Is there any answer to violent jihad? Yes. It's the same as God's answer to sin.
Let me tell you a story that, tragically, has no happy ending. Vincent Minj, who is almost 80, was the oldest of six children growing up in rural India, and he remembers the day decades ago when his sister, Cecilia, fell into a well near their home and almost died.
Somehow however, Cecilia lived, and Vincent took her survival as a sign from God. He told The Indian Express newspaper, "I thought that if God had given her another life, it had to be used in His service . . . So I just took her along with me and got her admitted to the Missionaries of Charity." more >>
A Christian schoolgirl who was kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery by her Muslim captors in Nigeria has opened up about the terror she endured over the last seven months.
Patience Paul, a 14-year-old Christian girl who went missing on Aug. 12, 2015, in Nigeria's Sokoto state and was rescued by police on March 4, spoke of her ordeal in conversations with reporters.
Paul, who was forced to convert to Islam when she was held hostage, told the the Nigerian newspaper Leadership that she was lured by two of her neighbors, Rashida and Sani, who encouraged her to pack up her belongings and follow them to a number of locations before she was placed in a house in Gangare Kupah. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini has marked his son, Jacob's, eighth birthday as a free man after being released from prison in Iran earlier this year, calling the occasions the "answer to prayer" of millions of people around the world.
"This moment is the answer to pray (sic) and the work of millions of people all around the world," Abedini wrote Thursday on his Facebook page, sharing pictures of Jacob's birthday party with his supporters.
"Today Jacob stands as a witness saying, 'The Lord has answered my prayer,'" he added. more >>
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim, said at a major peace conference that the teachings of Islam forbid extremism in all forms, making the wave of radical Islamic attacks worldwide a "tragic paradox."
"The tragic paradox of the global insurgency situation is that most of the atrocities committed by various insurgents all over the world today, are being carried out mainly by people who pretend to be Muslims, yet most of the victims and casualties are equally Muslims," Buhari said Thursday at the opening of the International Islamic Conference on Peace and Nation Building in Abuja, according to Nigeria's Daily Trust.
"To underscore their cruelty and godlessness, they particularly target the most vulnerable members of the society: children, women and the elderly." more >>
Sec. of State John Kerry's declaration that the Islamic State is committing genocide may have been at odds with President Barack Obama.
Kerry surprised some on Thursday when he issued the declaration that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other minority groups, despite the fact that the United States State Department said the night before that he would not meet the March 17 deadline.
Although State Department spokesman Mark Toner issued a statement late Wednesday saying that Kerry would not reach a genocide decision before the Thursday deadline set by Congress because more legal review was needed, news broke early in the morning on Thursday that Kerry was going to, in fact, declare that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) is committing genocide against Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims and other religious groups in areas under its control. more >>
Sec. of State John Kerry announced Thursday morning that the United States government will label the Islamic State's slaughter of Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria a "genocide."
"My purpose in appearing before you today is to assert that in my judgement, Daesh [Arabic acronym for IS] is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims," Kerry said during a 9 a.m. press conference. "Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology and by actions — in what it says, what it believes and what it does."
Kerry's announcement comes as much scrutiny has been placed on the United States State Department in recent months over the fact that the agency has taken so long to make the genocide designation regarding IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL), while the European Union made the designation in early February. more >>