WASHINGTON — With Boko Haram recently seizing its own 20,000-square-mile territory in Northern Nigeria, all signs indicate that the extremist group is working toward building a Caliphate, or Islamic government ruled by a Caliph, that could span across Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, a top Christian persecution watchdog leader warned.
While discussing the findings from the 2015 Open Doors USA World Watch List of top 50 nations where Christians are persecuted the most, during an event hosted by the Family Research Council on Thursday, Open Doors USA President, Dr. David Curry, explained the severity of the situation in Nigeria, which ranked 10th on the list, and the legitimate threat that the extremist group Boko Haram poses to Nigeria's neighboring countries.
Curry said that in Nigeria, over 2,200 people were executed in 2014 because of their faith, which he claims could be a low estimate since there could be many more that the list could not verify. more >>
A pro-Israel group says "shame" should be on any member of Congress who decides to skip next month's address by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Last month, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, invited Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress regarding the possible removal of economic sanctions against Iran.
"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes the case for renewed Iran sanctions with greater expertise and insight than any other leader on the world stage today," David Brog, executive director of Christians United For Israel, told The Christian Post. more >>
Supporters of the Islamic State terrorist organization are distributing a recently modified version of a popular first-person shooter video game that allows gamers to role play as ISIS militants who are on a mission to murder westerners.
The Daily Mail reports that supporters associated with ISIS are distributing a modified version of the Czech-produced video game ARMA III, that allows users to pretend to be radical extremist characters based off of Islamic State militants.
Although the original ARMA III game takes place in the year 2030 and only allows users to take on the role of NATO forces fighting against coalition forces from Middle Eastern and Asian countries, the new ISIS modification allows players to control militants and specifically rewards players for killing not only westerners but Syrian regime soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, as well. more >>
Intolerance. Hatred. Bigotry. Oppression. Violation of human rights. Religious extremism. Evil.
These are words that I see used by Americans, both gay and straight, to describe the Church's stance on sexuality, everyday. These are words that I see fill my email inbox describing my character because of my biblical stance on sexuality, everyday. These are words that I see the Western LGBT community hang like a banner over all things associated with the person and teaching of Jesus Christ, every day.
I know that a lot of LGBT people who don't hold anywhere near to my beliefs, for some reason or another, still read my blog. If that's you, I'm glad you're here. I'm glad that you, for some reason or another, still bounce on over to moorematt.org every once in a while and skim over content that you know you're going to disagree with. Truly, I'm thankful. Because I personally think you're here by divine appointment. I think you're here and you keep coming here because the Lord loves you deeply and is patiently and continuously exposing you to the hope that He has for you in His Son, Jesus Christ. more >>
Jordanian officials executed two Iraqi prisoners believed to have ties to the Islamic State after a video, showing a Jordanian pilot taken hostage by ISIS in December being burned alive, was made public on Tuesday.
Jordan promised an "earth-shaking response" to the death of pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, who was captured in December after his F-16 crashed in Syria. Officials believed he was alive and offered three Iraqi prisoners in exchange for al-Kasaesbeh but demanded proof of life, beginning in January. The Islamic State eventually released a video of al-Kasaesbeh being trapped inside a cage and burned alive yesterday, but he was actually killed in January.
Officials in Jordan were outraged, and the public gathered, calling for swift punishment and retaliation for his death. President King Abdullah cut a trip to the United States short and returned to his home country, urging calm and stating that members of the Islamic State had no relation to the true Islamic religion. more >>
Truth matters. That's why during the lunch hour at a northern Israeli kibbutz, I skipped a group event to set the record straight about the first few days of my headline-making trip in Israel. It seems that those vilifying it are misinformed.
I've been traveling with people who represent many faiths, ethnicities, ages, and even have friends and relatives whose lifestyles and/or political beliefs are quite different than theirs. And we are witnessing first-hand the reality of Israeli daily life that most Americans cannot comprehend.
Imagine the state of New Jersey, approximately the same size in square miles as Israel, under constant threat of attack by all of North America. Next imagine not only being blamed for being attacked but also having no one come to its aid. That is Israel's situation. more >>