Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Pregnant Christian woman sentenced to hang for faith gives birth to baby girl in prison; says she won’t renounce Christ
The Christian Post: A pregnant Christian woman from Sudan who has vowed to never renounce her faith in Christ even after being sentenced to death for it, gave birth to a baby girl in prison on Tuesday.
The Christian Institute: The document, released for abortion providers the day after the European and local elections, says there is “no legal requirement” for doctors to see women seeking an abortion before approving it.
Worldwide Religious News: A pregnant woman was stoned to death by her own family in front of a Pakistani high court on Tuesday for marrying the man she loved.
Life Site News: Although a United Nations official said the Catholic Church’s teaching against abortion constitutes a form of “torture” during a tense cross-examination earlier this month, the UN quietly dropped such allegations from its final report on the Vatican issued today.
The Federalist: The Christian persecution in this story isn’t as easy to hide under the more socially-acceptable oppression to complain about: patriarchy. As Michael Rubin noticed simply by going to Boko Haram’s own statement, the kidnapped Nigerian girls isn’t a story about female persecution but religious persecution. Boko Haram is targeting kids because they are soft targets. They killed a bunch of boys a few months ago to little fanfare.
The Christian Institute: Australian parents who resisted pressure to abort their conjoined twins have spoken of their love for their children, after doctors managed to successfully deliver the babies earlier this month.
The Christian Institute: The Church of Scotland has backed a proposal which could allow the ordination of ministers in civil partnerships. An evangelical group within the Church of Scotland is “deeply saddened and dismayed” by the decision.
Star Tribune: Islamic militants killed 48 villagers in northeastern Nigeria near the town where they kidnapped 300 schoolgirls, and the U.S. said Wednesday it was sending in 80 military personnel to expand the drone search for the captives.
NY Daily News: The American pastor was receiving treatment for injuries he reportedly received from guards and fellow inmates at Rajai Shahr prison in Iran. Relatives say Abedini was abruptly removed from the hospital and taken back to jail.
The Christian Institute: A man who is living as a woman is battling the Government in court in an attempt to erase records identifying him as male. Government lawyers say there is no need to remove the transsexual’s history and its policies on the issue strike the right balance.
Charisma News: Professor Brendan Bain, a practicing Christian who serves to treat AIDS patients, was the director of the regional coordinating unit of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network (CHART) at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, until his anti-gay sex comments caught up with him.
Life News: Papua New Guinea is a deeply Christian country — as the prime minister’s Easter message beautifully and unashamedly conveys. This week, Christian leaders — clearly respected in Papua New Guinea — issued a warning of “outside” forces seeking to push abortion in their country.
Life News: Members of the U.S. Senate are pleading with the Obama administration to help Meriam Ibrahim, who is 8-months pregnant and is a Christian woman sentenced to hang to death in Sudan for rejecting Islam. She is being shackled by Sudanese officials despite the fact she is eight-months pregnant.
The Christian Post: On the morning of April 7, Dutch Jesuit priest Frans Van Der Lugt was most likely in meditation, as was his custom, when gunmen burst into his monastery in the old part of the Syrian town of Homs. They grabbed the 75-year-old clergyman, beat him, dragged him outside and shot him twice in the head. The assassins were probably jihadis who then controlled Homs.
UK government minister issues official protest at death sentence for pregnant Christian woman in Sudan
Independent Catholic News: UK Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds, today called upon the Government of Sudan to respect the right to freedom of religion and international human rights laws.
The Christian Institute: One in three voters believes that David Cameron has undermined Christianity in this country and 50 per cent think that marriage should be defined as an “exclusive commitment” between a man and a woman, a new poll has shown.
Leicester Mercury: A man who swung an axe at a religious leader, breaking his arm and cutting open his face, has gone on trial for attempted murder.
Vanguard: UN rights experts voiced outrage Monday at a Sudanese court order to hang a heavily pregnant Christian woman for marrying a Christian man and refusing to renounce her faith.
ABC News: Members of a church in Haiti said on Saturday that an American missionary slain in his home this week was well liked and called on police to find his killer.
The Christian Institute: A High Court judge has ruled that a pregnant 13-year-old girl is capable of making her own decision about whether or not to have an abortion.
Forum 18: Those who lead meetings for religious purposes without state permission could face up to 60 days’ imprisonment under provisions of the new Criminal Code now in the Senate, the upper house of Kazakhstan’s Parliament.
Via Christian Post: Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, has made it clear that the recent abduction of nearly 300 mostly Christian schoolgirls in Nigeria is not merely about denying education to women but a war …
Reuters: A teenager walked into a Pakistani police station on Friday and shot dead a 65-year-old man from a minority sect accused of blasphemy, their spokesman said, the second murder involving the country’s controversial blasphemy laws in as many weeks.
Telegraph UK: News reports tell us that Wurst prefers that people apply the female pronoun to him when he slips his dress on. Okay. But does that mean we all have to comply with this rather strange demand, no questions asked?
The Christian Institute: A local council has been forced to apologise after issuing a letter that incorrectly demanded churches be licensed to perform same-sex marriages.
CNN: Since 1999, the U.S. State Department has tracked the world’s worst abusers of religious rights. As the most recent report notes, it has never lacked for material. Persecutions of people of faith are rising across the globe.
The Christian Institute: Almost three in ten voters say David Cameron’s same-sex marriage policy makes them less likely to vote Conservative.
