An Iraqi Christian deacon who fled his home in Mosul after it was overrun by the Islamic State has been denied asylum in England, which presents yet another example of how many Christians displaced by the barbaric terrorist organization are struggling to find safety in Western nations.
According to RT, 25-year-old engineering graduate Sarmad Ozan served as the deacon of his home church in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city and now IS' (also known as ISIS or ISIL) largest stronghold in the country.
"There are no Christians now in Mosul, a minority in Baghdad and the south, we are a minority everywhere inside Iraq and this is difficult for the people," Ozan said in an interview with RT. "They can make fake checkpoints to check for the Christian, they can kill them in the checkpoint." more >>
Yanicka Parker, a Christian minister and former court specialist, has filed a lawsuit against Broward Clerk of Courts Howard Forman in Florida for allegedly firing her because she refused to perform same-sex marriages due to her religious beliefs.
Parker, who filed the lawsuit earlier this month, is a member of the Faith Deliverance Tabernacle church in Fort Lauderdale, where she also serves as a minister of the Gospel.
According to the lawsuit: "Ms. Parker has a sincerely held religious belief, based upon the tenants of her faith and biblical teaching, such as Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26-27, I Cor. 6:9-10; and I Tim 1:9-10, that it is a sin for persons of the same sex to engage in sexual relations and, based upon Genesis 2:18-25, and other biblical authority, that persons of the same sex cannot and should not be morally or legally recognized as husband and wife, and that God will judge individual Christians, as well as the society of which they are a part, who condone or institute same sex marriages." more >>
So Muslims in your community want to build a mosque. You're set to speak at the zoning hearing. What do you say?
On the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, an arsonist set fire to the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce in Florida. The Islamic Center was the mosque attended by Omar Mateen, who massacred 50 people at the Pulse night club in Orlando three months ago.
One state over, in Georgia, officials in Newton County, which has a "places of worship" exception to zoning regulations designed to "make things easy for anyone who wanted to build a church," cancelled a meeting in which they expected to approve the building of a mosque. more >>
The Christian owners of an Oregon bakery who were fined over $135,000 by a state government agency for declining to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding are continuing to fight for their First Amendment rights.
After Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa were fined by the state's Bureau of Labor and Industries $135,000 last year for declining to bake a cake for the wedding of Rachel Bowman-Cryer and Laurel Bowman-Cryer in 2013 on the grounds that it would have violated their religious convictions, the Kleins paid their fine last December and filed an appeal with the Oregon Court of Appeals in April in hopes the court would rule that the government agency violated their religious freedom rights.
In response to a brief defending the government's actions against the Kleins filed to the Oregon Court of Appeals last month by state lawyers, the Kleins filed a reply brief to the court earlier this month. more >>
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., says that the core American principle of religious freedom should not be "denigrated" even though many liberals today claim that the First Amendment right has become "code words" for the right to discriminate against the LGBT community.
In an interview with CNS News, Hoyer was questioned about a recent report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which states that "religious exemptions to the protections of civil rights based upon classifications such as race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity, when they are permissible, significantly infringe upon these civil rights."
In the 307-page report, the chairman of the commission, Martin R. Castro, who was appointed to the commission by President Barack Obama in 2011, argued that "the phrases 'religious liberty' and 'religious freedom' will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance." more >>
A former heroin addict who has taken to dressing like Jesus Christ and preaching in the city of Philadelphia was found guilty of trespassing at an Apple Store.
Michael Grant, commonly known as "Philly Jesus," was found guilty on Wednesday of trespassing in an incident back in May at an Apple Store.