The U.K.-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide has recorded more than 1,600 religious freedom violations in Cuba in the first six months of this year, highlighting the communist government's crackdown of churches, especially the beginning of a process which involves confiscation of 1,400 Assemblies of God churches.
The violations include demolition and confiscation of church buildings, destruction of church property, arbitrary detention and other forms of harassment, particularly the confiscation and seizure of personal belongings of religious leaders, according to the report, which adds, "Over 1,000 Protestant churches are still under threat of confiscation and have not had their 'illegal' status overturned."
Since January 2016, the government has demolished four large churches linked to the Apostolic Movement, in three different parts of the country: in Camaguey and Santiago, and two in Las Tunas, the report says. more >>
An American secular organization has demanded that an Air Force major be "aggressively punished" for placing an open Bible on his desk at the Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., arguing that it violates the separation of church and state.
Colorado Springs Independent reported Wednesday that the Bible was removed from the desk, and Peterson officials are investigating whether allowing the officer to place it there was a reasonable accommodation of his religious beliefs.
"The basic premise of the Air Force instruction [on religious freedom], grounded in Department of Defense policy, grounded in law is, people have an inherent right to free exercise of religion within boundaries," said Col. Damon Feltman, 310th Space Wing commander. more >>
Apparently, the Democratic Party's latest strategy to win the White House in 2016 is "Let's pretend to be religious."
Now it's all about Hillary's faith, according to Democratic Party Vice Presidential hopeful Tim Kaine, who told a group in New Orleans that Hillary Clinton's faith is at the "root of everything she does." That's quite a statement, considering all the years she's been in the public's eye.
Most likely, though, Kaine was referring to Hillary's attachment to the "Social Gospel." The Social Gospel is a cheap counterfeit for the real thing that liberals conjured up to promote socialism and at the same time relieve people from any guilt associated with living life according to their own standards, not God's. more >>
In response to a reader's concerns for their grandchildren who will never know what it's like to start each school day off with a prayer, the Rev. Billy Graham says while he doesn't believe prayer will ever return to public schools, there are other ways students can talk to God throughout their day.
"Do you think we'll ever get back to the days when they allowed prayer in our public schools?" the grandparent asked, emphasizing that they found the absence of prayer and other religious practices within schools to be troubling.
"When I was young, we used to pray and read the Bible in school every day, but my grandchildren aren't able to experience this, and it upsets me a great deal." more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has said that it is preparing a series of critical legal actions to address the "problem from Hell" in the face of the ongoing Christian genocide at the hands of the Islamic State terror group, including letters to every U.S. presidential candidate laying out their obligations to protect victims.
The ACLJ, whose petition to protect Christians and other minorities has been signed by over 174,000 people, said that the truth lies in the statistics — there were 1.4 million Christians in Iraq in 2003, but now that number has dropped by 82 percent, down to a population of 250,000 or less.
The numbers are just as harrowing in Syria, where two-thirds of the 2 million or so Christian population has been left displaced or slaughtered because of Islamic extremism and the ongoing civil war. more >>
One of America's largest secular legal organizations is pressuring a Mississippi college football coach to end the team's tradition of praying before and after each practice, suggesting that having coach-led prayer at a public college is unconstitutional.
The East Mississippi Community College football team, which was featured on the 2016 Netflix documentary series "Last Chance U," has come under fire from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist legal group which claims that the coach is "domineering" and "calls into question whether the players' participation can be considered voluntary."
As the Netflix series showcased the EMCC Lions in their unsuccessful quest to win their fourth-straight National Junior College Athletic Association National Football Championship in 2015, the EMCC head coach Buddy Stephens was shown regularly leading his team in the Lord's Prayer. more >>