A group of armed Muslim fanatics, who some have identified as Muslim Brotherhood members, attacked a church over plans to honor the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by terror group ISIS in the Egyptian village of Al-Our. The church's priest said that he made local police aware of plans for the attack, but the authorities offered no protection.
Fr. Makar Issa, the priest of The Virgin Mary Church in Al-Our village, told International Christian Concern: "I called the police many times and asked them to come to guard us but they came late and after their arrival they didn't guard the church. They stopped in the entrance of the village. Even still they allowed the cars of the attackers to enter the village and attack us and the church without any intervention from them to protect us," the priest said.
"I charge the responsibility of what happened to the policemen," he added, "and I accuse them of inaction, indifference and complicity." more >>
A mixed Sunni-Shia family that once lived in ISIS' Iraqi stronghold of Mosul but has fled to live in the Kurdish north after the militant group took over the town last June, has provided deeper insight and revelations about the horrors that people living under the jihadis brand of sharia rule must deal with.
In an interview with the Iraqi news website Rudaw that was published on Tuesday, the Al-Saraj family, with the father being a Sunni and the mother being a Shia, explained that although they are now living in the Kurdish town of Dohuk, they still maintain contact with their friends and loved ones that are still inside Mosul and subjected to the barbarity of the group's rule.
While it is no secret that the Islamic State regularly amputates the hands of grown adults who have been accused of stealing inside its strongholds, apparently no exception is given by the militants when a child is accused of stealing. more >>
Author's Notes: Three years ago, I went on a one-week media trip to Cairo, Egypt. The hotel we stayed at during our time there was only a few blocks away from Tahrir Square. I could hear gun shot volleys coming from the square every night around the same time. Halfway between our hotel and the site that can be described as Occupy Wall Street Middle East style, was an evangelical church with its courtyard set up with 12 hospital beds and serving as an emergency room triage. The church-hosted triage had both Christian and Muslim doctors and nurses working together, taking in patients every night we were there. I wrote a 3-part series about my experience in Cairo for The Christian Post (Feb. 12, 2012) upon returning back to the U.S. Below is an edited version of the series put together in its entirety. In light of recent events in that part of the world, I thought it was worth re-posting.
Reporter's View From Cairo: Maybe Our Prayers Were Not Enough
You know things are about to get interesting when during the last leg of your flight, while watching a breaking news summary on the cabin screen, you see images of your destination city in what appears to be full, violent anarchy. more >>
Afshin Ziafat, a former Muslim who's now a Christian pastor, said at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's Leadership Summit on racial reconciliation that Christians must reach out to others with love, even when society is expected to hate them.
"Racial reconciliation is not just a good idea because racial equality is a politically correct idea, but it's because the message of the Gospel is at stake. The name of Jesus is at stake. And so the Gospel tells us that it's by grace alone that we can be restored to God," Ziafat, the pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, said on Friday.
The pastor shared his personal story of how he came to faith in Christ during the summit, which took place on March 26-27 in Nashville, Tennessee. He said that his story reflects the call for Christians to get out of their comfort zones and reach out to others. more >>
The United Nations, already infamous for its frequent displays of anti-Israel bias, has outdone itself this time.
But before we get to the most recent UN shocker, it's important to understand that the UN's discriminatory treatment of Israel is so pronounced that in 2013, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Jewish students at the UN headquarters in Jerusalem that he recognized his organization's often biased attitude towards their nation, stating that it was "an unfortunate situation."
And Ban Ki-Moon was not the first UN leader to make such an admission. The Jewish Virtual Library reports that, "In his speech to open the 61st General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2006, then-Secretary General Kofi Anan admitted that Israel is often unfairly judged by the international body and its various organizations. 'On one side, supporters of Israel feel that it is harshly judged by standards that are not applied to its enemies,' Annan said. 'And too often this is true, particularly in some UN bodies.'" more >>
Pat Robertson, the executive chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network stands by controversial comments he made recently about liberals supporting Sharia law, despite sparking a firestorm of criticism.
During Wednesday's edition of CBN's "The 700 Club," the conservative evangelist accused liberals of advocating for Islamic law, which is based on the teachings of the Quran and encompasses strict religious law and personal moral code.
"You know folks, what's happening is the so called left, the liberals want to rebel against the established order and the established order of western civilization is basically Christian," said Robertson. "It is based on the gospel, it is based on the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ and so if somebody wants to rebel against that then anything else goes." more >>