A Sudanese father of two who once worked as a human rights defender now lives in a refugee camp after surviving an attempt on his life by Islamic extremists. Before Ibrahim Ismaeil Ibrahim, 34, left Islam and dared to criticize the religion, he worked as a writer and human rights defender in Darfur Region’s state of West Darfur for the Sudan Contemporary Center for Studies and Development.
Families of rape victims in Afghanistan have honor-murdered their daughters for the shame of having been raped. Most recently, in 2014, one ten-year-old victim who was raped by a mullah in a mosque was saved, temporarily, by an Afghan and international woman’s group which has, so far, successfully persuaded her family not to kill her.
The Ave Maria Law School has just won its lawsuit against the Obama Administration over the Obamacare abortion mandate. A federal judge has ruled that the abortion mandate imposed on the law school is banned from enforcement. The school faced thousands of dollars in fines for refusing to abide by the mandate.
Christians in Nigeria’s central-east Taraba state are mourning the death of dozens of believers who were killed by Islamic militants while they were worshiping in a church. Two pastors, one pastor’s son, and 28 other Christians were slain in attacks on two churches in the villages of Gindin Waya and Sondi, said Reverend Caleb Ahema, president of the Christian Reformed Church of Christ in Nigeria.
You know things are really bad in the Middle East when the head of the Shiite terrorist group known as Hezbollah is calling upon Saudi Arabia to prevent the spread of Jihadist terrorism around the world. According to Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, “Saudi Arabia bares primary responsibility for preventing the spread of this ideology, which he describes as a “Wahhabist mentality.”
Suspected Islamic militants have killed at least 30 people in a heavily Christian village in war-torn Central African Republic, United Nations officials said Thursday, October 23. At least dozens of people were also injured in the attacks in Yamale, some 400 kilometers (249 miles) north of the capital Bangui, said the UN-led security force MINUSCA.
Armed Muslim extremists stormed two churches in Taraba state on Sunday (Oct. 19) and killed 31 people as they worshipped, a church leader said. Two pastors, one pastor’s son, and 28 other Christians were slain in the attacks in the villages of Gindin Waya and Sondi, said the Rev. Caleb Ahema, president of the Christian Reformed Church of Christ in Nigeria. Ahema said the onslaught was the seventh attack on Christian communities in Wukari Local Government Area since February.
Consenting adults of a religious persuasion should not have their ideas monitored. Religious beliefs cannot and should not be trumped by political correctness. No law should prevent religious people from coming together and discussing what they believe to be right and wrong. Dissent may well be the foremost of freedoms necessary to restrain despotism. Foremost among these freedoms—mentioned specifically in the amendment, and even before speech—is the free exercise of religion.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday that Islamic State jihadists have killed more than 700 members of a tribe in eastern Syria in two weeks. Among the members of the Shaitat tribe killed were 100 fighters, but the rest were civilians. Fighting between the jihadists and the Sunni Muslim tribe erupted in the oil-rich province after a deal between the two sides collapsed, with the tribe refusing to bow to IS control.
It feels like an open prison, this camp in the desert a half-hour’s drive from the nearest town. White metal sheds line the horizon, warehousing about 15,000 Syrian refugees in rows of bedroom-sized boxes. Days here consist of chores and memories — dragging jugs of water through rocky streets, walking to the distant, overpriced grocery, recalling green countryside and lost family.