Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Woman Converts to Christianity,Beaten by Spouse; Husband Beats Wife in Ethiopia for Leaving Islam

An Ethiopian woman who converted to Christianity from Islam was beaten so severely by her husband that she had to be hospitalized, the Christian Today website reports today (September 27, 2016).

Habiba Ibrahim, 34, who has three children with her husband, converted on August 2 in Bokulo Boma, where she lives, which is near the border with Kenya.

Six weeks later, her husband found out and after attending prayers at a mosque, he beat her up. She suffered a head wound and bruises and has now sought refuge in another village with her children.

About four in ten of the 100 million people in Ethiopia are Greek Orthodox Christians, while three in ten people are Muslim.

Poland Appears Set to OK Total Ban on Abortion; Lawmakers to End It Unless Mother's Life at Risk

Poland looks set to commit a near total ban on abortion to law, after its Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of tougher legislation which has been supported by the Catholic Church, the Catholic News website reports today (September 27, 2016).

On September 23, 267 members of the Polish Parliament's lower house voted in favor of a bill that would allow terminations only if the mother's life was at risk.

The anti-abortion bill -- drawn up by pro-life citizen groups and brought before Parliament by the governing Law and Justice Party -- would also make women who had an abortion liable to prison terms.

The bill will now be sent to a committee phase for a further hearing.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Exclusive: 7K Terror Encounters in US in One Yr.; Terrorists Attempted to Sneak into US Via Mexico

Leaked documents with sensitive FBI data exclusively obtained by the Breitbart website reveal today (September 26, 2016) that 7,712 terrorist encounters occurred within the United States in one year and that many of those encounters occurred near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The incidents are characterized as "Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounters."

Some of the encounters occurred near the U.S.-Mexico border at ports-of-entry and some occurred in between, indicating that persons known or reasonably suspected of being terrorists attempted to sneak into the U.S. across the border.

In all, the encounters occurred in higher numbers in American states that border Mexico.

Academics Seek Boycott of Israeli Settlements; More Than 70 Sign Economic Boycott Petition

Over 70 American academics and political commentators have signed an open letter calling "For an Economic Boycott and Political Nonrecognition of the Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories," the Jerusalem Post website reports today (September 26, 2016).

The petition stated that although those who signed it oppose boycott of any kind inside Israel's 1967 borders, they do believe in "targeted boycott of all goods and services from all Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories, and any investments that promote the Occupation."

They also called for the exclusion of settlements from U.S. trade benefits and tax exemptions.

Noted signatories of the petition included American journalist Peter Beinart and Jerusalem/US-based Hebrew University adjunct professor Bernard Avishai.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pope Meets Nice Victims,Urges Sincere Dialogue; Praises God's Work of Forgiveness, Love, Respect

Pope Francis yesterday called for a "sincere dialogue" between Christians and Muslims as he met grieving relatives and survivors of France's Bastille Day attack, in which a jihadist ploughed his truck into a crowd, the Newsmax website reports today (September 25, 2016).

The pope -- declaring "there is no God of war" -- met 180 people who were wounded or left traumatized or bereaved by the July 14 attack in Nice, France, which claimed 86 lives.

"We need to start a sincere dialogue and have fraternal relatives between everybody, especially those who believe in a sole God who is merciful," he said, adding this was "an urgent priority."

The pope added, "We can only respond to the devil's attacks with God's works which are forgiveness, love, and respect, for the other [religion] even if they are different."

Saturday, September 24, 2016

US Orth. Rabbis' Group Orders Prenup Agreement; Ends Need for a "Get" for Orth. Women to Divorce

The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) will mandate its member rabbis to require couples to sign a prenuptial agreement ensuring that husbands will not withhold a "get" ( a Jewish writ of divorce) from their wives, the Times of Israel website reports today (September 24, 2016).

The agreement -- commonly referred to as a "halachic prenup" -- generally penalizes the husband financially for refusing to give his wife a get.

Rabbi Mark Dratch -- executive vice president of the RCA, a centrist Orthodox rabbis' organization -- said the organization is mandating the longstanding fix to an intractable problem now because the Orthodox community is largely aware of and comfortable with its use.

According to halacha -- or traditional Orthodox Jewish law -- a husband must give his wife the get in order for the couple to divorce. Women whose husbands refuse to divorce them -- thus preventing them from remarrying under Jewish law -- are referred to as "agunot," Hebrew for "chained women."

Friday, September 23, 2016

Philly Woman Planned to Desert Children,Join IS; Arrested by Federal Agents on Planned Flight Day

Keonna Thomas, 32, of Philadelphia admitted in federal court to planning to abandon her two children -- aged seven and nine -- to fight for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Clarion Project website reports today (September 23, 2016).

She told the judge, "I believe that I'm guilty of this charge," acknowledging that the only reason she did not carry out this plan is because federal agents raided her home the day she was due to leave in 2015.

She had booked a flight to Barcelona, Spain and planned to travel to Syria from there.

She faces up to 15 years in prison.