A faculty diversity committee at Wheaton College has concluded that embattled political science professor Larycia Hawkins, who is now facing disciplinary action for expressing solidarity with Muslims, has suffered discrimination "on the basis of race, gender, and to a lesser extent, marital status."
Hawkins, who is the school's first black female tenured professor, set off a national firestorm last December for declaring on Facebook: "as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God," following the terror attacks in San Bernardino, California. She also chose to wear a hijab in support of Muslims.
She has been on paid administrative leave since the controversy erupted at the Illinois college. While she has recevied support from some evangelicals she has been condemned by others, including high profile figures such as the Rev. Franklin Graham. more >>
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest admitted Thursday that the Obama administration's hesitation to label the Islamic State's persecution of Christians and other religious minorities as "genocide" is because of the legal ramifications behind such a designation.
As hundreds of thousands of Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities have been forced out of their homes in Iraq and Syria or have been slaughtered for their faith during IS' rise to power, human rights and religious freedom advocates have been calling on the Obama administration for several months to label the situation as a "genocide" — arguing that the terminology has an impact in the manner on how urgently the global community responds to end the crisis.
IS has become notorious for its brutal executions, kidnappings and selling of religious minority girls to jihadis through sex slave markets. According to a recent report by the United Nations, over 18,800 people have been killed in Iraq since 2014, while over 3,500 women and children remain captured as slaves. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham denounced President Barack Obama's recent visit to a mosque in Maryland, declaring that "Islam cannot save anyone."
For the first time in his presidency, Obama visited a mosque on Wednesday, delivering remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore.
In a post on his official Facebook page, Graham wrote that the trip and the media coverage of it were "an attempt to recast what [Obama] said was 'a warped image of Islam.'" more >>
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., invoked the Islamic prophet Muhammad at Thursday's National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C., and compared aspects of the Christian and Islamic faiths.
Pelosi, a Roman Catholic, was one of the number of political and faith leaders to speak at the annual prayer breakfast, and mentioned in her speech some of the similarities she sees between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.
"In the Gospel of John we see the golden rule that stands at the heart of the gospel, and as we hear these words from John 13, 15, and 17, we know that this message, this command of love is not confined to the New Testament," Pelosi said, according to The Daily Caller. more >>
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 >>