Earlier this week, vandals destroyed more than 170 headstones at a Jewish cemetery outside St. Louis. The vandalism comes as dozens of Jewish community centers around the country receive threats of violence as a part of a disturbing rise of anti-Semitism.
However, in St. Louis, one group is making a statement and standing with the Jewish community: Muslim activists.
Two prominent Muslim activists in the area launched a crowdfunding campaign to repair the damaged graves, explaining on the page,
Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America.
So far, the “Muslims United to Repair Jewish Cemetery” campaign has already raised more than $62,000.
They aren’t alone in their campaign to fight religious violence in America. The Council on American Islamic Relations is now offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who can help identify those responsible for making the bomb threats. Discuss
Egypt's branch of the Islamic State released a video Monday promising to continue attacking Christians there.
In December a suicide bomber attacked a Christian church, killing 28 and injuring dozens more. The 20-minute video features footage of that attack, saying it was "only the beginning." The narrator also says that Coptic Christians are ISIS' "favorite prey."
The video shows Christian leaders talking about how unsafe conditions have become—asking for protection for Christians, who are only 10 percent of the population, or speaking about Muslims derogatorily. The narrator also calls Christians "infidels" and says that they are no longer part of the class of people who get state protection.
According to ABC News, in just the last month, three Christians were killed in drive-by shootings. Discuss
A new clip from the upcoming big screen adaptation of The Shack has been released, and things get emotional.
The film—which is based on a novel by William Paul Young—tells the story of a grieving father who meets God in the form of three individuals who represent members of the trinity.
The clip appears to be from the same scene as another recently-released trailer where Sam Worthington’s character discusses what it’s like to lose a child during a conversation with God, portrayed by Octavia Spencer
The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian.
It stars Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo) and Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), as well as, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in yet-to-be-revealed roles. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also pictured.