The father of a 14-year-old Pakistani Christian girl was shot and killed after he tried to rescue his daughter who was kidnapped and forced into an Islamic marriage to a man she works for as a domestic servant.
The British Pakistani Christian Association, which reports on issues of Christian persecution in Pakistan, said that the girl, Mehwish, had been working as a domestic servant at the house of an Islamic man, Zahid Iqbal, at Shadab Colony in Faisalabad, when she was kidnapped in May.
After Mehwish did not return home for several days, her parents received a letter that included a copy of her marriage certificate with Iqbal. more >>
The current atmosphere on the streets of Dallas, Texas is reminiscent of 9/11, another event where premature death permeated the air. Standing in the front as DART Commissioner Brown pointed everyone to the good book, I heard him describe how the officers and their families will always be loved. It was an amazing memorial.
While in Dallas, I also attended a meeting with Deputy Mayor Erik Wilson, judges, police officers, pastors, and Black Lives Matter members. People were asked how they felt and the police said, "Scared."
It is a sad and dangerous time. Police are fearing for their lives while people are still gathering to make sure attention doesn't wane on the recorded deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. You can feel and see the uneasiness of the officers in Dallas, who wonder if there is going to be a copycat killer. more >>
Religious freedom remains non-existent in the oppressive regime of North Korea's Kim Jong Un, with evidence showing that over 100,000 people, some spanning three generations back, are forced to work in back-breaking camps, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee reports.
"We know that for ordinary North Koreans there is no right to freedom of religion, [to] assemble, to petition their government. But what is so horrendous, is what happens to the 120,000 who have been arrested and put in these work camps, sometimes for three generations. The back-breaking work, the way they are beaten if they so much as smile," House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., illustrated in his remarks at the annual rally with the Korean Church Coalition for North Korean freedom.
Royce suggested that heavy sanctions against Kim have had some effect, as now there are successful broadcasting efforts into North Korea aimed at giving citizens the truth about what is happening in their own country. more >>
The Church of England has apologized after a report was published exposing the physical and sexual abuse of hundreds of girls over a 20-year period at a church-run children's home.
"The findings of the independent review into Kendall House describe the harrowing regime experienced by numerous girls and young teenagers who were placed into the care of this Church of England home," said Bishop Paul Butler, lead bishop on safeguarding for the Church of England, on Wednesday. "The appalling standards of care and treatment should never have been allowed and on behalf of the national church I apologise unreservedly to all the former residents whose lives were and continue to be affected by their damaging experiences at Kendall House."
Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an Iranian Christian woman who is being imprisoned for her faith, is on a hunger strike after judicial authorities forced her back into jail and refused her an extended leave permit for medical treatment.
Mohabat News reported that Zargaran's family has confirmed news of her indefinite hunger strike, revealing that she seeks an "immediate and unconditional release."
Zargaran has been held inside Evin Prison's Women's Ward since July 15, 2013, punished for her Christian faith and for helping Saeed Abedini, an American pastor who was held hostage for three and-a-half years in prison in Iran before finally being released in January. more >>
An Iraqi bishop has criticized the nations of the world for not working together to help suffering Iraqi Christians, and said that only education can defeat the Islamic State terror group.
"Our people are suffering too much," said Bishop Mar Schlemon Warduni of the Chaldean Christians in an interview with East County magazine.
"Nobody loves them, nobody takes care of them. The children, the young people, they have no future. They finish studying and they have no job. Always, we cry, all over the world, for those children." more >>