Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, a house church leader from the Church of Iran denomination who was acquitted of apostasy in 2012 after being sentenced to death by hanging, was arrested once again, this time along with his wife and a church member, by Iranian authorities on Friday, according to U.K.-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
"We are deeply concerned by these developments and await further clarification regarding the reasons for these arrests," CSW's Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said, referring to the arrest of the 37-year-old pastor, his wife Tina Pasandide Nadarkhani and fellow church member Yasser Mosayebzadeh.
Pastor Nadarkhani was released from prison in September 2013 following his acquittal of leaving Islam by a court in Rasht in northern Gilan Province. The court, however, sentenced him to three years for evangelizing Muslims, but since he had been in jail for three years, he was released after posting bail. more >>
Former Miss USA Rima Fakih made headlines earlier this month when it was announced that the first Muslim winner of the American beauty contest was converting to Christianity in advance of her May 15 wedding.
While widely syndicated, the conservative media watchdog entity NewsBusters ran a story noting that many established news sources shied away from the Fakih story.
An entire Christian community in Pakistan is under threat after Muslim leaders demanded that local families convert to Islam after a young Christian man was accused of blasphemy over a video that was found on his phone.
The trouble for 25-year-old Imran Masih, who works as a sweeper at a hospital in the Punjab town of Mandi Bahaudin, all started on April 15 when he let someone he considered to be a friend borrow his phone.
According to the the London-based charity British Pakistani Christian Association, Masih had fallen in love with a Muslim girl in the area and drew the ire of several men in the Muslim community who warned him to stay away from the girl. more >>
Days after Tyrese Gibson proclaimed on social media that he went to a mosque to learn how to "properly pray" to God, the actor is assuring fans that he still considers himself to be a Christian.
On Sunday, the Black Rose singer and "Fast and the Furious" actor took to social media to share a picture of himself praying inside a mosque in Qatar, a country that for 14 centuries banned Christians from practicing their faith.
"My first visit ever to a grand mosque my heart [has] been beating so fast and I felt vulnerable just by walking inside — I was given my first course on HOW to properly pray and I truly feel blessed," the 37-year-old entertainer wrote. "Shout to all of the believers around the world. Inshallah my visions will be blessed for the Middle East." more >>
What we think of as Europe is pretty easy to define these days. But it wasn't always so, and it may not be for long.
Is Europe a continent? This is not a trick question.
Geographers and historians aren't quite sure. Not for reasons having to do with "political correctness" or other ideological controversies, but because of geography. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization has released a new mobile app for Android devices that is designed to teach children in its strongholds to read by helping them identify letters in the Arabic alphabet.
The Long War Journal, a terror blog run by the Washington-based think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reports that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) has released a new educational childrens mobile app through its propaganda arms, the Library of Zeal.
As with most IS initiatives, there is a violent catch to the app. more >>