In response to a Florida man kicking off a Pensacola city council meeting with a satanic invocation last Thursday night, hundreds of Christians gathered inside and outside city hall to stage a protest and recite the Lord's Prayer.
According to local news station WEAR, David Suhor, the co-founder of a local Satanic Temple, had his invocation disrupted when congregants from the United Methodist Church of Pace recited the Lord's Prayer until City Council President Charles Bare threatened to have everyone escorted out of the building.
"If you deviate away from what I feel is proper invocation speech, I will have you removed from the chamber," Bare was quoted as saying. more >>
The father of a 14-year-old Pakistani Christian girl was shot and killed after he tried to rescue his daughter who was kidnapped and forced into an Islamic marriage to a man she works for as a domestic servant.
The British Pakistani Christian Association, which reports on issues of Christian persecution in Pakistan, said that the girl, Mehwish, had been working as a domestic servant at the house of an Islamic man, Zahid Iqbal, at Shadab Colony in Faisalabad, when she was kidnapped in May.
After Mehwish did not return home for several days, her parents received a letter that included a copy of her marriage certificate with Iqbal. more >>
WASHINGTON — Prominent Muslim-turned-Christian Nabeel Qureshi revealed to thousands of Christians gathered on the National Mall last Saturday afternoon that giving up Islam and accepting Jesus Christ was "the most painful thing" he ever did because it cost him nearly everything.
Qureshi, the author of books such as Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity and Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward, was given a few brief minutes on stage to address the massive crowd of believers gathered in the nation's capital for Together 2016.
"Eleven years ago, I made the most difficult decision in my life and the greatest decision in my life," Qureshi explained. "A friend of mine had reached out to me with the gospel. I was a college student — a freshman. I was very happy with my faith. I was a Muslim and I was a proud Muslim. I loved Islam. I was not a likely convert. I was not looking for love. I was not looking for help." more >>
Former Congressman Frank Wolf has noted that Christians in Nigeria, who are among the millions of displaced people suffering due to the action of radical groups, are feeling abandoned by Western churches that are failing to speak out on the developing humanitarian tragedy.
Wolf, who is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, told The Christian Post in a phone interview that he was part of a delegate team that visited Nigeria in February, and got to witness first hand the difficulties that internally displaced people face.
"People of faith, Christians, feel very much forgotten. Nigeria is fractured and is breaking down in so many ways, and it seems that the world has forgotten about it," he reflected on his interactions with Christians there. more >>
Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who was fired from his job last year after the city took offense to a book he wrote on his Christian faith promoting biblical marriage, shared his testimony before a House committee, speaking about the need for a measure to protect religious freedom for those who believe in traditional marriage.
"After being born and raised in poverty, I rose to become the first African-American Fire Chief in the city of Shreveport, Louisiana, and ultimately held the highest fire office in the nation," Cochran said at a hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the First Amendment Defense Act.
"Despite these achievements, government officials used the very religious convictions that fueled my professional success to bring an end to my career in pubic service," he said. more >>
At least 15 Muslims were arrested in the Egyptian village of Abu Yacoub on Saturday for setting fire to Coptic Christians' homes and a nursery, allegedly because they feared they would be used as churches.
The persecution of Christians has been on the rise in Egypt this past year, with similar attacks being reported in other villages. The state-owned Ahram Online reported that five buildings, along with a nursery, were attacked and burned down Friday night by the Muslim mob that wrongly believed the homes and nursery would be used as Christian houses of worship.
The Ministry of Endowments has reportedly sent representatives to Minya to talk to local villagers in response to the arson attack, and encourage them to avoid violence and instead choose "love and cooperation." more >>