"God's Not Dead 2" actress Melissa Joan Hart said that one of the reasons American Christians are interested in the upcoming film is because they feel their faith is being trampled on.
Hart also reflected that in her early TV days she was criticized by some Christians for playing a teenage witch, but is now receiving criticism from the other end of the spectrum for playing a strong Christian woman who stands up for her faith.
"For the longest time, while I played a witch on television [on 'Sabrina, The Teenage Witch'], the Christian community attacked me for popularizing the magic aspects on that secular TV show," Hart said in an interview, according to Chicago Sun Times. more >>
American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who spent three and a half years in prison for his Christian faith in Iran, has responded to the terror attacks in Pakistan Easter Sunday by arguing that it's a "lie" to believe Islam is peaceful.
Meanwhile, Muslim leaders around the world condemned the suicide blasts in Lahore that killed at least 72 people, insisting that terror does not represent Islam.
Abedini, who is the Exclusive Director of Saeed Ministries, posted on Facebook Monday: "If Muslims say: we are peaceful, 'it's a lie.' The Qur'an teaches that Muslims must fight and kill (Jihad) unbelievers. 'Wherever you overtake them' until 'religion is Allah's,' i.e. Islamic law rules all societies (2.Sura Al _Baqarah(Cow) 2:190-193). Regarding to the Qur'an's verse, Christians and Jews are included to make them Muslim or kill them in entire the world." more >>
Thailand has blocked the entry of humanitarian agencies into brutal detention centers, where Pakistani Christians who have fled religious persecution in their own country are being kept, after a BBC report revealed the mistreatment of asylum seekers in this Southeast Asian country.
Family members and humanitarian agencies are no longer allowed to visit Pakistani Christian detainees — some of whom are expecting mothers, old people, disabled and with severe health condition requiring regular medical attention — who have been lodged in "brutal immigration detention centres," says the British Pakistani Christian Association in an online petition.
Days before Easter Sunday, more than 20 family members and humanitarian workers sought to provide food for malnourished detainees but they were not allowed access to the detention centers, the petition says. more >>
Pakistani Christian families are burying their deceased children and other family members following the deadly suicide bomb attack on Easter Sunday at a park in Lahore, which killed close to 72 people, mostly women and children.
Christian pastors, along with parents of the victims, have accused the central government of not doing enough to protect Christians from radical terror that continues to take the lives of innocent victims.
"The government has proved it cannot keep people safe so the army should take over security," said Pastor Shakil Anjum of the Children's Chapel, according to the Guardian. "They have strengthened security at our churches but now terrorists are coming to public spaces to kill us." more >>
A Muslim shopkeeper in Scotland is believed to have been stabbed to death by a fellow Muslim just hours after he posted a message on Facebook wishing Christians a happy Easter.
Asad Shah, 40, a member of the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam, was found badly wounded near his shop in the Shawlands area of Glasgow Thursday night and was later pronounced dead after he arrived at nearby Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
The fatal incident occurred just hours after the statement "Good Friday and very happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation x!" was posted to a Facebook account that British media say belongs to the Pakistani-born Shah. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham is responding to the news that Islamic terrorists killed 70 Pakistani Christians, mostly women and children, on Easter Sunday in Lahore by stating that the world will not bow down to Islam; but instead "every knee" will bow to Jesus.
"As Christians we know that when death comes to someone who has trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, we are ushered into the presence of our Heavenly Father and will live for eternity in His presence. The grave has no hold on the believer," Graham said in a Facebook message.
Graham, who leads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, noted that Islamic terrorists have taken responsibility for the suicide bomb attack, with the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar group, which splintered from the Taliban, revealing that it specifically targeted Christians. more >>