Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Christian Today: At least 95 schools in northern Kenya have been forced to close after teachers, many of whom are Christians, refused to work fearing attacks from Islamist militant group al-Shabaab.
Crux: Any Catholic who’s ever attended a parish council meeting in the States knows the kind of thing that typically comes up – how to handle turnover in the parking lot between the 10 and 11 a.m. Masses on Sunday, for instance, or whether it’s finally time to spruce up the nursery.
Aleteia: Details are emerging of the lives snuffed out in the al Shabaab attack at Garissa University College last Thursday—at the beginning of the Easter Triduum. Attackers killed 147 persons, mostly students. The Islamist terrorist group targeted Christians, attacking the campus in the early morning and storming into a prayer service.
Reuters: After al Shabaab gunmen massacred nearly 150 people at a Kenyan university on Thursday, singling out Christians for point-blank executions, churches in Kenya are turning to armed guards to protect their Easter Sunday congregations.
BBC: Hope FM said on its Facebook account that a “foreign signal” had interfered with its broadcast on Tuesday night.
Christian News Network (Morning Star News): Police in Kenya’s coastal area are searching for a gunman who shot a Christian dead at the gate leading to a church worship site on Sunday (Jan. 11) in Mombasa.
One News Now: An international ministry says it has been quite a year across Africa, most infamously when the Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 270 girls, most of them Christians.
The New York Times: The Somali militants methodically separated the Christian workers from the Muslims and took the Christians to the side of a hill, near a gravel pit. Then they ordered the disbelievers to lie face down.
Christianity Today: Prompted by news coverage of alleged illegal activity by pastors promising miracles, Kenya’s attorney general has banned new religious organizations from registering as the East African nation moves to enforce stricter regulations on churches, mosques, and temples.
Aleteia: In Paul Ehrlich’s crude fantasy, “The Population Bomb,” “compulsory birth regulation” was to be achieved by polluting the water supply with “mass sterilizing agents.” But more sophisticated population controllers dreamed of a contraceptive vaccine that would, with the stick of a needle, sterilize women for years, or a lifetime.
Religion News Service: Five months after Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls in Nigeria’s Borno State, the Islamic extremist group has begun occupying churches in the country’s northeastern region, church officials there said.
Christianity Today: Attacks on Kenya’s coastal region over the early summer left nearly 100 people dead amid concerns over a rash of religious violence.
‘My husband told them we were Christians and they shot him in the head and chest;’ 48 Kenyans killed in terrorist attacks
The Christian Post: It was a dark and bloody Sunday for residents of the coastal town of Mpeketoni in Kenya after witnesses say a Somali al-Qaeda-linked extremist group called Al-Shabab left 48 people dead. The deaths were the result of an hours-long door-to-door assault on the community where those who weren’t Muslim or spoke Somali were killed.
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. …
RNS: “Christian leaders are appealing to President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign into law a proposed new marriage bill that legalizes polygamy.”
MorningStar News: Christians at Vikwantani Redeemed Gospel Church in Mombasa, Kenya arrived for worship Sunday morning (Oct. 20) only to learn that their pastor had been shot to death in their building the night before.
Eugene Kontorovich at Volokh Conspiracy: African Union leaders met in an extraordinary summit in Adas Ababa last week to discuss their strained relations with the International Criminal Court (ICC), as it begins trying its first sitting head of state, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya . . .
allAfrica.com: Polygamy and polyandry in our modern society have elicited varied reactions and perceptions. The practice of polygamy was common and widely accepted in ancient society, where society was governed by customary law. Modern society has opted for civil marriages in the codified statutes, and religious marriages. However, there are parties who still opt to conduct customary law marriages.
Daily Mail: Soldiers told of the horrific torture meted out by terrorists in the Nairobi mall massacre yesterday with claims hostages were dismembered, had their eyes gouged out and were left hanging from hooks in the ceiling. Men were said to have been castrated and had fingers removed with pliers before being blinded and hanged.
