A woman in the landlocked African nation of Uganda was beaten unconscious by her Muslim husband and hospitalized because she attended a church service and allegedly converted to Christianity.
Twenty-one-year-old Fatuma Baluka, who lives in Uganda's eastern Budaka District, recently told the Christian persecution watchdog website Morning Star News that she was knocked unconscious and ferociously beaten by her husband, Hussein Kasolo, last Sunday after she attended a nearby Christian church with her friend.
"When I arrived home, my husband shouted at me as an 'infidel,' and then and there started hitting me with a metallic object," Baluka said. "I fell down, only to find myself in a hospital bed." more >>
An atheist group celebrating the upcoming International Blasphemy Rights Day on Friday, has said that laws around the world that restrict or punish those who criticize religion take away the rights of atheists, Christians, and other people.
"In too many countries around the world, criticizing religion is illegal. We've seen the consequences of these laws too many times — when a tweet or a post on Facebook declaring one's atheism or questioning a tenet of religion leads to arrests, beatings, prison, and sometimes death sentences," the Center for Inquiry, which set up the first event in 2009, said in a statement on Monday.
"Sometimes religious militants make their own laws, deciding for themselves that expressions of dissent justify brutal killings, like the grisly murders of secularists in Bangladesh, or attacks on religious minorities in Pakistan," the group added. more >>
Iran, Russia, Syria and terrorist groups like Hamas are forming "unholy" alliances that are working to undermine the power of Western nations like the United States and spread Sharia law throughout the world, prominent Christian lawyer Jay Sekulow warns in his newest book.
Sekulow, the chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, authored the new book Unholy Alliance: The Agenda Iran, Russia, and Jihadists Share for Conquering the World, which was released last Tuesday.
Having researched for over three years, Sekulow argues in the book that as a change in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has caused the U.S. to have less of a presence in the troubled region and a power vacuum to form that has left the door open for Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran to take bigger roles in the region. more >>
A Pakistani Christian boy who was arrested earlier this week could face the death penalty after he was accused of posting a picture on Facebook that Muslims consider to be blasphemous toward Islam.
According to the London-based charity British Pakistani Christian Association, 16-year-old Nabeel Masih, who lives in the town of Kasur in the Punjab province, was accused of posting a blasphemous picture on Facebook that reportedly showed the Kaaba (the building at the center of Islam's most sacred mosque in Mecca) with a pig's head on top.
Masih's alleged post was reported to local police by a Muslim friend who found it offensive. Masih was arrested and is being held at the local police station in Kasur until his trial. more >>
The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science has announced that the "new atheist" movement is set to partner with reform-minded Muslim leaders to tackle extremism and the jihadist movement.
According to the foundation, the so-called new atheist movement largely grew out of a response to the 9/11 attacks in the United States, and sought to confront the violent aspects of Islam. The movement also led to criticism of Christianity and the broader aspect of religion, as found in Dawkins' 2006 best-seller The God Delusion.
The foundation announced other targets for atheists as well. more >>
Jihadis belonging to the Islamic State terrorist group have found yet another brutal way to execute their victims, this time torturing six boys to death by an using excruciatingly hot welding iron and rods.
According to a local source who spoke with Iraqi News on Tuesday, IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) sentenced six boys in their Iraqi stronghold of Mosul to public executions after they were accused of being a part of a rival militant faction.
"The terrorist outfit executed six youths in Mosul. ISIS said that the youths belonged to a resistance faction," the unidentified source proclaimed. more >>