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Are All These Christians’ Complaints of Persecution Just So Much Empty Whining?

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The headlines are alarming: “Catholic-Owned Company Wins Religious Freedom Court Decision,” “Death Toll Rises to 65 in Boko Haram Attack on Students,” “Little Sisters Catholic Charity Victimized By Obamacare,” “Christians Sought Out, Murdered in the Kenyan Mall Massacre,” “Judicial Watch […]

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Syria in Flames: Is This How to Defend Our Faith?

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Towns and villages in Syria that have been home to Christians for 2,000 years are being steadily emptied as families flee persecution, the deadly violence of a civil war, fears of chemical warfare and a rash of targeted kidnappings in […]

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Egypt’s Christians weep as rioters target their churches, homes, businesses … and children

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Christian nuns are paraded through the streets like prisoners of war. Scores of churches and Christian schools smolder in vandalized ruins. Christian children are being gunned down on the street. “The words are heavy to put together this morning,” writes an […]

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Who should be allowed to pray for Obama?

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It seems preposterous, but there’s a major debate over who is worthy to invoke the presence and blessing of the Almighty on the leaders of this land we love! So, who is qualified to pray for the President of the […]

Who’s winning the war on Christmas?

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A Los Angeles-area retirement center was briefly the center of the annual war against Christmas when employees tossed out a Christmas tree, menorahs and anything else festive, declaring them to be prohibited religious symbols. Meanwhile an elementary school banned children from the audience of its Christmas show — […]

Should worshipers be allowed to arm themselves?

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Bring guns to church? Pastor Ken Pagano provoked a firestorm when he invited members of Louisville, Kentucky’s New Bethel Church to celebrate the 4th of July and their 2nd Amendment rights by bringing their firearms to church. The national news media […]

Should America be a Christian nation?

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Fifty years ago on June 25, 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court banned prayer from U.S. public schools on the principle that America has no state religion – and is not officially a Christian nation. It set the stage for today’s […]

After years of terror, corruption, cancer-stricken Chavez cries out to Jesus on state TV

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After years of criticizing the church, kicking out Christian missionaries, assisting terrorists and praising atheists, Venezuela’s mercurial strongman, Hugo Chavez, came home from a botched cancer treatment in Cuba, then took to Venezuela’s airwaves to call out to Christ for help. “Give me Your crown, […]

Why would “anti-bullying” youth convention speaker mock the Bible, Christian teens?

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The report is difficult to believe: A paid “anti-bullying” expert is caught on video ranting at a national convention of high schoolers and is recorded bullying the Christian kids who were offended by his obscenities. They quietly follow his advice […]

Texas town turns other cheek, helps atheist who threatened their nativity scene

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Turning the other cheek seems to be working in little Athens, Texas. It seems a big-city atheist heard that they had a nativity scene on the courthouse lawn last winter, according to MSNBC News. So, he called Athens officials five hours away to threaten that […]

Amid violence, Egypt’s Christians rely on Muslim friends, worry about future

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Burned-out rubble is all that’s left of Christian shopkeeper Abskharon Suleiman’s appliance store in the northern Egyptian village of Sharbat. His home was destroyed as well as shops owned by his adult children – all targeted because they are Christians. […]

Did Obama mean to pick a fight with America’s two largest denominations?

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In an election year of all times, why would President Barack Obama choose to infuriate both America’s Catholics and Southern Baptists? “It seems that Obama, in a classic act of hubris, has created the means of his own destruction,” writes […]

Are U.S. colleges hostile to Christian students?

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Are Christian kids on U.S. college campuses facing open hostility and discrimination because of their faith? Supreme Court Justice Justice Samuel Alito seems to think so. So does U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Daniel Ripple – and human […]

China “revokes probation” of Christian lawyer already jailed at secret location for 2 years

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In the first official word from Chinese authorities about Christian human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who disappeared into police custody nearly two years ago, police say they have revoked his probation and are sending him back to prison. The puzzling announcement […]

Iran official says illegal churches harm youth

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As the anniversary of Iran’s 2010 Christmas raids on Christian homes and house-based churches approaches, Iran’s minister of intelligence has announced that underground Evangelical churches pose a serious threat to the nation’s youth. Meanwhile a senior Iranian religious official said […]

Lawmaker says prayer saved her life; fights for American students to have freedom to pray

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Florida State Senator Larcenia Bullard says she’s alive because of the power of prayer — and that’s why she’s fighting for the right of Florida students to pray. Recently, she was brought to tears during debate over proposed state legislation that […]

Catholics fined for ‘illegal worship’

