God's plan for the Middle East is "working perfectly" even though the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians is seemingly getting worse by the day, a persecuted Christian woman told American churchgoers on Sunday.
The Christian woman, who is referred to by the pseudonym of "Maryam" for security purposes, was encouraged by a group of six pastors and ministry leaders from the United States to travel to America and share her family's story of persecution and speak about the dedicated faith displayed by Christians in the Middle East.
This past Sunday, Maryam visited MeadowBrook Baptist Church in Gadsden, Alabama, and shared the story of how her father was sentenced to six months in jail after he complained to police about a Muslim man who was blocking the entrance to his store, threatening to kill him and disfigure his daughters with acid. more >>
An interfaith coalition of pastors, college officials, and legal scholars have come together to denounce a California bill that would limit religious exemptions for schools.
California's legislature is presently considering Senate Bill 1146, a piece of proposed legislation that critics fear will drastically curb the religious freedom of private academic institutions.
The statement, titled "Protecting the future of religious higher education," was published on the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's website Tuesday and includes signatories from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish backgrounds. more >>
Bishop Charles E. Blake represents the nation's largest historically African-American denomination, while Archbishop José H. Gomez heads the 5-million member Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which includes 43 language groups and a disproportionate share of the poor and recent immigrants. Together, they argue that the Senate Bill 1146 violates religious freedom and threatens minority and low-income interests.
This piece originally appeared August 2 in Angelus, a publication of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
This week the California Assembly begins final deliberations on Sen. Ricardo Lara's "Equity in Higher Education Act" (SB 1146). The bill, which passed the Senate in late May, has a salutary purpose — to ensure against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation at California campuses. more >>
One of America's largest secular legal organizations is pressuring a Florida police department to stop holding award ceremonies at a nearby theological seminary.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates for a strict enforcement of separation of church and state, is once again getting involved in the local affairs of a municipality outside of its own community.
As the organization has sued school districts, police departments and other government entities throughout the nation that have embraced prayer and other religious acts, the 24,000-member organization is now calling out the Oviedo Police Department for holding its awards ceremony and career track recognition in March at the Reformed Theological Seminary. more >>
A group of American Muslims have launched a billboard campaign in Chicago to let the world know that Muslims do not approve of the killings and murders that the Islamic State terror group claims to be carrying out in the name of allah.
The American-Muslim nonprofit group Sound Vision Foundation has launched a billboard in Chicago in an attempt to convince commuters heading downtown that IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh) does not represent Islam.
"Hey ISIS, you suck," the billboard states. "From, #ActualMuslims." more >>
Many are familiar with "The Vicar of Baghdad," Canon Andrew White, the head of one of the most prominent relief charities helping thousands of Christians displaced by ISIS, but many don't know that much of the work White gets credit for is actually carried out by a Muslim woman.
Meet Dr. Sarah Ahmed, an Iraqi dentist who for the past few years has devoted her time to traveling all over Iraq to bring clothes, medicine, food, hygiene supplies and just about any other need imaginable to the Christians, Yazidis, Muslims, Shebeks and others who have been thrown from their homes, tortured and raped at the hands of the Islamic State.
"She is there protecting all of the Iraqi Christians. You never hear anything about it in the news but you hear about the work I am doing. The work that I am doing is being done by a Muslim caring for the Christians," White, the former chaplain of St. George's Church in Baghdad, asserted last December during a lunch visit in Washington. "We think and hear about Islamic terrorism all the time. What about Islamic people working for the protection of Christians?" more >>