Some Christian churches in Europe are taking drastic steps to accommodate Muslim refugees from the Middle East, with some going as far as taking down altars and crosses.
A Protestant church in Oberhausen, Germany has removed altars, pulpits, and crucifixes from inside the place of worship just to make the Muslim migrants feel at home. In addition, the church will provide washing machines outside so that refugees will be able to wash their clothes there, according to a Sunday Express report cited by Christian Today (CT).
Pastor Joachim Deterding, the overseer of the said Protestant church in Oberhausen, explained that they are just providing a temporary shelter for 50 refugees from the Middle East. Since the altar and pulpit are movable, they can take those down temporarily to make room for the refugees and make them feel more at home. more >>
An Egyptian priest is calling on president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to protect his historic church from being demolished by a Muslim judge and his two sons who are trying to steal the land to build a shopping mall.
The U.S.-based Christian persecution monitoring agency International Christian Concern is reporting that the Greek Orthodox Church of Virgin Mary in Rashid City of the Beheira governorate continues to be victimized by attacks from a retired Muslim judge named Mohamed Mostafa Kamel Tirana and his two sons, who are also judges.
Since 2008, the family of judges have attempted numerous times to use their legal clout to take ownership of the church and its property. Although the church dates back to the 1840s, the judge maintains that the plot that the church sits on is his family's ancestral land. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the heinous murders of two Syrian activists in Turkey. Both men had ties to a prominent anti-IS website that reports on the militants' activities from inside Raqqa, Syria.
IS posted a video online Sunday stating that it "slaughtered" and beheaded 20-year-old Ibrahim Abdul Qader and Fares Hamadi in the Turkish town of Sanliurfa, which is about 35 miles from the Syrian border.
Qader had reported on IS' brutality from inside the group's de-facto capital as a leading member of a website called Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, which is often cited by Western media. Hamadi, who is believed to also be in his 20s, had no official role with RBSS but is from Raqqa and also had ties to the monitoring group. more >>
Why would a Jordanian father proudly post a video interview with his tiny little daughter as she holds a knife in her hands and explains how she will use it to stab Jews?
Why would a little Palestinian boy appear on national TV in Gaza and explain that he wants to be an engineer when he grows up so he can blow up the Jews?
A Ugandan woman was murdered by a Muslim mob for continuing to share her Christian faith even after her family had been warned to stop doing so.
Mamwikomba Mwanika, a Christian mother of eight, last week opened the door of her home in Kalampete village to see a mob of Muslims who wanted to see her husband and reminded her that they have already been warned to stop preaching about their faith. The crowd reacted angrily when they learned that the Ugandan woman's husband was not home, and she was dragged outside and beaten to death, according to a Morning Star News cited by Christian Today (CT).
"Your husband has followed the religion of his brother, and we had warned you people to stop these activities," CT quotes the mob's statement to Mwanika. "But our message has landed on deaf ears." more >>
President Barack Obama has decided to deploy dozens of U.S. troops to train, advise and assist local rebel forces on the ground in northern Syria to fight the Islamic State terror group, the White House announced Friday.
Fewer than 50 soldiers will be based in Syria and openly work with local ground forces, Josh Earnest, spokesman for the White House, told reporters Friday, marking the expansion of the U.S. fight against IS, which controls a large part of Syria and Iraq.
Thus far, the U.S. has conducted airstrikes in Syria, targeting IS. more >>