A Pakistani Christian man, a father of five, was reportedly threatened and psychologically tortured by Muslim coworkers who wanted him to convert to Islam, and even though he considered suicide, he refused to convert.
"They very often called me 'kafir', which means unfaithful, and they threatened me that they would resort to false accusations of blasphemy if I refused to convert to Islam," said Patras Hanif, the Pakistani man who was the victim of abuse, according to Fides News Agency.
Hanif, who worked at a construction site in Multan, in Punjab, faced violence and harassment from fellow workers who wanted him to abandon his Christian faith, which at one point even drove him to consider suicide. more >>
While President Barack Obama spoke out against the "inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim-Americans" during his first visit to a mosque on Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio slammed Obama's suggestion that Muslims are being uniquely discriminated against.
Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore to deliver a speech against what he sees as the problematic treatment of American Muslims, and said:
"Let me say as clearly as I can as president of the United States: you fit right here." more >>
CATONSVILLE, Md. — President Barack Obama made his first visit to a U.S. mosque on Wednesday, in an effort to allay the fears of Americans accustomed to pop-culture portrayals of Muslims as terrorists, and to reassure Muslim American youth about their place in the nation.
Obama, declaring that attacks on Islam were an attack on all religions, decried the "inexcusable political rhetoric" against Muslims from Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates.
"We have to understand that an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths," he said at the mosque outside of Baltimore, which he said had received threats twice in the past year. "When any religious group is targeted, we all have a responsibility to speak up." more >>
A group of 20 political scientists who graduated from Wheaton College are encouraging their alma mater to reinstate tenured political professor Dr. Larycia Hawkins, who was suspended and could soon be fired for asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
As Hawkins prepares for her Feb. 11 termination hearing before the evangelical institution's Faculty Personnel Committee, a number of prominent voices within the Wheaton community have called on the college's administration to drop its termination effort.
While Wheaton maintains that Hawkins appears to be in violation of the school's statement of faith, 20 Wheaton grads who are now political science professors at various higher education institutions sent a letter on Wednesday to Wheaton President Philip Ryken and the college's board of trustees citing concerns that the school has violated Hawkins' rights to due process by placing her on administrative leave. more >>
Church leaders from across the U.K. have condemned a "Christian values" march in Bedfordshire town by a far-right group that handed out anti-Islamic pamphlets.
Catholic Herald reported that the group, called Britain First, marched through the town carrying crosses with the aim to defend "Christian values," with former British National Party Councillor Paul Golding describing its mission as to maintain "British national sovereignty, independence and freedom."
The "Christian Patrol" march apparently went through what the group labeled an "Islamist hotspot," with members of Britain First handing out leaflets and arguing with local Muslims. more >>
Three Egyptian Christian students are set to stand trial on Thursday after they appeared in a video last year showing them mocking Muslim prayers.
The 30-second clip, which was recorded by their teachers, shows one of Coptic Christian students pretending to pray while reciting verses from the Quran, and the two others laughing behind him. One of the students also gestured to convey the sign of beheading, according to The Washington Post.
The video first surfaced in April 2015, after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) beheaded dozens of Coptic Christians in Libya. Atty. Maher Naguib said that the teacher had already been given a three-year jail sentence after being tried separately over the same charges, the report relays. more >>