Prayer has been banned from football games in Christian schools in Orlando and Tampa as ordered by the Florida State High School Athletic Association.
Cambridge Christian School from Tampa will square off with University Christian from Jacksonville for their State Championship at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Friday. Both schools previously agreed to say a prayer before the game over loud speakers, but Dr. Roger Dearing, the head of the athletic association, ruled in an email that prayer circles involving football team members, fans, and coaches will not be allowed, according to 10 News WTSP.
Although the two Christian schools approved of the pre-game prayer, the athletic association ruled against it because the venue of the game is predominantly supported by tax dollars. In addition, the Florida State High School Athletic Association is a state organization, the report explains. more >>
Americans remain largely ignorant and indifferent toward the plight of Christians overseas despite headlines featuring ISIS' violence, argued an expert on religious liberty.
Timothy Samuel Shah, associate director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, argued as part of a panel held Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C. that American Christians are not as involved as they should be in fighting persecution abroad.
A practicing Catholic, Shah talked about how he was "struck by widespread apathy and indifference and ignorance concerning this issue among Christians, let alone others." more >>
Child welfare services in Norway have reportedly removed five Christian children from their parents' home and placed them into foster care after the parents were accused of radicalizing and indoctrinating their children with Christianity.
According to the British-based Christian Institute, Norway's child protection services, known as the Barnevernet, seized the three sons and two daughters of Ruth and Marius Bodnariu in mid-November.
Although the family wasn't quite sure at the time why their children were being taken away from them, their lawyer discovered that the parents were being charged with Christian indoctrination. more >>
Authorities in Uzbekistan fined 10 Christians for holding meetings unsanctioned by the state and even seized their personal Bibles.
The Karshi Criminal Court in Kashkadarya, Uzbekistan imposed a fine on three of the Christians, which costs 50 times the minimum monthly salary. The other seven Christians accused of illegal possession of religious literature were fined more than 30 times the minimum wage, according to a Barnabas Aid report cited by Worthy News.
Aside from that, the Uzbek court also ordered the destruction of the Christians' personal Bibles and church songbooks, the report adds. more >>
WASHINGTON — Deadly terrorist attacks like the one in Paris last month and the one in California on Wednesday are indications that a third world war is on the horizon, the Vicar of Baghdad argued Thursday.
Canon Andrew White, who was the only Anglican Vicar in Iraq when the Islamic State terrorist organization rose to power in Iraq and Syria, spoke at a lunch discussion hosted by the Washington-based Institute on Religion & Democracy and explained that Muslims, Christians and Jews need to work together to support the persecuted refugee communities in the Middle East and combat extremist ideologies that are causing society to "fall apart."
In the wake of Islamic State's attacks in Paris that killed over 130 civilians and injured over 350 others in November, terror struck in the United States on Wednesday when two gunmen, one of whom was believed to have been in contact with domestic and international Islamic extremists, shot up a social services building in San Bernardino, California, and killed 14 people and injured 21. more >>
A Jordan-based priest warned that Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria are being discriminated against due to Western policies, and at the same time are being "eliminated" by the Islamic State terror group.
Father Khalil Jaar, of the Messengers of Peace Association, argued that Christians are not only being persecuted by IS, but they are also being discriminated against by Western governments who are only taking in refugees from the main designated camps.
The problem with that is that many Christians, fearing attacks from Muslim extremists, refuse to enter the camps, which leaves them out of the circle of those receiving help. more >>