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Iraqi Christian to ISIS: ‘If you want to kill me for my faith I am prepared to die here now’

Faith in spite of terror. catholicherald.co.uk:

When Christian villagers from the Iraqi town of Caramles fled advancing IS forces, 80-year-old Victoria was among a dozen or so unable to leave. The widow, a Chaldean Catholic, knew nothing about the sudden evacuation that had suddenly emptied this ancient village she had known for so long. Next morning she went to church – St Addai’s – as she did every day. She found the place locked; the streets deserted. She knew IS had come.

We met Victoria on our first evening in Erbil at the start of a fact-finding and project assessment trip for Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. She wanted to tell us the story of how she and her friend and neighbour Gazella survived.

For four days, they locked themselves in their home, not daring to venture out. “Prayer sustained us,” said Victoria. But they needed food for the body as well as food for the soul and when supplies ran dangerously low they went in search of water and other basics.

Inevitably they ran into IS forces. Explaining their situation, they asked for help and to their surprise IS gave them water even after they refused a request to abandon their faith.

Ground Zero Cross: Court presses atheist group to explain why artifact is 'offensive'

Apparently, being offended is not grounds for legal action. foxnews.com:

A federal appeals court said this week that an atheist group trying to keep the so-called Ground Zero Cross out of the National September 11 Memorial Museum must better explain how displaying the artifact is “offensive” and violates members’ constitutional rights.

The 17-foot-tall, steel beam “cross” was found in the rubble of the World Trade Center twin towers in New York that fell during the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The cross became a sort of shrine or place of comfort for first responders who often prayed there and left messages or flowers. It was moved away from the debris a few weeks later and became a tourist attraction through several years of reconstruction.

American Atheists filed the suit in 2011, which was thrown out last year by a federal judge in the Southern District of New York.

The appeals court ruling Thursday cites an amicus brief filed by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a nonprofit law firm that specializes in church-state law and protecting the free expression of all religious traditions.

Uncle Sams Misguided Children – Boko Haram Bury and Stone Young Girl to Death

Horribly sad. Read more at misguidedchildren.com:

The devout Islamic militant group known as Boko Haram has been recorded on video during thestoning of a young girl. The radical jihadists force this young girl, who looks to be in her early teenage years, into a small hole in the dirt.

Valedictorian stands up for what he believes in

Christian Actress Candace Cameron Is "Controversial" for Being Traditional

From newsbusters.org:

Words like “controversial” weren’t used as People magazine recently boosted ABC anchor Robin Roberts in a cover story and how her mother assured her that God approves of homosexuality. Instead, People saved that word for evangelical Christian actress Candace Cameron Bure in the May 5 issue.

The headline on the Patrick Gomez article was “Faith, Family, and Full House: The former child star opens up about her controversial beliefs – and how they guide her life as a traditional wife and mother.”

Gomez highlighed how Bure believes in “wifely submission” and drew feminist criticism:

Bure’s beliefs – she’s a devout evangelical Christian – have made her something of a Hollywood outsider...A well-known author in Christian circles, Bure advocates for traditional marriage roles as described in the Bible, in which wives play a “submissive” role to their husbands.

Kidnapped boy Willie Myrick sings gospel song until abductor sets him free

Read the whole story at dailymail.co.uk:

A 10-year-old boy has managed to escape the clutches of a kidnapper by singing a gospel song until the suspect couldn't stand it anymore and let him free.

Police say Willie Myrick was abducted by a man from his Atlanta, Georgia driveway, on March 31.

The suspect allegedly lured him with cash and then, when he was close enough, grabbed him and pulled him into his car.

They then drove around for three hours before the man dropped Willie off unharmed in East Point.

But Willie's actions during that terrifying time probably saved his life. 

Willie said he sang the gospel song 'Every Praise' repeatedly until the man told him to get out of the car.

Willie said while he was singing, the man kept cursing and telling him to shut up before eventually kicking him out.

'He opened the door and threw me out,' Willie told WXIA-TV. 'He told me not to tell anyone.'

On Thursday, community leaders came together to warn other parents and children about the kidnapping and celebrate the little boy's bravery and quick thinking.

The man who wrote the song - Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Hezekiah Walker - even traveled from New York to congratulate Willie in person.

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by Dr. Radut