The National Commission for Justice and Peace has found that Pakistani school textbooks are full of material that incite hatred and intolerance against non-Muslims, including Christians, which it said was a "red flag" for the country.
"This is not only about religious minorities but a national issue," NCJP Executive Director Cecil Shane Chaudhry said, according to AsiaNews. "It is a red flag for the government, which must ask the Church to promote the role of minorities in creating and defending the country."
The human rights group released a 40-page study that analyzed state-approved school material in Pakistan's four provinces, and concluded that children are taught religious fanaticism and extremism. more >>
Muslim leaders in Normandy, the French city where an 84-year-old Catholic priest, Father Jacques Hamel, was killed, have refused to bury the 19-year-old convicted terrorist Adel Kermiche, who was shot dead by police after he murdered the priest. Meanwhile, reports say one of Kermiche's friends was detained days before the attack.
"We won't participate in preparing the body for the burial," Mohammed Karabila, imam and president of the local Muslim cultural association, told local media, referring to Kermiche, according to ITV.
"What this young man did was sinful; he is no longer part of the community," Khalid El Amrani, a 25-year-old local Muslim, was quoted as saying. more >>
American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who was held hostage for three-and-a-half years inside an Iranian prison for his Christian faith, revealed that he had a prophetic dream about the suffering he would face right before he was taken by Iranian authorities.
Abedini recalled in a Facebook post on Sunday the events of July 28, 2012, when he was traveling on a bus from Georgia to Turkey and Iran. He said that he fell asleep on the bus, and experienced a detailed dream:
"In my dream I was on a bus, and the bus was full of political and religious leaders. The bus went into the yard of Evin prison, and we had to surrender to all the guards and soldiers that had been working for the prince of Persia. There was no way out," he wrote. more >>
Muslims from across France attended Roman Catholic mass on Sunday in solidarity with Christians after the murder of a priest by the Islamic State radicals on Tuesday, with many insisting that it was not Islam that carried out the crime.
"We're very touched," the Archbishop of Rouen, Dominique Lebrun, told local station BFM-TV.
"It's an important gesture of fraternity. They've told us, and I think they're sincere, that it's not Islam which killed Jacques Hamel." more >>
In a media interview, Donald Trump asked if Hillary Clinton's scriptwriters were behind a speech at the Democratic National Convention delivered by a Pakistani immigrant, who narrated how his son, a U.S. soldier, was killed in Iraq and criticized the Republican presidential candidate for his stand on Muslims and for not making any sacrifices.
Speaking to ABC News Saturday, Trump first called Khizr Khan, the father of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed by a car bomb in 2004 while guarding the gates of his base in Iraq, "very emotional" and "a nice guy."
But about Khan's speech at the DNC Thursday, in which the bereaved father said Trump has "sacrificed nothing and no one," the GOP candidate asked, "Who wrote that? Did Hillary's scriptwriters write it?" more >>
Evangelist Franklin Graham said allowing tens of thousands of Muslim refugees into the United States, as President Barack Obama wants, could mean attacks on Christians in the country just as they are being targeted elsewhere, pointing to the killing of a Christian priest in Normandy, France, last week.
"President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and some other politicians want to allow tens of thousands of Muslim refugees into this country. A few days ago two Muslim men went into a Catholic Church in France in the name of ISIS and brutally slit the throat of an 85-year-old priest," Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrote in a Facebook post.
"The self-proclaimed ISIS soldiers shouted 'Allahu Akbar' as they ran from the church," Graham pointed out, adding, "Unless something is done, it's just a matter of time before we see this happen here in the United States." more >>