A Muslim official with the American Civil Liberties Union has drawn criticism for "emphatically" refusing to condemn atrocious acts of terrorism committed jihadis who seek to murder all who don't believe in their radical brand of Islam.
In an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Monday, Rana Elmir, the deputy director of the ACLU of Michigan, argued that moderate American Muslims do not and should not have to condemn the heinous acts of terror committed by the Islamic State, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda and other radical extremist groups and individuals in the name of Allah because doing so would be an "admission of guilt."
She reasoned that beheadings and executions carried out in the name of Islam are just as "foreign" to her as the alleged "terror advanced by mostly white men at the alarming rate of one mass killing every two weeks in this country." more >>
The all-female policing unit of the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria has mutilated and murdered a woman for breastfeeding her baby in public, a witness claims.
As IS has become notorious for punishing and torturing women who violate its strict brand of Shariah law, Aisha, a former resident of Raqqa who managed to escape to Turkey after her husband was beheaded, told the United Kingdom-based Sunday Times that she once witnessed the militant group execute a woman simply because she needed to feed her nursing baby in public.
Aisha explained that although the woman shielded her breasts by breastfeeding her child underneath her full-veil burqa, IS' Al-Khansaa Brigade, an all-female unit in charge of enforcing IS' law on the streets of Raqqa and Mosul, deemed the mother's action of breastfeeding a violation of Islamic State law. more >>
The government of Iran reportedly arrested a group of nine Christians on Christmas Day for celebrating their faith at an in-house church in the city of Shiraz.
"There has been a steady deterioration of human rights abuses in Iran during Hassan Rouhani's tenure as president, including executions and suppression of religious and ethnic minorities," said Shahin Gobadi of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
"This is just another case in point. Actually, the clerical regime is one of the top violators of rights of religious minorities, including Christians, in the world. The regime has institutionalized repression of the Iranian people as the main tool of its survival." more >>
Christmas Day attacks on Christians occurred worldwide after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) issued a warning against Christians in the Middle East celebrating the occasion.
In Berlin, Germany, four men were attacked by Muslims on St. Stephen's Day, the day after Christmas. The victims, who are all Orthodox Christians from Montenegro and Serbia, were accosted as they were making their way out of an establishment in Potzdamer Platz, according to Church Militant.
One of the attackers reportedly shouted and identified himself as a Muslim while asking the four Chrisians about their religion. Four other men joined him in the assault, the report details. more >>
In an attempt to curtail "violations" in the treatment of female sex slaves, a religious ruling by so-called theologians of the Islamic State specifies when "owners" of enslaved women can have sex with their captives.
The ruling, or fatwa, was discovered among a collection of documents seized by U.S. Special Operations forces during a raid targeting a top official of the terror group in Syria back in May, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
The document states that some IS militants have "committed violations in the matter of the treatment of the female slaves" and details an extensive list of bulleted items regarding the handling of female captives. more >>
Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has slaughtered at least 80 people in a series of attacks on cities and towns just one week after President Muhammadu Buhari suggested his army had "technically won the war."
The Associated Press reported that the Islamic radicals killed 30 people in Maiduguri in Borno state in blasts and shootouts, and on Monday killed another 20 people in a bombing outside a mosque. Yet another twin suicide bombing in the town of Madagali cost another 30 lives.