Christian Pakistani man Imtiaz Masih has been acquitted after a four-year legal battle when he was tortured and forced to confess to the killing of his Muslim employer's brother.
The European Center of Law and Justice announced on Thursday that its affiliate in Pakistan, the Organization for Legal Aid, managed to successfully acquit Masih after a court found that the prosecution witnesses made conflicting statements, and could not be trusted.
"False accusations of crimes are all too common in Pakistan. Usually, people falsely accuse others to settle personal scores or simply to implicate an easy target to divert attention from the real culprit," the ECLJ explained. more >>
Even though her village was seized by the Islamic State and she's now living a rough life in an unfinished mall in Kurdish-protected Northern Iraq, a displaced Christian refugee child is asking God to "forgive" the ISIS militants.
After ISIS seized most of the Mosul region of Iraq last June, over 400 mostly Christian displaced Iraqi families from the villages of Qaraqosh, Bartella and Kharamles descended upon the Kurdish capital of Erbil to live in a half-built mall in the in the Christian neighborhood of Ainkawa.
As the families had picked up and fled their villages in a hurry before the ISIS militants reached their towns, the families could only afford to bring bare necessities and are now living in the mall without much more than the mattresses, blankets and other handouts they receive from humanitarian organizations. more >>
President Barack Obama has come under a great deal of scrutiny for refusing to name the most recent victims of beheading by ISIS as Christians, instead referring to them as "Egyptian citizens." The president offered an explanation for his decision during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism on Wednesday and in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times.
"Leading up to this summit, there's been a fair amount of debate in the press and among pundits about the words we use to describe and frame this challenge, so I want to be very clear about how I see it," Obama said. "Al-Qaeda and ISIL and groups like it are desperate for legitimacy. They try to portray themselves as religious leaders, holy warriors in defense of Islam. That's why ISIL presumes to declare itself the 'Islamic State.'"
He continued: "There is no one profile of a violent extremist or terrorist. There is no way to predict who will become radicalized," Obama continued. "We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam." more >>
Islamic State militants in the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa are subjecting their wives and sex slaves to "brutal" and "abnormal" sexual acts, which are causing many women to seek medical attention for their sex-related injuries.
The monitoring group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a group of Syrian activists who report on the militant group's atrocious behavior from inside the caliphate, was informed by doctors and physicians that ISIS militants, especially foreign militants, suffer from "sexual anomalies" that cause them to have "brutal instinctive desire for sex."
Although ISIS claims to promote conservative principles and even punishes women for not wearing the appropriate head covering in public, this "brutal" appetite for sex causes militants to seek multiple wives and even buy captured women to use as sex slaves. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria has begun imposing strict curfews in some towns that it controls, and in the Syrian town of Tel Abyad there was no exception, even for a pregnant mother rushing to the hospital in the middle of the night trying to save the life of her baby.
According to the monitoring group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a team of activists who risk their lives to report on the atrocities of ISIS from inside Raqqa, the militants in the North Raqqa province town of Tel Abyad are preventing people from leaving their homes "under any circumstance."
The group reported that the town's curfew spans from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. and anyone who leaves their home during those hours is liable to be shot, no matter what their reason is. more >>
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins slammed President Obama Monday, saying that it's "troubling" the president refuses to call the Egyptians beheaded by ISIS "Christians."
"ISIS made very clear in this video that this was an execution of 'people of the cross.' ISIS apparently has no difficulty saying 'Christian,' while the White House has a very difficult time," Perkins said during an appearance on Fox News' "The Kelly File" Monday night.
Critics of Obama have also questioned why the president refuses to call ISIS "radical Islamic terrorists;" unlike his British counterpart, Prime Minister David Cameron, who has on many occasions spoken out against the global "Islamist extremist terrorist threat." more >>