• Anger at 'praise Allah' slogans on British buses after the Lord's Prayer advert is banned from nation's biggest cinema chains

    Buses across the country are to carry a slogan praising Allah – just months after cinemas banned an advert featuring the Lord's Prayer.

    Hundreds of buses will carry posters bearing the words 'Subhan Allah', which means 'Glory be to God' in Arabic, for an ad campaign paid for by the charity Islamic Relief.

    The posters will appear in London, Manchester, Leicester, Birmingham and Bradford, which have large Muslim communities

    It has been timed to coincide with the holy month of Ramadan in June, when Muslims traditionally fast and give to charity.

    But last night, Christian groups asked why the Islamic adverts had been approved when a one-minute film by the Church of England was banned by Britain's biggest cinema chains at Christmas.

    Odeon, Cineworld and Vue refused to show an advert featuring the Archbishop of Canterbury and members of the public reciting the Lord's Prayer. They banned the advertisement – which was due to be screened before the new Star Wars film in December – fearing it could offend movie-goers.

    Simon Calvert, of the Christian Institute, said he hoped the Allah advert 'signals the beginning of a new era of greater expressions of the Christian faith, which seems to have become persona non grata'.

    He added: 'People were surprised by the cinema advertising agenda to ban the Lord's Prayer – something we all grew up with.

    'Audiences are capable of hearing expressions of Christian faith without running away screaming in horror.'

    Former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe said: 'If other religions are allowed to put their religious banners up, then so should Christians.'

    Andrea Williams, director of Christian Concern, said the decision to allow the Allah advert whilst banning Christian ones highlighted the power of political correctness.

    She added: 'Britain is a Christian country and we Christians need to find our voice.

    'If we are allowing these adverts for Islam, then we need to give the Christians far more freedom to express themselves.'

    Islamic Relief said the posters would help to raise funds for victims of war and disasters in countries such as Syria, and portray Islam in a positive light. 

    Director Imran Madden said: 'There is a lot of negativity around Muslims. We want to change the perception of Islam. The campaign is about breaking down barriers and challenging misconceptions.'

    The slogans are most likely to resonate in London where about half of Britain's estimated three million Muslims live. 

    Labour's Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver, was elected as London Mayor on Thursday - the first person to hold the position and be a Muslim. 

    Mr Khan is now responsible for managing London's transport infrastructure.

    Transport for London (TfL) can ban adverts on the buses it runs if it is linked to a 'political party or political cause'. However, there are no rules against religious advertising. 

    Back in 2012, then London mayor Boris Johnson intervened after adverts by a Christian charity linked to homophobia wanted to start a campaign on buses.   

    England cricketer Moeen Ali is supporting the initiative. He wants the adverts to encourage debate and increase understanding.

    The adverts will start running in the capital from May 23.  

    Islamic Relief has helped more than 100 million people across the world since it was established in Birmingham in 1984. 

    More than £140 million has been sent in aid to Syria - supporting around 6.5 million people. 

    The charity works with 33 countries and supports people of all faiths and backgrounds. 





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  • First Muslim Miss USA Converts to Christianity

    A former Miss USA beauty pageant winner, who's believed to be the first Muslim to win the title, has now converted to Christianity.
    Rima Fakih was crowned the winner in 2010 and according to a Middle Eastern news site, Albawaba, the Lebanese-American model gave her life to Christ last month ahead of her wedding. 
    Fakih, born a Shiite Muslim, is set to marry Catholic music producer Wassim Salibi on May 15th. 
    In late March, Fakih tweeted a picture of herself from the 2010 pageant that included a scripture from Philippians.
    "Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me," Fakih wrote.
    Fakih later tweeted a picture of an inspirational message about God.
    "Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, a victim into a victory," the message read.
    In a 2010 interview with the Huffington Post, she said that although her family identifies as Muslims, religion doesn't define them. 
    "We're more of a spiritual family. Religion really doesn't define me or my family," Fakih explained. "My family's been very liberal, and we appreciate all different kinds of religions."
    Fakih added that her and her family often celebrates Christian and Islamic holidays. She mentioned during the interview that some members of her family are openly Christian.
    "I consider myself to be blessed. I have a family that is a mix of different religions and different ethnicities. My brother-in-law is Christian, and he (and my sister) baptized their two sons. I have an uncle who converted to Christianity, and he's a priest now," she said. "My family is Muslim. But none of this ever came up in our family. We don't look at religion as something that defines us, we look at religion as something that we respect, and something that teaches us about ethics."
    She concluded the interview by saying that as Miss USA, she believed she could be a "Muslim ambassador" for the country.
    "I feel like I can be a great representative. America is the land of opportunity, and people can live in America and be who they want to be," Fakih stated. "Don't deny your faith. Don't deny your ethnicity."

