back and forth between Iran and the U.S. a number of times in the past few years, helping create a network of underground churches, which provide a safe haven for Muslims who have converted to Christianity. more >>
WASHINGTON – A human rights activist with more than 25 years' experience in ministering to persecuted Christians said Tuesday that many Christians are "ignorant" of the extent of persecution globally.
Dr. Ron Boyd-MacMilan, chief strategy officer for Open Doors International, told The Christian Post that the church in America and elsewhere should spread greater awareness of what is happening to Christians in many parts of the world.
"I think the key thing though is that the church needs to get its story out to the worldwide church better," said Boyd-MacMilan. "There are still far too many Christians in the world that are either just ignorant or even deliberately so of the true extent of Christian persecution." more >>