An American being held by ISIS wrote a letter to his family while in captivity; his family has now released portions of that letter, revealing his feelings about being held and having his life threatened.
"I am obviously pretty scared to die but the hardest part is not knowing, wondering, hoping and wondering if I should even hope at all," Abdul-Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter Kassig, wrote to his family in June. Peter was in Lebanon when he decided to convert to Islam and take the name of Abdul-Rahman. He was passionate about his new faith, his parents told the New York Times.
"After converting, he took Islam's practices seriously, praying the five daily prayers and taking on the name Abdul-Rahman. We see this as part of our son's long spiritual journey." more >>
God is good. All the time.
With those six words, a 27 year-old Sudanese mother opened her address to the audience of the 2014 Values Voter Summit Saturday night. It was only four short months ago that a shackled Mariam Ibraheem gave birth to a baby girl in a disease-ridden Khartoum prison as she faced a death sentence -- all because she refused to renounce her faith in Christ.
Family Research Council had the distinct privilege of honoring Mariam with the first-ever Cost of Discipleship Award at the Summit's gala dinner on Saturday. Many of those who played a part in securing Mariam's release gave testimony to the fact that we can make a difference in cases like Mariam's. As Congressmen Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), and Mark Meadows (R-N.J.) spoke to the crowd about how Congress worked with NGOs to fight for Mariam's life, we were all reminded that the silence of the President's administration didn't mean that America lacked a voice. Hardwired Global's Tina Ramirez talked about the legal maneuvering that went on in Sudan behind the scenes. It was all a vibrant picture of what we can do if we stand together -- even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear arguments as to whether Arkansas inmate Gregory Holt, who's also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, has the right to grow a beard in keeping with his religious beliefs.
Holt petitioned the Supreme Court to allow him to grow an inch-long beard in accordance with his religious obligations, even though Arkansas correctional rules do not allow for such grooming.
For his appeal to the Supreme Court, Holt is being represented by multiple groups, including the Washington, D.C.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. more >>
Somali-American Mohamed Osman Mohamud was sentenced this week to 30 years in prison for the attempted bombing of a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Oregon.
Mohamud, 19, reportedly reached out to an Islamic terrorist organization in Pakistan in order to do something for "his people." However, the teen actually spoke with an undercover FBI agent posing as an Al-Qaida operative in 2010, who earned his trust and told him there were five ways he could help the organization. Mohamud chose to become "operational," meaning that he would do something to actively promote Al-Qaida.
He specifically came up with the idea to bomb the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, even going so far as to provide maps of the area to the undercover FBI agents and taking part in a practice run. He seemed gleeful about the possibility of doing real damage to ordinary citizens, telling the agents that "that's, what I want for these people," according to government paperwork. more >>
Christian author and preacher Max Lucado has come to the defense of an NFL player recently punished for praying after making an interception.
In a column published Wednesday, Lucado wrote that when Kansas City Chiefs player Husain Abdullah was given a personal foul for praying on the field it "was hard to watch."
I opened a recent TIME Magazine and saw in big bold words a quote from British Prime Minister David Cameron on ISIS: "They are not Muslims. They are murderers." With all due respect to the Prime Minister---they are Muslims, and they are murderers.
Our president said something similar after the beheading of American James Foley in August. "ISIL speaks for no religion. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, or what they do every day. No faith teaches people to murder innocents.".
It's news to ISIL that they have nothing to do with Islam. Whatever you call them, ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or IS (Islamic State) certainly has to do with Islam. They are informed by Islam which says to slay the infidel wherever you may find them (Surah 9:29) and to kill the Muslim who leaves his religion. more >>