What is the truth about the number of Christian martyrs? Top 5 news stories

Have 100,000 Christians died as martyrs? • Swastikas, Slurs and Torment in Town’s Schools • Woman Turned Away From Blood Center Because She Won’t Remove Hijab • Jewish man awarded $900G over Nazi gas chamber ‘jokes’ • Praying Bus Driver Fired For Religion On School Bus

Last week’s top news, from our perspective (on Tuesday because we were closed for Veteran’s Day yesterday):

Have 100,000 Christians died as martyrs?

Is there a global war on Christians? It is claimed that an average of 100,000 Christians have died because of their faith every year for the past decade – and that this is an ‘unreported catastrophe’.

The Vatican has called it a credible number. But is it?

Ruth Alexander and Wesley Stephenson fact-check the widely-quoted statistic.

Swastikas, Slurs and Torment in Town’s Schools

The swastikas, the students recalled, seemed to be everywhere: on walls, desks, lockers, textbooks, computer screens, a playground slide — even on a student’s face.

A picture of President Obama, with a swastika drawn on his forehead, remained on the wall of an eighth-grade social studies classroom for about a month after a student informed her teacher, the student said.

For some Jewish students in the Pine Bush Central School District in New York State, attending public school has been nothing short of a nightmare.

Woman Turned Away From Blood Center Because She Won’t Remove Hijab

Memphis mother Keajuana Allen said she gives blood regularly at Tennessee Blood Services at 807 Poplar, but she was turned away Wednesday.

“She told me I had to remove my scarf and I told her, ‘Well you know I can’t.’ I said, ‘Why today, do I have to remove my scarf?’ I said, ‘Due to religious purposes, I am not to be uncovered,’” said Allen after she was asked to remove her hijab before giving blood Wednesday.

Jewish man awarded $900G over Nazi gas chamber ‘jokes’

A delivery man for the midtown (Manhattan) restaurant Mangia 57 has won a $900,000 jury verdict, payback for the anti-Semitic harassment heaped upon him by three supervisors at the eatery.

Nightshift manager Artur Zbozien often “passed gas” in front of Wiercinski, and would then joke that the gas was Zyklon B, the poison used in Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust, according to the Brooklyn federal court lawsuit.

Praying Bus Driver Fired For Religion On School Bus

School bus driver George Nathaniel III was fired last week for inviting the children on his routes to pray with him each morning, despite being repeatedly asked by his company to stop, reports CBS Local.

The school district of Burnsville, Minnesota complained to his employers, Durham School Services, who proceeded to give Nathaniel a warning and assign him two new bus routes serving Edward D. Neill Elementary School and Metcalf Junior High School. However, Nathaniel refused to comply with their direction and said, “I let them know I am a pastor and I am going to pray,” reports the Star Tribune.