As the Islamic State continues to spread fear into the hearts of residents in Iraq and Syria, the group recently forced hundreds of civilians to watch the decapitations of 15 people accused of apostasy.
As apostasy is a crime punishable by death in about 13 fundamentalist Muslim-controlled countries around the world, the so-called caliphate of IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) is no exception. However, IS has been known to accuse people of apostasy just because they oppose the brutal and torturous militant regime.
According to the Kurdish news site ARA News, IS executed 15 civilians in its Syrian stronghold of Deir ez-Zor on Thursday after an IS-run Sharia court convicted the individuals of renouncing Islam because they violated the group's strict brand of Sharia law. more >>
At least 25 Christians have been arrested in the Islamic Republic of Iran solely because of their faith in Jesus Christ, it has been reported.
According to the National Council of Resistance in Iran, Iranian human rights outlets are reporting that over two dozen Christians were recently arrested during a raid by authorities in the southern city of Kerman.
Security officials raided Christians' homes where they confiscated belongings and arrested as many as 25 believers. As of now, there has been no reason given for why the Christians were arrested and their location is unknown. more >>
Opponents of a Massachusetts law allowing biological men to use women's bathrooms and locker rooms say they have obtained enough signatures to force a ballot referendum, which would give voters in the state the ability to decide if the law oversteps individual privacy rights.
In July, Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation into law that extended non-discrimination protections to transgender people statewide when it comes to the use of public accommodations like restrooms, locker rooms, showers and other public changing areas.
Opponents of the law, which will officially take effect on Saturday, argue that the new non-discrimination protections have effectively compromised public safety and privacy rights by allowing any male who might want to take advantage of the system to claim to be a woman just to have access to women's changing areas. more >>
Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini has announced that he's starting a new ministry looking to bring Muslim people to Jesus Christ, adding that he was told to do this directly by Christ 16 years ago.
"As you all know I was in prison for more than 3/5 years because Jesus met me 16 years ago and told me: 'I am coming back soon Go to preach my Gospel' and until today I didn't disobey Him and I will never disobey Him," Abedini wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
The pastor spent three and a half years in an Iranian prison for his Christian faith, and became the subject of major campaigns by persecution watchdog groups who called for his release. Abedini was finally granted his freedom back in January when he and three other hostages were released after President Obama gave the Iranian regime $400 million. more >>
While atheist groups have argued that International Blasphemy Rights Day on Friday speaks out against oppressive regimes that attack religious freedom, Catholic League President Bill Donohue has accused the event of being an anti-religious "farce."
"Upon closer examination, it is clear that those who sponsor this event are not friends of liberty: they are rabidly opposed to religion, harboring a special hatred of Catholicism. In short, the whole project is a farce," Donohue argued in an op-ed for CNSNews.
He said the Center for Inquiry, the secular group behind the event, attempts to present it as a respectable idea, but he said it is anything but. more >>
As Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria are systematically sexually enslaving and physically abusing women, at least one anonymous woman in the group's stronghold in Iraq has reportedly taken it upon herself to kill the jihadis.
According to Iraqi News, it was reported on Monday that two IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) militants were killed by a veiled woman in Mosul.
The news site reports that the killing of the two jihadis by a woman wearing a veil is the third of such incidents to occur in the region in the past month. more >>