The Islamic State has come up with another heinous and barbaric mode of execution, as the group released photos this week showing two criminals in Iraq being executed by having their heads bashed between a forcefully thrown concrete block and a street curb.
Earlier this week, ISIS militants released a series of photos on social media that were shared among the group's sympathizers that purported to show the group carrying out the execution of two men accused of robbing and killing three women in the Nineveh province of northern Iraq, the Daily Mail reported.
Although the most common types of executions carried out by the Islamic State are beheadings, stonings or gunfire, the two accused murderers were instead publicly executed by having their heads forced over a street curb while a militant lifted a heavy concrete block above his head and slamed it down, essentially curb stomping the criminals to death as a crowd looks on in amusement. more >>
Evangelist Franklin Graham is using his resources as president of Samaritan's Purse to help Christian business owners in the United States who are being forced to pay steep fines and are even losing their businesses and livelihoods because they're refusing to participate in gay marriage ceremonies based on religious grounds.
Graham has established a sub-section of Samaritan's Purse to help Christians in the U.S. who have experienced significant financial loss due to their faith.
"The fund was created to help persecuted Christians in the U.S., including Aaron and Melissa Klein. It was activated last weekend, and the organization has not yet announced any numbers," Karen Dye, a spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse, told The Christian Post on Friday. more >>
The annual report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom shows that 12 of the 17 nations with the worst record of religious freedom are Islamic or Muslim-majority countries.
USCIRF, an independent federal government advisory body, has recommended that the State Department add eight more nations and retain nine existing nations to its list of "countries of particular concern," or CPCs, where particularly severe violations of religious freedom are perpetrated or tolerated.
Of the eight new additions to the CPC list, seven are Islamic or Muslim-majority nations: Central African Republic, Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Tajikistan. The other nation is Vietnam. more >>
Islamic State militants in the group's Libyan outpost of Derna have publicly crucified three brothers belonging to a local prominent family after one of the brothers was accused of supporting the Libyan government, which under ISIS' Sharia law is equivalent to the executable offense of apostasy.
According to the Libya Herald, a photo circulated last week purporting to show three members of the Harir Al-Mansouri family being crucified near the group's Islamic court in the Mediterranean coastal town of Derna, after they refused to turn over their brother, whom the group accused of supporting the Libyan National Army.
The report adds that as many as eight members of the family, including two sisters, were killed when the militant group began a 12-hour bombardment on the family's home when they refused to surrender their brother. The public crucifixion was supposed to serve as a warning to the town's residents to not challenge the sovereignty and authority of ISIS. more >>
An atheist organization in Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit against a local transit system over its refusal to run advertisements that promote "the non-existence of a supreme deity."
The transit system claims that it has refused to run the ads that include the word "atheist" because such issues are contentious and could lead to hostile debates in a "confined space like the inside of a bus."
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee expressed concern about the state of religious liberty for Christians in America, saying that it is in danger of becoming criminalized.
Speaking at a major Hispanic evangelical gathering in Texas, the potential GOP presidential candidate explained that Christians in America are seeing their beliefs criminalized.
"We are living in perilous times where people who are Christian are on the brink of being criminalized for their convictions," stated Huckabee. more >>