Armenian-American activists have said that it's a "national disgrace" and a "betrayal" that President Barack Obama is refusing to describe the 1915 massacre of close to 1.5 million Armenian Christians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire as a genocide, despite previously promising to do so.
The LA Times reported that White House officials have made clear the president will not use the word genocide when he commemorates the deaths on Friday, which marks the 100th anniversary of the massacres.
"The president's surrender represents a national disgrace," said Aram S. Hamparian, executive director of the Washington-based Armenian National Committee of America. "It is a betrayal of the truth, and it is a betrayal of trust." more >>
In his Monday program on TheBlaze TV, popular conservative commentator Glenn Beck criticized American Christians for giving an outpouring of support to Christian-owned businesses that are being attacked for their beliefs while doing nothing to rally in support of Christians who've been beheaded for their faith by the Islamic State.
Before making his point, Beck played a clip of the ISIS video, which was released on Sunday, that showed the beheadings of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Beck then asked why it is that most Christians in the U.S. don't care about the barbaric killings of their brothers and sisters in Christ.
Beck found it weird that when the Christian owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, received death threats for saying that they would not serve a gay wedding, there was an overwhelming amount of support and charity given by other Christians. But, when Christians in Libya were beheaded by ISIS because of their faith, Christians in America looked away and did not seem to care. more >>
Up to as many as 60 girls and women kidnapped by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria die by suicide each month after suffering physical and sexual abuse at the hands of ISIS jihadis, an aid worker stationed in Iraq has claimed.
The aid worker, who's referenced by the name of Yousif, told the British news site The Express that he has witnessed women who are subject to rape, forced marriage and physical assault by ISIS militants killing themselves at a rate of one or two per day in order to escape their horrific ordeals.
"Everyday between one or two commit suicide," Yousif explained. "There are different methods they use inside there, whether they hang themselves, cut themselves, different ways they do it." more >>
Christian refugees who fled Libya via a perilous route across the Mediterranean where thousands of others died seeking to escape religious persecution and poverty, say they were forced to deny Christ after ISIS militants threatened their lives.
"We are Christians but we had to deny our faith otherwise the gunmen would kill us, slit our throats and cut off our heads," a refugee known only as Haben, told the UK's Daily Mail. "I have friends from Eritrea and Egypt who were killed because they are Christians. The men come around with Kalashnikov and they ask you what is your faith. If you are Christian they take you away and kill you. They cut off your head or shoot you. This is what they have done to hundreds of Christians."
Haben, 19, and his younger brother Samuel, 14, escaped Libya by buying seats in a boat headed to Mineo, Greece. Mineo has become a temporary refuge for thousands of Christians and other members of religious minority groups trying to escape persecution at the hands of ISIS militants seeking to establish a caliphate throughout Africa. more >>
A group of Muslims recently threw a dozen Christians overboard a migrant ship traveling from Libya to Italy for praying to Jesus. When Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi dismissed it as a one-off event, President Obama was standing next to him but chose to remain silent. He would have spoken out if the victims were Muslims, writes Fox News' Kirsten Powers in a column.
As Renzi was questioned about the incident at a joint press conference in Washington, D.C., Friday, Obama was "mute on the killings," Powers writes in her column in USA Today.
"The problem is not a problem of (a) clash of religions," Renzi claimed. And the president "failed to interject any sense of outrage or even tepid concern for the targeting of Christians for their faith," she adds. more >>
The University of Al Azhar, the highest academic center of Sunni Islam, along with Muslim governments in the region have condemned the slaughter of 28 Ethiopian Christians in a video released by ISIS on Sunday.
The statement from Al Azhar, attributed to Imam Ahmed al-Tayyeb and sent to Agenzia Fides, calls the mass killings a "heinous crime, committed by the Daesh terrorist group, which goes against any religion, law or human conduct."
The university has also sent its condolences to the government and people of Ethiopia and to the families of the victims. more >>