More than nine in 10 Americans say they would vote for a qualified presidential candidate who is Catholic, a woman, black, Hispanic or Jewish, and over 70 percent say they would accept a candidate who is Mormon, gay or lesbian, or an evangelical Christian. But acceptance of a candidate who is Muslim, an atheist, or a socialist ranks the lowest, according to a recent Gallup poll.
The Gallup poll inquired about the acceptability of presidential candidates from 11 backgrounds, including women, gays and lesbians, evangelical Christians, Muslims, atheists and socialists.
Ninety-three percent of Americans said if their party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be Catholic, they would vote for that person, says the nationwide poll conducted June 2-7 among 1,527 individuals aged 18 and older. more >>
The Islamic State's affiliate organization in Libya has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of three African Christians in eastern Libya by posting the men's passport photos and pictures of them being bound and blindfolded on social media websites sympathetic to the terrorist group's cause.
The International Business Times reports that the three Christian men are migrants from three different countries in Africa — Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana. The militant group posted the pictures of the men on jihadi social media websites on Saturday, where ISIS asserted that the three kidnapped men are in fact Christians.
An anonymous resident told Reuters that the abduction occurred in Noufliyah, an ISIS-controlled town southeast of Sirte. Mohamed El Hejazi, a military spokesman for Libya's official government, verified that the kidnappings occurred in that town. more >>
In the latest issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq, the Islamic State terror group has encouraged Muslim children to disobey their parents for violent "jihad," and claimed that areas under its control are the only states ruling by "Allah's Sharia" today.
"If jihad becomes obligatory upon him then the permission of his parents is not taken into consideration because the jihad has become fardayn [legal obligation] and abandonment of it is a sin. There is no obedience to anyone in disobedience of Allah," the 10th issue of Dabiq quotes Ibn Qudamah, a Hanbali traditionalist theologian.
Dabiq, a publication released by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, says it is "a periodical magazine focusing on the issues of tawhid (unity), manhaj (truth-seeking), hijrah (migration), jihad (holy war) and jama'ah (community)." more >>
Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the Kuwaiti-born American gunman who killed five Marines last week, sent a text message linking to an Islamic verse that declares war just hours before the attack, the FBI revealed. The shooter's family claims he was suffering from depression.
"Whoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him," the text reads, according to FBI agents who shared the information with The New York Times. The verse is one of the Hadith Qudsi, a quote from the Islamic prophet Muhammad which is not included in the Quran, but is considered just as holy.
The FBI is investigating Abdulazeez, who was killed during the attack on two military sites in Chattanooga on Thursday. The 24-year-old shooter drove up in a rented Ford Mustang outside a shopping center and fired at the Marine Corps Reserve Center, before he drove six miles to the Navy Operational Support Center, where he fatally shot five Marines. more >>
Evidence produced by the prosecution proves that espionage and other charges against two South Sudanese pastors facing the death penalty have no basis, a prominent witness told a court in Khartoum, Sudan, as the defense team closed the case.
Ex-army general and 2010 presidential candidate Abdul Aziz Khalid testified that the evidence presented by the prosecution was not classified, and therefore the security and espionage charges against the pastors were without basis, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide USA.
Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services charged pastors Yat Michael and Peter Reith, both from the Presbyterian Evangelical Church from the seceded nation of South Sudan, with at least six crimes including undermining the constitutional system, espionage, promoting hatred amongst sects, breach of public peace and offences relating to insulting religious beliefs. more >>
As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan came to an end on Friday, a monitoring group estimates that the Islamic State terrorist organization tortured at least 94 civilians, which included five children, for breaking their fast during daylight hours.
Reuters reports that the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group close to the ISIS conflict, said Thursday that ISIS punished at least 94 individuals by flogging them, putting them in steel cages, or "crucifying" them in the streets of three Syrian provinces that the group controls.
As The Christian Post previously reported, a video was posted to YouTube in early July that showed how ISIS crucified dozens of civilians by tying them to electric poles with signs hung around their necks stating the alleged offense they had committed. Meanwhile a Syrian activist explained how the group was humiliating fast violators by putting them in cages on the streets for the public to see. more >>