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A Montreal judge has ruled that Paula Celani worshiped illegally — fining her $144 — charted with cult activity.  “On a Sunday morning two years ago,” reports Graeme Hamilton in Canada’s National Post newspaper, she and “about 80 members of her Catholic […]

Outrage follows reports teacher, students killed Christian boy over crucifix, tattoo

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Ayman Nabil Labib, a 17-year-old Christian, was murdered by Muslim classmates after refusing to remove a crucifix he was wearing, according to reports in the Egyptian daily newspaper al-Masry al-Youm, the Assyrian International News Agency and National Review magazine. Labib […]

Exiled Christian Iranians receive death threats

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Eleven Iranian Christians who fled their homeland for fear of the government have received threatening emails calling on them to renounce Christianity and return to Shi’ite Islam — or be killed. The emails were from “the unknown soldiers of the […]

10-year-old Pakistani girl expelled, accused of blasphemy for misspelling Islamic term

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A 10-year-old Christian girl, Faryal Bhatti, has had to go into hiding with her single mother after she misplaced a dot on her Urdu-language spelling test. Faryal was a fifth grader at Sir Syed Girls High School at the Pakistan […]

Will you ask Pakistan to release this mom sentenced to die for believing in Jesus?

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Will you sign this petition for Asia Bibi? She’s been in jail for more than a year. What is her crime? The Christian mother of five said to a fellow Pakistani co-worker, “Jesus saved me. What has Mohammed ever done for you?” Speaking against Islam, the […]

Washington Post: Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Faces Potential Execution Today

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From Jordan Sekulow’s blog Religious Right Now at The Washington Post’s “On Faith”: Just days after Iran released two Americans accused of spying, an Iranian court has upheld the apostasy conviction and executionsentence of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Pastor Youcef will be […]

Mattingly: A doomed Iranian pastor [Yawn!]

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Why doesn’t the press care that Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces execution for refusing to deny Jesus Christ? The former Muslim turned Christian preacher in Iran has twice refused to recant his Christian faith during two court hearings held in Rasht, Gilan Province, […]

Elder at banned Chinese church smuggles out letter declaring victory

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For six months, Beijing’s 1,000-member Shouwang Church has attempted to hold outdoor services after officials blocked them from taking possession of a $4 million property. Today, the church’s leaders are under house arrest. Any church member who shows up at […]

Tortured daily for 32 months for her faith, African singer praises Almighty God anyway

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She sings without accompaniment distinctly Middle-Eastern melodies. Listen closely and you’ll pick out one word that needs no translation from her native Eritrean: alleluia. Helen Berhane walks haltingly with help — still recovering from nerve damage suffered from almost three […]

Christian Pakistani nurse asks police to arrest her videotaped rapist

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A Christian nurse here has told police she was raped by a Muslim co-worker who filmed the act and showed it to her family in an attempt to blackmail her into renouncing her faith and marrying him. Christians have little […]

Little church’s members try to slip past police to support beseiged Beijing Christians

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Five members of a small suburban “house church” got up at 4 a.m. Sunday hoping to slip past police and worship Jesus with beseiged believers from the 1,000-member Shouwang Church in Beijing. However, police were out in force and caught the five […]

Reuters: Nigerian mob hacks Christian family of eight to death

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Muslim youths hacked a Christian family of eight to death in Nigeria’s volatile Plateau state, continuing a week of religious violence, according to the British news service Reuters. Over the last month, extremists have killed 24 Christians, reported the human rights group Compass Direct, […]

U.S. press shrugs off Pakistan’s blasphemy law chaos

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Assassinations and abductions are increasingly a part of Pakistan politics as the Islamic republic descends into anarchy. Instead of public debate, politicians who take controversial positions are murdered and their killers treated like heroes. Punjab’s governor and presidential hopeful, Salman Taseer, and the […]

Christian Pakistanis refuse to convert to Islam, are beaten, hospitalized

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Two Christian men were attacked and beaten to unconsciousness in the Pakistani city of Karachi when they refused to convert to Islam, according to the Compass Direct news service. Liaqat Munawar, a resident of Essa Nagri in Karachi, told Compass […]

China’s “Tibetan bulldog” leads campaign against Beijing-area Catholics

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The hardline Communist bureaucrat who led China’s roughshod campaign against Tibet’s Buddhist dissidents has been given a new target: to destroy China’s “underground” Catholics. Zhang Qingli, known as the “Tibetan bulldog,” has been appointed as the Communist Party Secretary of Hebei […]

Afghan convert to Christianity attacked at Norway asylum reception center

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A an ex-Muslim convert to Christianity was attacked with boiling water and acid by fellow detainees in Norway, according to Mohabat, the Iranian Christian news agency. He was attacked by fellow countrymen who are Muslims at an “asylum reception center” in Norway […]

