American Pastor Saeed Abedini believes Iranian intelligence police tried to hack into his Facebook account after he posted a message criticizing the Islamic regime for jailing thousands of political prisoners.
"After my recent post on my Facebook (Proverbs 17:7) about Iran government today, Iran intelligent police tried to hack my Facebook account but they haven't been successful," he wrote on Wednesday, adding that it could also have been a threat for him to stop posting.
Abedini, who was held hostage inside Iran's prisons for three and a half years for his Christian faith before being released in January, had earlier posted a comment insisting that despite Iranian officials' denials, the Islamic Republic does indeed jail people for religious and political reasons. more >>
A public health expert and Seventh-day Adventist pastor was fired by Georgia's Department of Public Health after public officials were assigned to watch and review the content of his sermons on YouTube, official government documents indicate.
On Wednesday, The First Liberty Institute announced that it filed a lawsuit on behalf of Eric Walsh against the DPH, alleging that he was fired by the agency over concerns about his sermons' content on homosexuality.
As it is illegal under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make employment decisions based on a person's religion, documents and email conversations obtained by First Liberty through the Freedom of Information Act appear to reveal a host of damning charges against the DPH. more >>
Evangelical Christians in Mexico are being targeted by local groups that represent a blend of Catholicism and other faith traditions, say advocates, who are calling on officials to protect the country's religious minority.
International Christian Concern's Advocacy Manager, Nate Lance, told Fox News that evangelicals, who are a minority group in Mexico, continue to be targeted for their beliefs and for refusing to convert to Roman Catholicism.
"They will try to force them to convert, and if they refuse, they are banned from their villages, unable to live with or see their families," Lance said. "When they refuse to recant their faith, they are expelled from the community." more >>
Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Senator Ted Cruz recently denounced the comments of Ohio Governor John Kasich made regarding the need for religious liberty protection laws.
In an interview with the Conservative Review before the New York Primary, Sen. Cruz took issue with his Republican opponent's claim that religious liberty laws were unnecessary.
WASHINGTON — Although millions of religious minorities have been displaced, killed or enslaved in Iraq and Syria due to the "systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations" of religious freedom carried out by the Islamic State, other militant groups and the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, both nations were absent from the State Department's list of countries of particular concern announced last Friday.
During a Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday, David Saperstein, a Rabbi who heads the State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom, was asked by the commission's co-chair, Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Penn., what his office's stance is on Iraq and Syria being left of the list.
As the country of particular concern designation was created under the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act, Saperstein explained that Iraq was left off the list because the statute requires for actual governments to be the violators of the "systematic, ongoing, egregious violations" of religious freedom. more >>
Popular rock band Pearl Jam joined a growing list of people protesting North Carolina's bathroom bill when they announced the cancellation of their upcoming show scheduled for Wednesday in Raleigh.
The bill, which became law in March, mandates that people in public buildings must use the bathroom that matches the sex listed on their birth certificates, their biological sex, instead of the gender they choose to identify.
Pearl Jam called the law "a despicable piece of legislation." more >>