'Gifted Hands' Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Says He's Running for President, 'Even Though I am Not a Politician'

Ben Carson Announces Candidacy for President
Ben Carson Announces Candidacy for President

It looks like God is having his way with Ben Carson. Calling himself a "reluctant warrior" Sunday, the retired neurosurgeon and conservative star revealed that he's running for president, a decision he said he wouldn't make unless God told him to do it.
"I'm willing to be part of the equation and therefore, I'm announcing my candidacy for President of the United States of America," Carson, one of the world's most celebrated neurosurgeons told Jeff Barnd of WKRC Cincinnati Sunday. He is expected to make a formal announcement in Detroit, Michigan on Monday.

Freed Boko Haram Hostages Praise God for Rescue; Reveal Islamic Militants Stoned Women to Death, Reduced Children to 'Skeletal Bodies'

Tuesday 5, May 2015

Boko Haram
Photo: Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)
Women and children rescued from Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the Sambisa forest by the Nigerian military arrive at an internally displaced people's camp in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria, May 2, 2015.
By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter
Some of the nearly 700 hostages rescued from terror group Boko Haram last week following raids by the Nigerian army have spoken out about the horrific treatment they received. The captives revealed the Islamic militants stoned women to death as the army was approaching to rescue them, and reduced children to near "skeletal bodies" due to starvation.
"We just have to give praise to God that we are alive, those of us who have survived," 27-year-old Lami Musa told The Associated Press.

Our 'Greatest Hope' Is Not in Elected Officials but Corporations, Says T.D. Jakes

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In this file photo, Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House speaks at a pastors conference in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 10, 2008. Jakes will be hosting his first international MegaFest in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Oct. 11-12.

By Leonardo Blair , Christian Post Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. — Megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, charged Wednesday that it's corporations and not elected officials that represent "the greatest hope" in effecting change and development in underserved communities across America. He said, however, that they need to "add a moral component to money" to make it happen.

USCIRF Report Shows Islamic Countries Are Worst Violators of Religious Freedom; 12 Muslim-Majority Nations Top the List

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A woman holds a placard during a march and rally in east London, December 13, 2013. They were participating in a rally organized by British Islamist Anjem Choudary condemning use of alcohol and promoting Shariah law.

By Anugrah Kumar , Christian Post Contributor
The annual report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom shows that 12 of the 17 nations with the worst record of religious freedom are Islamic or Muslim-majority countries.

Opinion: Ethiopian Jews: Not Jewish enough

Discrimination has long been a problem in Israeli society - will these protests change anything? 

A wounded Israeli of Ethiopian origin during a protest against racism in Tel Aviv [EPA]
A wounded Israeli of Ethiopian origin during a protest against racism in Tel Aviv [EPA]

About the Author

Seth J Frantzman

Seth J Frantzman is a Jerusalem-based commentator on Middle East politics.


"My blood is good enough for army service, but not good enough after," shouted a woman at a line of riot police last Thursday in Jerusalem.
"My brother is in Golani [an army unit] and so was I, but I can't get a job; I face racism when I want to move into an apartment," said another man in Tel Aviv on Sunday night.
They were two voices out of thousands who turned out for two massive, unprecedented, and at times violent, protests against racism and police brutality in Israel. 

Israel must eliminate racism - PM Netanyahu

Damas Pakedeh (left) with Benjamin Netanyahu (04/05/15)
Mr Netanyahu met soldier Damas Pakedeh, who was beaten by two Israeli policemen 

Israel's prime minister has said racism in the country must be eliminated, after protests by Ethiopian Israelis against alleged discrimination.
Benjamin Netanyahu spoke after meeting Ethiopian Israeli community leaders and an Ethiopian Israeli soldier, whose beating by police has fuelled tensions.

Earthquake Turns Churches into Tombs

Monday 4, May 2015

Evangelicals bear brunt of Christian deaths.

Nepal Christians Return to Worship after Earthquake Turns Churches into Tombs
Image: Anto Akkara
Catholic leader Paul Simick surveys wreckage of Pentecostal church in Kathmandu.

Pledging to spread God's love "even though earthquakes come," a small evangelical church in Nepal completed on Saturday its worship song interrupted by last week's natural disaster.
The first-hand account from the International Mission Board is one of many reports surfacing of how Nepal's Christian minority is regrouping after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake collapsed many churches during their main weekly worship services.