Omar Mateen, the man behind the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history who took the lives of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, praised Allah and pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State terror group in a 911 call on the night of the massacre, transcripts reveal.
"In the name of Allah the merciful, the beneficial," Mateen said in Arabic in his call to police.
"Praise be to Allah, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God. I let you know, I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings," he added, signaling his confession. more >>
A Pennsylvania pastor says he's been inundated and harassed with phone calls and emails after a Donald Trump delegate and local school board member took to Twitter to voice his opposition to a Ramadan greeting posted outside the church to show solidarity with Muslims.
The Rev. Christopher Rodkey, the pastor of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Dallastown, Pennsylvania, told the York Daily Recorder that he received a nasty voicemail to his cell phone on June 11 from an unidentified man who took issue with a sign posted out front of the church that reads: "Wishing a blessed Ramadan to our Muslim neighbors."
"I am completely shocked by that sign out in front of your church, that you are wishing [blessings on] people who subscribe to a faith that is not only godless but pagan, in front of your church, aligning it with the name of Christ," the voicemail states, according to a recording obtained by the York Daily Record. more >>
Removing references to Islam from the Orlando shooter's 911 calls was a "foolish idea," a homeland security expert told The Christian Post.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released redacted transcripts of Omar Mateen's 911 calls during the June 12th Orlando massacre at the Pulse nightclub. In a Sunday interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Chuck Todd that references to Islamic terrorism in the transcripts of those calls would not be made public.
Mateen spoke with Orlando police both while he attacked and during the subsequent hostage situation. Lynch said the transcript portions where Mateen made "pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups" would not be released in order to "avoid revictimizing those who went through this horror." more >>
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has elected a co-moderator for its 222nd General Assembly who believes members of the denomination are just as evil as Orlando shooter Omar Mateen who pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State terror group.
In a blog written within hours of the Orlando nightclub shooting in which Mateen killed 49 people, the Rev. Denise Anderson — a pastor from National Capital Presbytery who is serving alongside the Rev. Jan Edmiston, a presbytery executive from Chicago as a co-moderator for the PCUSA's annual assembly — argues that "many in our own ranks aren't too idealistically different from this gunman."
"Much of this [homelessness, human trafficking, crime, drug use and suicide among LGBT youth] can be attributed to religious teaching," Anderson claims. "A pastor who counseled parents to turn their backs on their gay son, or submit their lesbian daughter to conversion therapy. Flippant comments about 'sissies' thrown carelessly about from the pulpit. more >>
Iraqi Christians who are joining Muslims in fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as a sign of peace and solidarity are facing rebuke from other believers.
"In this way we just wanted to propose a Christian gesture: as Christians, we are confident that fasting and prayer, also shared with others, can work miracles, while weapons and military interventions only kill," Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I told Fides News Agency.
The Patriarch explained that other Christians, though he did not identify who, have taken issue with Christians and Muslims worshiping together in such a way. more >>
Three Christian missionaries have gone missing in the Middle East following their release from a hospital earlier this week.
Bibles for Mideast, a group of missionaries that delivers Bibles to underground house churches in 17 countries in the Middle East, announced on Tuesday that it is believed three of its young missionaries were abducted by "Islamic terrorists."
The ministry's website explains that Samuel, 29, James, 30, and Stephan, 32, who are all Christian converts from Islam, were hospitalized on Sunday after being ambushed by Muslim extremists as they were preaching to a man they met on their way home from prayer service. more >>