A Yazidi mother and her son have detailed their community's horrific encounter with the brutal Islamic State terrorist group, and described how the jihadis conquered their homeland in Iraq in 2014 and heinously beheaded children.
CNS News reports that the unnamed Yazidi woman and her eight children appeared in a video testimony published by the Yezidi Human Rights Organization and produced by Dr. Hawar Moradi, a medical doctor who has worked at a number of displacement camps in northern Iraq.
As IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) captured Yazidi territories in northern Iraq in August of 2014, the mother recalls the panic and urgency to flee the area that the Yazidis felt. Although thousands of Yazidi families are now living in displacement camps in Kurdistan, not all Yazidis were able to escape the wrath of IS. more >>
Churches are "by and large" exempted from the LGBT public accommodation mandates of a new Massachusetts law, according to a state government commission.
In July, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law Senate Bill 2407, which among other things allows transgender men to use women's restrooms in places of public accommodation and requires employers to use the preferred pronouns of their employees.
The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination emailed The Christian Post some comments about the new law, which has garnered concern from some that it violates the religious liberty of churches who hold events open to the general public. more >>
Nearly eight out of 10 Americans believe it's inappropriate for pastors to endorse political candidates at church, while over seven in 10 Americans feel it's inappropriate for churches to endorse political candidates.
As part of a LifeWay Research survey released last week, 1,000 randomly selected Americans were asked over the phone about their views on whether or not it's appropriate for clergy and churches to endorse politicians for political office.
The survey comes as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has vowed to repeal the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which puts churches at risk of losing their tax-exempt status if they endorse political candidates or if their pastors endorse political candidates in church. more >>
The Communist Party in China, which is leading a crackdown on Christians, detained two female Christian summer camp leaders in the northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region last month and accused them of trying to brainwash children.
China Aid reports that Zhou Yanhua and Gao Ming, both members of Yining County Church, were held by authorities for 10 and 15 days, respectively, following their arrest on Aug. 4. The two women were detained by police as they were preparing to drive a group of children to a summer camp.
"Both women were accused of indoctrinating minors with superstitious beliefs. Chinese law forbids religious teaching to anyone under the age of 18, believing matters of faith to be dangerous brainwashing from which children must be protected," the report from the persecution watchdog group explained. more >>
Members of Congress who spoke on the first day of the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., highlighted the concerns of many that Christians are being told to keep their faith to themselves in America. Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma spoke to those gathered at the Family Research Council event about the purported dangers to religious liberty in the United States.
"We have a culture that has become afraid of faith. I'm not sure how it happened, but it most certainly has happened," said Sen. Lankford.
"We have a culture that would say it's okay for you to be able to have faith as long as it is over there and we can't see it. Just keep it out of sight. But if you bring it out to where we can see it, it makes us uncomfortable so you need to put your faith over there." more >>
The chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says that religious liberty is a code word for bigotry and Christian supremacy, in a government report released Thursday.
Martin R. Castro, whom President Obama appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2011, remarked in a 307-page report titled Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties, wrote 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."
Although a majority of commissioners voted with him, his opinion is hotly disputed. more >>