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Kresta in the Afternoon – April 20, 2021 – Hour 2

Raymond Ibrahim has news of another ISIS beheading as well as blasphemy laws in Pakistan, and Joelle Maryn shares how her faith arose from the ashes of a childhood tragedy.

Egyptian Christian Executed by ISIS

In Egypt, an Orthodox Christian named Nabil Habashi Salama has been executed by ISIS. His family believes he was targeted for his share in building the city’s St. Mary Church. Raymond Ibrahim has the details on this story as well as yet another example of bogus blasphemy charges against a Pakistani Christian.

ALSO breaking news in this segment with Steve Clarke on the conviction of Derek Chauvin.

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Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy laws claim two more victims

ISIS Executes Christian Businessman Kidnapped in Egypt’s Sinai

Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death

Raymond Ibrahim is a widely published author, public speaker, and Middle East and Islam specialist.  His books include “Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West” and “The Al Qaeda Reader.” He provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and has testified before Congress regarding the conceptual failures that dominate American discourse concerning Islam and the worsening plight of Egypt’s Christian Copts. He was born and raised in the U.S. by Coptic Egyptian parents who were born and raised in the Middle East and is fluent in English and Arabic.  Visit

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Beauty from the Ashes

When Joelle Maryn was 6 years old, her family experienced an unimaginable tragedy: an unattended Advent candle set their Christmas tree on fire and her sister died in the ensuing blaze. She tried praying to God to bring her sister back, and when nothing happened she gradually began losing her faith and slipping into a life of worldly pleasures. Years later, a radical awakening set her on the path back to Christ. She shares her story.

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Beauty from Ashes

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Joelle Maryn is a Catholic speaker, evangelist and actress. In 2012, she had a major reversion back to the faith and now spreads a message of God’s healing love that has radiated hope and purpose in life to many around the world. More information can be found online at

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