The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has upheld the cruel sentencing of liberal blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes, a $266,060 fine and 10 years imprisonment after being charged in 2012 with "insulting Islam through electronic channels."
Badawi, a father of three, ran the Liberal Saudi Network, a blog that advocated for debate on religious and political issues. He was initially ordered to receive his 1,000 lashes by cane in increments of 50 per week over the course of 20 weeks.
As previously reported, Badawi received his first round of 50 lashes on Jan. 9 in the public square in the city of Jiddah by a member of Saudi security forces. The flogging was captured on a cell phone video and posted to the Internet, which sparked protests and drew outcry from the United Nations, European Union, United States and other countries calling for an end to his brutal punishment. more >>
Countless people yearn to join the fight against ISIS, Jihad, Shariah, Islamism, and Islamic oppression but don't know where to turn. Well, here's a practical place to start.
Below is a brief description of 12 worthwhile organizations working in 12 different domains to address the many faces of radical Islam. From taking on Islamic blasphemy laws, advocating for girls education, or translating radical Islamic interviews and speeches, each group addresses a different vital area of need. Whether you donate money, join their email list, follow them on social media, or volunteer for them, there is something for everyone.
The future belongs to those who stand up for their values, and there is no shortage of radical Islamists fighting for their values. The millions of people around the world who are concerned about radical Islam must take the next logical moral step. We must come together to expand and enhance existing organizations so we can overwhelm radical Islam with our superior values, laws, and rights. Only when more people like you, the concerned reader, become an active and knowledgeable participant will this happen. more >>
A New York City-based pastor was detained earlier this week at a military prison in Sudan while attempting to visit two Presbyterian pastors facing potential death sentences after they were charged with various trumped-up espionage and conspiracy charges by the government.
This week, the Rev. William Devlin, pastor of the Infinity Bible Church in South Bronx, visited Sudan for his eighth time in nine years.
After meeting with pastors from the Sudan Council of Churches, Devlin was invited to travel along with three other Sudanese pastors, including SCC General Secretary Kori Kuku, to the Omdurman Prison for Men on Wednesday in hopes of visiting with imprisoned pastors Yat Michael and Peter Yen Reith. more >>
President Obama, you recently gave an interview to Israeli television claiming you are "the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office." That's so far from the truth even a GPS cannot find it.
First, there was George Washington. His address to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport in 1790 was the first time in history any national leader spoke to the Jews as fully equal fellow citizens. Then, there was Thomas Jefferson, who thought the Great Seal of the United States should have been the Children of Israel and their Exodus from Egyptian bondage. President Lincoln was so beloved by American Jews that they called him "Rabbi Abraham."
Then there was FDR. President Roosevelt met the first King of Saudi Arabia. He didn't bow to him, Sir, as you did to that desert despot's son. But President Franklin D. Roosevelt insisted on holding Divine Services on board his warship, the USS Quincy, before his Sunday meeting with the Saudi king. Roosevelt got nowhere pleading with King Adbul Azziz for a homeland for the Jews. But at least he maintained his dignity and our national honor. more >>
With the Syrian civil war well into its fifth year, President Bashar al-Assad's government has outlasted many observers' predictions of his demise. But recently, major setbacks for that government have led many to question whether or not these are indeed the Assad regime's final days and to ponder what a post-Assad Syria might mean for neighbors such as Israel.
After defeating Syrian government forces in Palmyra, the Islamic State terror group now controls roughly half of Syria's territory, although that mostly constitutes Syria's vast deserts in the east. At the same time, Islamic State controls many of Syria's major oil and gas reserves and is threatening to seize more.
Other rebel forces in northern Syria have captured a key military base in Syria's Idlib province, pushing the Syrian regime further into their strongholds in Damascus and along the Syrian coast. But if that pattern continues, "it will be very very difficult for [Assad] to secure his positions in these areas," said Prof. Eyal Zisser, a Syria expert at Tel Aviv University (TAU). more >>
A terror suspect shot dead in Boston on Tuesday was apparently planning on decapitating police officers and the activist behind the "draw Muhammad" contest in Texas, which was attacked by gunmen in May, reports have said.
Police reports on Wednesday revealed that 26-year-old Usaama Rahim had plotted an attack for at least a week, and had recently bought three fighting knives and a sharpener.
"I'm just going to go after them, those boys in blue. 'Cause it's the easiest target and the most common is the easiest for me," Rahim told alleged co-conspirator David Wright in a phone call Tuesday. more >>