Choosing the future president of the United States of America is not the only decision voters across the nation will find themselves voting on come November 8.
For this year's election day, voters in 35 states will get to decide the fate of over 160 ballot measures on a wide range of topics.
Ballot initiatives centered on the legalization of medical or recreational marijuana, physician-assisted suicide, and the public funding of religious endeavors have already been covered in Part 1. more >>
A North Korean woman who was forced to work in a prison camp where she started a secret Christian church and won converts for the faith despite immense persecution, has revealed that people living under the regime are taught that Christians kill people and drink their blood.
"Christians were not capable of 'revolutionary acts' and so were enemies," explained Hae Woo about how she was taught to hate Christians prior to her conversion.
"Every form of religion, and especially Christianity, was like opium: addictive and destructive. I heard stories about Christians who went to hospitals, enticed people into cellars, killed them there and sucked the blood out of their bodies so that they could sell it. The thought of it was horrifying to me," she said, as reported by the National Catholic Register. more >>
ABUJA, Nigeria — Boko Haram has freed 21 of more than 200 girls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group in April 2014 in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok, the government said on Thursday.
Around 270 girls were taken from their school in Chibok in the northeastern Borno state, where the jihadists have waged a seven-year insurgency to try to set up an Islamic state, killing thousands and displacing more than 2 million people.
Dozens escaped in the initial melee, but more than 200 girls are still missing. The kidnapping brought outrage worldwide and their plight was promoted by a Twitter hashtag #bringbackourgirls. more >>
Nadia Murad, a young Yazidi woman whose family was massacred by the Islamic State terror group while she was kept as a sex slave before she managed to escape and later testify before the U.N. about the genocide of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, has been awarded the prestigious Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize in Strasbourg on Monday.
The Independent reported that Murad, 23, who was initially captured by IS in 2014 and subjected to severe sexual and physical abuse, has been speaking out on the plight of minorities ever since, urging world leaders to do more to protect persecuted people.
The Havel Award, named after a former Czech president, honors outstanding action in defense of human rights, and carries with it a $66,000 prize. more >>
Award-winning singer Natalie Grant pens a new book called, Finding Your Voice, and reveals that it was not until she lost her singing ability that she was able to see beyond the shallow desires of life and truly find her real voice.
According to Grant, Finding Your Voice is meant to help others "find their God-given voice" in this world filled with noise and compromise. The singer says she never anticipated to write a book until Zondervan approached her with the idea, and although Grant originally declined the offer, after a few days God began to give her an idea for something He wanted her to write about, leading to Finding Your Voice.
"So many people define themselves by what they do, they define themselves by their successes but really so many of us define ourselves by our struggles. I sing, that's what I do, but it's not who I am. It was losing my voice that actually helped me find my true voice," Grant told The Christian Post. more >>
Two-time Grammy Award-winning band for KING & COUNTRY are gearing up for the release of their upcoming dramatic thriller "Priceless," which delves into the dark world of human trafficking. While promoting the film, one half of the duo, Luke Smallbone, offered spiritual and practical advice for men and women on the importance of chivalry.
Inspired by real life events, "Priceless" is a powerful story about James Stevens (Joel Smallbone) who at one time was a good man with a great life, but has since drastically changed. Following the tragic death of his wife and losing custody of his daughter, James finds himself at the darkest crossroad of his life. Angry, desperate, and unable to hold down a steady job, he agrees to drive a box truck on a one-time trip cross country for cash — no questions asked. But when he discovers what he's delivering, he's faced with a life-changing decision.
This unlikely hero must risk it all, confront the forces that oppose him, and ultimately discover the life he was meant to live. more >>