A Christian couple was sentenced to death in Pakistan on Friday reportedly for committing "blasphemy" via text messages. Lawyers said they will appeal the ruling and fight for the man and woman who are said to be illiterate.
"We are seriously concerned. Cases like these are common and cause great suffering. We continue to pray, while the issue remains unresolved," Fr. Aloysius Roy, Superior of the Pakistani province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, told Fides News Agency in a report on Monday.
"We express our solidarity, but Christians keep a low profile, because life is full of difficulties and dangers, and for us the first commandment is to survive. Christians are afraid and they move with extreme caution." more >>
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of pastor Saeed Abedini who is serving eight years in prison in Iran for his Christian faith, has said that God has chosen her family and her husband for the ordeal they are going through in order to reach people in despair.
"The Lord has counted our family worthy enough to send Saeed to a dark place that he would be able to share with people who are in complete despair," Abedini said in a testimony to persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern in its April 2014 magazine.
She told the watchdog that while in prison, her husband has seen "so many give their hearts to Christ." more >>
A former NFL player and college football analyst has accepted a position at the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian advocacy group.
Craig James was hired briefly by Fox Sports Southwest in 2013 and made one appearance with the network before he was fired for comments about homosexuality that he made while running for U.S. Senate in Texas in 2012.
"We are very excited and pleased to announce that Craig James is joining Family Research Council's team," said FRC President Tony Perkins in a statement. "Losing one job because of his religious beliefs has made room for another: raising awareness about the threats to our most precious liberty — the freedom of religion. His leadership skills, his courage in the face of religious hostility, and his passion for faith, family and freedom will make him a great addition to the FRC team." more >>
Former Republican Party presidential candidate Newt Gingrich recently spoke out against the controversy regarding former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who stepped down from his recently-appointed post after it was revealed he donated $1,000 to California's Proposition 8 campaign in 2008.
Gingrich, who also previously served as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, described Eich's recent stepping down as the "new fascism" seeking to stamp out the conservative voice.
"If you're a young faculty member, in a lot of places, if you're a young member of a news department, and you have the wrong views, meaning conservative, you have no career," Gingrich said on the Sunday airing of ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos." more >>
Along with another day comes another troubling story of how we are losing our way in America.
And this fire spread quickly, leading to Eich being burned. Some within the Mozilla community circulated a public petition demanding that Eich step down as CEO, and he did, last Thursday, after only being on the job for two weeks. more >>
As priests are abducted in Crimea, churches burn in Sudan, and American pastors waste away in North Korean prisons, how long will it take this administration to name a new ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom?
With the president visiting Saudi Arabia and the first lady visiting China earlier this month, April would have been a prime opportunity to send a message that America values religious freedom, even in the presence of necessary allies with dismal reputations in this regard. This isn't a Democratic, Republican, liberal, or conservative issue; it's a matter of common decency and of human rights.
The ambassadorship has been vacant for six months and it has been nearly two months since President Obama stated at the National Prayer Breakfast that he "looks forward to nominating our next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom." more >>