The Chinese province of Zhejiang is set to ban all rooftop crosses from Protestant and Catholic churches, and has already removed hundreds of such crosses despite mass protests from Christians.
"The authorities have attached great importance to this religious symbol," pastor Zheng Leguo from Zhejiang told The Associated Press. "This means no more prominent manifestation of Christianity in the public sphere."
While the draft for the ban is yet to be approved, authorities have removed nearly 400 crosses from the rooftops of churches since early 2014. Officials have claimed that these crosses violate government building codes, but the growing Christian community in China has said that it is being persecuted and is seen as a threat to the Communist Party. more >>
Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson has officially entered the 2016 presidential race for the Republican Party. Carson is well-known for his medical accomplishments such as separating conjoined twins, but he is also as well-known for his religious beliefs. The Seventh-day Adventist has relied upon his faith from a young age and continues to do so today. Here is a look at six key elements and issues related to Carson's faith.
1. Carson is a twice-baptized Seventh-day Adventist.
While he was baptized at a young age, Carson asked to be baptized by a different pastor when he was 12, stating that he didn't fully understand the importance of his infant baptism, he wrote in Gifted Hands. more >>
A Missouri woman belonging to the Satanic Temple is demanding that she get an abortion without the state-mandated 72-hour waiting period because it violates her religious convictions.
Identified only by the name "Mary," the woman has told local media and a healthcare provider that her satanic beliefs mandate that she forgo a waiting period.
In a new tell-all autobiography to be released in English in May, the ex-bodyguard of Fidel Castro reveals that the former Cuban dictator lived a "double life" that had him running cocaine and marijuana drug trafficking operations "like a real Godfather."
Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, who worked as Castro's bodyguard for 17 years before being imprisoned in 1994 after planning to retire due to concern about Castro's corrupt actions, asserted in his book, The Double Life of Fidel Castro: My 17 Years as Personal Bodyguard to El Lider Maximo, that although he once worshipped Castro "like a god," he was appalled to learn the secrets of Castro's rule that the dictator did not want the public to know.
After working for Castro for nearly two decades and finding out that not only was he a drug kingpin but also executed his own high-ranking government officials just like a mob boss would, Sanchez knew it was time for him to step down from his security gig. more >>
Police in Egypt recently arrested five Coptic Christian children after angry Muslim mobs accused them of blasphemy for being featured in a circulated prayer video with their Coptic teacher that showed them making fun of the Islamic State terrorist organization.
In a report published Tuesday by Fox News on how Christians have become the target of Muslim extremists in the Minya Governorate in northern Egypt, it was reported that Muslim mobs in the village of Nasreya in Minya gathered around the residences of five Christian students and chanted that they had "insulted" Islam.
The angry Muslims claimed that the students and their Coptic teacher were guilty of blasphemy, which is a crime in Egypt, because their video mocked ISIS, a barbaric Islamic terrorist group that has claimed chunks of territory in Iraq and Syria and also has affiliate groups located in Egypt and Libya. more >>
Representatives of eight pro-life organizations based in Washington, D.C. signed a joint statement saying they will not comply with a new law passed by the City Council that would prevent them from making hiring and firing decisions based upon an employee's position on abortion.
"Despite the enactment of this unjust law, we will continue to hire employees who share our commitment to the dignity of every member of the human family. We will not abandon the purpose of our organizations in order to comply with this illegal and unjust law. We will vigorously resist any effort under RHNDA to violate our constitutionally protected fundamental rights," the Monday statement says, in part.
RHNDA is a reference to the "Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act," which went into effect in the District of Columbia this week. It states that employers in the capital city cannot take opinions about abortion or an employee's decision to have an abortion into account for hiring and firing. more >>