Next month will mark the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. The official date is November 10, 2013. However, their website states: "…you are free to choose another date if you wish." Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors has chosen November 3 as their prayer date.
When I was a child, I somehow picked up the notion that persecution against the Christian church basically ended with the collapse of the Roman Empire.
But it turns out that the last century was the worst century ever for the persecution of Christians and martyrdom. Dr. David Barrett, a leading church statistician, says there were more Christians martyred in the 20th century than had been murdered in all previous centuries combined. more >>
Many around the world were recently made aware-got a small glimpse-of the Islamic jihad that plagues northern Nigeria, at the hands of Boko Haram, an organization dedicated to eradicating Christianity and enforcing the totality of Sharia law.
Last Sunday, September 29, around 1 a.m. Islamic terrorists dressed in Nigerian military uniforms invaded an agricultural college, shooting students as they slept in their dorms, killing a total of some 50 students.
As with the Islamic assaults in Kenya and Pakistan from the previous weekend-the former on a mall, the latter on a Christian church, leaving a combined total of nearly 200 people dead and hundreds injured-this latest jihadi attack in Nigeria is, far from an aberration, simply the latest in a tremendously long list of jihadi atrocities, most often targeting Christians. more >>
The new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani seems to have softened his tone towards Israel and, for the first time since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the president of the United States has had direct communication with the leader of Iran. Does this signal a real change for the better? Can we really trust Iran? I seriously doubt it.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is having none of it, telling reporters on his way to America (and with reference to his speech to the UN), "I will tell the truth in the face of the sweet-talk and onslaught of smiles."
Is this then just a smiling façade; an Islamic ruse to pacify America and the international community while Iran continues to develop its nuclear capabilities? more >>
Gunmen from terrorist group Boko Haram stormed a college dormitory in Nigeria on Sunday and killed as many as 40 students who were sleeping, in its latest shocking attack on civilians.
"Boko Haram terrorists who went into the school and opened fire on students," Lazarus Eli, a military spokesman in the town of Gujba in Yobe state, told AFP. One of the witnesses at the College of Agriculture, 23-year-old student Salamanu Ibrahim, said that there were dozens of gunmen who took part, firing indiscriminately into the dorm rooms.
"The attackers went berserk," Ibrahim said. "They were fully armed with sophisticated rifles, and improvised explosives." more >>
A school district near the Nashville, Tenn. area has banned class field trips to religious venues after parents expressed concern when their children were taken to a mosque as a part of an honors world studies course.
As the new school year begins, Sumner County School District spokesperson Jeremy Johnson released a statement clarifying that its district would be banning future field trips in the world studies class that would involve visiting religious venues.
"Our district has reviewed the practice and decided to eliminate field trips to religious venues from this class, as it does not provide equal representation to all the religions studied in the course unit. This decision was made due to the fact that equal representation in regards to field trips for all religions studied in the course is not feasible," the statement reads, in part, according to WKRN-TV. more >>
The creator and promoter behind the controversial "Innocence of Muslims" short film that sparked riots in the Middle East last year will be released from federal custody in Southern California on Thursday for charges unrelated to the film.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is listed in court documents as Mark Basseley Youssef, will be released from a halfway house in Southern California on Thursday after serving a year for violating his parole for previous bank fraud charges. In November 2012, he pleaded guilty to, among other things, using an alias in violation of his parole agreement. Basseley used the alias "Sam Bacile" while promoting the "Innocence of Muslims" short film in September 2012.
Basseley was the California-based promoter behind the highly controversial short film "Innocence of Muslims" that was dubbed in Arabic and posted to YouTube in September 2012. The film reportedly mocked the prophet Mohammed, causing riots to break out in the Middle East that resulted in numerous deaths and casualties as protesters attacked U.S. Embassies in countries such as Egypt and Yemen. The film was also initially blamed for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, although that was later confirmed to be an unrelated, carefully planned terrorist attack on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. soil. more >>