Life News: The leading practitioner of euthanasia in Belgium, Dr Wim Distelmans, is organizing an instructional tour to Auschwitz, the Nazi extermination camp. In ’an invitation for a study trip for healthcare professionals,’ he describes Auschwitz as an ‘inspiring’ surrounding in which to ‘clarify confusion about euthanasia’.
Fox News: A leading human rights official says victims’ families feel “shortchanged” by the Nigerian government in their inability to find the nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
My Fox DC: At 15 years old, Deborah Peters has lived an unimaginable horror. She was 12 years old when three members of the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, stormed her family’s home in northern Nigeria and shot her father.
The Telegraph: Influential church leaders, academics and lawyers urge Beijing to respect religious freedoms as demolitions and detentions fuel fears of a campaign against China’s Christians.
Amnesty International: A heavily pregnant Christian Sudanese woman who could be sentenced to death by hanging for ‘apostasy’, and to flogging for ‘adultery’ should be immediately and unconditionally released, Amnesty International said ahead of the ruling expected tomorrow.
First Things: U.N. experts in Geneva were at it again last week telling the Holy See that Catholic teaching on abortion is a human rights abuse.
The Christian Institute: A baby born in Scotland at the legal limit for abortion – 24 weeks – has now reached ten weeks old and is thriving.
Life News: A judge in England this week ruled that a pregnant 13-year-old girl can have an abortion, even though she is 30-weeks along.
Christianity Today: ‘Jesus is garbage’ graffiti, threat to kill bishop expose anti-Christian sentiment just as Israel prepares to host Pope Francis.
Zenit: On May 16, India will announce a new national government and face a number of grave issues, including the persecution of more than 200 million Dalits throughout the country.
Religion News: The Vatican issued an urgent appeal Thursday (May 8) for the release of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
Reuters: Gunmen posing as clients shot dead a prominent human rights lawyer defending a professor accused of blasphemy, officials said Thursday, underscoring the danger facing those trying to put an end to religious intolerance in majority-Muslim Pakistan.
Newsbusters: Working to save unborn lives is apparently tantamount to torture.
Christian Post: A group of about 150 Christian clergy, leaders, and Congressmen have signed a pledge to support persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
Zenit: Prominent Christian leaders from across ecumenical lines joined together in Washington, D.C., today to pledge to do more to help religious communities who are being persecuted in Egypt, Iraq and Syria.
Zenit: Pro-life leaders from across the world met in Vatican City last Saturday for the first Rome Life Forum, an initiative which organizers plan on holding annually.
Forum 18 News Service: Members of several religious communities in Azerbaijan have expressed concern to Forum 18 News Service over texts included in a list of banned books. The list includes “Holy Book – Old Testament”, and as with other items on the list gives no details of the edition or language concerned, apart from in some cases a named author.
Religious Freedom Coalition: According to recent Arabic news media, “a Syrian nun testified to the Vatican news agency that some Christians in Ma‘loula were crucified for refusing to convert to Islam or pay jizya” (tribute subjugated Christians are required to pay to their Islamic conquerors in order to exist as Christians, per Koran 9:29).
World Magazine: The largest Christian university in Canada on Tuesday announced it will pursue legal action to secure two provincial recognitions for its future law school graduates.
Christianity Today: Oasis Trust, a sizable ministry founded by a prominent but controversial British Christian leader, has been “discontinued” as a member of the United Kingdom’s largest evangelical group after its board refused to adjust online resources and social media to “equally profile the traditional Christian view” on human sexuality.
The New American: As religious freedom continues to come under ruthless attack by governments from Communist China and North Korea to the Middle East, major new threats to religious liberty are increasingly emerging across the West.
Politico: U.S. abortion opponents are giving new life to the movement abroad, where once-stagnant European allies are pushing changes that could affect the whole continent.
The Christian Institute: MPs are demanding a criminal investigation into evidence that dozens of doctors pre-signed abortion forms.
Christianity Today: Despite the effort of hundreds of Chinese Christians who formed a “human shield” to defend their brand-new megachurch, reports of its demolition have emerged from southern China.
Life Site News: Once again, a measure to introduce same-sex “marriage” into Northern Ireland has failed, making it the only jurisdiction in Great Britain to have resisted the trend to redefine the institution of marriage.
On April 14, seven truckloads of Boko Haram terrorists drove into the Christian village of Chibok in the Borno state of Nigeria – and set buildings on fire and captured 230 female students from a secondary school.
Via Jurist: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday signed into law [press release] a controversial bill allowing polygamy. The Marriage Act 2014 brings civil law in line with customary law[BBC report], where some cultures allow a man to have multiple wives. …
Thousands of Chinese Christians have united in the city of Wenzhou to form a 24-hour human shield around the Sanjiang Christian Church, amidst threats from the Communist authorities to demolish the building.
Europe does not have a history of a strict separation of church and state where the state does not interfere in the internal affairs of the church. In fact, some countries in Europe still have state churches, for example, the Church of England.
Due out of prison in Sergeyevka in North Kazakhstan Region at lunchtime tomorrow (23 April) is Denis Yenenko. The 31-year-old Baptist, who is married with three young children, will have completed a six-day prison term – which included his Easter. He was imprisoned to punish him for refusing to pay an earlier fine to punish him for exercising the right to freedom of religion or belief, according to court documents seen by Forum 18 News Service.