Short of calling the attack on the "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest" in Texas an act of terrorism, three Muslim leaders held a press conference Monday to denounce the acts of two gunmen who shot and injured a security guard outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland Sunday before they were shot dead.
A Sunni Muslim leader from an Irving mosque that opened up the first known Islamic Tribunal in the U.S. in February, was joined by Alia Salem of CAIR and Azhar Azeez of the Islamic Society of North America to condemn both the two men who carried out the attacks, as well as Pamela Geller and the American Freedom Defense Initiative for hosting the event that included a $10,000 prize for the best artistic depiction of Muhammad, which some Muslims consider to be blasphemous.
While Salem said the North Texas Muslim community condemns "the actions of the violent criminals who opened fire at [the Curtis Culwell Center], and are equally horrified by the fact that "the violence was committed by people identifying themselves as Muslim," Azeez, president of ISNA, accused Geller of "disrupting peace and inciting hatred." more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization has trained over 1,000 children in the last six months to become suicide bombers, according to an Iraqi human rights commission.
"Since last November, IS militants have trained more than a thousand children to become suicide bombers," Fadhil Kharawi, a member of the Iraqi Independent Commission for Human Rights, told reporters in Baghdad on Sunday.
The Kurdish news source BasNews reported that Kharawi also explained to the press that the barbaric militant group opened a "Cubs of the Caliphate" child training center in the group's northern Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, where children are taught suicide bombing tactics, brainwashed with ISIS' cruel ideology, and provided military and combat training for the battlefield. more >>
A year ago, I wrote an article challenging the American Church to do more in the face of religious persecution of our Christian brethren abroad. At that time, the kidnapping of 276 young schoolgirls by the Islamist group Boko Haram had captured the world's attention. I wrote the following:
"That so many Christians in these countries feel forgotten and forsaken by the western church is a shameful testament to the attitude of complacency and apathy that has infected the hearts and minds of American Christians. We should be outraged and horrified by the treatment our fellow believers suffer and we should use every tool at our disposal to counteract it. After all, we are talking about family here, the family of Christ. We are called to be His hands and feet, and called to care for the poor, vulnerable, and needy. This means we must widen our gaze beyond the narrow scope of our own problems and pay some attention to what's happening to Christians around the world. There will come a day when each and every one of us will have to give and account for our actions, or lack of action, in this life."
A year later, the plight of Christians around the world has only worsened, particularly in the Middle East. The rise of ISIS has resulted in the systematic targeting, persecution, and slaughter of Christians in Iraq, Syria, and beyond. Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart, head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Archparchy of Aleppo, recently visited the United States, where spoke about the struggle of Syrian Christians in the face of ongoing persecution. It's a struggle, he tells us, for survival itself: more >>
NEW YORK – A North Korean defector who escaped the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with help from a U.S. pastor unveiled plans to become a Christian missionary during a human rights event at the United Nations' New York headquarters on Thursday.
Jay Jo was rescued by Pastor John Yoon and several missionaries in 2008 after suffering years of human rights abuses in the socialist state – an experience she shared during "Victims Voices: A Conversation on North Korean Human Rights" event. Following her emotional testimony, the 28-year-old defector told The Christian Post that Yoon was instrumental in her survival.
"We met him 10 years ago, he fed our family, plus another 35 different people," Jo said of the Seattle, Washington-based pastor. "He helped us a lot and then he found a way for us to get to America." more >>
The State Department is apparently trying to cover up an embarrassing, politically damaging, and possibly discriminatory act. In an e-mail sent to me on Thursday, Kathryn Fitrell, press-unit chief of the Office of Policy Coordination and Public Affairs with State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, requested that I revise the text of my National Review article on the denial of a visitor visa to Sister Diana Momeka. I refused, and then on Friday — as the Department honored World Press Freedom Day — the Bureau contacted my employer, the Hudson Institute, with the same request.
DOS has offered no legitimate reason for us to comply. I reported Sister Diana's account of a conversation with Christopher Patch, an officer with the U.S. consulate in Erbil, and now I am asked to remove his name because, according to the e-mail sent to me, he "did not conduct a visa interview with Sister Diana Momeka."
But Sister Diana in my article did not characterize the conversation as a visa interview. Neither did I. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who has spent over two and-a-half years in an Iranian prison for his Christian faith, is marking on Thursday his 35th birthday by urging believers to pray for America's revival. The pastor noted in a letter that his birthday this year falls on the National Day of Prayer in the United States.
"As an American and as a prisoner for Christ, I have spent many hours praying and crying out to God for revival for this great nation. We all hope for the success of our nation and for America to be blessed, but without revival there can be no true success or blessing. As Ezra's cried out to God in repentance and the Israelites joined him in weeping bitterly and turning from their sin, I would like to ask you to join me in repenting and praying for revival," Abedini' letter begins.
The American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, and the couple's two children in Boise, Idaho, said that the letter was obtained from a family member in Iran who visited the pastor in prison last week. more >>