An extensive study by the Pew Research Center has revealed that Christians are declining sharply in America in terms of population share, while the religiously unaffiliated are rising, and now make up a larger share than American Catholics. The rise of religious intermarriages was one trend linked to the growth of the unaffiliated.
The report, which was released on Tuesday, stated: "The drop in the Christian share of the population has been driven mainly by declines among mainline Protestants and Catholics. Each of those large religious traditions has shrunk by approximately 3 percentage points since 2007. The evangelical Protestant share of the U.S. population also has dipped, but at a slower rate, falling by about 1 percentage point since 2007."
Christians remain the largest religious group in America, but their share of the population fell from 78.4 to 70 percent between 2007 to 2014, Pew noted. more >>
Former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has said that America is not at war with Islam, but with the radical aspects of the faith, and the jihadists willing to kill those who don't agree with them.
"We're not at war with Islam. We are at war with radical Islam. We are at war with jihadism, the people who believe that their purpose on Earth is to kill everybody who doesn't — who don't agree with them religiously," Huckabee told CBS News' Bob Schieffer in an interview on "Face the Nation" on Sunday.
"Yes, we are at war with that. And I think the sooner we come to grips with it and the sooner we realize that that level of religious fanaticism that is all about killing everybody, even other Muslims, the sooner we are going to be able to identify it, surround it, and, ultimately, defeat it." more >>
A well-known nun and activist who has witnessed the atrocities committed by ISIS believes the United States has the power to stop the mass slaughter and kidnappings that are being carried out daily by the terrorist group.
Sister Hatune Dogan has worked with victims of oppression and violence her whole life, traveling to areas affected by ISIS and other terrorist organizations. She recently spoke about the horror and persecution Christians and Yazidi people face in Syria and Iraq, addressing their needs and condemning ISIS' treatment of girls and women, as well as calling out the U.S. for its apparent lack of action to ease and end the suffering of ISIS' victims.
"There have been 12,000 kidnapped at the hands of ISIS —Yazidi alone. What is going on there, what I was hearing, is the highest barbarism on Earth in the history until today. The mission of (Abu Bakr) Baghadadi, of ISIS, is to convert the world completely to the Islamic religion and bring them to Dar Al Salaam, as they call it. And Islam is not peace, please. Whoever says ISIS has no connection to Islam or something like this is … he's a liar. ISIS is Islam; Islam is ISIS," Dogan told CBN News. more >>
The Iran-backed Shiite Muslim militant group Hezbollah, classified for many years by U.S. Intelligence as a terrorist organization, is training Christians to fight ISIS in Lebanon and the Middle Eastern believers say their new and unlikely allies "accept us as we are."
Citing Lebanese sources, Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin says Christian villages in the Bekaa Valley area of Lebanon are forming militias to join Hezbollah fighters already engaging ISIS and the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nursa Front in the Syrian Qalamoun mountains opposite villages in central and eastern Bekaa.
Islamic State terrorists have allegedly forced an overly abused sex slave to undergo virginity restoration surgery over 20 different times after being raped and sold away to various ISIS fighters, a United Nations official has explained.
Zainab Bangura, a U.N. special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, recently revealed new horrifying details regarding the Islamic State's sex trafficking trade that she discovered through nearly two weeks of interviews in five different countries. She spoke with dozens of females who were capable of fleeing from the wrath of the Islamic State and she came to the conclusion that the raping of women and girls is a "central aspect" to ISIS' jihad.
"ISIL have institutionalized sexual violence and the brutalization of women as a central aspect of their ideology and operations, using it as a tactic of terrorism to advance their strategic objectives," Bangura stated in a media briefing last week. more >>
Many Americans are bursting with pride over the recent exhibition in Garland, Texas. The event featured a contest for drawing insulting cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed, along with talks on Free Speech by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, an opponent of Shariah law, and activist Pam Geller.
Security was tight, and as feared (or possibly hoped) a couple of terrorists showed up to defend the prophet's "honor." In Texas, unlike Paris, the police have guns, so there was no mass slaughter like at Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. Instead, the two would-be avengers were shot down. Some Americans proclaimed publicly that their two favorite drawings were the police chalk outlines of the fallen bodies.
This was not exactly a defense of the First Amendment, which prohibits Congress from passing laws that abridge freedom of speech. Geller and other conference organizers never expected federal agents to swarm in to shut it down. In America, you can freely insult Mohammed, the Pope, the Dalai Lama, or any other religious figure, without fear of the federal government. You can even get a federal grant for disgusting "art" like a crucifix in a jar of urine. So does the world look up to America as a beacon of high culture, civilization, and freedom? more >>