A former Houston Astros player has expressed his support for a referendum meant to overturn a controversial civil rights ordinance that critics say would let men use women's restrooms.
Lance Berkman, one of the Astros' all-time greatest players, spoke on behalf of the effort to defeat the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance next month via referendum.
Policing authorities in the town of Sargodha in the Punjab province of Pakistan have arrested and charged a Christian man known healing the sick with allegedly committing the crime of blasphemy.
According to the British Pakistani Christian Association, Naveed John, a Christian resident from the Maryam Colony in Sargodha, was arrested on Oct. 8 and has been languishing in prison since his arrest.
The humanitarian agency's report states that John was arrested after police officers found a sword in his room that featured verses from the Quran inscribed into the blade. Family members told BPCA that police officials have demanded that they pay a bribe if they want John to be released. more >>
Grand Ayatollah Ahmad al-Baghdadi, the leading Shiite cleric of Iraq, has claimed in an interview that "real Islam" consists of forcefully converting people into the faith, abducting Christian women, and destroying churches. The cleric's comments stand in contrast to other Islamic leaders, who have condemned terroristic actions.
Al-Baghdadi reportedly made the comments during a televised interview, Frontpage Mag said, in which the cleric claimed that Muslims are obligated to go on the offensive and conquer people of other faiths, when circumstances permit.
"If they are people of the book [Jews and Christians] we demand of them the jizya — and if they refuse, then we fight them. That is if he is Christian. He has three choices: either convert to Islam, or, if he refuses and wishes to remain Christian, then pay the jizya," the cleric reportedly said in the interview. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist group has allegedly beheaded and crucified a man who was helping innocent people escape from the brutality and heinousness of the group's controlled areas in Syria.
The man's beheading and crucifiction was first reported by Heavy.com (graphic images) last weekend when IS supporters posted a series of photos to social media showing the man's mutilated body being strung on a wooden structure in an IS-controlled area of Aleppo.
The first photo shows a militant delivering the already beheaded body to the public square in what appears to be a minivan. The next photos show a crowd of onlookers gathered to see the beheaded man, who had his arms tied to the wooden structure, crucifixion style. more >>
WASHINGTON — Christian ethicist Russell Moore has said that congregations too afraid of being political to speak out against acts of immorality, like abortion, are similar to churches in the 1800s that remained silent on the issue of slavery.
As the featured speaker at the Institute on Religion and Democracy's fifth annual Diane Knippers memorial lecture, Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, criticized mainstream Christian congregations that have relaxed their teachings on key issues of sexual morality and other social issues in order to blend in with the "ambient culture" and appeal to today's society.
Moore explained that religious conservatives need to "preserve" the biblical truth for future generations. Although secular society likes to claim that Christian conservatives are on the "wrong side of history," Moore told the audience that Christian conservatives should not be afraid to have their biblical convictions conflict with mainstream society and that they should really embrace the distinctive Christian message. more >>
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and State Department Ambassador at-large for International Religious Liberty David Saperstein introduced on Wednesday the 2014 International Religious Freedom Report, which highlights the disturbing trends of religious martyr and persecution that occurred in every continent in the world.
The International Religious Freedom report, which is now in its 17th year of existence, is a congressionally-mandated report compiled by State Department staffers, which seeks to give voice to people throughout the world who have been victimized by various forms and degrees of religious persecution.
The 2014 report focused on a number of troubling trends including the rise of global extremist violence, the continued rise of anti-Semitism in Western Europe, the negative impact that blasphemy and apostasy laws have on the liberties of religious minorities, governmental religious hostility and societal violence and discrimination. more >>