A Chinese human rights lawyer who was released from jail in 2014 recounts the torture he suffered at the hands of government authorities in a new memoir in which he reveals how his Christian faith gave him strength to survive.
The Associated Press conduced an interview with 52-year-old Gao Zhisheng about his Chinese-language memoir, China's Hope: What I Learned During Five Years as a Political Prisoner, which the lawyer said was hard to write due to ongoing surveillance by Communist Party officials.
Zhisheng revealed that he spent three years in solitary confinement for standing up against the government's various human rights abuses, but said it was "his Christian faith and his unwavering hope for China that sustained him in that period of isolation." more >>
The United States government is processing an unbelievably low number of Christian refugees despite the ongoing genocide at the hands of the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria, the American Center for Law and Justice reports.
The conservative law group cited numbers from the Refugee Processing Center, noting that while the U.S. has processed 11,086 Muslims from Iraq since the beginning of 2015, only 433 Christians have been added to that number. And in Syria, there have been 5,435 Muslims welcomed and only 28 Christians.
"In an attempt to justify this astounding discrepancy, the Obama administration and congressional Democratic leadership continue to maintain that the U.S. should not consider a refugee's religion in deciding whether to grant refugee status," the ACLJ said on Tuesday. more >>
Despite China's ongoing crackdown on Christians, believers' faith is growing stronger in the world's most populous nation, one church member reveals in an interview with China Aid.
He also called on the United States to take an active role to help Christians in China.
China Aid reported that the interview was conducted back in May with a member of Huoshi Church in China's central Guizhou province, which has been serially targeted by the Communist Party. Government officials have been persecuting minority religious people on an increasing basis, with a separate China Aid report noting that 20,000 people suffered religious persecution throughout 2015. more >>
Authorities in Bangladesh arrested more than 5,000 people over the weekend in connection to Islamic terror, seeking to stand up to the growing wave of attacks against minorities, including Christians and atheists, in the South Asian country.
The Telegraph reported that a number of those arrested in police raids are known Islamic militants who have organized a series of attacks on minority communities in the past year.
The murder of the wife of a police superintendent who had been investigating such attacks is believed to have prompted the large-scale response, which also led to shootouts with some of the militants, in which five suspected terrorists were killed. more >>
An internet hacking coalition supportive of the Islamic State terrorist organization is calling on lone wolf jihadis to kill nearly 8,000 Americans in order to "take revenge for Muslims."
According to the online news site Vocativ, a pro-IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) hacking organization called United Cyber Caliphate has produced the latest jihadi kill list, which features the names, addresses and email addresses of 8,318 people. The organization published both an English and Arabic version of the list through the mobile messaging app Telegram.
Of the 8,318 names on the list, 7,848 are believed to live in the United States. According to the news site, 1,445 people included on the list have California address, while 643 were listed as having Florida addresses. The list also included 341 people with Washington addresses, 333 with Texas addresses, 331 with Illinois addresses and 290 with New York addresses. more >>
WASHINGTON — The mother of one of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram from a public school in the Borno State in 2014 says God will help her and the rest of her village overcome the adversity and uncertainty that they face.
Although it has been over two years since the Islamic State-affiliated terrorist outfit abducted the schoolgirls from the government secondary girls school in Chibok on April 14, 2014, only one has been rescued so far.
One Chibok mother, who had her 15-year-old daughter kidnapped by the militant organization on that fateful night, became the first parent of a kidnapped Chibok girl to leave Nigeria to speak out about the mass abduction outside the country. more >>