Original Article: Christian Today
Published 27 February 2014 | Michael Trimmer
The safety and wellbeing of Christians living in Syria is worth up to 17 grams of gold, according to a statement from one Islamist rebel faction posted to the internet on Wednesday.
When 'The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) took control of the city of city of Ar-Raqqah in northern Syria, on the northern bank of the Euphrates, they reportedly presented the Christian residents with three options.
These were: converting to Islam; submitting to a form of Islamic rule under which non-Muslims would be second class citizens; or rejecting ISIL and their rules and being executed.
How does an atheist whose brother is the face of New Atheism find God? Watch this report on the remarkable testimony of how Peter Hitchens, brother of the late New Atheism leader Christopher Hitchens, became a Christian.
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Two men have been arrested by state police in Herkimer, NY on charges of sexual misconduct with farm animals after being caught on camera. Police said the owner of a local farm was concerned when his cows stopped producing and seemed anxious. The farmer set up a surveillance camera in the barn and soon realized the cows were being abused. The farmer contacted police with the evidence. Investigation revealed that 35-year-old Michael Jones from Ilion agreed to videotape 31 year-old Reid Fontaine as he allegedly attempted to have sexual contact with several cows. Both men were arrested and charged with misdemeanor sexual misconduct, and released on an appearance ticket.
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Religion Today Friday, February 21, 2014
At the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, held this year on February 16th, Sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund reported that 17% of scientists polled in a recent survey describe themselves as evangelical. Christianity Today reports that Ecklund (and other colleagues at Rice University) polled over 10,000 people, 574 of which identified themselves as scientists. This project (like her 2010 book Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Believe) was spurred by the pervasive assumption of many evangelicals that science is the enemy of religion, Ecklund explains.
High school students, teens as young as 13 and other children reported missing by their families were among 16 juveniles rescued from forced prostitution during Super Bowl festivities in and around New Jersey, the FBI said Tuesday.
Authorities arrested more than 45 pimps and their helpers, some of whom said they traveled to the New York region to traffic the women and juveniles at the NFL championship at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Source: CBN News
The Department of Homeland Security wants to build a massive database so it can track cars across America through license plate scanners.
The DHS is seeking contractors to create a National License Plate Recognition service that would enable its agents to use smart phones to hunt down cars and their owners
Source: Fox News
HONG KONG – An Australian missionary who carried Christian pamphlets into North Korea has been detained there, his family said Wednesday.
John Short, 75, has lived in Hong Kong for 50 years and has been arrested previously in China for evangelizing. Short was questioned and then arrested in his Pyongyang hotel on Sunday, a day after he arrived in the North Korean capital, his family said in a statement.
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