Statues of Biblical figures recently vandalized at two Catholic churches in Vineland, N.J., were done so in such a way that seems to convey a vicious message, say authorities.
"When you look at how methodical the person was who did this, cutting off the heads, gouging out the eyes, there's some kind of sicko message being communicated," Peter Feuerherd, director of Communications for the Catholic Diocese of Camden, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday. "We don't know what that message is, but it is obviously the product of a mind which is disturbed."
The two churches in Feuerherd's diocese that were attacked last Wednesday night were Sacred Heart Church and St. Francis of Assisi Church. The vandals hacked off the head of a statue of the Virgin Mary, sliced a statue of Joseph in half, hammered in the faces of the Holy Family (Jesus, Mary, and Joseph) in another statue, according to CBS Local. Reporter Cleve Bryan summarized the damage, saying "the likenesses of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and more were smashed, hacked, and in several cases, decapitated." more >>
Twenty-two Nigerian Christians were killed in an attack after gunmen entered a church service armed with weapons and explosives on Sunday.
Boko Haram, a Nigerian Islamic terrorist group seeking to eradicate Christianity from the African country and spread Muslim Shariah law, has been blamed for the mass shooting in the village of Waga Chakawa in Adamawa state, and also for violence that killed 52 people in Borno state at the weekend, the BBC has reported.
Terrorists reportedly attacked the village of Kawuri and detonated explosives while merchants were shutting down the crowded market. They also set alight to the homes of residents in the town, with residents still inside many of the houses. more >>
A Chinese Christian immigrant may have another opportunity at U.S. citizenship after failing an immigration judge's "bible quiz."
Chang Qiang Zhu, a Chinese Christian who previously sought asylum in the U.S. from the religious persecution he suffered in China, has been given another chance to plead his asylum case by a U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
In 2009, Chang asked immigration judge Barbara Nelson for U.S. asylum, claiming that he had been beaten and imprisoned in the Asian country for months after attending a church that wasn't sanctioned by the Chinese government. Chang told Nelson that while he was in prison, he told Chinese authorities the story of Apostle Paul from the bible. more >>
A 70-year-old British man has been sentenced to death by the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi which found him guilty of insulting Islam and committing blasphemy by claiming to be a prophet. The court rejected claims that he is mentally ill.
"[Muhammad] Asghar claimed to be a prophet even inside the court. He confessed it in front of the judge," Javed Gul, a government prosecutor, told Agence France-Presse news agency.
The British man, who is from Edinburgh, Scotland, was reportedly arrested in 2010 after writing several letters claiming to be a prophet. His lawyers argued that he has a history of mental illness, but a medical panel rejected the evidence. more >>
"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" has sparked controversy due to the religion of its villain – a Russian Orthodox Christian terrorist with ties to 9/11 who aims to blow up Wall Street. Christian reviewers, however, say they are not insulted by this fact, arguing that "there are bigger fish to fry."
"This is not religious terrorism, it's coming from the Soviet Union," Gary Black Jr., chair of Advanced Studies at Azusa Pacific University, told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday. Black argued that, far from insulting Russian Orthodox Christianity, the film ironically praises it. "It's demonstrating the true values of Orthodox Christianity – the best place to hide and not to be seen as a terrorist is a church." The film is not about wacky Christian terrorists but about Russian spies who think the best place to hide is a church. In one scene, an undercover "family" is activated by the priest preaching on Lamentations 2:2.
"If you want to talk about anti-Christian content in the movie Jack Ryan, talk about the six misuses of Jesus' name as if it were a swear word," Bob Waliszewski, director of Focus on the Family's movie review department "Plugged In," told The Christian Post in an interview on Thursday. Waliszewski argued that "there's nothing more insensitive that a director can do than misuse the name above every name." more >>
Evangelical Christians should pay more attention to their persecuted Middle Eastern counterparts, argued Russell Moore, the President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday.
"We're trying to call our churches… to care about this: to talk about in sermons, to pray about on Sunday mornings and to start focusing our attention on it," Moore told host Joe Scarborough.
He also suggested that people turn to the back pages of their Bible where often, historical maps are displayed, and say, "Iraq. That's not just a national security issue, that's where Abraham was from. And Syria, that's the road to Damascus, that's the Apostle Paul." Moore added, "That's our story and history. This ought to matter." more >>