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 >>
A new study in the U.K. has revealed that a growing number of parents are fearful of passing on their religious beliefs to their children, worried that they won't be accepted in school and will be alienated by their peers.
The Telegraph reports that the ComRes research study, which was commissioned by the religious and social affairs think tank Theos, found that as many as one in four, or 23 percent of respondents, said they are worried their children might be sidelined by their friends if they were to find out about their faith.
The survey, which queried 1,013 parents, 458 of whom said they were Christian, 113 from other religions, and 423 of no religious faith, also revealed that 26 percent of these parents were afraid that their children "may have questions I could not answer." more >>
American Family Association President Tim Wildmon has said his organization will be offering free "Keep Christ in Christmas" wristbands this season as the battle with "secular liberals" who want to keep religion out of the public sphere resumes.
Wildmon said in an article for AFA that his organization has been fighting hard over the years to encourage businesses and individuals to keep Jesus' name in the spirit and celebration of Christmas in the U.S.
"Now, we don't win every cultural battle, but over the years I can report to you that AFA has been very successful in convincing major corporations to reinstate the word Christmas in their holiday promotions," he wrote. 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 >>
A Christian homeless shelter in Pennsylvania is no longer accepting food donations from the federal government because of new regulations that prohibits them from praying before meals.
The Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which is a missionary arm of the local church that has served the homeless community for 102 years, is objecting to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's revised rules on food distributions, which state that the mission cannot conduct religious activities while distributing the USDA-donated food.
"Well, we pray before meals, so if there's a meal being served — and we serve 3,000 meals a week — if there's a meal being served with USDA food somewhere in it, then we would be prohibited from praying," the mission's Executive Director Chuck Wingate told CNS News. "We just said 'nope' that's too onerous for us and we're not going to continue to accept the food if that's a condition of receiving it." more >>
Saeed Abedini says the 37th anniversary of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis also marks the three-year anniversary of when he was moved from Evin to Rajaeeshahr prison by the Iranian regime that tortured him on a daily basis in an attempt to get him to renounce Jesus Christ.
Abedini revealed in a Facebook post on Thursday that he was moved from Evin to Rajaeeshahr where he was placed in a "section for martyrs" just one week after President Obama had a phone conversation with President Rouhani of Iran. He said the regime transferred him to that prison to give the U.S. "a one, two, three punch" and display their power to the media.
"There were 120 murderers there who killed someone in the prison after they had been arrested for killing someone before they came to prison. Guards would not dare come to that section," he said. "The first two nights that I was there, four people were killed in prison fights by swords and knives, right in of front of my eyes. more >>