Two of the 200-plus Assyrian hostages kidnapped by the Islamic State during an assault on Christian villages along Syria's Khabur River in February have provided insight into their abduction in recent interviews where one revealed that the ISIS militants tried to force the Christian hostages to convert to Islam, but the captives boldly refused.
On Feb. 23, the terrorist group raided approximately 35 different Christian villages in the Hasakah province and abducted somewhere between 263 to 373 men, women and children, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. But about a week after the raids, ISIS released a handful of hostages on March 1.
A released hostage going by the name of "Robert" told AINA that he was abducted from his village of Tel Goran, which is on the south bank of the Khabur River, along with 16 other men and four women. He recalls the militants storming into his village at around 5 a.m., knocking on all the doors and waking everybody up. more >>
ARLINGTON, Va. – A gathering of various Christian groups Tuesday focused on the need to offer legal religious liberty protection for non-church businesses and nonprofits, with one speaker noting that religious freedom concerns are a "spreading problem."
At the two-day spring meeting of the Common Ground Christian Network, held at Restoration Anglican Church, attendees heard from multiple speakers who talked about legal challenges facing parachurch groups and others. Stanley Carlson-Thies, founder and senior director of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, spoke Tuesday morning about several points regarding religious liberty issues at home versus abroad.
"There are religious freedom concerns popping up all over the place," said Carlson-Thies to those gathered, calling it a "spreading problem." more >>
Christian mother of two Jessey Eagan is making headlines with her announcement that she's using the 40 days of lent as an opportunity to "idetify with the other" by wearing a hijab and blogging about her experiences, #40daysofhijab, on her website, where she's sharing some of the reactions she's received from both Muslims and Christians around her community in Peoria, Illinois, and beyond.
The inspiration that led Eagan to wear the hijab for 40 days can be read in Part 1 of The Christian Post's interview in which she explains why she decided to wear the scarf headcoverings traditionally worn by women in some Muslim sects and what impact this gesture is having on the people she meets.
In Part 2 of CP's interview with Eagan (below), she talks about how she and her husband strive to connect with Muslims in their community, adding that her primary goal behind #40daysofhijab isn't to convert Muslims to Christianity or evangelize to them but to spark dialogue and understanding among people of all faiths. more >>
After developing a bad reputation in the minor leagues for his me-first attitude, addiction to partying and use of a "performance enhancing" drug, Major League Baseball outfielder Steven Souza Jr. is saying that it wasn't until he finally found God that he was able to turn his personal life and playing career completely around.
Souza, a 25-year-old coming off of an International League most valuable player award and who is now trying to make the Tampa Bay Rays' opening day roster, began his professional baseball career in 2007 when he was drafted in the third round of the MLB first-year player draft by the Washington Nationals.
Being what they call a "bonus baby," a minor league player with a healthy signing bonus, Souza seemingly cared more about living the flashy lifestyle of a professional baseball player rather than focusing on improving his game so that one day he could actually be called up to the major leagues. more >>
A chaplain who once ministered to Navy SEALs could be thrown out of the military after he was accused of failing "to show tolerance and respect" in private counseling sessions in regards to issues pertaining to faith, marriage and sexuality, specifically homosexuality and pre-marital sex, according to documents obtained exclusively by Fox News.
Lt. Commander Wes Modder, who is endorsed by the Assemblies of God, has also been accused of being unable to "function in the diverse and pluralistic environment" of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C.
"On multiple occasions he discriminated against students who were of different faiths and backgrounds," the Chaplain's commanding Officer Capt. Jon R. Fahs wrote in a memorandum obtained by Fox News. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision to go along with the Obama administration's effort to force the University of Notre Dame to pay for birth control methods in violation of Catholic doctrine.
In February 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled, in University of Notre Dame v. Burwell, that the Catholic university must abide by the birth control mandate. The Supreme Court vacated that decision Monday and ordered the Seventh Circuit to reconsider its decision "in light of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc."
Before the Supreme Court's order, Notre Dame was the only religious nonprofit in the country without an exemption from the birth control mandate due to the Seventh Circuit's ruling. more >>