JAKARTA, INDONESIA (ANS - February 6, 2017) -- Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based Christian Advocacy Group. is calling on the North Jakarta District Court to acquit Jakarta's governor, Ahok, who is currently on trial for blasphemy, ahead of local elections on Feb. 15.
In a news release, CSW also urges the Indonesian government to review the country's blasphemy laws and for blasphemy charges against suspects awaiting trial to be dropped.
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as "Ahok," is the governor of Jakarta and as a Chinese Christian, is Indonesia's most prominent ethnic minority politician. He has been charged with blasphemy, which carries a prison sentence of up to five years, despite a lack of credible evidence against him....More»
BESLAN, RUSSIA (ANS - February 5, 2017) - The world was shocked when, on September 1st, 2004, they turned on their television sets and learned the terrible news that more than 30 Muslim terrorists had attacked a school in a small, southwestern Russian town called Beslan. They terrorists took over 1,000 men, women, and children, and held them hostage for three days, the majority of them in the school's gymnasium....More»
(Worthy News) - The share of U.S. adults who describe themselves as Christians has been declining for decades, but the U.S. Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early 1960s, according to a new analysis by Pew Research Center. Indeed, among members of the new, 115th Congress, 91% describe themselves as Christians. This is nearly the same percentage as in the 87th Congress (1961 to 1962, the earliest years for which comparable data are available), when 95% of members were Christian....More»
Our country has voices, and at this year's National Prayer Breakfast one rose to an epic volume. Chaplain of the United States Senate, retired Rear Admiral Dr. Barry Black, left the podium while a spontaneous and thunderous crowd recognized a new piece of our oral history.
From the first sounds of his Darius Rucker voice and Dr. King prose to his G. K. Chesterton depth and Billy Graham anointing, he provoked our minds and prodded our emotions....More»
If you think the Super Bowl is just a big football game featuring large, sweaty men, repeatedly colliding into one another, consider this: last year's game drew 111.9 million viewers, making it the third most watched event in U.S. television history. What were the first and second most watched events? Both are Super Bowls.
More than a game, the Super Bowl has become America's largest cultural stage....More»
As religious persecution continues to grow around the world, a diverse group of religious leaders, scholars and human rights advocates are urging President Donald Trump to nominate within his first 100 days in office the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom....More»
As leaders of many faiths gathered for prayer in Washington, D.C. this week, they pledged solidarity with refugees looking to enter the U.S., Christian Telegraph reports according to Catholic News.
"While we recognize and while we are very, very aware of the need for security, we also very much recognize that that cannot be at the cost of any type of failure to recognize the needs of people who are being persecuted," Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. insisted at a Tuesday interfaith gathering, speaking for himself and other Catholic bishops....More»
Many people might not consider persecution to be a blessing, yet God's Word tells us it is.
Throughout history millions of Christians have died for their faith, and martyrdom continues to be an ongoing reality for international Christ-followers.
In 2016, 90,000 Christians throughout the world were killed for their faith, according to statistics compiled by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The global watchdog Open Doors conservatively reports that hundreds of millions of Christians worldwide face persecution, and in a recent report noted that 25 of the top 50 persecuted countries have seen an increase in hostility toward Christians....More»
Dr. Mehmet Oz is teaming up with Devon Franklin this month to bring faith to the forefront on his hit daytime talk show with "Faithful Fridays," which will feature conversations about the positive effects spirituality has on people's overall health and well-being....More»
KIDLINGTON, England, February 2, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Twin pre-born boys who were in dire danger of strangling each other in the womb defied doctors' forecasts and cuddled protectively instead.
Rowan and Blake Lampshire were born 36 seconds apart in August weighing just over 2 kg (4.41 pounds) each, their lungs partly filled with fluid.
The twins didn't leave hospital for three weeks, but their parents, Charlie and Haley, are thankful the boys survived. Doctors had grimly warned them that there was a good chance one would strangle the other in the womb and there wasn't much that could be done about it....More»
February 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), in collaboration with more than twenty-five supporting organizations, is conducting a nation-wide social media awareness campaign to #TackleDemand for sex trafficking at the Super Bowl and beyond....More»
The Archbishop of Erbil in northern Iraq, who is overseeing the care of thousands of displaced Christians who fled Islamic State jihadists, has announced ambitious plans for the Church and charities to reconstruct their towns and villages.
Archbishop Bashar Warda told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that he is raising funds for the rebuilding of the villages and their social infrastructure so that the IDPs (internally displaced persons) can return to their villages "with hope and security"....More»
Efforts to clear villages liberated from Islamic State are undermining the possibility of recording the atrocities to people and heritage committed there, according to a leading Iraqi aid worker.
Dr. Sarah Ahmed, director of projects for the UK-based Foundation for Reconciliation and Relief in the Middle East, last month visited a number of towns and villages in the Nineveh Plains area around Mosul that had been home to thousands of Christians until Islamic State jihadists chased them out in the summer of 2014....More»
After spending more than three years in jail, a Christian accused of blasphemy, and facing the death penalty, was granted bail by the Supreme Court in Lahore on 1 Feb.
Adnan Prince has been imprisoned in Lahore's district jail since November 2013 after he was accused by a work colleague of insulting Islam, the Qur'an and Islam's prophet.
The three-man bench, headed by Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, ordered the release of Prince, a resident of Lahore, against a bail bond worth Rs300,000 (around $3,000)....More»
RICHFIELD, MN (ANS - Feb. 3, 2017) - Despite one Midwest state's reputation for being a recruiting ground for Somalis to fight alongside terrorist groups in Syria, one Evangelical organization has come out with its reasoning on why Christians should give a welcome to refugees flocking to the state....More»
WASHINGTON, DC (ANS - February 3, 2017) -- President Donald Trump was just three minutes into his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, in Washington, DC, on Thursday, February 2, when he asked a room full of lawmakers, foreign dignitaries and religious leaders, to pray for Arnold Schwarzenegger, so that ratings of his show -- NBC's "The Apprentice" -- would go up....More»