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  • Alabama Chief Justice Suspended for Opposing Gay Marriage

    Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore faces removal from office for opposing gay marriage. 
    Moore issued an order banning same-sex marriage in Alabama after the U.S.  Supreme Court legalized the practice last year. 
    The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission filed ethics charges against Moore, claiming he abused his power and disrespected the judiciary. 

    "The Judicial Inquiry Commission has no authority over the Administrative Orders of the Chief Justice of Alabama or the legal injunction of the Alabama Supreme Court prohibiting judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses," Moore said in a statement.

    Chief Justice Moore has been automatically suspended from the bench and faces permanent removal if he is found guilty.


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  • Chris Brown Says He’s Tired Of Worshipping The Devil…And God Spoke To Him

    Chris Brown has said that he is tired of the devil ruining his life.

    In a recent Instagram post, the award-winning singer blamed the devil for trying to ruin his life. He also talked about thoughts of suicide and claims he’s heard God speak to him for the very first time.

    watch the video :

    Here’s exactly what he wrote:

    “When u tired of the devil ruining your life and u hear God speak for the first time.

    No one knows what I deal with on a day to day. The average man wouldn’t hesitate to blow his fucking brains out but that’s the cowards way out… Most won’t understand the genius and beauty in change and learning and the people who have devilish intentions will win in the short term. My soul will always be pure of heart.

    What’s on the surface always looks like one big party but inside there is a little boy looking for help and guidance. People say “be a man”. Yeah, that’s right but it doesn’t take away any pain you really go through. I just wanna stay out the way and do music. Most importantly and great father.

    I don’t have any more patience for anything that will cause me to self destruct!!”



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  • White House to Create First Monument for Gay Rights

    The White House has announced a proposal to create the first national monument dedicated to gay rights.

    The monument would be New York's Stonewall Inn, a gay bar recognized as the birthplace of America's modern gay rights movement.

    "We must ensure that we never forget the legacy of Stonewall, the history of discrimination against the LGBT community, community, or the impassioned individuals who have fought to overcome it," said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., a co-author of the proposed legislation.

    "The LGBT civil rights movement launched at Stonewall is woven into American history, and it is our time our National Park system reflected that reality," he declared.

    President Barack Obama is prepared to recognize the Stonewall Inn as a national monument as early as next month to commemorate gay pride in the U.S.

    Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and other federal officials are scheduled to hold a listening session May 9 to hear feedback about the proposal.

    source CBN news


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  • NEWS | Persecuted Christians in Eritrea: ‘The Guards Offered to Let us Go if We Renounced Jesus. We Said No’


    Release International
    More than 130,000 Eritreans are living as refugees in neighbouring Ethiopia.

    More than 300 Christians are believed to be languishing in Eritrean jails, while tens of thousands have fled the country's brutal regime.

    Located in the horn of Africa, Eritrea is run under a one party political system – President Isaias Afwerki of the People's Front for Democracy and Justice party has been in power since independence in 1993, and the formation of other political groups is forbidden. For more than a decade, the government has been persecuting Christians, who make up around half of the population, and other vulnerable groups. According to persecution charity Release International, all evangelical and independent churches have been closed, and many Christians tortured for their faith.

    Last year, Eritreans were the second largest group to risk the perilous journey across the Mediterranean in the hope of a better life in Europe. The largest group were from Syria, where a five-year civil war is dragging on.

    Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki has been in power since the country gained independence in 1993.

    As of December 2015, however, more than 130,000 Eritreans were living as refugees in neighbouring Ethiopia, according to the UNHCR.

    Release International visited a refugee camp in Ethiopia, where Christians who had fled Eritrea revealed the extent of the brutal treatment they experienced.


    "There is no law and no justice. When I was living in Eritrea I was arrested because of my Christian faith. That's why I left. In Eritrea almost every Christian faces imprisonment," one refugee, Dawit, told researchers.

    He spent more than a month in prison, and also in a hard labour camp. He says he was tortured, and forced to sleep every night with his hands and feet lashed together behind his back.

    Eritrea is like a giant prison... like North Korea, but in Africa.
    - Dr Berhane Asmelash

    Other refugees shared stories of horrific treatment at the hands of Eritrean authorities. Dr Berhane Asmelash, a former prisoner and victim of torture, described prisoners being tied up and hung from trees. One form of hanging is known as the 'Jesus Christ', he said, because the victim looks as though they are on a crucifix.

