A conference of human rights activists who focus on Christian persecution in the Middle East has called upon Congress to pass a resolution declaring recent actions committed by the Islamic State "genocide."
As part of the annual conference, members of the group In Defense of Christians lobbied elected officials on Capitol Hill to pass Concurrent Resolution 75, which was introduced last week.
Sponsored by Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, H. Con. Res. 75 calls upon Congress to label recent acts of intolerance against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East as "crimes against humanity" and "genocide." more >>
Coptic Christian billionaire businessman Naguib Sawiris has said that he's seeking to buy an island from either Greece or Turkey and use it to help thousands of refugees fleeing the Middle East. Sawiris said he'll name the island after Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian boy whose picture lying face-down on a beach was shared around the world.
"I actually must admit, it's the picture of Aylan that woke me up," Sawiris told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in an interview Sunday.
"It was a very touching picture. In addition to that, the way these pictures were coming out of Hungary, the way these refugees were being treated by the authorities there, and being, you know, beaten and put into the trains and buses, I mean it was just too much." more >>
Radio host and television personality Glenn Beck has said that American Christians must do more to help suffering refugees, particularly Christians who are being persecuted and targeted by terrorism, warning that otherwise the Statue of Liberty "means nothing anymore."
"We're having to bring those people out and send them to different countries because the Statue of Liberty means nothing anymore," Beck said at The Crossing Church in Tampa, Florida, as reported by The Blaze on Sunday.
"Tell me about the tired, the poor, the huddled masses. Tell me about the tempest-tossed if it's not those Christians now. And we've closed our doors. We will transplant entire Muslim Somali communities, and we'll pick up the entire community and plant it in Minneapolis-St. Paul. But we will not take the Christians that are being beheaded, that are being slaughtered, that are being enslaved. We're turning our back on those people." more >>
Robert Ford, former American ambassador to Syria, said Sunday that it is the brutality of Syria's embattled leader Bashar al-Assad, and not the Islamic State terror group, that has forced about 4 million Syrians to flee their homeland.
"You have to deal with the Assad problem. The administration's focus in Syria, however, is not on the Assad brutality," Ford said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It is on the Islamic State, and while that is a big problem, it is not going to fix the refugee problem."
NBC Host Chuck Todd then asked the former diplomat whether he thought the Obama administration's focus is wrong. "Our focus should be on regime change with Assad first, then focus on ISIS?" Todd asked. more >>
The heartbreaking photo of the little Syrian refugee boy washed up dead on the shore of Bodrum, Turkey strikingly illustrates the tragic plight of desperate refugees — mostly Syrian — fleeing for their lives from the Islamic State and other violent groups in the Middle East and Africa.
The 3-year-old boy, named Aylan, along with his 5-year-old brother, Galip, and their mother, Rehan, drowned after the raft carrying them capsized near the Turkish coast.
Millions of refugees are scrambling to escape from the life-threatening civil wars plaguing several countries from Nigeria to Pakistan. more >>
WASHINGTON — Emmy-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and Journey Films have produced a new two-hour documentary called "Chaplains" that will air on PBS stations in 2015, which seeks to enlighten the general public about the role that American chaplains play in their various arenas of work.
The film shadows chaplains from various faiths and theatres — from a Muslim police chaplain who serves as a middleman between cops and the hostile Muslim community, to a Buddhist chaplain who fulfills the spiritual needs of prisoners in an Oregon state prison — and provides a sense of the benefits that chaplains provide to the communities they serve.
At the film's premiere screening Thursday night at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Doblmeier, who has produced over 25 films focused on religion, faith and spirituality, explained that the reason for producing the documentary is that most people don't understand the importance that the chaplaincy has to society as a whole. more >>