The Islamic State terror group has reportedly released a video showing the execution of three Assyrian Christian hostages after ransoms were not paid for their release last month.
The hostages were from the towns of Tal Jazirah and Tal Shamiram in the Khabur river valley, al Hasakah province, in northern Syria, according to A Demand for Action, an organization that specializes in protecting Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs and other ethno-religious minorities in the Middle East.
"The terrorist group ISIS has published a video of brutal executions of three Assyrian men that were kidnapped in February earlier this year. Since the kidnappings, the negotiations were carried out with the best abilities," wrote Diana Yaqco, of the Christian presecution watchdog group A Demand for Action, in an email to The Christian Post. more >>
Three Muslim men who pretended to be interested in learning about Christianity attacked a Bangladeshi pastor in his home earlier this week after he agreed to share the Gospel with them.
The men tried to slit the throat of the Rev. Luke Sarker, 52, with a knife. Sarker's wife heard his screams and ran to confront the attackers. The men fled after she and other neighbors arrived, according to local authorities.
There are conflicting reports as to exactly how the attackers escaped. Police said they found a motorcycle alleged to belong to the assailants outside the pastor's home. However, other reports claim the attackers fled using the same motorcycle on which they had arrived. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has claimed that Islamic indoctrination is growing into a "nationwide epidemic," based on several cases of public school students allegedly being taught Islamic ideology. The conservative law group said that as many as 7,000 Tennessee residents have called to complain about students being require to learn the Five Pillars of Islam.
"For the last several years, parents from across the country have contacted the ACLJ — from California to Maine — concerned about the teaching of Islam in their local schools. It seems that many schools may be going well beyond simply teaching about a religion. From disparate treatment of religions, to distortion of truth, the teaching of Islam seems entrenched with problems," the ACLJ wrote in a statement shared with The Christian Post on Thursday.
According to the law group, students in Tennessee and Georgia have been told to recite an Islamic conversion creed, while in one Nashville middle school students were reportedly told to write "Allah is the only God," the Daily Caller reported in September. more >>
The father of the 14-year-old boy who was lavished with attention, praise and over $16,000 after his homemade clock was confiscated at an Irving, Texas, public school is now generating headlines of his own.
According to Townhall.com and Fox News, Ahmed's father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, manages the Facebook page called the Arabic-language National Reform Party. He has one personal page which appears to be pro-American and a second, more active page, which has an entirely different tone.
While the Arabic language page features plenty of posts disseminating favorable stories about Ahmed's new found fame from his September arrest at school, it also features at least two posts claiming that 9/11 was a conspiracy and hoax concocted by the U.S. government to launch a war against Islam. more >>
A Syrian mother and widow was tortured with whips and hot coals by female members of the Islamic State terror group until she revealed the identities of the wives of fighters who took up arms against IS militants.
The Daily Mail reports that Um Abdo, 30, reluctantly gave up their names under extreme physcial torture. She was then forced to watch as her friends were murdered in a public execution at a local stadium.
Abdo, a school teacher living in a village outside of Allepo, lost her husband in 2013 when he was killed fighting against IS with the Free Syrian Army. Subsequently, Abdo was arrested by IS after it was revealed that she had connections to forces that opposed the jihadists. more >>
Tensions over the refugee crisis in Germany have been rising this week with major protests against Chancellor Angela Merkel's vow to take in at least 800,000 refugees from Syria and the Middle East. Close to 9,000 members of the anti-migrant PEGIDA movement marched in Dresden earlier this week, while Merkel was mocked by a German TV channel that depicted her wearing an Islamic headscarf.
"I am convinced that Mrs.Merkel's politics are against national interests. I'm very disturbed about that. It's almost treason. She has forgotten the oath she gave when she was sworn in," said PEGIDA supporter Max Haupt, according to EuroNews.
EarActiv Germany reported that the marches, organized by the "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Occident" group drew 9,000 participants, while Deutsche Welle added that a previous march last week gathered together another 7,500. more >>