Catholic Culture: A Catholic church in northern Kenya was attacked with grenades on September 25, in what is believed to be another action by the Somalian terrorist group Al Shabaab.
Daily Mail: Men, women and children were lined up and then gunned down with AK-47s after failing to name the Prophet Mohammed’s mother or recite passages from the Koran – sure-fire proof they were ‘kafirs’, or non-believers.
Public News Hub: The city of Nairobi in Kenya resembles a war zone after a group of heavily armed terrorists walked into the Westgate Mall and opened fire on patrons. The attack began without warning around lunch time on Saturday and shoppers initially assumed that it was a robbery. They soon realised that the masked attackers were not there to rob the shops or the patrons for that matter; they were there to shoot at and kill as many people as they could.
AP: The International Criminal Court has only indicted Africans, a fact that has opened the court to severe criticism on the continent. The chairman of the African Union earlier this year said that ICC prosecutions “have degenerated into some kind of race hunt.”
AllAfrica: A gay rights activist is threatening to sue AG Githu Muigai and the NGO board over the government’s refusal to register the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.
AllAfrica (Reuters): A Marriage Bill which seeks to unify Kenya’s various marriage-related laws and customs and strengthen women’s rights in marriage was introduced to parliament on Tuesday and caused uproar among Kenyan men, many saying it is ‘punitive’ and should not become law.
LifeSite news reports and carries the video: “A second African president has rebuffed President Barack Obama’s promotion of homosexuality in foreign relations during his $100 million tour of the continent.”
Kenyan churches successfully lobby to remove a U.S.-funded ad they say encourages adultery | World Magazine
World Magazine: In the spot, broadcast over major channels in the East African nation during commercial breaks until it was pulled in March, two Kenyan women walk to a market and linger over vegetables, talking about their families. One complains that she is tired of putting up with her alcoholic husband who does not satisfy her sexually. She confesses she has a lover on the side, who even has a name in the ad, Mbugua. Her friend advises her to always use condoms with Mbugua—leading to the campaign slogan “Weka Condom Mpangoni” or “include a condom in your planning” in Swahili.
allAfrica.com: The Media Monitoring Committee together with the Communication Commission of Kenya are working to have a law that will require internet service providers to install ISP addresses to all computers to help in monitoring the origin of inappropriate messages.
Ben Bull at Townhall: The attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi brought to light that terrorism is on the rise in North Africa. But for African Christians this has been a reality for many years.
allAfrica.com: There are two things in the proposed marriage bill that have given me pause. The first is the legalisation of polygamous marriages and the second is the designation of cohabiting for more than six months as marriage.
Alliance Defending Freedom and Jubilee Campaign, together with several other concerned organizations, are formally requesting that the U.S. State Department designate the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram as a “foreign terrorist organization.
HSLDA: Kenyan homeschoolers are concerned that the proposed education law moving through their parliament will prevent them from exercising their right to homeschool their children.
Christian Science Monitor: Eyewitnesses said a male attacker, disguised in a Bui-Bui, a shawl often worn by Muslim women, threw an improvised explosive device into the minibus, tearing it apart and flattening its tires.
Religion Clause Blog: Last month, in Republic v. The Head Teacher, Kenya High School, (High Ct. Kenya, Sept. 18, 2012), the High Court in Narobi, Kenya upheld the uniform requirements of Kenya High School which bar Muslim girls from wearing the hijab . . .
Obama family busted in Shariah scheme: Foundation funding training for Kenyan Saudi-style government
Jerome Corsi at WorldNetDaily: In the interview, Musa Ismail Obama, President Obama’s first cousin in Kenya, told the Arabic-language satellite TV network Al-Jazeera that the Saudi Arabian royal family has developed a strong relationship with the Obama family in their home village of Kogelo in Alego, Siaya District, West Kenya.
