A group of Hindu extremists violently attacked two pastors in northern India’s Haryana state last month, accusing them of receiving foreign funding to forcibly convert Hindus to Christianity, Morning Star News (MSN) reports. Persecution of Christians in India has increased dramatically since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took power in 2014.
An Illinois school board has approved members of The Satanic Temple to lead an extracurricular “After School Satan Club” for elementary school children, Christian Headlines (CH) reports. The Satan Club was approved by the Moline-Coal Valley School District Board of Education on January 10 and is now being held on school premises at Jane Addams Elementary in Moline.
Archaeologists studying 2,600-year-old clay seals uncovered on and near Jerusalem’s Temple Mount believe the artifacts show ancient Israelites had two different treasuries, one for the First Temple and one for the Kingdom of Judah, the Jerusalem Post (JP reports).
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly warned Defense Minister Benny Gantz that while he is committed to stopping violence in the West Bank, he was concerned that changes to the religious status quo on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem could lead to an “unstoppable” escalation, Hebrew media reported Wednesday.
American evangelist Franklin Graham has condemned U.S.-based Satanists after they tried “to destroy” Christmas over the weekend.
Illinois has allowed members of the Satanic Temple to install a display of the demonic entity Baphomet as a baby at the state Capitol in Springfield, the Washington Times reports.
The discovery of a 2,000-year-old synagogue in the Galilee region is offering a new window into life during Jesus’ time.
Revelations that Iran may have a nuclear bomb within weeks overshadowed Hanukkah feasts in Israel, but Israel’s spy chief warned Iran it would not be allowed to become a nuclear power.
Israel’s authority regulating excavation has called a discovered ancient town “a direct voice” from the fall of Jerusalem’s Temple.
An Israeli girl found a 2,000-year-old silver coin which some experts believe was minted at the second Holy Temple in Jerusalem’s Old City as part of the Jewish revolt against the Romans.
Israel was on edge late Sunday after a suspected Palestinian militant opened fire in Jerusalem’s Old City, killing one Israeli man and injuring at least four others, including a rabbi.
Police in India’s Uttar Pradesh state last month beat up two Christians they had arrested on false charges of forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity, Morning Star News (MSN) reports. Believers in Uttar Pradesh are reportedly experiencing a wave of intense persecution as Hindu nationalists continually abuse harsh anti-conversion laws to have them arrested and detained on false charges.
On the heels of a ruling by an Israeli court, which essentially permits silent Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, terror group Hamas released a statement calling the decision a “declaration of war.”
Satanist groups have launched efforts to reverse the newly enacted pro-life laws in Texas, Ohio, and other states, including a Utah measure that would outlaw most abortions in the event that the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion.
The Satanic Temple (TST) has entered the fray against the Texas heartbeat law, not by claiming a woman’s right to abortion, but by alleging the law restricts the group’s freedom of religion.
Har Hotzvim, one of Jerusalem’s main hi-tech hubs, owes its name, which in Hebrew means “Quarrymen’s Hill,” to a much more ancient industrial activity: It is where archaeologists from the Antiquities Authority have uncovered a quarry dating back some 2,000 years, the IAA revealed Sunday.
Archaeologists excavating in Jerusalem’s Old City have unearthed a weight that was likely used to cheat traders some 2,700 years ago in the First Temple period, the Jerusalem Post (JP) reports.
Although US spending on construction has increased steadily to a near-record annualized rate of $1.55 trillion this year, the construction of houses of worship such as churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples has decreased sharply over the last 20 years, Axios reports.
A pastor has paid tribute to eight Christian families driven out of their village in eastern India earlier this year due to their “strong faith” in Jesus Christ.
Christian evangelist Hatun Tash says she survived a knife attack by a suspected Muslim in London “thanks to God’s grace.”