A U.K. politician has asked why some Christian pastors are being prosecuted at court for condemning Islam and calling it "satanic," such as the case of Belfast preacher James McConnell, while atheist author Richard Dawkins can make "horrific remarks" about children with Down syndrome without consequence.
"Professor Richard Dawkins made a horrendous remark about children with Down's syndrome and the Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle is notorious for his offensiveness. Yet there is no suggestion of legal action against either Dawkins, or Boyle," wrote Nelson McCausland, a member of the Legislative Assembly for Northern Ireland, in an article for The Belfast Telegraph.
While McCausland did not specify which of Dawkins' remarks he finds "horrific," the evolutionary biologist attracted a high level of controversy when he suggested in August 2014 that it would be "immoral" not to abort unborn children with Down syndrome. more >>
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, have said that President Barack Obama and his European allies are failing to stop the massacre of Christians and other minorities throughout the Middle East and North Africa at the hands of terror group ISIS.
"Terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are destroying some of the oldest and most sacred Christian communities and relics in the world on the very lands where Christianity was born and first took root," McCain and Perkins said in an op-ed for Fox News.
"They are committing brutal atrocities against Christian communities in Syria and Iraq, persecuting religious minorities and destroying entire towns and local economies. Christians are fleeing their homes in increasing numbers, creating an exploding refugee crisis that will have grave ramifications on the stability and security of the entire region." more >>
A Christian mother of 11 was poisoned to death last week by her Muslim sister-in-law in an eastern Ugandan village, neighborhood sources told a leading Christian persecution watchdog organization.
Namumbeiza Swabura, a Muslim convert to Christianity, succombed to food poisoning last Wednesday after enduring months of constant threats from local Muslims after she and her husband — a former Islamic school teacher [sheikh] — accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior in August 2014, sources informed Morning Star News.
Swabura is survived by her husband, Mugoya Muhammad, and her 11 children, the youngest being a 5-month-old infant. more >>
A number of Christian persecution watchdog groups have praised the opening of a new U.N. human rights field office in Seoul, South Korea, which is going to be investigating some of the "unspeakable atrocities" carried out by the government of North Korea on its own people as outlined in a major 2014 report.
"This is a very significant step forward and will serve to keep the appalling human rights situation in North Korea on the agenda of the international community, and continue the process of documenting crimes against humanity in North Korea with a view to holding the perpetrators of such crimes accountable," Christian Solidarity Worldwide's Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said in a statement.
"We look forward to working with the U.N. Human Rights Office to ensure that the truth about North Korea continues to be documented and reported and that justice is done." more >>
MIAMI BEACH — Only a battle of ideas will end the religious violence of the 21st century, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks argues, but unlike the secular ideas that ended the Reformation-era religious violence, solutions to today's violence will be found in the Old Testament.
"I am trying to attempt quite a big theological project, which is, can we construct something called Abrahamic monotheism which is a kind of foundational level on which you build the structures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? Is there such a thing as Abrahamic monotheism before we get to our differences? Can we establish in those protean texts a set of agreements?" Sacks questioned at the Ethics and Public Policy Center's Faith Angle Forum in May.
Sacks, the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and the Kressel and Ephrat Family University professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University, was discussing ideas from his new book, Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence, which is available now in England and will be available in the United States in October. more >>
A British preacher from Belfast who's facing prosecution for calling Islam "satanic" and "spawn of the devil" has said that he's willing to go to jail if it's necessary. Other British churches have meanwhile also expressed concerns they might be targeted for their beliefs.
Pastor James McConnell of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in north Belfast has said that he will plead not guilty to the charge of making a "grossly offensive" statement for his comments in 2014 which were broadcasted online.