Land belonging to an Iranian Assyrian church that was illegally confiscated by authorities two years ago will soon be the venue for a center for Islamic prayers, according to Iran's state-controlled media.
The Chaldean Catholic Church in Western Tehran, the original owner of the land, has made numerous pleas to authorities to get the grounds back, but in vain, the state-run newspaper Sharq quoted Jonathan Bet-Kelia, a member of the regime's Majlis, or parliament, as saying, according to Assyrian International New Agency.
Bet-Kelia met with Ali Younesi, special assistant to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on ethnic minorities affairs, with the same request but was told that nothing could be done about it. Younesi is a former Minister of Intelligence and Security, and is known for ordering arrests and assassinations of numerous dissidents. more >>
An Irish pastor who was criminally charged for saying in a sermon that "Islam is satanic" has been found not guilty of making grossly offensive remarks by a Belfast judge Tuesday.
Pastor James McConnell, the 78-year-old retired pastor of the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast, was accused of spewing offensive hate speech during a May 2014 sermon when he stated "Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell."
McConnell also claimed in his sermon that cells of Muslims have spread all over the U.K. and explained that "people say there are good Muslims in Britain — that may be so — but I don't trust them." more >>
In one of the most dangerous places in the world, three military heroes say faith helped them survive the terror attack on the U.S. Consulate and CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.
The Sept. 11, 2012, attack that left four Americans dead — U.S. Amb. Christopher Stevens, Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, and State Dept. computer expert Sean Smith — is documented in the book, 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, that has been turned into the upcoming film "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi."
Marines Mark "Oz" Geist, John "Tig" Tiegen and former Army Ranger Kris "Tanto" Paranto were among six CIA contractors who risked their lives to save Americans working at the State Dept.'s Special Mission Compound. Now that their first-hand account of the tragic events are being turned into a movie, the three security operators are using the platform to speak about their Christian faith. more >>
The Somalia-based al-Shabaab terror group has released a new video, apparently to seek recruits from within the United States and to convert black youths to Islam, featuring remarks of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump over banning Muslims from entering America, according to reports.
The nearly hour-long video first shows a warning from al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a U.S. drone in 2011.
"Muslims of the West: Take heed and learn from the lessons of history," al-Awlaki says in English in the video, according to CBS News. "There are ominous clouds gathering in your horizon. Yesterday America was a slang of slavery, segregation, lynching and Ku Klux Klan. Tomorrow it will be a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps." more >>
Europe is on the eve of changing forever. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have been leaving the tumult of the Middle East and Northern Africa to stream into Europe. One report estimates that three million more refugees are yet to come. This could mean the Islamization of Europe.
Many demographers have noted the increase in the Islamic population in a number of European nations, and mass-Muslim immigration comes with the importation of rigid Islamic customs and, often, Sharia law. Some are predicting that, if the present trends continue, Europe will be Islamic in about one or two generations. Now, it seems to be coming at an accelerating pace.
What the forces of Islam could not accomplish at Tours, France in 732 or Granada, Spain in 1492 or in Vienna in 1683, they may be able to accomplish without firing a shot. more >>
Americans support religious liberty for Christians more than they do for other religious groups, including Muslims and Jews, according to a new poll.
The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released the finding of the poll on Wednesday, which found that while solid majorities of Americans supported religious freedom for all, specific religious groups got higher percentages than others.
While 82 percent of respondents said religious liberty protections for Christians were important, only 61 percent said the same for Muslims; and 70 percent of respondents felt preserving the religious liberty of Jews was important. more >>