Radical Muslims in eastern Uganda sprayed acid on their family members during an argument over their conversion from Islam to Christianity and were told, “You deserve death.” The family survived but remain in the hospital where they're being treated for burns.
Reports surfaced last week that Muslim relatives had sprayed acid on three new converts — Juma Waiswa, 38, his 32-year-old wife, Nasimu Naigaga, and their 13-year-old daughter, Amina Nagudi — in Intonko village of Namutumba District, to punish them for putting their faith in Christ. One of the victims, Waiswa, said they converted to Christianity when a pastor visited their home and shared the Gospel on Feb. 17. When the relatives came to know about their conversion, they called them for a meeting with other clan members on March 8, he said. “During the meeting, we were asked about our salvation, and we affirmed to them that we had believed in Jesus and converted to Christianity,” Waiswa was quoted as saying. “They told us to renounce Jesus, but we stood by the newly founded faith in Jesus.”
He continued: “When we refused to recant our faith in Jesus, my father, Arajabu, recited some Quranic verses, and after that they forcefully started beating us with sticks as prescribed in the Quran, claiming that we were apostates. As this was not enough, my father went inside the room and picked up a bottle of acid and began spraying it on us while the group started shouting, ‘Allah Akbar [Allah is greater], you deserve death,’ and then disowned us.” The three victims didn’t realize initially that they had been sprayed with acid. “But as we were fleeing for our lives, we started feeling some serious itching that continued until the pain intensified,” Waiswa said. “A nearby Christian neighbor called the pastor, who arrived immediately and took us to hospital in Mbale, but our daughter was seriously affected and was referred to a hospital in Jinja.” On March 9, their home was burned to the ground.
New California Bill Would Legalize Infanticide by Permitting 'Perinatal Death.'
A new California bill backed by prominent leaders would permit infanticide by legalizing “perinatal death,” a medical phrase that includes the time after birth. Specifically, AB 2223 says “a person shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability or penalty” due to their “miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion, or perinatal death.” Further, the bill protects anyone “who aids or assists a pregnant person in exercising their rights under this” bill. The bill would “codify the killing of unborn children throughout all nine months of pregnancy but to decriminalize killing newborns days or even weeks after birth.” The bill “removes all civil and criminal penalties for killing babies born alive under any circumstances,” said attorney and chief executive officer Alexandra Snyder of the Life Legal Defense Foundation. “The bill expressly authorizes any person to facilitate late-term abortions and infanticide without legal repercussions."
Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson declined to define the word "woman" during an exchange with U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn. Jackson, during an exchange with another senator, also said she could not provide an answer for when life begins, "Can you provide a definition for the word woman?" Blackburn asked. "No, I can't. Not in this context. I'm not a biologist," Jackson said. During another part of the hearing, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) asked Jackson her opinion on "when does life begin." "Senator, I don't know," she responded. "I have personal, religious and otherwise beliefs that have nothing to do with the law in terms of when life begins." Do you have a personal belief about when life begins?" Kennedy asked in a follow-up. "I have a religious belief that I set aside" she answered.
Residents of a city in Tennessee are protesting after atheist activists called for the removal of three crosses from public property in the town of Elizabethton. The three white crosses have stood on the property since the 1950s when a group of boys working on an Easter project installed them on Lynn Mountain for a local church. Residents say the crosses are a historical fixture in the city.