The genocide of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks during Wold War I, many of them Christians, has been recognized by the German parliament in a move that prompted Turkey to recall its ambassador in anger.
BBC News reported on Thursday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recalled the country's ambassador from Germany and has threatened further action.
"We will do whatever is necessary to resolve this issue," Erdogan said. more >>
Syrian troops have captured a notorious Islamic State executioner who is known to the West only by his nickname, "The Bulldozer of Fallujah."
Videos have surfaced online this week purporting to show Syrian Army troops dumping a heavyset IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh) militant into the back of a pickup truck and hauling him away.
One video shows the militant, who has his hands tied behind his back and is not wearing a shirt, grimacing as he lies on his back in the bed of the pickup truck while Syrian troops gather around to take photos and videos of the writhing man before the truck pulls away. more >>
As thousands mourn the death of Harambe the silverback gorilla that was killed to save a young boy's life, the Rev. Franklin Graham used the incident to point out how people get upset and emotional about an animal being killed but don't have the same reaction about the 125,000 babies aborted each day.
In Facebook post on Wednesday, Graham shared The Blaze's article about the incident titled, "While You Were Crying Over a Dead Ape, 125,000 Babies Were Just Murdered." Graham highlighted the double standard of those who are more concerned with the life of an animal than the lives of humans, who God created in His own image and likeness.
Harambe the gorilla was fatally shot on May 28 at the Cincinnati Zoo after a 4-year-old boy managed to get into the gorilla enclosure. The zoo keepers decided to put him down because the 17-year-old, 400lb gorilla confronted the boy and began "violently dragging and throwing the child," according to a statement from Cincinnati Fire Department Chief Marc Monahan. more >>
A Texas pastor involved in building Christian-Muslim dialogue at a high level has warned that American Christians being hateful and unwelcoming toward Muslims is only fueling the persecution of Christians in Muslim-majority countries.
Dr. Bob Roberts, the senior pastor of Northwood Church in Texas, told The Christian Post in an interview that he is "very concerned" about Christian-Muslim relations in America. Roberts had joined some 200 Muslim leaders in Morocco to write a 750-word document protecting the freedom of religious minorities in predominantly Muslim countries in January.
Roberts points to LifeWay Research surveys that show that in America, the people with the most negative view of Muslims are Evangelicals, which he says is a contradiction with what it means to be an Evangelical. more >>
An underground female church leader in Iran, who in the past helped Pastor Saeed Abedini's ministry, has gone on a hunger strike inside Evin prison in protest of the denial of critical medical attention that she needs.
Mohabat News reported on Monday that Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran began her hunger strike last week inside the women's ward of Evin, the notorious prison where Abedini spent part of his three and a half year sentence for his Christian faith.
Zargaran has also refused to accept visitors as part of her protest, which has reportedly prompted other inmates to follow in her footsteps. The 36-year-old underground church leader was arrested in winter 2013 for "actions against national security," a charge often made against religious or political prisoners of conscience in Iran. more >>
Evangelist Franklin Graham is speaking out against proposed legislation in Pakistan that would give men the right to beat their wives, calling it proof that Islam intends to keep women locked "behind a veil of horror."
Pakistan's Express Tribune reported last week that the 20-member Council of Islamic Ideology, a constitutional body that advises the Pakistani legislature about whether laws are compatible with Islam, proposed a bill that would permit husbands to "lightly beat" their wives for defying them.
The bill claims that husbands should be allowed to beat their wives if they reject their demands for sexual intercourse without a religious excuse, refuse to dress up when asked, and if wives do not take a bath after intercorse or menstral periods. more >>