Tag : religious persecution
Quran, Torah, Bible title : Islamic Holy Book Stolen From Interfaith NC Airport Chapel, Critical Note Left
summary : Two copies of the Quran were stolen from the interfaith chapel at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. In their place was left a religiously disparaging handwritten note.
date : Apr 04, 2017 11:29 AM EDT
Abdumonem Abdumawla and Rev. Hassan Abduraheem title : 2 Sudanese Men Jailed for Helping Czech 'Christian Spy'
summary : Two Sudanese men, one a leader in the Sudan Church of Christ, are still in jail for allegedly aiding a now-released Czech aid worker Petr Jasek.
date : Apr 04, 2017 09:34 AM EDT
Changlin Church title : China Churches Ordered by Government to Put In Observation Equipment
summary : Government officials in China's Zhejiang Province recently ordered surveillance equipment to be installed in churches so they could more easily monitor church activities, according to local, Christian watchdog sources.
date : Apr 03, 2017 02:42 PM EDT
Christian Nigerians title : Christian Victims Denied Food, Aid by Terrorists in Nigerian Displacement Camps
summary : Christians dislodged in Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists are being deprived of access to food and assistance at displacement camps run by local Muslim organizations, according to Christian persecution watchdog group, Open Doors USA.
date : Mar 24, 2017 10:57 AM EDT
ChinaAid title : Chinese Christians Imprisoned for Selling Religious Devotional Books
summary : Five Christian leaders in China's northeastern Liaoning province, who were arrested for allegedly purchasing and selling Christian books, now received prison sentences for doing so.
date : Mar 10, 2017 02:28 PM EST
rebel group title : Christian Mother, Son Killed by ISIL Jihadists for 'Defiling' Islam by Converting to Christianity
summary : A Somalia family who was living secretly as Christian converts from Islam was invaded in their own home and shot to death by Islamic extremists believed to be affiliated with the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab terrorist group.
date : Mar 10, 2017 09:51 AM EST
Monifa Sterling title : Historic Religious Freedom Case of US Marine Advocated by 7 New Parties in Unusual Move
summary : The Sterling legal case began when former U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was court-martialed for refusing an order to remove Bible verses from her workspace. Others are joining in now in the name of religious freedom.
date : Feb 14, 2017 02:01 PM EST
World Relief Refugees title : 100 Evangelical Leaders Sign Public Ad to Condemn Trump's Refugee Ban
summary : Evangelical leaders, including at least one from each state, reportedly purchased a full-page newspaper advertisement to denounce President Donald Trump's temporary ban on refugees, urging him to reconsider his Jan. 27 executive order and instead welcome people fleeing persecution and violence. The ad, which is slated to run in The Washington Post, is signed by 100 prominent evangelical pastors and authors, and is addressed to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
date : Feb 09, 2017 11:04 AM EST
Jenna Welch Bush Hager title : Jenna Bush Hager Condemns Immigration Travel Ban: 'This Is Not America I Know'
summary : Former first daughter Jenna Welch Bush Hager shared her thoughts on President Donald Trump's controversial immigration ban on Tuesday, saying the face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. "That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. They represent evil and war."
date : Feb 01, 2017 10:40 AM EST
Immigration protest outside White House title : Religious Groups Cite Christian Values in Disapproving Trump Refugee, Immigration Ban
summary : Clergy were part of a religious outpouring against President Donald Trump's plan to suspend refugee entry from seven Muslim-majority countries. Faith leaders who support the president's executive order as a way to fight terrorism were less vocal this weekend.
date : Jan 30, 2017 04:45 PM EST
Tony Perkins January 2017 title : FRC President Tony Perkins Offers Directions to Take for Religious Freedom in Trump's Presidency
summary : This week as Religious Freedom Day 2017 was observed and U.S. citizens prepare for a transition to a new president, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., offered some recommendations about what President-elect Donald Trump could do in the future about religious freedom.
date : Jan 19, 2017 10:36 AM EST
Gu 'Joseph' Yuese title : China's Largest Megachurch Ex-Pastor Arrested by Authorities for Supporting Religious Freedom
summary : In what some people are calling the most high-profile religious persecution case since the Cultural Revolution, the former pastor of China's largest state-run megachurch was arrested on Saturday by a local public security bureau in China's coastal Zhejiang province, according to persecution watchdog China Aid. Authorities reportedly re-apprehended Gu "Joseph" Yuese sometime before Christmas; on Jan. 7, his family received an announcement he had been arrested on charges of embezzling funds.
date : Jan 13, 2017 03:13 PM EST
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama title : Christian Governor of Jakarta Denies Insulting Islam in Indonesia, Faces Prison: Trial Update
summary : Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the Christian governor of Jakarta in Indonesia, denied insulting Islam in the first day of a trial in which he is blamed of blasphemy. As a non-Muslim governor of the capital of Indonesia, Purnama was accused of misusing a Qur'anic verse to gain votes during his pre-election campaign -- a verse that suggests Muslims should not be ruled by non-Muslims. His case is being perceived as a test of religious liberty in Indonesia, which is about 87 percent Islamic and home to 12.7 percent of the world's Muslims.
