The Christian Post reports the contest began Sunday (June 21) and will conclude June 27. It is being held in mosques within the terrorist group’s Syrian caliphate.
A Clarion Project report said that Quran memorization contests are not an uncommon way to celebrate the Muslim holiday.
"Ramadan is a time of year where Muslims are meant to rejuvenate their faith. Memorizing the Quran is considered a pious and worthy thing to do and many memorization competitions are held around the world, especially during Ramadan, the report said.
However, ISIS’ version of the contest is deplorable, not only for its “prizes,” but also for the Quran passages it selected. ISIS picked out the most “warlike passages of the entire Quran,” according to the Clarion Project.
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Based on data provided by the U.S. Drought Monitor, a collaboration between academic and government organizations, 24/7 Wall St. identified nine large U.S. urban areas that have been under persistent, serious drought conditions over the first six months of this year. The Drought Monitor classifies drought by five levels of intensity: from D0, described as abnormally dry, to D4, described as exceptional drought. Last year, 100% of California was under at least severe drought conditions, or D2, for the first time since Drought Monitor began collecting data. It was also the first time that exceptional drought — the highest level — had been recorded in the state. This year, 100% of three urban areas in the state are in a state of exceptional drought. And 100% of all nine areas reviewed are in at least extreme drought, or D3.
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The June 19 DeMorgen article by Simone Maas explains (google translated):
She has good friends, loves good coffee and theater. And she has felt that she wanted to die ever since childhood. Laura (24): “Life, that’s not for me.” This summer, euthanasia will end her life full of inner conflict, depression and self-destruction.
I met the West Flemish Laura at the presentation of the book ‘Libera me’ euthanasia for psychological reasons. Writer Lieve Thienpont is one of the psychiatrists who gave Laura a positive opinion for euthanasia.
Euthanasia for psychological reasons is done when a psychiatrist agrees that the psychological pain that a person is experiencing cannot be relieved in a way that the individual finds acceptable.
That means, Laura may be treatable, but Laura has decided that the only acceptable “treatment” is death.
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“Although the Chinese persecutors might be described as tame compared to the atrocities of the jihadists or so-called ‘holy warriors’ in Arabia and Africa, the China Aid report suggests that Christians have become a target of choice on a global scale,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
The statistics confirm that notion. David Curry, president of Open Doors, which keeps track of nations based on the severity of persecution, has reported that the targeting of Christians worldwide reached historic levels in 2014 and that this year things may get even worse. Open Doors estimates that there are some 100 million Christians around the world who are in fear of their lives just because they believe in Christ.
“In regions where Christians are being persecuted as central targets, the trends and issues we track are expanding,” Curry said.
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