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Pastor Saeed Abedini in 'Severe Pain' in Iranian Prison

U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has now been in an Iranian jail for his Christian faith for more than two years and has been subjected to harsh beatings, is in "severe pain," according to a relative who was able to visit him in prison.


ISIS Militant Who Killed 70 People Claims to Be Victim, Too

An Islamic State militant, who is now imprisoned by the Kurds in Northern Iraq and claims to have killed over 70 people during his time fighting with the radical extremist group, is claiming to be another victim of Islamic State coercion.


UK Court Rules Pregnant Mothers Who Abuse Alcohol Are Not Liable for Life-Long Brain Damage of Their Children; Such Babies Not Eligible for Compensation

In a precedential ruling, Britain's Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday that mothers who excessively drink while pregnant are not criminally responsible for causing life-long disabilities to their unborn babies and children born permanently harmed by their mother's alcohol abuse are not eligible to receive criminal injury compensation from the government.

Gamers Push to Ban Bible After Target, Kmart Pull 'Grand Theft Auto V' for 'Sickening' Violence Against Women

More than 50,000 gamers from around the world have signed a petition seeking to ban the Bible after the Australian arm of retail giants Target and Kmart pulled Rockstar's "Grand Theft Auto V" from their shelves earlier this month when customers complained about the "sickening" level of violence against women in the game.The petition parodies another petition launched by three survivors of sexual violence. "It's a book that encourages readers to murder women for entertainment. The incentive is to commit sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed or get 'god' points – and now Target are stocking it and promoting it for your Xmas stocking," explained the petition."This is The Holy Bible. This book means that after various sex acts, readers are given options to kill women by stoning her unconscious, Setting them on fire, cutting off their hands, and killing their children!" it continued."One of many fan passages on In The Holy Bible depicts woman being set alight for having sex "And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire." (Leviticus 21:9)," it added.A release from Target Australia revealed that the company decided to pull the R-rated video game from its shelves after customers complained about the violence against women depicted in the product."We've been speaking to many customers over recent days about the game, and there is a significant level of concern about the game's content," said Target Australia's general manager of corporate affairs Jim Cooper."We've also had customer feedback in support of us selling the game, and we respect their perspective on the issue. However, we feel the decision to stop selling GTA5 is in line with the majority view of our customers." Some of those opposing views came from the nearly 50,000 people who signed the Nov. 29 petition calling on Target to drop the game from its shelves."It's a game that encourages players to murder women for entertainment. The incentive is to commit sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed or get 'health' points – and now Target are stocking it and promoting it for your Xmas stocking," began the petition."This is Grand Theft Auto 5. This game means that after various sex acts, players are given options to kill women by punching her unconscious, killing with a machete, bat or guns to get their money returned," it continued.The petition was launched by Nicole, Claire and Kat who say that they are survivors of sexual violence. "Please Target – we appeal to you as women survivors of violence, including women who experienced violence in the sex industry, to immediately withdraw Grand Theft Auto V from sale," they pleaded."We have firsthand experience of this kind of sexual violence. It haunts us, and we've been trying to rebuild our lives ever since. Just knowing that women are being portrayed as deserving to be sexually used by men and potentially murdered for sport and pleasure – to see this violence that we lived through turned into a form of entertainments is sickening and causes us great pain and harm," they said.According to CNET, Grand Theft Auto V was released just over a year ago in September for Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360. It reached a phenomenal $1 billion in retail sales after just three days after it launched.Directed at the adult market, the game allows players to participate in a variety of activities including sex with prostitutes, who can restore a player's health through sexual activity. Prostitutes can also be killed and beaten to allow players to get back their money.


Christians Join New Militia to Combat ISIS in Northern Iraq

The Assyrian Democratic Movement has announced the formation of the Nineveh Plain Protection Units, a militia largely comprised of Christian volunteers created to defend civilians from ISIS. The NPU also hopes to recapture land that was taken over by the terrorist organization.

Pope Francis Says There's a Place for Pets in Heaven, While Conservative Catholics Preach Animals Have No Souls

Catholic blessing of the animals

Pope Francis sent ripples around the world Wednesday when he suggested that pets and other animals have a place in heaven, which is in stark contradiction to conservative Catholic teaching that animals don't have souls. Seeking to console a young boy who recently lost his dog, Pope Francis assured him during his weekly address that he would be united with his pet in heaven.

Creflo Dollar Says Myles Munroe Came to Him in a Dream Three Days After He Died and He Was Leading His Own Funeral

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Popular televangelist and founder of World Changers Church International, Creflo Dollar, revealed at a national memorial service for renowned pastor and motivational speaker Myles Munroe and his wife, Ruth, in the Bahamas that the revered preacher appeared to him in a dream three days after the deadly crash that killed the beloved couple and seven others last month.