    "Eritrea is like a giant prison," Asmelash added. "The country is filled with jails, concentration camps and prisons. And it is like North Korea, but in Africa."

    Elsa fled Eritrea after her sister was beaten to death by prison guards. "We were kept in underground cells. Sometimes the guards put us both in a metal shipping container to torture us. This became so hot during the day and then in the night it became freezing cold," she recalled. 

    The guards offered to let us go, but only if we renounced our faith in Jesus. We said no.
    - Elsa, Eritrean refugee

    "We didn't get much to eat and there was no medical treatment. The guards offered to let us go, but only if we renounced our faith in Jesus. We said no."

    One night the guards took it in turns to beat Elsa and her sister. "I will never forget hearing the screams of my sister," she said. "I never saw her again".

    In June 2015, a year-long UN inquiry into human rights in Eritrea found the "systematic violation of an array of human rights on a scope and scale seldom witnessed elsewhere in the world."

    A damning report criticised the country's "pervasive control system used in absolute arbitrariness to keep the population in a state of permanent anxiety".

    "In its determination to safeguard its own continued existence, the Government has proceeded to establish a system by which individuals in society are silenced and isolated through the organized repression of the freedoms of opinion, expression, assembly, association and religion," the report said.

    Eritreans are the second largest group to cross the Mediterranean to escape the 'gross human rights violations' in their own country.

    "Pervasive control systems and heavy consequences for perceived deviant behaviours...have created an environment of self-censorship whereby individuals no longer trust anyone – not even their own family."

    Though human rights abuses affect almost everyone except the powerful elite in Eritrea, people of faith are at particular risk. In May 2002, the government announced that it formally recognised just four religious denominations: the Orthodox Church, which is the largest Christian community in the country, the Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church and Sunni Islam. Every other group was told to apply for registration, and had to adhere to very stringent terms. Over a decade later, and not a single further denomination has been accredited.

    According to the UN, even those religious communities that are accredited are "nevertheless to varying degrees targeted by restrictions and attacks by the Government."

    "Interference in religious structures and affairs is rampant," the report said. "Religious materials are confiscated. Adherents are arbitrarily arrested, ill-treated or subjected to torture during their detention, and prisoners are coerced to recant their faith. Many religious followers have been killed or have disappeared."

    The UN Commission concluded that the Eritrean government "perceives religion as a threat to its existence and has set about controlling it and its expressions."

    Release International is supporting Eritrean refugees by helping them to set up small businesses in the camps. 

    Temesgen has set up a photography shop. He takes and edits pictures in the camp, and has them printed in the local town. "This shop has really helped us to support the family. We can live a normal life, providing for ourselves," he said.

    "This refugee camp may seem like a wilderness but we feel God's presence and we are together.

    "The greatest thing now is that we can express our faith openly."

    Deborah, another Eitrean refugee, urged Christians around the world to pray for those suffering for their faith.

    "Please pray for protection for us as we share our faith under enormous pressure. Pray for wisdom and for the Holy Spirit to lead us. Pray for Christian prisoners that God would strengthen their faith while in jail. Pray too for good health in spite of the terrible conditions and that they would be released soon. Pray for the church here to be strong in faith, not to be in fear but to keep on declaring the kingdom of God and sharing the gospel with others," she said.

    "Pray for justice to come to Eritrea."

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  • NEWS | Christian Missionary Arrested in October given 10 Years Hard Labor in North Korea

    Kim Dong Chul, a naturalised American citizen, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

    A Christian missionary has been sentenced to 10 years in one of North Korea's punitive hard labour camps for alleged "unpardonable espionage".

    Kim Dong Chul, aged 62, who was born in South Korea and is a naturalised US citizen was accused of stealing information, including military secrets, and passing it on to South Korea.

    North Korean state news agency KCNA reported: "The accused confessed to all crimes he had committed and gathered and offered information on its party, state and military affairs to the South Korean puppet regime, which are tantamount to state subversive plots and espionage," according to Reuters.

    At a press conference in March in Pyongyang, Dong Chul, who lived in Virginia in the United States, appeared to confess. Foreign prisoners are often forced to confess in North Korea. He told reporters he had been paid by intelligence officers from South Korea and that he had been introduced to them by US intelligence.

    Before Dong Chul was arrested last October, he had set up a business in a part of Rason in North Korea that is set aside as a special economic zone.
    Earlier this year, a woman who saw him on television recognised him as a Christian missionary who she had seen give testimony in the US about the work he was doing in North Korea. A pastor also recognised him as the same man.

