The Islamic State terrorist organization has released yet another chilling propaganda beheading video, this time showing three men accused of espionage being led to their place of execution with leashes around their necks while their executioners ride horseback.
The militant group published a five-minute cinematic video (graphic) over the weekend to its affiliated media outlets that not only features a montage of the group's past videoed executions but also features a never-before-seen execution of three men accused of being spies in the group's Al-Furat province.
According to the Daily Mail, the video's narrator accused the men of collaborating with the United States-led coalition against IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) in Arabic and also blames them for airstrikes that have been carried out against the militant group in the last few weeks. more >>
The United States House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution Monday evening that labels the Islamic State's atrocities against Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities a "genocide," putting more pressure on the State Department to do the same.
The resolution, which is titled H.Con.Res.75, was authored by Reps. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., and Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and was introduced by Fortenberry last September. The resolution was co-sponsored by over 200 members of the House.
"ISIL is murdering and enslaving religious and ethnic minorities everywhere they gain power and we know it," House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said on the House floor following the vote. "We know what they are doing and if we don't say it, we should be ashamed. ISIL is committing genocide. They are targeting non-Muslims, Christians, Yazidis and more and pushing them to extinction." more >>
A human rights group has called on Egypt to drop charges against four Christian teenagers and their teacher who were accused of blasphemy for making a private video that mocks the Islamic State terror group.
Human Rights Watch issued a statement Sunday calling on Egyptian authorities to "quash blasphemy sentences handed down to four Christian boys and their teacher over a video mocking ISIS They should also revoke the penal code article that authorities use to prosecute blasphemy."
Nadim Houry, deputy Middle East director for the group, added in a statement that the four children sentenced were only playing an immature joke. more >>
Two courageous women in the Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa risked their lives in order to record undercover footage that documents the heinous and oppressive realities of life under IS' rule.
As it has been nearly two years since IS took control of Raqqa, the group's de-facto capital, much is known about the horrific human rights abuses that the group commits against residents in the town, but little is known about what day-to-day life is like for the people who live in Raqqa and have to abide by the terror group's strict brand of Shariah law.
On behalf of CNN's Swedish affiliate, Expressen TV, two female Raqqa residents using the pseudonyms Oum Mohammed and Om Omran, who both had well-paying jobs before IS arrived, recorded candid footage of life on the Raqqa streets to capture many of the injustices that women and others face under IS' rule. more >>
In its continued assault against Christianity and the religion's history, the Islamic State has released a video that shows its jihadis burning hundreds of Christian books last week in the Iraqi city of Mosul on the grounds that they are the "books of infidels."
The terror group, which conquered Mosul and much of the Nineveh Plains during the summer of 2014, published a video through the affiliated Amaq news agency, showing IS militants in its largest Iraqi stronghold tossing hundreds of Christian textbooks into a large bonfire.
The video was obtained by media activists and posted to YouTube by an Assyrian Christian media group so that it could be circulated as additional proof of IS' attempt to destroy Christianity and other religions in Iraq and Syria. more >>
Since Christians will live forever, they are told not to fear in the face of death. Paul says, Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? — 1 Corinthians 15:55
Since we know we will be with God forever, there is no more fear of death for the Christian of true faith. In fact, death is even beneficial to a Christian, because it sends him to God, with whom he is longing to be.
Paul writes, For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. — Philippians 1:21 more >>