An Evangelical leader in the Palestinian communities has disputed a story from October in which Israel's ambassador to the United Nations presented a diagram claiming Palestinian children are taught lessons such as "how to stab a Jew."
Ambassador Danny Danon made the claim on Oct. 16 before the U.N. Security Council, where he held up a diagram displaying the human body with the title "How to stab a Jew." Danon alleged that such material was being shown to Palestinian children, who he said are "taught how to hate."
"We talk about a lot about incitement — here you see what Palestinian incitement looks like. The picture is being taught in middle schools, in high schools, in elementary schools. Instead of educating about peace and tolerance, the Palestinian leadership is brainwashing children with incitement and hate," Danon said at the time. more >>
Hundreds of Christian fighters from across Syria have united to defend a biblical Syrian Christian town from being conquered by the Islamic State terrorist organization, the head of the Syriac Orthodox church has said.
As IS militants continue to push west toward the Syrian capital of Damascus, the jihadi group began an offensive in the ancient Assyrian heartlands on Oct. 31. Although IS has already captured the town of Maheen, Christians are coming from all over the country to prevent IS from conquering the town of Sadad, which lies about 4 miles from Maheen.
Sadad, which is referred to in the book of Numbers and the book of Ezekiel as "Zedad," is seen as a strategic town that lies on a highway that connects Damascus and the town of Homs. more >>
Serbian soldiers are receiving free Bibles as part of an effort to promote moral transformation in the ranks and prevent future war crimes.
The London based Telegraph reports that 4,000 copies of the New Testament have already been sent to soldiers with funding coming from the British arm of the Bible Society.
Notable British politician and abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833) is one of the founders of the society that promotes the distribution of Scripture but not a specific faith or denomination. More funding for Bibles for soldiers in Serbia will come from church members across the U.K. more >>
Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai of Lebanon has claimed that Muslims plan to use their rising birthrate to conquer Europe and the West.
The cardinal, who heads the Maronite Church, spoke to Italian magazine Famiglia Christiana a few days after the conclusion of the Roman Catholic Synod on the Family at the Vatican late last month.
"I've heard several times by Muslims that their goal is to conquer Europe with two weapons: faith and the birthrate," Rai asserted. "For them, the practice of the faith is essential and fundamental." more >>
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei continues to claim that the infamous "Death to America" chant is not actually against the American people.
Khamenei told students in Tehran earlier this week that the slogan, often chanted at anti-American rallies, is aimed at U.S. foreign policy, and not at actual Americans.
"Your 'Death to America' slogan, and the cries by the Iranian nation, have strong logical support behind them," he said, according to The Associated Press. "Obviously by 'Death to America,' we don't mean death to the American people. The American nation is just like the rest of the nations. It ... means death to U.S. policies and its arrogance." more >>
Hamtramck, a city in Michigan, elected a Muslim-majority city council for the first time in the history of the United States.
The former Polish-Catholic enclave of Detroit made headlines more than 10 years ago when its local council allowed a mosque to publicly broadcast an Islamic call to prayer from its roof. On Tuesday, the national spotlight once again shone on Hamtramck after it elected a Muslim-majority city council, according to The Washington Post.
In 2004, Shabad Ahmed was the first and only Hamtramck City Council member. But now, three new Muslim members joined him in the council, and only two of the members are not of the same faith, the Independent reports. more >>