    He has asked both the US and South Korea for help. He is one of six foreigners known to be held by North Korea, where as many as 70,000 Christians are currently imprisoned in labour camps. About 300,000 of North Korea's 25.3 million population are believed to be Christian. Open Doors ranks the country in first place on its persecution watch list.

    North Korea did its fourth nuclear test in January and has also done recent nuclear missle tests, breaching UN sanctions. Last Thursday, an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council was called after two mid-range ballistic missiles crashed after they were launched. A fifth test is believed imminent. 


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  • NEWS | Sudan: ’541 Civilians Killed in Nuba Mountains’

    Nuba Mountains — The government forces and allied militias have reportedly killed 541 civilians, including 13 children, and burned 25 villages in the Nuba Mountains during March and April this year.

    The Nuba Mountains Observatory for Human Rights announced that the Sudanese Air Force Antonovs dropped 563 bombs between 25 March and 12 April, along with indiscriminate shelling on Heiban and Um Dorein, and missiles from fighter jets.

    Sayed Sanhoury, the Chairman of the Observatory reported that the government forces have carried out a widespread campaign of arrests during the period between 25 March and 5 April.

    Sanhoury called on the international community to exert pressure on the Khartoum regime so as to stop the airstrikes on civilians, conduct investigations into the crimes committed, and bring the perpetrators to justice.

    "Ever since the government launched a war in Nuba Mountains, from June 2011 to December 2015, tens of thousands of people and livestock have been killed in the aerial bombardments," the Observatory states.

    source : international christian concern 


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  • Report: Broke ISIS Now Selling Its Own Fighters' Organs

      Islamic State has resorted to selling organs from injured fighters on the black market to raise much-needed funds due to the terror group’s desperate financial straits, according to the Arabic-language Al-Sabah newspaper.
    The publication, as cited by the FARS news agency, quoted an unnamed source from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who said that “doctors were threatened to take out the body organs of a wounded ISIL militant.” 

    Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is suffering from a shortage of funds due to a loss of territory in Mosul, the third-largest city in Iraq. It wants to harvest the organs from its own terrorists to sell hearts and kidneys on the black market.

    Findings from a US-based analysis firm, HIS, showed just how much of a financial hit IS has taken, largely due to the drop in oil revenues. Its daily oil output dropped from 33,000 barrels to 21,000 barrels. Its revenue had been around $80 million per month, though it is understood to have fallen to $56 million in March. 

    "Islamic State is still a force in the region, but this drop in revenue is a significant figure and will increase the challenge for the group to run its territory in the long term," IHS senior analyst Ludovico Carlino said in a report, as cited by Reuters. 

    The terrorist organization has also lost about 22 percent of its territory since the middle of 2014, when it sprung to prominence and captured large swathes of Iraq and Syria. The population of the territory under the group’s control has fallen from around 9 million to 6 million.

    "There are fewer people and business activities to tax; the same applies to properties and land to confiscate," IHS senior analyst Columb Strack said. 

    The firm added in its report that around half of ISIS’s revenue came from taxation and confiscation, while 43 percent came from oil. The rest was raised through a combination of drug smuggling, the sale of electricity and donations. 

    A report by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo states that ISIS has actively been looking to harvest organs from wounded members of the Syrian army and its captives. The publication also stated that the terrorist group was forcing prisoners in jails in Mosul to donate blood and was postponing executions especially for this purpose. 

    Meanwhile medical sources at a hospital in the Iraqi city mentioned they had witnessed corpses of at least 183 people who had had their organs removed.

    In March, an RT Documentary team found evidence in the town of Shaddadi, located in the Syrian province Hasakah of ISIS issuing a fatwa that would allow organs to be taken from apostates. 

    “I think this fatwa is strange. We have not heard of fatwas in Islam allowing the killing of a person and transplanting their organs to another person, or regarding the carrying out of operations on captives for training purposes,” Redur Khalil, a member of YPG, the Syrian Kurdish militia, told RT



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  • Snoop Dogg Praises Jesus in New Video " I'd rather have Jesus than silver and gold."

    Snoop Dogg may be known for his drug habits and sexual references in his music, but a new video is sending some shock waves through social media.  

    "I'd rather have Jesus than silver and gold," the rapper can be heard singing.  

    His followers appear to love the rendition, posting their appreciation on the video.  


    Another posted: "Bravo ! God bless brother!" 

    Click here to watch the video, and let us know what you think!


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