Beijing pastor describes trying to get to church with police determined to stop her

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Editor’s Note: Miss Wang Shuanyan is the pastor of Beijing’s Xinshu (New Tree) Church, one of the hundreds of thousands of illegal “house churches” throughout China. Although she usually avoids the public spotlight, she has stepped forward to support Beijing’s […]

Legal nightmare grows for Christians under “shari’a” Islamic law

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Christians experiencing growing legal nightmare under “shari’a” in Islamic republics Christians in Islamic republics are experiencing a growing legal nightmare. Muslim shari’a law prohibits Christians testifying against Muslims in court. As a result, in Pakistan and Iran, Christians are without […]

School told to ignore threats from the “Freedom From Religion Foundation”

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Pascagoula, Miss., school district officials have been advised by legal counsel to disregard threats from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A letter from the atheist organization has demanded that the district prohibit school staff from organizing or participating in private prayer gatherings with […]

China arrests Catholic priests, church members as persecution intensifies

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Priests and church members in China’s immense underground Catholic Church were arrested this weekend in the community of Tianshui — as the Chinese government continues its persecution of Christians. Among those rounded up were the administrator of the underground diocese, Father John Baptist Wang […]

Audio Bible phone “app” provides Scriptures even where prohibited by law

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A smart-phone application — which offers an audio version of the Bible in 542 languages — is providing the Scriptures in countries where Bibles are illegal or highly restricted. “The price of the Scriptures is no longer an issue,” reports the […]

Compass Direct: 4,000 churches in Nepal have nowhere to meet

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Defying pouring rain and flooded streets, over two dozen people have gathered faithfully at the Putalisadak Church in the heart of capital city Kathmandu for the regular Thursday evening Bible study class, bringing a smile of satisfaction on the face […]

Chinese lawyer’s wife pleads with VP Biden to seek her husband’s release

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The following is a plea by the wife of human rights lawyear Gao Zhisheng to U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden to ask Chinese authorities to release her husband. He is “missing” — but is presumed to be in the Chinese government’s […]

Chinese Christians ask UN to investigate “disappeared” human rights lawyer

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Chinese Christian expatriates have asked the United Nations to investigate the disappearance of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng. The U.S.-based China Aid Association, formally requested a special U.N. investigation into Gao’s whereabouts as well as the torture he underwent in previous police detention. […]

Saudis deport Pentecostals to India after raiding illegal church

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Two Indian Christians of a thriving Pentecostal house church in Saudi Arabia are back in their home country after being unexpectedly released from a Saudi prison, a church official has confirmed. Vasantha Sekhar Vara, 28, and Nese Yohan, 31, members of Riyadh’s “Rejoice […]

Million signatures sought for Pakistani mom facing death for talking about Jesus

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“Our Christ sacrificed His life on the cross for our sins. … Our Christ is alive,” those are the words that Asia Bibi, a wife and mother, used to defend her faith against mocking co-workers who tried to make her […]

Bible shortage difficult when printing is illegal

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EDITOR’S NOTE: For nearly a quarter of a century Asia Harvest has been providing Bibles to the estimated 50 to 150 million Christians who worship in illegal “house churches” in China. In the early years, this consisted of hosting many […]

Wall Street Journal: China’s banned churches defy government

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“On a recent Sunday at the Beijing Zion Church, Pastor Jin Mingri laid out a vision for Christians in China that contrasts starkly with the ruling Communist Party’s tight reins on religion,” writes Brian Spegele in the Wall Street Journal. […]

After five letters to China’s president ignored, church leader pleads for his flock

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EDITOR’S NOTE: In China today, the only churches permitted are those with government-paid pastors who deliver government-approved sermons. Children under 18 are barred. So, the vast majority of Chinese Christians meet illegally in “house churches.” Their membership numbers are rumored to […]

Chinese pastor gets 2 years in labor camp for holding church services

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Pastor Shi Enhao, the deputy chairman of the Chinese House Church Alliance, has been sentenced to a two-year stay in a Chinese labor camp under the accusation of holding “illegal meetings and illegal organizing of venues for religious meetings.” Recent […]

Chinese professor writes open letter to Communist officials

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Editor’s Note: For 14 Sundays in a row, police have forcibly detained any members of the 1,000-member Shouwang Church in Beijing who show up at an outdoor meeting place. The church’s leadership is under house address. Many members have lost […]

Should inmates have to choose between Jesus and freedom?

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Writing in World magazine, Andrée Seu shares: I recently wrote about a man in a Michigan prison whose parole was contingent on completion of a mandatory program for sex offenders. To recap, Daryl became a believer sometime during his 24 […]

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