Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins argued that limiting religious freedom to "freedom of worship" in the United States has hurt efforts to advocate for religious freedom abroad.
"I think the lack of priority on religious freedom that we have placed here domestically on our policies does send a message internationally. I think there is a correlation between the growing intolerance of religious freedom, not freedom of worship, but the growing intolerance toward religious freedom, like in the marketplace, is giving rise to persecution abroad," Perkins asserted before the U.S. Senate's State, Foreign Operations Subcommittee hearing on protecting international religious freedom Wednesday. "We no longer make it a priority here domestically, that sends a message to bad actors abroad that 'America no longer puts a high priority on religious freedoms so we don't have to worry about them moving against us based on that.'
Perkins noted how the Obamacare HHS mandate on birth control health care coverage has forced private businesses, like Hobby Lobby, to go to court to fight for their religious freedom. more >>
The son of a Pakistani Christian servant, who was accused of stealing from her employer's home, was killed by local police officers last weekend after he was arrested and beaten in hopes that his beating would force his mother to confess to the burglary.
The British Pakistani Christian Association reported that the body of 20-year-old Zubair Rashid Masih was dumped onto the street in front of his mother's home in the early morning of March 8 in the Shamsabad area of the Punjab province.
On March 4, his mother, Aysha Bibi, was arrested on charges that she stole about 35,000 rupees and 100 grams in gold ornaments from the home where she worked as a domestic servant. more >>
If you felt a sense of 'déjà vu' regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent Congressional address, then you are probably quite familiar with the Old Testament. You may have noticed that this was not the first time that a Jewish leader had made a dramatic, provocative clarion call in a foreign leader's courtyard. Nor was it the first time that much of the world (including the Jewish world) has been critical of such brashness – 'chutzpah'. Just like now, many past Jewish leaders were oblivious to, or did not take the existential threat to the Jewish people seriously. After all, the Jews in Shushan (the capital of the Persian empire in 365 BC, where many Jews resided after the destruction of the first Jewish Temple in Jerusalem 67 years earlier) like many American Jews today, did not want to upset their neighbors who have welcomed and embraced them into the greater society for the past 67 years since World War II/Israel's founding.
But is it reasonable to draw parallels between the Biblical story of 'Purim' as described in the book of Esther, and the latest Obama-Netanyahu blow-up? After all, Haman, the archenemy of the Jews had plotted to wipe out all the Jews (Esther 3:6) men, women and children - similar to what a nuclear bomb could do the tiny state of Israel. The White House is not trying to destroy the Jews or even endanger the existence of Israel. Their goal, ostensibly, is to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon that can wipe out Israel (and threaten the US and her allies).
Yet despite this, the White House is not only strengthening the Iranians (geographically, Iran is the modern day Persia), but continues to disregard the role of the Congress in ensuring America's national security. The White House acts is if there are no 'checks' on its powers - like an all-powerful Monarch - the type that we are familiar with from Biblical times. As a result, Congress was forced to remind Iran (and the President) of the American, constitutional separation of powers; and to invite the head of state with the most credibility in securing his country and in confronting Iran, to address a joint session of Congress. more >>
The latest execution video posted by the Islamic State terrorist organization to Twitter on Tuesday evening purports to show a baby-faced boy, who looks no older than 12 years old, executing an Israeli counterterror spy.
The 13-minute video shows the prisoner identify himself as the 19-year-old Muhammad Said Ismail Musallem, who confessed that he was working for the Jewish counterterror agency Mossad.
Musallem, who believes his family members are also spies, called on his family to repent and declares that espionage attempts against ISIS are doomed to fail. more >>
Two of the 200-plus Assyrian hostages kidnapped by the Islamic State during an assault on Christian villages along Syria's Khabur River in February have provided insight into their abduction in recent interviews where one revealed that the ISIS militants tried to force the Christian hostages to convert to Islam, but the captives boldly refused.
On Feb. 23, the terrorist group raided approximately 35 different Christian villages in the Hasakah province and abducted somewhere between 263 to 373 men, women and children, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. But about a week after the raids, ISIS released a handful of hostages on March 1.
A released hostage going by the name of "Robert" told AINA that he was abducted from his village of Tel Goran, which is on the south bank of the Khabur River, along with 16 other men and four women. He recalls the militants storming into his village at around 5 a.m., knocking on all the doors and waking everybody up. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization has created a terrifying entrance to a city that is believed to eventually become its new Iraqi stronghold, as the group released photos on social media showing eight lifeless bodies dangling from a metal checkpoint structure at the entrance to the town of Hawija.
The photos were first reported by the Daily Mail on Saturday and show the deceased bodies of the eight individuals hanging upside-down from a pavilion-like structure at the roadway entrance to Hawija, as cars drive by underneath the hanging bodies.
Although the hanging bodies are wearing military fatigues in the photos, it's not certain as to whether or not those individuals are captured Iraqi or Kurdish soldiers. more >>