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 >>
The Islamic State terror group executed and crucified a man in Syria's northern Aleppo province before hundreds of residents, accusing him of apostasy for refusing to join prayers at a mosque, according to local reports.
The 28-year-old victim, identified as Hussein Muhammad, was arrested by Islamic State's religious police in the city of al-Bab before being charged by a Sharia court, according to ARA News.
"A Sharia judge decided to execute and crucify the man in public, claiming he was an apostate who refused to perform Sharia duties and violated the basic laws of the Caliphate," an anonymous source was quoted as saying. more >>
The church in Normandy, France, whose 84-year-old priest, Father Jacques Hamel, was killed by supporters of the Islamic State terror group earlier this week, had donated land to Muslims to build a mosque, according to a senior Catholic cleric.
The slain priest "led a pure, simple life, with an emphasis on building friendships," Father Mark Ephrem Nolan, prior of the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross near Rostrevor, told Belfast Telegraph.
"Church authorities facilitated the giving of land beside his church to local Muslims to build a mosque, and they were given use of the parish hall and other facilities during Ramadan," Nolan said, referring to the Church of the Gambetta, where Hamel served. more >>
The father of a 16-year-old Pakistani Christian girl who was sexually assaulted by Muslim attackers in Sheikhupura, Punjab, has said that he sees no hope in his quest to find justice for his daughter, criticizing the country's legal system.
"Obviously the police will not implicate them," Nasar Masih said of his daughter's rapists, according to Christians in Pakistan.
Masih's daughter was reportedly raped by 23-year-old Muhammad Iqrar and his accomplices on July 7. The father managed to break into Iqrar's house after hearing his daughter's cries, though the attackers fled the scene of the crime. more >>
Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the whole "world is at war," echoing statements made by Canon Andrew White, the Anglican Vicar of Baghdad, who has been issuing the same warning since the rise of the Islamic State terror group in Iraq.
"The world has been at war for a while now. ... We had the war of 1914, then the war in 1939-45, and now this one," Francis said to reporters, according to NBC News, during a flight to Krakow, Poland, where 20,000 Roman Catholic youth from all over the world are making a pilgrimage for World Youth Day.
The pontiff's comments came on the heels of the brutal murder of Catholic Priest Jacques Hamel by two IS-linked teenagers during a morning mass at a church in Saint Etienne-du-Rouvray, France. more >>