The Rev. Franklin Graham has warned that the mass sex assaults on New Year's Eve in Cologne, Germany, can also happen in America, unless all incoming refugees are properly vetted.
"Gangs of Muslim men from North Africa and the Middle East roamed the streets of Cologne, Germany, on New Year's Eve attacking over 100 women — beating, groping, and raping," Graham wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday.
"Unbelievably, authorities tried to cover it up because of fear and political correctness. Reports say that police were blocked from helping the women by groups of migrant men and were pelted by glass bottles and fireworks. This is a nightmare," he added. more >>
Islamist militants have released an Iraqi Catholic priest, who serves as a pastor in Syria, two weeks after kidnapping him. The priest, Father Dhiya Aziz, who suffered from extreme cold and severe exhaustion in captivity, is recovering.
Aziz, a Franciscan priest who was kidnapped from Syria two days before Christmas, has been released and is undergoing medical treatment, according to Catholic Online, which quoted a statement issued by the Custody of the Holy Land, a custodian priory of the Franciscan order in Jerusalem.
The statement said further details could not be disclosed "due to confidentiality reasons," but "thanked all those who helped us to liberate him." more >>
The Islamic State terror group in Iraq strapped a bomb to a 4-year-old boy and blew him up after killing his father, who was accused by its militants of participating in an attack that killed two of its gunmen, according to an official of an Iraqi militia.
IS militants murdered the boy with "a bomb that was attached to the child through a remote-controlled device so that his organs would be blown apart," Jabar el-Maamouri, a senior official with an Iraqi government-backed Shiite militia, the Popular Mobilization Forces, said, according to AhlulBayt News Agency.
"ISIS executed the boy's father a week ago who they accused of participating in an attack on one of their outposts a month ago that killed two IS gunmen," el-Maamouri added. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said that he continues to oppose the idea of an American Muslim President, insisting that he will not be "silenced by a PC culture."
"Earlier this week at a town hall, I was asked to 'clarify' my statement on whether or not a Muslim should be President. What I said then is the same as what I believe now — a Muslim who accepts the tenets of Sharia Law is not compatible with the Constitution. I will not be silenced by a PC culture," Carson said on his Facebook page on Thursday.
"It is the responsibility of a leader to do and say things that are right and true, even if they are not popular with the media elite." more >>
The tenured Wheaton College professor who is currently suspended for asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God published on Wednesday the theological statement she submitted to the institution last month explaining the basis of her argument.
After political science professor Larycia Hawkins was placed on administrative leave in December for asserting that "we worship the same god" in a Facebook post explaining that she was wearing a hijab through the Advent to show solidarity with Muslims, the school claimed her comments violated its statement of faith and asked Hawkins to submit a theological statement about her "same god" argument before she could be reinstated.
On Dec. 17, 2015, Hawkins submitted the requested statement to Wheaton Provost Stanton Jones. Despite submitting the four-page statement, administrators felt that "further theological clarification" was necessary before the two sides could move forward with the reconciliation process. more >>
Before Wheaton College suspended professor Larycia Hawkins after saying Christians and Muslims "worship the same God," Hawkins wrote a statement to Provost Stanton Jones reaffirming her commitment to the school's statement of faith.
On Monday, Jones delivered a recommendation to begin termination proceedings for Hawkins to Wheaton President Philip Ryken. The recommendation was due, according to a press release, to Hawkins' refusal to dialogue further about the issue after her reaffirmation letter.