date : Dec 13, 2016 03:12 PM EST
Tayyip Erdogan title : US Protestants, Pastors Also Targeted by Turkey Post-Coup Crackdown
summary : Two American pastors -- Ryan Keating and Andrew Brunson -- recently were detained in Turkey and deemed "threats to national security" there. "Protestant or Christian churches are seen as an American influence, and now that Turkey is anti-American, they are being targeted even more," said Aykan Erdemir, a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former member of the Turkish parliament.
date : Dec 06, 2016 11:07 AM EST
Hyeon Soo Lim title : Megachurch Pastor Imprisoned in North Korea Gets Aid From Swedish Ambassador
summary : A senior North Korean Foreign Ministry official just met with a Swedish ambassador to discuss diplomatic access for Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, a 60-year-old Canadian pastor who was born in South Korea, and who now is being held in a labor camp after being arrested and sentenced by a North Korean court in December 2015, Korean Central News Agency reported.
date : Nov 30, 2016 10:16 AM EST
Christians in Nigeria title : Nigeria: Christian Schoolgirl Abducted By Muslim Man, Forced to Convert to Islam and Marry Captor
summary : A 14-year-old Christian schoolgirl was abducted by a Muslim man and forced to convert to Islam before marrying him as Northern Nigeria's child marriage laws continue to go unchecked by the country's leadership.
date : Nov 15, 2016 11:08 AM EST
Man Holding a Gun title : Man Sent to Kill Christian Woman 'Melts’ with the Gospel, Gives Life to Christ
summary : Virginia Prodan will never forget the day she saw the powerful word of God at work in the man who was supposed to kill her but ended up surrendering his life to Christ.
date : Nov 02, 2016 02:10 PM EDT
China Worshippers title : New Religion Rules Proposed In China Too Restrictive, Warn Catholics
summary : Catholic experts warned new rules governing religion in China could hamper the church's work severely by curbing their foreign contacts and imposing heavy penalties for unauthorized activity.
date : Oct 05, 2016 04:00 PM EDT
Blasphemy Day title : Atheists for 'Blasphemy Rights Day' Say Criticizing Religion Is Vital Part of Free Speech, Laws for All
summary : Members of an atheist group preparing to observe the upcoming International Blasphemy Rights Day on Friday, Sept. 30, said laws around the world that restrict or punish those who criticize religion take away the rights of atheists, Christians and other people, alike. Center for Inquiry members believe free speech is the foundation on which all other liberties rest. The group has held this annual blasphemy observation since 2009.
date : Sep 27, 2016 03:17 PM EDT
China title : Chinese Christian Leader Accuses Communist Gov't of Mocking 'Basic Justice' Amid Crackdown on Pastors, Lawyers
summary : Amid ongoing jailing of believers, forced confessions, destruction of churches and tearing down of crosses at the hands of the authoritarian Chinese government, China Aid president Bob Fu accused the Communist regime of making a mockery of "basic justice" and has urged the international community to "unequivocally condemn" such "disregard of the rule of law".
date : Aug 08, 2016 12:03 PM EDT
St. Basil's Cathedral title : U.S. Churches Vow to Not Leave Russia Even After New Law Makes Evangelizing Illegal
summary : Representatives of several U.S.-based religious denominations rooted in evangelizing and missionary work are choosing to defy the new "Yarovaya laws" laws in Russia that would ban them from proselytizing. The package of laws, billed as anti-terrorism measures, was passed by the Russian Duma, or parliament, on June 24 and signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 7. Leading Russian human rights activists said authorities used an air disaster -- the October bombing of a Russian passenger jet -- as a pretext for an assault on basic freedoms, including religion.
date : Jul 13, 2016 10:02 AM EDT
Russian Church title : Religious, New Persecution Law In Russia: Thousands of Church Members Fast, Pray
summary : Since Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism law, Christians among the country's churches have been praying and fasting to come together to cry out to God. While the bill was placed under the umbrella of "terrorism and extremism," most of the punishable, new crimes are related to worshipping at home, not reporting religious activity to authorities and not discussing God with non-believers.
date : Jul 09, 2016 10:09 AM EDT
Saudi Arabia Mom title : Mom Killed by Own Religious Twin Sons for Refusing to Join ISIS In Saudi Arabia
summary : Some are referencing 20-year-old brothers Khaled and Saleh al-Oraini as "the most evil twins of the Islamic world" after they stabbed their mother, father and older brother for refusing to join ISIS. The twins were arrested by Saudi authorities in Riyadh after their 67-year-old mother, Haila, died of her severe wounds.
date : Jul 07, 2016 11:00 AM EDT
USAF Flag Folding title : God, Prayers in Military Flag-Folding Fight Brings Air Force Regulation Under Fire
summary : Interpretation of religious neutrality associated with speeches delivered at U.S. flag-folding ceremonies is under debate, leading toward a potential federal lawsuit. A flag-folding speech attempted at Travis Air Force Base near the Bay Area in northern California sparked controversy, and raised questions about referencing God and prayer in military ceremonies. Now, the major question is where military control ends and individual rights begin.
date : Jun 25, 2016 11:04 AM EDT
Syrian Christians title : Christians Blocked By ISIS From Leaving 'Genocide' Syrian City of Raqqa
summary : "Any Christian living within Syria or Iraq is in a very dangerous and precarious position," warned David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, a Christian advocacy organization.
date : Apr 01, 2016 09:45 AM EDT
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