(From Foxnews.com) – “Convert. Submit to Islam. Or face the sword.” In recent days, the besieged Christian community in Raqqa, a city in northern Syria, has faced those three stark alternatives. The terrorist group known as ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) made their demands after seizing control of the region. They required [...]
Followers in Raqqa face threat familiar to Christians in the Muslim world.
Conversations between Morsi and terrorist leader revealed.
(Morning Star News) – As former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s trials continue, it’s enlightening to consider what is likely to be one of the centerpieces: longstanding accusations that Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party worked with foreign terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, against the national security of Egypt. Based on these accusations of high treason, [...]
In Nigeria, terrorists weren’t the only ones terrorizing Christians.
(Morning Star News) – Last year Egypt saw its greatest level of attacks on Christians; more Christians were killed in Syria’s civil war than anywhere else; and an Islamist rebel take-over in the Central African Republic brought new atrocities to the historically unstable country. But where political instability and civil war were not contributing factors, [...]
Worldly might darkens the human rights landscape.
(Morning Star News) – The lament that human rights was not on the agenda when the United States and Iran recently met in Geneva for historic talks was right and proper. It must be understood, however, that for Iran, the issue of religious liberty (as defined by the West) is simply not negotiable. The regime [...]
Terrorist group likely abducted French priest in Cameroon for helping Nigerian refugees.
WASHINGTON (Morning Star News) – The same day Islamic extremists from the Nigerian rebel Boko Haram abducted a French priest in Cameroon, Nov. 13, the U.S. State Department designated the group a terrorist organization. After more than a decade of increasingly sophisticated violence by Boko Haram, the designation of it and its sister organization, Ansura, as [...]
Two children killed.
JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – In what Christians see as a government effort to rid the country of Christianity and ethnic Nuba people, the Sudanese Air Force has stepped up bombings of civilians in South Kordofan in the past two months, including an attack on Nov. 17 that killed two children. Sudan dropped two [...]
Human rights journalist addresses conference on persecution in the Middle East.
(Morning Star News) – Remarks today by award-winning Swedish-Assyrian journalist Nuri Kino at a conference on persecution of Christians in the Middle East in Brussels, sponsored by the Middle East Christian Committee, as reported by the Assyrian International News Agency: My name is Nuri Kino; I’m a researcher, an author, a filmmaker, a human rights [...]
Archbishop calls Islamist rebel attack the war's largest massacre.
(Morning Star News) – Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh called it “the most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria in the past two years and a half.” The Oct. 21 Islamist rebel siege of Sadad, a small town of 15,000 mostly Syriac Orthodox Christians 160 kilometers (95 miles) north of Damascus, left 45 [...]
Jabhat al-Nusra militants have history of beheadings and destruction of churches.
LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – Syrian government soldiers have retaken the ancient Christian town of Sadad from Jihadi rebels, accoding to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reports JNS.org. Residents from Sadad reported that rebels from the al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization have retreated from the town after heavy fighting with the Syrian army. The Associated Press [...]
Arabic word pre-dating Islam common in Malay-language Bibles.
(Morning Star News) – The ruling today by an appeals court in Malaysia to ban non-Muslims from using the word Allah to refer to God is shocking but not surprising. Borrowed from the Arabic like other words in the Malay language, Allah is the common word for God in Malay Bibles. The word predates Islam, [...]