Iraqi Christians who were forced to flee their homes two years ago and are now living in refugee camps say they are determined to stay and help rebuild the country despite the risk of being killed by Islamic State militants, according to a new report.
The international nonprofit ministry Open Doors, which has supported persecuted Christians for more than 50 years, announced last week that it spent eight months consulting with church leaders in Iraq and Syria to release a report called "Hope for the Middle East" in collaboration with Middle East Concern and the University of East London.
The report, which will be launched in the British Parliament on Oct. 12, documents "the contributions that Christians have made to the region and looked at healthcare, business, culture and welfare across the centuries," and will include recommendations for how the British government can effectively speak and act on behalf of the church in the Middle East. more >>
An interfaith coalition of pastors, college officials, and legal scholars have come together to denounce a California bill that would limit religious exemptions for schools.
California's legislature is presently considering Senate Bill 1146, a piece of proposed legislation that critics fear will drastically curb the religious freedom of private academic institutions.
The statement, titled "Protecting the future of religious higher education," was published on the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's website Tuesday and includes signatories from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish backgrounds. more >>
International Christian humanitarian organization World Vision said Monday that allegations from Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency that the organization's Gaza Strip director, Mohammed El Halabi, siphoned about $7.2 million a year to the Islamic militant group Hamas over a period of five years does not add up.
World Vision Germany spokeswoman Silvia Holten told The Associated Press that the organization's budget in Gaza over the last decade was $22.5 million which amounts to an annual average of $2.25 million. Shin Bet also alleged that the $7.2 million figure is roughly 60 percent of World Vision's total Gaza budget.
"There is a huge gap in these numbers the Israeli government is telling and what we know," Holten told the AP. She added that an investigation into the organization's Gaza operation is underway and Germany and Australia have suspended donations to their work there. more >>
The Christian charity World Vision has lost two of its biggest donors after the organization's Gaza Strip director was accused of diverting millions of dollars in cash to the Sunni Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas.
Reuters reports that on Friday, both Germany and Australia suspended donations to the evangelical humanitarian aid group after Israel accused the organization's Gaza branch operations manager, Mohammed El Halabi, of funneling over $7.2 million to the fundamentalist outfit.
Halabi was arrested by Israeli authorities on June 15 and was detained for weeks before being charged last Thursday with providing support to terrorists. more >>
Tim Tebow's smile might be just as recognizable as his name, but that doesn't mean the football player-turned-motivational speaker is immune to negative thoughts and feelings.
In a Rolling Stone interview, the Heisman trophy winning University of Florida football champion spoke about dealing with those trials at different points in life.
"Whether you're sitting on the edge of the bed and you're thinking 'there're 32 [NFL] teams and nobody wants me' or 'no one wants me to do what I want to do.' Or you get another opportunity, and you don't make it," Tebow revealed. "I've been cut four times. Well only three, but traded once, so it kind of counts as four." more >>
Contrary to conventional wisdom, millennials are not "hooking up" at an alarming rate; in fact, many are not having sex whatsoever, according to a study released this week.
In the study, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, researchers Jean M. Twenge, Ryne A. Sherman, and Brooke E. Wells found that young people born in the 1990s were "significantly more likely to have no sexual partners" than Gen Xers. When controlled for a time period and age, the only generation with a higher rate of sexual inactivity than today's 20 to 24 year olds was the one born in the 1920s.
Researchers also found that 15 percent of Americans in their early 20s who were born in the 1990s reported being sexually inactive as compared to only 6 percent of those born in the late 1960s. more >>