Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been named "Islamophobe of the Year" by a U.K.-based Islamic rights group.
The Islamic Human Rights Commission announced the Manhattan real estate mogul as its so-called "Islamophobe of the Year" at its annual satirical "Islamophobia Awards" gala dinner that was held on Saturday, according to a statement issued by the organization.
The billionaire GOP frontrunner took home the the organization's top award after he issued a call last December for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." more >>
Former Muslim and best-selling author Ayaan Hirsi Ali argued last week that political correctness in the West is making it harder for the United States and other Western nations to combat the rise of radical Islamic terrorism and its political philosophy.
The 46-year-old Ali, who grew up in a Muslim family in Somalia, suffered female genital mutilation and eventually fled to Holland after her father tried to force her to marry a distant cousin, participated in a panel discussion last Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.
Ali, who is an atheist after renouncing her Muslim faith in 2002 and has authored four books critical of Islam, warned that concerned citizens in the West must not be afraid to speak out and tell the truth about radical jihadis whom she claims are following the Islamic political doctrine established by the Islamic prophet Muhammad in Medina. more >>
Pope Francis has condemned the world's seeming indifference at the violent murder of four nuns, along with 12 other people, at a home for the elderly in Aden, Yemen.
Gunmen reportedly entered the building on Friday, going room-to-room and handcuffing victims before shooting them in the head.
The four nuns killed in the incident had been Missionaries of Charity, prompting Francis to send "the assurance of his prayers for the dead and his spiritual closeness to their families and to all affected from this act of senseless and diabolical violence." more >>
Larycia Hawkins, the former political science professor at Wheaton College who left the school after a controversy erupted from her suggesting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, has been given a new position at The University of Virginia, where she will research race and religion.
"Professor Hawkins brings keen insights into the intersections of religion and race and will greatly enrich our scholarship in this area," said James Davison Hunter, executive director and founder of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at UVA. "We're fortunate to have the opportunity to welcome her here."
Pastor Saeed Abedini, who was held captive in an Iranian prison for three and a half years because of his Christian faith, says he witnessed some Christian prisoners turn to Islam to better their situation, while others refused to convert.
"During my time in prison, I saw so many religious and political prisoners who started out with very strong faith, thoughts and actions while going through so many changes in their country and world. I saw some Christian who were put in prison because they would not deny their faith and they kept doing their ministry," Abedini wrote Thursday on Facebook.
"But unfortunately, I saw some of these heroes of the faith weaken through the difficulties and hardships of prison. I heard One of the Christians prayed Namaz Islamic prayer to make his situation easier. Some ended up in a divorce. I saw some political prisoners who started obeying the Intelligence Police of Iran to get free or make their situation easier in prison," he added. more >>
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest declined to call the Islamic State's persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria a "genocide," saying earlier this week that such a distinction requires a "specific legal determination" that has "not been reached."
During a press briefing on Monday, Earnest was questioned by a reporter on whether the Islamic State is "carrying out a campaign of genocide against Syria's Christians?"
Earnest initially responded by failing to address the "genocide" question and answered by saying that the Obama administration has "long expressed" concerns with the "tactic" used by ISIS to "slaughter religious minorities." more >>