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Christianity Today: ‘Tell them that we Christians exist. We are the bridge between East and West,” said Felomain Nassar-Batshone, program manager, at International Orthodox Christian Charities, Amman, Jordan.
Fox News: President Obama is expected to formally ask Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State terror group in the coming days, even as lawmakers said crafting and passing such a measure would be a challenge.
The Washington Post: President Barack Obama on Tuesday expressed determination to see the Islamic State group’s “banished to the recesses of history” after the death of a Jordanian pilot held captive by the militant group. In a show of solidarity, he hosted Jordan’s King Abdullah II for a hastily arranged meeting in the Oval Office.
Christianity Today: Fleeing violence, nearly 1.3 million Syrians and Iraqis are now living in Jordan. How local and global leaders are meeting their needs.
The Washington Times: Fears have mounted in Jordan during recent days that Islamic State extremists are plotting attacks like the coordinated suicide bombings that ripped through Western-owned hotels in the nation in 2005.
Religion News Service: Watching ancient Christian communities stand nearly defenseless as Islamic militants roll across swaths of the Middle East, coalitions of Christians are banding together to sound the alarm and demand government action.
Jerusalem Post: The top Jordanian government official responsible for the custodianship of religious holy sites in Jerusalem is quoted in local press on Tuesday as saying that he is “adamantly opposed” to any Jewish worship atop the Temple Mount.
Catholic Culture: A week after meeting with Pope Francis, King Abdullah II of Jordan spoke at a conference on the plight of Christians in the Middle East and decried violence against them.
AP: Pope Francis and Jordan’s king stressed Thursday that dialogue and negotiations are the only way for ending Syria’s civil war, the Vatican said.
AP: A radical Muslim cleric thwarted another effort by Britain to have him deported to Jordan after a court accepted arguments Wednesday that he would face testimony obtained by torture.
One News Now: A Christian Jordanian woman said Sunday she is suing her Gulf Arab employer for arbitrary dismissal after she refused a new dress code forcing her to cover her head.
Chicago Tribune: A last-minute legal decision that delayed the deportation of a terrorism suspect from Britain to Jordan sparked incredulity and outrage on Thursday from politicians and media angry at the coalition government’s handling of the high profile affair.
AP: British Prime Minister David Cameron is expressing frustration that the U.K. has been unable to deport a radical Islamist due to legal wrangling, saying he wishes he could personally “put him on a plane” and whisk him out of the country.
News from The Associated Press: An extremist cleric described as one of Europe’s leading al-Qaida operatives should not be deported to face terrorism charges in Jordan because of the risk evidence obtained through torture would be used against him, Europe’s highest court ruled Tuesday.
AP: “Jordanians demanding democratic reforms protested in the capital for the 10th street week following Friday’s Muslim prayers, defying an edict by the kingdom’s religious leaders not to demonstrate.”
CNSNews: “Jordan’s King Abdullah II fired his government Tuesday in the wake of street protests and asked an ex-prime minister to form a new Cabinet, ordering him to launch immediate political reforms.”
Associated Press: “Jordan says its peacekeeping mission to Afghanistan is meant to help fellow Muslims rather than the American military, in response to opposition criticism.”
Religion Clause Blog: “In Helal v. Holder, (6th Cir., Dec. 17, 2009), the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the Board of Immigration Appeals that a Palestinian Christian couple who are citizens of Jordan are not entitled to withholding of removal from the United States for fear of religious persecution in Jordan.”
Religion Clause Blog: “Today’s Jordan Times reports that the latest controversy surrounds a government proposal, approved by the Senate but rejected by the House of Representatives, that would allow all non-Muslim organizations to operate in the country under the law.”
Baptist Press: “Religious liberties and the homosexual agenda are on a collision course,” said Napier, who grew up in Iowa and practiced law there for 16 years. ” … I don’t think anybody should think this doesn’t affect them. It will affect them, and it will affect them in a very deep way.”
Religion Clause Blog reports: “Jordan’s Public Prosecutor has summoned Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and the editors of ten Danish newspapers to appear in Jordan to answer charges of blasphemy and threatening the national peace because of an offensive cartoon of …
Concerned Women for America has provided an audio discussing the upcoming meeting between the President and Jordan’s King and indicating: In advance of the meeting between President Bush and Jordan’s King Abdullah II, the Institute for Religion and Public Policy …
Ethan Cole reports on the Christian Post: The Muslim-majority country of Jordan acknowledged Wednesday that it expelled foreign Christians for illegal preaching under what it claims was the guise of charity work . . . Under Jordanian law, conversion from …