The brutal Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria has recruited at least 400 children for use in combat roles since January, a leading Syrian monitoring group reported this week.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that as ISIS has opened up "Cubs of the Caliphate" recruiting offices and training camps in a number of its strongholds, at least 400 minors have joined the group from Jan.1 until March 23, but not necessarily by choice.
"I think to speak of children joining ISIS is not a good way to put it," Charlie Winter, researcher at the counter-extremism think tank Quilliam, told SOHR. " Even if they have the perception of choice, it's not choice. If you're a minor and being indoctrinated from a very young age, you don't have the power to make a serious choice. I think that it's certainly worth considering more robustly that people are being groomed." more >>
Third-party reproduction technologies are unethical because they amount to baby selling and create children for the pleasure of parents, donor-conceived Alana Newman told The Christian Post in explaining her defense of Dolce & Gabbana.
Although many proponents of reproductive technologies claim that surrogate babies are "so wanted," that doesn't make it ethically right to rob children of their natural parents just so that one parent can be enjoyed with the life of a baby, Newman told CP Monday. more >>
The father of seven children killed in a fire on Saturday is clinging to his Jewish faith and community for support as he returns to Israel to bury his loved ones.
Gabriel Sassoon mourned his children, aged 5 to 16, at a funeral held on Sunday. He spoke about his children's purity and spoke to the hundreds of Orthodox Jewish mourners gathered in the street to show their support for the grieving father.
"My children, they were so pure. They all had faces of angels. Hashem (God) know how much I loved them," Gabriel said. "I want to ask my children's forgiveness. I did my best and my wife did her best. Please, everybody, love your child, love your children, love other's children. That's all that counts. Understand them, don't negate them." more >>
The New York City mayor's office recently announced their plan to allow private pre-kindergarten schools that receive taxpayer funding to have prayer breaks and a flexible calendar schedule.
By the start of next school year, pre-K schools, including religious ones, will be allowed to have time for prayer and religious instruction during the day.
Giedie may be a young girl, but that isn't stopping her from singing an incredible version of this hit. It's a beautiful song about love and needs a powerful voice behind it. You will get chills all over your body when you hear her sing!
It's almost hard to describe how amazing Giedie sounds when she steps on the stage. She doesn't sound like a young girl when she opens her mouth. You will feel the power of love when she starts to hit the high notes. Her performance had all 3 judges turn their chairs in hopes of getting her on their team. After hearing her sing, you could realize that this wasn't the last time you would see this young star. Giedie performed live on The Voice Kids in the Philippines.
Watch her live performance below: more >>
The mother of a 4-year-old boy has sought refuge in a women's shelter in Florida after being ordered by his father to have the boy circumcised.
Dennis Nebus approached the court in Palm Beach County to order his son, Chase, to undergo circumcision, stating that he and Chase's mother, Heather Hironimus, had agreed to the medical procedure but she changed her mind. Nebus argued in court that Chase was having issues urinating and suffered from a condition called phimosis, which prevents retraction of the foreskin; Hionimus retaliated and said that Chase has no physical problems.
Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen signed a warrant for Hironimus' arrest after she failed to appear in court last week. more >>