The Islamic State terrorist organization has released a video showing militants celebrating the crash of the Russian Metrojet that killed 224 people in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt.
The militant group, which controls large swaths of territory in Iraq, Syria and parts of the Sinai Peninsula, released a 7-minute video over the weekend called "Satisfaction of souls by killing of Russians."
The video, which The Independent reports was posted to Archive.org Friday night by the media wing of IS' Aleppo province in Syria, claims that IS' Egyptian affiliate, known as Wilayat Sinai, was the terrorist outfit behind the atrocious bombing of Russian Airbus A321. more >>
One year after the burning deaths of a Pakistani Christian couple for their alleged desecration of a Quran, fear still runs rampant within Christian communities of Punjab province since no assailants of the crime have been convicted and the vast majority remain at-large.
In November of last year, Shama and Shahzad Masih, a married couple with four children living in a community near Lahore, were attacked and murdered by a Muslim mob after witnesses claimed they found pages of the Quran in their trash.
On the anniversary of the murders, many within the community have expressed frustration with local officials regarding the progress of the investigation — or lack thereof. more >>
Aggressively enforcing their interpretation of Shariah law, Islamic State militants have released a new video showing two alleged thieves in Western Syria blindfolded, bound, and flanked by members of the terror group as each has a hand chopped off with a meat cleaver.
The news and entertainment site Heavy.com published the graphic video on Saturday which shows a propagandist for IS explaining the punishment to onlookers before their hands are severed.
Heavy reports that the amputations took place in Welayat Homs, a city that's controlled by radical Islamic jihadists. more >>
A California school district has banned all drawings of religious figures after a parent complained about a class assignment to draw the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Fox News reported on Monday that the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District made the announcement last week, noting that the controversial assignment was part of a seventh-grade history worksheet called "Vocabulary Pictures: The Rise of Islam."
"I have directed all staff to permanently suspend the practice of drawing or depiction of any religious leader," Superintendent Brent Woodard told the Los Angeles Daily News last week. "I am certain this teacher did not intend to offend anyone and, in fact, was simply teaching respect and tolerance for all cultures." more >>
Children in religious homes are more punitive and less generous than their non-religious peers, claims a new study published in the journal Current Biology, saying they found no basis for the popular assumption that children from religious households are more altruistic and kind toward others.
"Our findings robustly demonstrate that children from households identifying as either of the two major world religions (Christianity and Islam) were less altruistic than children from non-religious households," state researches involved in the study, "Negative Association Between Religiousness and Children's Altruism Across the World."
"Moreover, the negative relation between religiousness and spirituality and altruism changes across age, with those children with longer experience of religion in the household exhibiting the greatest negative relations," adds the study, which involved about 1,200 children, aged between 5 and 12, in the U.S., Canada, China, Jordan, Turkey and South Africa. Roughly a quarter of these children identified themselves as Christian. more >>
An Iraqi law that forces children of Christian converts to be legally recognized as Muslims will lead to Christianity's extinction, says Bishop Rabban al-Qas.
Al-Qas, the senior Catholic Bishop in the Dohuk area of Iraqi Kurdistan, has spoken out against the Iraqi parliament's rejection of an amendment to a law that forces children who have one parent who converted from Islam to be automatically considered a Muslim upon birth.
The Bishop asserts that the law discriminates against Christians and other religious minorities and doesn't give the child the ability to eventually choose his or her own faith. The changing of one's religious affiliation can be a difficult task considering accusations of apostasy, a serious offense under Islamic law, are generally hurled around when someone converts. more >>