Four former hostages who were held by the Islamic State terror group at an abandoned oil refinery in Syria in 2014 have revealed that Kayla Mueller, the Christian aid worker who was slain in IS captivity last year, refused to deny Jesus Christ despite being repeatedly raped and tortured.
Frida Saide of Sweden and Patricia Chavez of Peru and Belgium, who were held alongside 26-year-old Mueller in the oil refinery, said that despite what Mueller was forced to suffer through, she remained steadfast in her Christian faith, The Associated Press reports.
Chavez noted that Mueller acted like a big sister to the other captured girls, looking to keep up their spirits despite the grim situation they were in. more >>
Islamic State militants have reportedly stitched four people's mouth shut with wire simply because they were talking about military victories against the heinous terrorist group.
According to Sputnik News, IS (also known as ISIS and ISIL) jihadis used metal wire to stitch the four victims' mouths shut on Tuesday in the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul because they were all involved in a conversation discussing the successes of the Iraqi Army in its offensive against IS.
"Four of our residents were discussing the success of the army in a casual conversation about politics, when another man suddenly joined in. He casually discussed with them the defeat of ISIS and offensive operations in Nineveh," a Mosul resident, who chose to remain nameless due to fear of retaliation from IS, told Sputnik International. "Later, all four people were caught. Right where they were standing, their mouths were sewn up with metal wire." more >>
Violence in our nation's high schools has become way too common. Many teenagers have channeled their anger and pain into destructive decisions because they feel like their lives don't matter. And if your life doesn't matter, then other lives don't matter. This causes disastrous results.
Which is why the upcoming release of I'm Not Ashamed, based on Rachel Scott's life and death at Columbine High School as the first victim of the 1999 shooting rampage, can speak to the issue of what can we (students who are on the front lines) do? How can one person's decision to not give in to anger, fear, and resentment impact an entire school, and millions more after her death?
Rachel's Challenge rose from the ashes of death at Columbine. This student led intervention program has impacted 22 million kids since that tragic day in Colorado, created to address the needs in our high schools to make each kid feel important and valued. That their life DOES matter. more >>
Several news sites are reporting that a Saudi Arabia court has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison, along with a punishment of 2,000 lashes, for several messages on his Twitter account that denied the existence of God and criticized the Koran, the Islamic holy book.
The Sun first reported on the story on Wednesday, revealing that the atheist refused the chance to repent, and instead said that his Twitter messages reflected his views, further arguing that he had the right to express them.
The Daily Mail noted that police investigated his social media accounts and found that he had accused Islamic prophets of lying and teaching hostility. The man also denied the existence of God, which under a controversial law is marked as "terrorism." more >>
President Barack Obama's administration is facing a federal lawsuit from the American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative law group, over its failure to properly address the ongoing genocide of the Islamic State terror group against Christians and other religious minorities.
The ACLJ pointed out that despite the U.S. Department of State recognizing earlier this year that IS has indeed been committing a genocide in its captured territories in Iraq and Syria, the persecuted minorities are still not receiving the help they need.
The first reports of Christian leaders being arrested in Russia following the passing of new anti-terrorism laws that ban evangelism outside of churches have started coming in.
The Moscow Times reports that Sergei Zhuravlyov, a representative of the Ukrainian Reformed Orthodox Church of Christ the Savior, was arrested earlier this month while he was preaching before the St. Petersburg Messianic Jewish community, and was charged with violating a provision of the law that bans illegal missionary activity.
Law enforcement officials later told Interfax news agency that Zhuravlyov is being accused of "fomenting negative attitudes toward the Russian Orthodox Church," and of having ties to the Ukrainian nationalist political party called Right Sector, which is banned in Russia. more >>