A Syrian city overrun by the Muslim Brotherhood was the scene of the execution of three Christian men who refused to convert to Islam, according to reports.
The Catholic young men were killed by rebels fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad after they had taken control of the village of Maaloula, confirmed Todd Daniels, a spokesman for the American human rights group International Christian Concern.
BY KATHERINE WEBER,
CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
December 6, 2013|12:04 pm
A major atheist group unveiled its own nonreligious holiday monument at Florida's capitol building in response to the recent installment of a nativity scene.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is hanging a secular banner at the state's capitol building in Tallahassee. The banner is reportedly a spoof on the classic nativity scene of Jesus in the manger. Instead of Jesus, there is a Bill of Rights laid in a manger with Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and the Statue of Liberty gazing admiringly at the slip of paper. The banner reads in part: "Let us also honor the birth of our Bill of Rights, which reminds us there can be no freedom OF religion without having freedom FROM religion in government."
Religion News Service | By Sarah Pulliam Bailey
NEW YORK (RNS) How do you get kids to read one of the world’s oldest books? Ask Sally Lloyd-Jones, whose “The Jesus Storybook Bible” recently passed the critical mark of 1 million copies sold.
The British ex-pat and now proud New Yorker has never married or had children of her own, yet aims to retell the Bible to something that comes alive for young people.
The waitress and former Marine who has been accused of orchestrating a hoax by claiming a family left her a homophobic note instead of a tip, is no longer working at the New Jersey restaurant where she'd claimed the incident occurred.
Dayna Morales made national headlines and received an outpouring of public support and at least $3,000 in donations after she claimed a family stiffed her and left her a note on the receipt reading, "Sorry, I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and the way you live your life."
But after an unidentified couple came forward days later with a customer receipt and bank statement to prove that they had in fact left Dayna Morales an $18 tip on top of the $93.55 check, former friends of Morales also came forward claiming she was a compulsive liar.
By Vicky Pelaez
Article: Global Research, December 08, 2013
Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million – mostly Black and Hispanic – are working for various industries for a pittance. For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold. They don’t have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment insurance, vacations or comp time. All of their workers are full-time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover, if they don’t like the pay of 25 cents an hour and refuse to work, they are locked up in isolation cells.
There are approximately 2 million inmates in state, federal and private prisons throughout the country. According to California Prison Focus, “no other society in human history has imprisoned so many of its own citizens.” The figures show that the United States has locked up more people than any other country: a half million more than China, which has a population five times greater than the U.S. Statistics reveal that the United States holds 25% of the world’s prison population, but only 5% of the world’s people. From less than 300,000 inmates in 1972, the jail population grew to 2 million by the year 2000. In 1990 it was one million. Ten years ago there were only five private prisons in the country, with a population of 2,000 inmates; now, there are 100, with 62,000 inmates. It is expected that by the coming decade, the number will hit 360,000, according to reports.
What has happened over the last 10 years? Why are there so many prisoners?
BY: Heather Clark
Original Article: Christian News Network
EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA –Abortion advocacy groups in the U.S. and around the world are praising the legacy of the late former South African President Nelson Mandela for his role in legalizing abortion in the country.
Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize winner known for his work to end apartheid, passed away on Thursday at the age of 95 after a prolonged battle with a lung infection.
“Today, we’re honoring the incredible life of a true champion for social justice, equality, and peace,” Planned Parenthood posted on Twitter Friday morning, including a picture of Mandela wearing a ribbon lapel pin.
“It is with great sadness that we heard today about the passing of Nelson Mandela,” NARAL Pro-Choice America posted on Facebook. “Among so many other accomplishments, he replaced one of the most restrictive anti-choice laws in the world with one of the most progressive, giving women in South Africa sole control over whether to choose abortion.”
Original Article: The Free Patriot
Christianity and its persecution remeniscent of a worldwide ethnic cleansing was heard at a 3-hour-long debate at the House of Parliament in London Tuesday, and the statistics may surprise you.
In a shocking revelation, members of the House of Commons were told that 1 Christian is killed every 11 minutes around the world, making Christianity the “most persecuted religion globally,” according toWorld Watch Monitor.
The most dangerous countries for Christians include Syria, North Korea, Egypt, Iraq, and Nigeria. The freedom of religion is scarcely given in these countries where Christians remain a religious minority.
Member of Parliament (MP) Jim Shannon spoke about the persecution of Christians, calling it “the biggest story in the world that has never been told.”
“50,000 Christians have been cleared from the city of Homs”, MP Sammy Wilson said of Syria. However, in Sudan alone, two million Christians were killed by the regime over a 30-year period.
By Meagan Murphy
Published December 05, 2011FoxNews.com
If a spate of recent allegations proves true, Hollywood may have a hideous epidemic on its hands. The past two weeks have brought three separate reports of alleged child sexual abuse in the entertainment industry.
Martin Weiss, a 47-year-old Hollywood manager who represented child actors, was charged in Los Angeles on Dec. 1 with sexually abusing a former client. His accuser, who was under 12 years old during the time of the alleged abuse, reported to authorities that Weiss told him "what they were doing was common practice in the entertainment industry." Weiss has pleaded not guilty.
Homeschool Organization Joins Fight After Court Orders Children to Attend School for ‘Socialization’
By: Heather Clark
Original Article: Christiannews.net
PURCELLVILLE, Va. – A nationally-recognized homeschool organization has filed a friend of the court brief in support of a mother who was homeschooling her children until she was ordered by the court to send them to school to socialize.
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