Category Archives: Global: Religious Liberty

Global Religious Freedom Issues

NY man charged with aiding ISIS, plotting to kill American soldiers

ISIS and the fight for religious freedom

Lack of concern for Christians is one reason behind rise of ISIS, says Open Doors president

Rallying the United Nations in defense of Christians

ISIS beheads British humanitarian aid worker

Pastor in Bhutan sentenced to prison for accepting funds for ministry – later released

Americans link violence with Muslims, but Obama says ISIL is not Islam

Murdered nuns laid to rest in the Congo as crime investigation continues

More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

Pakistani Christian in custody on accusation of defiling Koran

Children of ISIS killers play with severed heads

“In Defense of Christians” seeks to protect brethren from Egypt to Iraq

Saudi Arabia cracks down on Christian Bible studies – while arming Syrian terrorists

Christian, Hindu in custody in Pakistan on accusation of defiling Koran

“I am a 14-year-old Yazidi girl given as a gift to an ISIS commander. Here’s how I escaped.”

ISIS’ ‘cultural cleansing’ of Mideast Christians ignored by complacent Americans, Robert George complains

The crisis in Iraq? What is the Christian response?

Bible college, churches shut down as Boko Haram claims territory in Nigeria

“Some arrived in their pyjamas” – practically demonstrating God’s love to Iraq’s refugees

Indian Christian women arrested following false charges of forced conversions

Tens of thousands of Christians and Muslims flee fighting as Boko Haram captures key town

‘Love Jihad’ and religious conversion polarize in Modi’s India

Christian Aid calls for end to identity-based violence in Iraq and UK

Hindu nationalist group seeking to cleanse Christian presence from India is not unlike ISIS, watchdog group warns

ISIS committing ‘slow-motion genocide’ against church, say Iraqi Christians

Russia: Further fines for religious literature

    Forum 18 News Service: Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses continue to be targeted by law enforcement operations aimed at combating “extremism”, Forum 18 News Service notes. Seizures of religious literature, mostly during raids or detentions, frequently result in prosecutions under Article 20.29 of the Administrative Code (mass distribution of extremist material). These are based on the possession of literature which has been ruled “extremist” by courts and thereby prohibited from distribution in the Russian Federation.

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As Iraqi Christians in U.S. watch ISIS advance, they see ‘slow-motion genocide’

ISIS atrocities and beheadings continue from Syria to Iraq

The culture that is at the mercy of the Islamic State

    Aleteia: The human toll, of course, is the most important concern: the killing of innocent people, the rape and enslavement of women, the brutal uprooting of a population whose ancestors have lived there for untold generations. But the story of civilization that is recorded in everything from stone tablets and sculptures of winged lions to ancient monasteries and languages is also very much at risk as the Islamic State tries to establish a caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

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Coalition of interfaith charities support UN efforts to investigate atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq

Iranian pastor facing death penalty for ‘spreading corruption on earth’ with Christianity

Protestant union issues ‘urgent appeal’ to help Iraqi Christians

You should treasure your faith

Syrian Christians offer humanitarian aid to fleeing Yazidis

One month since their displacement, Iraqi Christians are ‘becoming extinct’

Coalition hosting week of prayer and fasting to stop ISIS

Iran evangelical pastor facing death penalty

UK mother leaves children behind to join ISIS; Threatens Christians with beheadings on Twitter

Ethnic cleansing occurring in Iraq, Amnesty International charges

After kidnapping schoolgirls, Boko Haram takes aim at churches in northeast Nigeria

10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for “insulting Islam” in Saudi Arabia

Pope Francis to Iraqi Christians: You are the heart of the church

American missionaries detained in North Korea make plea to U.S. in TV interview

The plight of Christians in Iraq and Africa: The obscenity of silence

International religious freedom needs a champion

    World Mag: Founded in 1977 by Baroness Caroline Cox, Christian Solidarity Worldwide is a human rights organization specializing in religious freedom. Benedict Rogers represents Christian Solidarity Worldwide in what is perhaps the roughest neighborhood on the planet when it comes to religious liberty concerns, East Asia. His 2013 book, Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads, includes an introduction by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Rogers has traveled to Burma more than 40 times in the past 15 years. He contributes regularly to The Guardian, International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. I had this conversation with Rogers in Florida at a conference hosted by Christian religious liberty law firm Alliance Defending Freedom.

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A conversation with Benedict Rogers of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (audio)

Nigeria militants declare Islamic caliphate after killing 100 Christians

British Muslims join Islamic State terrorist army

Ex-Attorney General: Brits forced to hide faith in public

Modern bondage: Slavery is very much alive today

    Aleteia: As anyone who has studied history knows, the man-made evils the world faces today – war, terrorism, abortion, poverty, and the rest – share an ancient provenance. Technology can increase or diminish the scale of these evils, and in some cases it can even introduce novel expressions of them, but on a fundamental level we moderns wrestle with the same moral pathologies, both personal and social, as our ancestors. Truly, “What has been, that will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun!” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

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Politicians speak out against anti-Semitism

While politicians argue, Iraqi Christians continue to die

A darker Iraq: Light of Christian faith going out fast

Boko Haram declares ‘Islamic Caliphate’ in captured Christian town in Nigeria

Libya is in a full-blown civil war

Top U.S. military officer: ISIS has ‘apocalyptic end-of-days vision’ that must be defeated

Force alone cannot stop ‘religious cleansing’ in Mideast, custos says

Pakistan Christian community outraged following rape of 12-year-old girl by Muslim men

“We prefer to be killed rather than convert”

After 65 years, is China ready to embrace the Pope?

Pope to Iraqi president: ‘I appeal to you with my heart full of pain’

Iraqi TV host cries over plight of Christians

Suffering of Christians by ISIS terrorists is ‘unbelievable and makes me cry,’ says Open Doors field worker

China to Pope Francis: Don’t ‘interfere’ with religion

Who will stand up for the Christians?

Missionaries: ‘Refugees in Iraq turning to Christ amid Islamic attacks’

Egyptian Bible Society reopens shop destroyed by mob

Travelodge removes Bibles from its rooms

Muslim terrorist group ISIS to America: ‘We will drown all of you in blood’

Guess what hotel chain is banning Bibles now

National Black Pro-Life Coalition oppose persecution of Christians in Muslim nations

Sentenced American missionary sent back to North Korean labor camp despite health concerns

Britain’s Equality Commission seeks public input on religion and belief issues

Despite U.S. claims, Yazidis say crisis is not over

Protecting Christians and Yazidis: Elusive religious freedom