A Christian convert who was jailed and horrendously tortured because of his faith in Christ says the radical extremist problem facing the world today is much bigger than just the Islamic State.
Although many in the world today might view IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) as the largest threat facing the world, the leader of the international human rights group One Free World International, the Rev. Majed el-Shafie, told the British news site Express the day after two IS-affiliated radicals killed a French priest during a morning mass in Normandy that "ISIS is not the problem."
In an interview, Shafie, who was the subject of the 2012 documentary "Freedom Fighter," shared the story of how he was imprisoned, heinously tortured and sentenced to death by government actors in Egypt for converting from Islam to Christianity and helping build house churches in 1998. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has released the latest issue of its English-language magazine Dabiq, in which the extremists claim that Jesus Christ was a "slave of Allah" and much of the New Testament was fabricated, urging Christians to "break their crosses" and convert to Islam.
"Break the Cross," as the latest issue of Dabiq is titled, argues that Jesus was never crucified, and the Apostle Paul was a "criminal" and a "treacherous Jew" who decided to abandon massacring Christians in order to pervert the religion from inside.
The editors of the IS magazine demand that people in the West follow them and learn "why Muslims hate and fight them, why pagan Christians should break their crosses, why liberalist secularists should return to the fitrah (natural human disposition), and why skeptical atheists should recognize their Creator and submit to Him." more >>
Last week's killing of a French priest by radicals associated with the Islamic State has inspired atheist Wall Street Journal writer Sohrab Ahmari to come out publicly about his plans to convert to Catholicism.
After the news broke that Father Jacques Hamel had been killed by radicals who raided the Church of the Gambetta in the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray district of Normandy last Tuesday, the Iranian-born Ahmari announced in a tweet:
"#IAmJacquesHamel: In fact, this is the right moment to announce that I'm converting to Roman Catholicism." more >>
The National Commission for Justice and Peace has found that Pakistani school textbooks are full of material that incite hatred and intolerance against non-Muslims, including Christians, which it said was a "red flag" for the country.
"This is not only about religious minorities but a national issue," NCJP Executive Director Cecil Shane Chaudhry said, according to AsiaNews. "It is a red flag for the government, which must ask the Church to promote the role of minorities in creating and defending the country."
The human rights group released a 40-page study that analyzed state-approved school material in Pakistan's four provinces, and concluded that children are taught religious fanaticism and extremism. more >>
A 19-year-old girl who was captured, raped and tortured multiple times by ISIS jihadists in Iraq reveals her harrowing account in a new book that describes the religious rituals the men practiced before carrying out the brutal attacks on women and children.
The book, titled The Girl Who Beat ISIS, shares the story of a Yazidi teenage girl in Iraq who goes by the pseudonym, Farida Khalaf, to protect her identity.
The Guardian noted in its review of the book that it provides a first-hand account of the torture women and girls are being forced to endure in cities held by IS (also known as ISIL, ISIS, Daesh). A number of minorities, including Christians, have been made to suffer greatly at the hands of IS, with Yazidis being heavily targeted because IS regards them as devil worshipers. more >>
American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who was held hostage for three-and-a-half years inside an Iranian prison for his Christian faith, revealed that he had a prophetic dream about the suffering he would face right before he was taken by Iranian authorities.
Abedini recalled in a Facebook post on Sunday the events of July 28, 2012, when he was traveling on a bus from Georgia to Turkey and Iran. He said that he fell asleep on the bus, and experienced a detailed dream:
"In my dream I was on a bus, and the bus was full of political and religious leaders. The bus went into the yard of Evin prison, and we had to surrender to all the guards and soldiers that had been working for the prince of Persia. There was no way out," he wrote. more >>