As hundreds of people attended the funeral on Tuesday for Rev. Jacques Hamel, the French priest killed by Islamic State supporters, the archbishop of Rouen revealed Hamel's last words as he tried to push away his attackers: "Go away, Satan."
Archbishop Dominique Lebrun led the funeral mass at Rouen cathedral, The Associated Press reported, and reflected on Hamel's last moments, when the priest had his throat slit by two teenagers who pledged their allegiance to IS during morning Mass at his Rouen church.
"Evil is a mystery. It reaches heights of horror that take us out of the human," Lebrun said. more >>
A California lawmaker is asking the state legislature to recognize August as "Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month" but some pastors and national security analysts are criticizing the move, saying it promotes a false narrative.
Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) who introduced House Resolution 59 on Monday, said in a statement posted Friday on the Council on American Islamic Relations' Facebook page that he was "proud to celebrate the first ever Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month by honoring generations of Muslim Americans for their many social, cultural, and economic contributions to California."
"The rhetoric surrounding this election makes the presentation of this resolution more important for me," Quirk said, adding that "it is appropriate to acknowledge and promote awareness of the myriad invaluable contributions of Muslim Americans in California and across the country, and extend to them the respect and camaraderie every American deserves." more >>
The Islamic State terror group has released the latest issue of its English-language magazine Dabiq, in which the extremists claim that Jesus Christ was a "slave of Allah" and much of the New Testament was fabricated, urging Christians to "break their crosses" and convert to Islam.
"Break the Cross," as the latest issue of Dabiq is titled, argues that Jesus was never crucified, and the Apostle Paul was a "criminal" and a "treacherous Jew" who decided to abandon massacring Christians in order to pervert the religion from inside.
The editors of the IS magazine demand that people in the West follow them and learn "why Muslims hate and fight them, why pagan Christians should break their crosses, why liberalist secularists should return to the fitrah (natural human disposition), and why skeptical atheists should recognize their Creator and submit to Him." more >>
Arizona Senator John McCain ripped through Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's controversial comments about the family of a slain Muslim-American soldier, and urged Americans not to associate Republicans with Trump's views.
"While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us," McCain, a Vietnam veteran and former Republican presidential nominee, said in a statement.
The controversy stems from Trump's questioning of Ghazala Khan, the mother of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim-American who was killed in 2004 by a car bomb in Iraq. more >>
The words of the Bible promise a better world than one that science and technology could ever create, says famed evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham.
In Thursday's "My Answers" post on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, Graham was asked where one can find the promise of a better future in light of modern upheavals.
"I used to believe that if we just worked hard enough and tried to understand each other, we'd make the world a peaceful place, but I'm not so sure anymore. Does the Bible give us any hope for a better world?" asked the person. more >>
An elderly Belgian priest was stabbed inside his home in the town of Lanaken by an alleged asylum seeker who demanded cash after he was allowed to use the shower.
The Telegraph reported that Father Jos Vanderlee sustained hand and tendon injuries, and was rushed to the hospital. He is expected to survive, however, and make a full recovery.
Local newspaper Het Nieuwsblad revealed that Vanderlee received a knock on his door at home Sunday by a man who said he was an asylum seeker. The man asked the priest to use his shower, and was invited inside. more >>