“Americans honor and respect each other’s faith, and we honor those that choose to have no faith. Under our freedom, no one is silenced because of their religious belief. For the millions of Americans, like my family, who believe that there is a creator God who can be known personally, Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’ offer of love and forgiveness for all people.”
“Christians in India are apprehensive of having a peaceful Christmas amid this wave of attacks as the right-wing groups are also becoming more aggressive in their mass conversion program that is taking place in different parts of India,” the Rev. Bhupendra Kohra, a church leader in central India, told Morning Star News. “We are fearful but we are praying.”
Turkish President Erdogan, AKP Government Increasingly Steer Country Back To Ottoman Past, Declare War On Ataturk ReformsDec 19th, 2014 | By Editor2
Erdogan often displays strong anti-West feelings, glorifies the Islamic and Ottoman era, and demands a transformation of Turkey’s education system “to create a devout and obedient youth.” Both he and Turkish Prime Minister and ruling AKP leader Ahmet Davutoglu are pushing for instituting and expanding an Islamist agenda in Turkey, and undoing reforms put in place nearly a century ago by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. They are doing so with a promise to revive and rebuild the Ottoman “world state,” which they claim is the only hope for solving the problems in the Middle East that Erdogan has claimed were “intentionally created by Western powers.”
“The bill will protect everyone’s right to religious freedom, as guaranteed by the Constitution. It includes the right to believe in whatever they choose to lay their faith in and the independence to practice their beliefs. We hope the bill can improve the quality of life.”
The Iraqi Ministry Of Human Rights has just released a statement on the ruthless brutality of an Islamic State terrorist named Abu Anas Al-Libi, who killed more than 150 girls and women because they refused to enter into phony weddings with ISIS killers. Many of these women were pregnant.
Christians were among those grieving as officials confirmed that Taliban militants stormed an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar killing at least 145 people, most of them children. “We grieve with our dear friends, mums and dads and brothers and sisters,” said Sardar Mushtaq Gill, national director of advocacy group Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD). “Its absolutely horrific,” he told BosNewsLife.
A Christian boy in northeastern Nigeria was still recovering of serious injuries Thursday, December 11, after Islamic militants attacked him for holding onto his Children’s Bible, well-informed sources said. After Christian worshippers were attacked Sunday, November 22 in Attagara village, the three-year-old boy reportedly ran home when suspected Boko Haram fighters grabbed him and forcibly sat him down.
The University of Maine recently got unwanted attention for issuing an edict that banned all decorations that might be considered religious – including candy canes, Christmas trees, wreaths, and Christmas presents.
“It’s a sad day for America,” said Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society. “In our nation’s capital, religious educators have been directly targeted and denied their natural and constitutional right to freely exercise religion—to choose what policies and programs appropriately serve the mission of religious schools and colleges to form young people in the truth and faith.”
A proposed mega-mosque in the pretty little town of Bridgewater, New Jersey, was rejected by the town council last year, “citing an ordinance that limited houses of worship to major roads.” Reasonable enough. Municipal officials argued that the purpose of the ordinance was to “preserve the residential character of its various neighborhoods.”