Christian parents in Tacoma, Washington, are speaking out against plans to launch an "After School Satan Club" at a neighborhood elementary school.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the founder of the Satanic Temple of Seattle, Lillith Star, is being pressured by the national Satanic Temple headquarters in Salem, Massachusetts, to set up an After School Satan Club (ASSC) at an elementary school in the Seattle area.
This comes as other local chapters of the Satanic Temple across the nation have appealed to local school districts to obtain meeting space at public schools to give students an alternative to Christian-based after school clubs like Good News Club. more >>
Sir Salman Rushdie, author of the controversial book Satanic Verses that led to a fatwa being issued against him by the Iranian regime which wanted him killed, will be the guest speaker at a literary event hosted by the historic Washington National Cathedral Thursday evening.
"Having Salman Rushdie at the Cathedral reflects our mission to serve as a venue for the arts (including the written arts) and serving as a convener for interesting and important discussions with leading figures in public life," Kevin Eckstrom, chief communications officer at Washington National Cathedral, told The Christian Post.
This will be the first time that Rushdie has spoken at an event hosted by the National Cathedral. more >>
As conflicts in Iraq and Syria have forced millions of residents to flee their homes over the last several years, a leading Christian persecution activist has explained that over 80 percent of Christians have left Iraq in the last 13 years, while nearly half of all Christians have fled Syria since 2010.
Before the United States military went into Iraq in 2003, captured dictator Saddam Hussein, and opened up a power vacuum, Iraq was home to about 1.5 million Christians. But after sectarian violence commenced and the brutal Islamic State terrorist organization rose to power in 2014, fewer than 300,000 remain.
Meanwhile, in neighboring Syria, civil war has ravaged the country over the last five years and the rise of IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) inside the country has compounded problems, thus creating one of the worst refugee crises in the 21st century. more >>
Persecution watchdog group Open Doors has found that at least 743 Christian refugees living in camps in Germany were attacked by Muslim refugees in 2016, pointing to big failures on the part of German authorities when it comes to understanding the role of religion in the lives of refugees.
"The documented cases confirm that the situation of Christian refugees in German refugee shelters is still unbearable. As a minority they are discriminated against, beaten up by and receive death threats from Muslim refugees and partly by the Muslim staff (securities, interpreters, volunteers) on grounds of their religion," found a major survey published by Open Doors Germany earlier in October, representing a number of organizations, such as Persecuted Christians and the Needy, European Mission Society Fellowship, and the Central Council of Oriental Christians in Germany.
"Taking these new cases into consideration there are now 743 Christian refugees who have reported religiously motivated attacks. With more staff at hand, a significantly higher number of cases could have been included in the survey," it added. more >>
A United States federal appeals court has upheld a California law that opponents say infringes upon the free speech and religious freedom rights of pro-life pregnancy centers by forcing them to inform pregnant mothers and families about the option of abortion.
Last Friday, a three-judge panel on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency Act, stating in its opinion that such a law forcing all licensed pregnancy-related clinics to inform their patients of all publicly-funded family planning services, including abortion and contraception, through a disseminated notice is constitutional.
The ruling comes despite arguments from opponents that the legislation violates the First Amendment rights of pro-life pregnancy clinics. more >>
Christian theologian Norman Geisler said on Friday at a major Christian apologetics conference that America has paid a heavy price for abandoning God, such as rising rates of teen suicide, divorce, violent crime, and abortion, but urged Americans to rediscover their Christian roots and get back in God's favor.
Geisler focused his speech at the Southern Evangelical Seminary's 23rd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics in Charlotte on three main topics — how America was founded on faith in God, how it lost that faith in the public sphere, and how it can regain God's favor.
Geisler, who is a prominent evangelical apologist, said "there is nothing that I am more concerned about today than what is happening in our country, and as a result happening elsewhere around the world." more >>