Nigerian Muslims kill elderly Christian man, kidnap 21-year-old
Suspected Muslim terrorists in northern Nigeria killed Daniel Yatai, an 86-year-old Christian, in his home in Kaduna state, shortly after 11 p.m. on August 2. Plus, they kidnapped two others who were later released, likely after ransom payments, reports Evangelical Focus.
According to his son, Philip Yatai, “The terrorists forcefully broke into their home as they were already sleeping, shot our dad and kidnapped my niece,” 21-year-old Brenda Friday.
The ransom demand was for $35,845. While not disclosing whether a ransom was paid, Yatai confirmed on August 5 that his niece had been released.
Nigeria is the seventh most dangerous country for Christians, according to Open Doors.
Salman Rushie, The Satanic Verses author, recovers from stabbing
Salman Rushdie, the 75-year-old author of 12 novels including The Satanic Verses, has been taken off a ventilator and can talk again, after having been stabbed on stage on Friday, August 12th at a Chautauqua, New York event, reports the BBC.
The Indian-born, British-American novelist was raised in a liberal Muslim household, but now describes himself as a “hardline atheist.” He has faced years of death threats for his novel, The Satanic Verses, which Muslims see as blasphemous. Rushdie’s claim is that the words which Islam’s false prophet, Muhammed, recorded in the Koran were inspired by Satan, not the one true God.
The book was banned in Iran, where the late leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a 1989 fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death, offering more than $3 million for anyone who kills him.
Hadi Matar, age 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, is accused of running onto the stage and stabbing Rushdie at least 10 times in the face, neck and abdomen. The novelist suffered severed nerves in one arm, damage to his liver, and will likely lose an eye.
Biden’s xecutive order funding abortion travel
Proverbs 8:36 says, “All who hate [wisdom] love death.”
Biden’s executive order is in direct violation of the Hyde Amendment which prohibits federal funding of abortions which applies to all programs funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, including Medicaid. Therefore, if the federal government is prohibited from paying for abortion, it cannot pay for transportation costs to get an abortion.
For policymakers, this only further underscores the importance of protecting—and strengthening—the Hyde Amendment.