WASHINGTON — Eric Metaxas compared the silence of Christians about persecution in the Middle East and religious freedom restrictions domestically to the silence of Christians in Nazi Germany.
"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil," Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, Metaxas reminded the audience at the In Defense of Christians Inaugural Summit on Sept. 11.
The world is reacting to the first interview given by the Christian mother who faced a death sentence in Sudan for her beliefs this week.
Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to hang after being accused of abandoning Islam and refusing to reject Christianity. In her first interview, the young mother recalled details of her imprisonment while citing a deep-rooted faith in God. Today, Ibrahim's powerful story has resonated with thousands of Twitter users across the world who are inspired by her conviction, including Bristol Palin, the daughter of Alaska's former governor Sarah Palin.
"Meriam Ibrahim's story seems like it was yanked out of the pages of the Old Testament," Palin posted to Twitter. more >>
More than 460 prayer vigils in 30 countries and territories next week are set to mark the two year anniversary of American pastor Saeed Abedini's imprisonment for his faith in Iran.
"The kids and I are longing to see Saeed returned home safely to us. The kids have been suffering for too long. Our family is ready. It is time," said Naghmeh Abedini, the pastor's wife.
"We are praying for a miracle. My hope is that, as thousands gather together on Sept. 26, our governments and leaders will be reminded of the importance of religious freedom for all and continue to pressure Iran to secure Saeed's release." more >>
A number of news outlets, including conservative ones, are charging Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, with deliberately upsetting Middle East Christians gathered at the inaugural summit of In Defense of Christians in Washington, D.C., last Wednesday, with some calling it a political stunt.
BuzzFeed asserted that Cruz delivered a pro-Israel speech despite having prior knowledge that there were Palestinian Christians in the audience who may have relationships with Hezbollah. Cruz was booed offstage for asserting that Israel is an ally of Christians.
"According to a conservative political operative who is close to the incident, Cruz's team found out about the alleged links between the Lebanese Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah and some of the event's speakers on Tuesday evening, the night before he was scheduled to speak," said BuzzFeed. more >>
Nigerian terror group Boko Haram is strengthening and increasing the brutality of its actions as a result of its growing connection with ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, the Executive Director of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has said. He also strongly urged President Barack Obama to add Boko Haram to the U.S.'s global anti-terror strategy.
Pastor Laolu Akande told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday that Boko Haram is "gathering a greater boldness in their brutality," commenting on news that the group, which has been carrying out attacks in Nigeria for over five years, has turned to capturing and gaining control of towns in Borno state.
He also commented on recent reports that have said that ISIS is giving advice to Boko Haram on establishing an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria, noting that this is worrying news for Nigerians, Americans, and all those who stand in the terror group's way. more >>
After almost being martyred in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith a few months ago, global Christian icon Meriam Ibrahim, 27, is breathing easier now and smiling.
"Faith means life. If you don't have faith, you are not alive," said Meriam Ibrahim when asked if she was afraid of dying for her faith.
In her first public interview since arriving in the U.S. with her two children and husband, Ibrahim revealed how she was able to survive after being placed on death row in Sudan for her Christian beliefs and her response was simple — "faith." more >>