NEW YORK — On the red carpet of the premiere of "Hacksaw Ridge" at the Sheen Center on Wednesday, Academy Award-winning actor and director Mel Gibson talked about Christian World World II hero Desmond Doss, and the amazing example he set by sticking to his convictions and turning the other cheek.
"Hacksaw Ridge" is based on the extraordinary true story of Doss, played by Andrew Garfield ("The Amazing Spider Man"), who served in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle in the Pacific and miraculously saved 75 men without firing a shot.
Doss served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army but refused to kill or carry a weapon into combat because of his personal beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist. Consequently, he thought it was fitting to become a medic during the war. more >>
The Islamic State is forcing children and elderly people to carry out executions in its stronghold of Mosul in Iraq, as liberation forces backed by the U.S. are planning to carry out their operation to drive out the jihadists and free the city.
The Mirror released parts of new IS propaganda footage that shows the terrorists carrying out various punishments and executions in the embattled city.
"In the sickening new footage, children and pensioners are shown being forced to carry out horrific executions," the report describes. more >>
An Islamic State document uncovered during the offensive to retake the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul has exposed the terror group's rules and regulations for the treatment of religious minority sex slaves, including "pre-pubescent girls" who are sexually assaulted as "concubines."
Reuters has uncovered disturbing documents found in Iraqi villages recently liberated by Iraq-led coalition forces that show IS is more than just an outfit dedicated to carrying out terror attacks, but has also tried to implement its own administrative presence in the areas it conquered.
The documents, which contain the IS black flag logo, were found in offices used by the terror group up until recently. Although the documents have not yet been verified as authentic, Iraqi troops told Reuters that the documents did originate from the terror group. more >>
NEW YORK — Mel Gibson's latest directorial feat "Hacksaw Ridge," is a masterful depiction of an inspiring but violent collision between war and faith.
The film, rated R for its intense prolonged graphic sequences of war violence, is based on the true story of the late World War II U.S. Army medic Desmond Doss.
Doss was a devout Seventh-day Adventist played in the film by actor Andrew Garfield, who despite being brutally challenged for his faith, refused to bear arms or kill. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice is calling on the Obama administration to provide documentation showing what it's doing to help Christians suffering persecution and genocide in Syria following revelations that less than 1 percent of all admitted refugees are religious minorities seeking asylum.
The conservative law group cited U.S. government statistics which show that among the Syrian refugees being granted asylum in the United States this year, only 56 of the 11,000 are Christians.
In response to the low number of Christians being granted asylum in the U.S., the ACLJ said on Wednesday that it has filed a Joint Status Report that requires the State Department to provide documentation about what it's doing to help Christians before Dec. 28. more >>
A number of women and young girls who were rescued from the clutches of radical Islamic jihadist groups in Nigeria were also victimized and raped by the government officials entrusted to protect them, according to Human Rights Watch.
"It is bad enough that these women and girls are not getting much-needed support for the horrific trauma they suffered at the hands of Boko Haram. It is disgraceful and outrageous that people who should protect these women and girls are attacking and abusing them," says Mausi Segun, senior Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch, in a new report that reveals the women's abusers included camp leaders, vigilante groups, policemen and soldiers.
Four of the victims who shared their stories with HRW said they were drugged and raped, while at least 37 others said they were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material help. more >>