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Islamic Law: Girls Can Be Married “Even If They Are In The Cradle”

Radical Muslim CLeric, IBTIMES

Exclusive for VIE, by Raymond Ibrahim: Muslim attempts at “reformation” continue to be limited to words not actions.  A few days ago, efforts to set a minimum age for marriage in Saudi Arabia “received a blow after the Grand Mufti said there was nothing wrong with girls below 15 getting married.” (Photo: Illustration, IB Times) Two years earlier, the justice ministry ... Read More »

Prince Charles: Indescribable tragedy that Christians are under such threat in the Middle East

Prince Charles UK Telegraph

Britain’s Prince Charles said it is “an indescribable tragedy that Christianity is now under such threat in the Middle East, an area where Christians have lived for 2,000 years and across which Islam spread in 700 AD, with people of different faiths living together peaceably for centuries”. (Photo: The Telegraph) Prince Charles has described threats to Christians in the Middle East ... Read More »

Most violations of religious freedom occur in Muslim countries and Christians most persecuted

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India is the latest country in which Christians have spoken out about their persecution. “Christians of all denominations have issued a joint pre-Christmas statement in which they speak of “violence against our churches in various parts of the country, especially in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and now in the territory of the capital city Delhi”. This, they said, ... Read More »

Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa denounces Islamism as terrorists and theocrats

Bahrain Crown Prince denounces Islamism

In a remarkable but thus-far unnoticed address on Dec. 5, Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, the crown prince of Bahrain (an island kingdom in the Persian Gulf and home to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet), candidly analyzed the Islamist enemy and suggested important ways to fight it, writes Daniel Pipes. He has much to teach Westerners (starting with his hapless UK ... Read More »

Christian Professor Qaiser Ayub Arrested for Blasphemy against Islam in Pakistan, facing execution

Pakistan Pastor Arrest, International Christian Concern

“A 40-year-old Christian man was reportedly arrested for blasphemy in Lahore, Pakistan, and has been charged with insulting the Prophet Mohammad, the same offense that Christian mother-of-five Asia Bibi is facing the death penalty for, reports The Christian Post. Qaiser Ayub, a computer science professor, had been a fugitive for close to three years, Fides News Agency reported. He was charged ... Read More »

A New USA Republic: The Progressive Assault on the Founders’ Constitution

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) Starts Three-Day Bus Tour Of Iowa In Council Bluffs

Understanding America’s Founding documents is essential. Just as important is understanding recent developments that threaten the system of government the Founders put in place. In this excerpt from the best-selling book We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future, Matthew Spalding highlights profound changes over the past century that threaten the Founders’ principles. (Photo: Illustration, US Senator Rand ... Read More »

Pope Francis praises the ‘hidden holiness’ of everyday saints

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Pope Francis cautioned against the false appearances of those who are proud or vain, saying that true holiness is found in the silent, everyday witness of the poor and humble. (Photo: AP) “We should think about so much hidden holiness there is in the Church; Christians who remain in Jesus,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse ... Read More »

Egyptian Atheist Ahmad Harqan: Islam should accept critical thinking and allow different opinions, MEMRI CLIP

Egypt atheist MEMRI

In an October 21 TV interview, Egyptian human rights activist Ahmad Harqan explained why he had become an atheist and said that Islam is a “harsh religion,” which was being implemented by ISIS and Boko Haram. They are doing “what the Prophet Muhammad and his companions did,” said Harqan. According to media reports, Harqan and his pregnant wife survived an ... Read More »

Pope Francis: Maintain a lively faith, lest your churches become dust-filled museums

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In an address to the Swiss bishops on Monday, Pope Francis urged them maintain a lively faith, lest their country’s religious buildings become nothing more than dust-filled museums, writes Catholic News Agency. (Photo: CNA) The Holy Father also used the opportunity to encourage the bishops to live their episcopal fatherhood; to uphold the ministerial priesthood; to engage in frank ecumenism; ... Read More »

Pope Francis says ISIS violence is a grave sin against God, justifies use of force

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Pope Francis called the violence inflicted by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria a “profoundly grave sin against God.” He also urged constructive dialogue with Muslims based on “mutual respect and friendship.” (Photo: Getty) “Taking away the peace of a people, committing every act of violence, especially when directed against the weakest and defenseless, is a profoundly grave sin against ... Read More »