2,000-Year-Old Road Unearthed in Bet Shemesh, Israel

2,000-Year-Old Road Unearthed in Bet Shemesh, Israel

(Israel Antiquities Authority) — A wide and impressive 2,000 year old road dating to the Roman period, in an extraordinary state of preservation, was revealed last February in archaeological excavations of the Israel Antiquities Authority near Highway 375. The excavation was conducted prior to laying a water pipeline to Jerusalem, at the initiative of, the […]

European Court of Justice Rules Employers Can Ban Wearing of Religious Symbols

European Court of Justice Rules Employers Can Ban Wearing of Religious Symbols

(Evangelical Focus) — The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that employers are allowed to ban employees from wearing visible religious, political and philosophical symbols in the workplace. The ban must be based on internal company rules, requiring all employees to “dress neutrally” and “it cannot be based on the wishes of a customer,” […]

China’s New Policy Expected to Lead to More Religious Persecution

China’s New Policy Expected to Lead to More Religious Persecution

(China Aid/Morning Star News) – China Aid’s 2016 Annual Persecution Report details a seismic shift in the Chinese government’s approach to religious policy that is expected to lead to further persecution. The report’s core subject tracks a deviation in the Chinese government’s ideological approach to religious management. During the National Conference of Religious Work held […]

UK Health Workers Told to Discuss Faith With Dying Patients

UK Health Workers Told to Discuss Faith With Dying Patients

(Christian Concern) — Healthcare workers should do more to talk to dying patients about faith, experts have said. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised health workers and care workers to do more to discuss patients’ social, cultural and religious preferences. It comes as a 2016 report showed that spiritual wishes […]

Ethiopian Girls Charged With ‘Inciting Religious Violence’ Released From Prison

Ethiopian Girls Charged With ‘Inciting Religious Violence’ Released From Prison

BABILE, Ethiopia (Open Doors USA) — Four teenage believers, three of them minors, served a one-month jail sentence after being convicted on charges of distributing Christian literature and “inciting religious violence.” The girls were reported to be “in good health” following their release from prison on Dec. 22. Gifti, 14; Mihiret, 14; Eden, 15; and […]

CNN Host Reza Aslan Sparks Outrage After Eating Part of Human Brain While Meeting With Cannibals

CNN Host Reza Aslan Sparks Outrage After Eating Part of Human Brain While Meeting With Cannibals

CNN host Reza Aslan, a Muslim, is sparking outrage after eating part of a human brain during a televised meeting with a cannibalistic extreme Hindu sect called the Aghori. The meeting was part of his television series “Believer,” which is said to feature the “world’s most fascinating faith-based groups.” The Aghori, while identifying as worshipers […]

‘Alcohol Misuse Remains Unacceptably High in Scotland’, Report Says

‘Alcohol Misuse Remains Unacceptably High in Scotland’, Report Says

Scotland (Christian Institute) — Alcohol-related harm accounts for 22 deaths in Scotland a week, a shocking new report has found. Figures released by the country’s chief medical officer, Dr. Catherine Calderwood, also revealed that alcohol causes an average of 674 hospital admissions per week. The news comes shortly after a Scottish charity warned that children […]

Plastic Prostitutes: Sex Doll Brothel Opens In Spain

Plastic Prostitutes: Sex Doll Brothel Opens In Spain

(Fight the New Drug) — Sex doll brothel. What sounds like a weird sci-fi joke is a new reality in one European country, and some experts are predicting this new “business” is a look into the future. Barcelona, Spain, has just become home to the first known brothel with “lifelike” silicone sex dolls as its […]