President Barack Obama warned of rising anti-semitism in the world, while seeking to reassure American Jews of his support for Israel, in remarks at Adas Israel Synagogue in Washington on Friday. Obama has spoken at more Jewish synagogues than any other American president.
"Our commitment to Israel's security and my commitment to Israel's security is and always will be unshakable," declared Obama. "We need to stand up to Israel's right to thrive and prosper."
The president also addressed what he sees as a "disturbing rise in anti-semitism," adding, "we know from our history it can't be ignored. more >>
Christian Persecution has reached an "unprecedented" high with an average of 11 Christians being killed every hour. That's according to a Catholic Bishop, who this week warned the Irish Government's Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs about the alarming trend. "Christianity is now the world's most oppressed religious group," Bishop John McAreavey said, "with persecution against them reported in 110 countries."
The sheer number of Christians being martyred today is mind-boggling and the graphic accounts of atrocities against Christian populations sickening. But what can we do?
Bishop McAreavey urged governments to consider economic action against offending countries, which would certainly help. "Many of these countries have significant trade links with Ireland," McAreavey said. "Persecution is increasing in China. In North Korea a quarter of the country's Christians live in forced labour camps. Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the Maldives all feature in the 10 worst places to be Christian." McAreavey also urged Western nations to give more direct aid to churches and persecuted groups, which to date, has been pretty minimal. more >>
An Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan convicted on Thursday 106 suspects believed to have taken part in the lynching of a Christian couple in November 2014. Shama and Shahzad Masih were beaten and burned to death by a Muslim mob, who accused the Christians of burning a copy of the Quran.
Pakistan's Daily Times reported that the 106 suspects were indicted following a police report submitted against them in Lahore.
"The challan (charge-sheet) states that Maulvi Muhammad Hussain, Maulvi Arshad Baloch and Maulvi Noorul Hassan were involved in persistent provocative speeches against the couple which led to the assembly of 400 people as a mob who then burned Shama and Shahzad alive," the article stated. more >>
WASHINGTON — Many Republican politicians are afraid to engage in the debates over religious freedom and gay marriage, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz told a gathering of pastors in Washington, D.C., adding that some of them are even running for president in 2016.
Over 600 were in attendance at the Watchmen on the Wall conference hosted by the Family Research Council.
Cruz, who represents Texas in the U.S. Senate, was discussing the recent debate over passage of a Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana. Most Democrats opposed the bill while also, as The Christian Post reported at the time, misrepresenting it. Cruz correctly noted that the bill was "substantively identical" to the federal RFRA, which passed the Senate with 97 votes, passed the House unanimously and was signed by President Bill Clinton. more >>
Air Force Maj. Gen. Craig Olson made "entirely appropriate" remarks when he thanked God during a National Day of Prayer event earlier this month, a religious liberty group has said. The Foundation for Moral Law argued that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which is calling for Olson to be court-martialed, is a "radical fringe element" that want to see God be given a "dishonorable discharge."
"The Constitution General Olson took an oath to defend, and which he has defended throughout his career, also protects his right to free exercise of religion and to share his beliefs with others. The same Congress that passed the First Amendment, also passed a bill to establish congressional chaplains," Foundation President Kayla Moore said in a statement on Wednesday.
"General Olson spoke of the role of faith and prayer in his own life and military career, entirely appropriate for a Day of Prayer event. He made no representation that he was speaking for the Air Force or expressing official Air Force policy." more >>
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will issue an executive order meant to protect businesses from being legally compelled to service gay marriages due to religious objections.
In response to the defeat of the Marriage and Conscience Act on Tuesday, Gov. Jindal announced his intention to issue an executive order with a similar objective.
"We will be issuing an Executive Order shortly that will accomplish the intent of HB 707 to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman," stated Jindal on Tuesday afternoon. more >>