The country of Brunei has announced it is banning all public celebrations of Christmas, threatening those caught celebrating with up to five years in prison.
"These enforcement measures are … intended to control the act of celebrating Christmas excessively and openly, which could damage the aqidah (beliefs) of the Muslim community," Brunei's Ministry of Religious Affairs said in a statement.
The display of Christmas celebrations, including Christmas trees and Christmas greetings, would violate the penal code that prohibits the propagation of a religion other than Islam to a Muslim, the statement added. more >>
Former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says there is only one way she would ever vote for an atheist.
If the only other candidate was a radical jihadi that "literally wants to kill" Americans, she would vote for the atheist.
In an interview with CNN's Michael Smerconish after last week's Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, the 51-year-old Palin was asked whether or not she could vote for a "straight arrow" atheist who has a "moral compass" that is not biblically based. more >>
It is true that the three primary monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all believe in an eternal, uncreated Creator God to whom all human beings must one day give account. But it is self-evident that Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God.
First, God is the heavenly Father of Christians, but Allah is not the Father of Muslims.
This is one of the most fundamental revelations of the Bible, which is why Jesus taught His followers to pray the "Our Father" prayer on a daily basis (Matthew 6:9-13). The New Testament even goes as far as saying that God has put the spirit of sonship into our hearts so that we can call God "Abba," just as Jesus called His Father "Abba" (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6). more >>
During an interview with NPR, Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberties Commission commented on Wheaton College's suspension of tenured political science professor Larycia Hawkins after she wrote in a Facebook post that Muslims and Christians "worship the same God."
"As an Evangelical Christian, I believe that one worships God only through Jesus Christ," Moore said in the interview Sunday, after host Michel Martin said that Hawkins quoted Pope Francis as saying that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.
"Is that a foundational belief among Muslims and Christians, to your knowledge?" the host asked. more >>
A number of Muslims reportedly risked their lives to save fellow Christian passengers in a Kenyan bus attack by Islamist radicals, which left two people dead.
BBC News reported on Monday that at least two people were killed in the attack that took place near the northeastern village of El Wak.
A number of the Muslim passengers, when told to separate from the Christians, stood up and told the gunmen "to kill them together or leave them alone," government officials added. more >>
Some parents from Blaine, Minnesota, are angry after a local high school holiday concert last week had teenagers singing the Islamic "Allahu Akbar" phrase, among Christian and Jewish songs.
WCCO-TV reported that the controversy unfolded last week, with parents taking to social media to voice their complaints about students at Blaine High School singing a Ramadan song which included the "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great" lyrics.
One parent, who did not want to be identified, claimed that singing a song praising Allah at Christmas time is "insensitive," while another said "no child should be forced to sing a song about the Muslims and the religion of hatred." more >>