Prophecy Sign: Increasing Christian persecution and marginalization
They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. John 16:2 NIV
ISIS 'planning to murder 150 Christian hostages if the US does not stop its air strikes'
Islamic State militants are planning to murder 150 Christian hostages they kidnapped after sweeping through villages in Syria if the U.S. does not stop air strikes, it has been reported. The abductions of the Christians took place yesterday after ISIS seized two Assyrian communities from Kurdish forces in the northeast province of Hassakeh. The dawn raids are said to have spread 'panic' in the villages, inhabited by the ancient Christian minority along the banks of the Khabur River near the town of Tel Hmar with most coming from the village of Tal Shamiram. It is thought that the militants are holding the seized women and children in houses in the ISIS-held town of al-Shadadi and using them as human shields from air strikes. Now CNN has reported that the terror group are now planning to release a video as early as today, where they will threaten to kill the hostages if air strikes don't stop.
ISIS in Syria has abducted 220 from Christian villages this week, monitor says
War on Christians: ISIS goes on church-burning and kidnapping spree in Syria
'Why Is the West Silent?' ISIS Captives Cry for Help
Meanwhile, Peshmerga troops in northeastern Syria, known as the YPG, drove Islamic State terrorists from the Kurdish city of Tal Tamr. But as they retreated, the ISIS jihadists kidnapped at least 90 Assyrian Christians. The men were taken to an undisclosed location, and the women to a nearby mountain. Based on their past actions, ISIS may behead the abducted men and use the women as sex slaves. Juliana Taimoorazy, with the Assyrian Philos Project, described the situation. "These women were sobbing, saying, 'What is our fault? Why is the West silent? Why is the Church not talking about our persecution?'" Taimoorazy said. "And they're asking, they're questioning the foreign policy of America and also other world powers and Europe, saying, 'Why is it that there's nothing; there's no agenda.' There's really nothing being done to help the persecuted in the Middle East," she continued.
200 ‘openly bigoted’ anti-Christian groups tagged as intolerant
More than 200 groups and organizations that “openly display bigotry” toward the Christian faith have been identified on an interactive map, a traditional values group said Tuesday. These atheist, humanist, gay rights or anti-Christian groups have made the list because they have tried to silence Christians or remove all public displays of Christian heritage and faith in America, said the American Family Association (AFA) in Tupelo, MS. “A common practice of these groups is threatening our nation’s schools, cities and states,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “By threat of lawsuit, they demand that prayer be removed from schools and city council meetings, that Ten Commandments monuments be stricken from courthouses, and that memorial crosses be purged from cemeteries and parks,” he said.
Florida city spies on churches, demands licenses
Richard Dawkins: Children need to be ‘protected’ from religion
Children need to be “protected” from religious indoctrination in schools, biologist and atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins has said, backing a campaign by Atheist Ireland to overhaul our education system. Speaking to The Irish Times in advance of a public talk at Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday evening, Prof Dawkins said: “There is a balancing act and you have to balance the rights of parents and the rights of children and I think the balance has swung too far towards parents… “Children do need to be protected so that they can have a proper education and not be indoctrinated in whatever religion their parents happen to have been brought up in.”http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/richard-dawkins-children-need-to-be-protected-from-religion-1.2116281