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.
The offensive by Islamic State militants against the northern Syrian city of Kobani has caused hundreds of thousands of residents to flee to Turkey. They receive help from Turkish authorities and individuals, but say much more is needed.
According to some Islamic traditions, the founder of Islam Mohammed predicted that the occupation of the three cities of Istanbul, Jerusalem and Rome pave the way for the appearance of the Mahdi, the Islamic Messiah.
Saudi Arabia is one of the most ruthless Islamic countries in the world. It permits no Christian churches or other religions, and has helped fund Islamic terrorist groups around the globe. It also funds the establishment of Wahhabist mosques in the U.S. as part of what Islamists call “civilization jihad” against the West.
“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. “In this case, they have embarked upon a witch-hunt, and we are asking the court to put a stop to it.”
A judge in Kentucky has just ordered that Blaine Adamson, the Christian business owner of Hands On Originals must print pro-homosexual T-shirts – even though this order violates the religious liberty of the owner. The judge claims that Adamson’s refusal to print the T-shirts constitutes “unlawful discrimination” and is illegal.
Al Nusra terrorists operating in Syria have just kidnapped a priest and numerous Christian villagers. Al Nusra is one of the groups being supported by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey – and would have received massive military aid from the U.S. as well if there had not been resistance in Congress.