LifeSiteNews: A woman studying to be a teacher, who had attempted to abort her child through a chemical abortion, died in the city of Embu North, the capital of Kenya’s Eastern Province. AllAfrica.com reports her fellow students at St. Mark Teachers Training College discovered her “gasping and groaning in pain.” At the same time, a prominent businesswoman died in the eastern part of the country. Judith Amoit, the 31-year-old owner of a hotel in Teso South, died from the after-effects of an abortion last Wednesday.
Trust.org: Ruth Achieng, one of 40 HIV-positive women planning to sue the Kenyan government for forced or coerced sterilisation, knew nothing about her operation until it was too late.
Christian Science Monitor: More than 14 churches have been attacked in Kenya since April, most recently in this week’s violence in Mombasa. Church leaders are suing to force the government to defend them.
Catholic Culture: Five Protestant churches in Mombasa, Kenya’s second-largest city, were attacked following the August 27 killing of a Muslim cleric, according to Sabahi, a web site sponsored by the Africa Command of the US Armed Forces.
AP: Gunmen in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa shot dead a Muslim cleric accused by Washington and the United Nations of supporting al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia, sparking rioting by youths in which one person died and at least one police car was burned.
Catholic Culture: Contraception, the bishops write, “is both dehumanizing and goes against the teaching of the Church, especially in a country like Kenya where a majority of the people are Christians and God fearing. It already threatens the moral fabric of the society and is an insult to the dignity and integrity of the human person.”
AP: The Inter-Religious Council of Kenya said Muslims will form vigilante groups alongside Christians to guard churches in Kenya’s North Eastern Province, where the latest attacks occurred.
J. Harrison Kinyanjui at Daily Nation: Fixated with Western aphorisms such as “democracy”, “human rights”, “tolerance”, and “openness”, an increasing number of African intellectuals under the aegis of “civil society” have gleefully joined a well-choreographed global campaign by Western governments to propagate homosexuality as part of the “human rights” rubric and population control agenda.
Christian Today: Compass Direct News is reporting that an 8-year-old boy died on Tuesday from injuries after suspected Islamic extremists threw a grenade into a Christian revival meeting near Kenya’s coastal town of Mombasa.
LifeNews: It was only 19 months ago that Kenya was changed forever by a new constitution allowing for the destruction of unborn life. Many Kenyans, and many Americans, still do not understand what has happened to our country. But pro-life organizations, including Human Life International (HLI) Kenya, are doing our best to educate and empower people to make a difference in the fight for life.
LifeNews.com: A recent investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, revealed that the Obama administration has broken the law. The GAO’s report establishes that at least one Obama grantee openly lobbied to expand abortion in Kenya despite the longstanding law, known as the Siljander Amendment, that prohibits U.S. tax dollars from being used to lobby for or against abortion in other countries.
LifeNews.com: An investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), into the Obama Administration’s use of $18 million in taxpayer funds to provide funding for a group pushing legalized abortion in Kenya finds the administration broke the law.
News from The Associated Press: Two people were killed in a suspected al-Shabab attack at a church in an eastern Kenyan town, a police official said Sunday.
LifeNews.com: Human Life International (HLI) Kenya led several student organizations in a peaceful protest last week of a conference convened in Kenya to develop strategies on implementing stealth abortion-legalizing provisions from Kenya’s year-old revised constitution.
AP: Kenya for the first time on Monday saw two judges sworn in to the country’s Supreme Court, a new judicial body created as part of political reforms after the country’s 2007-08 political violence.
San Diego Gay and Lesbian News: The Kenyan Parliament will decide tomorrow, 14 June, on the appointment of Dr Willy Mutunga and Nancy Baraza to that country’s top judicial and public prosecutorial jobs. Both have a pro-gay history and that – plus Mutunga’s earring – have led to an enormous fight . . .
LifeSiteNews.com: The real issue goes much deeper, and the Catholic bishops’ conference and other Christian groups have raised the alarm, because of the stand of both appointees on gay rights and abortion.
WorldNetDaily: Violence against Christians in Muslim regions of Africa is on the rise, and advocates for religious freedom are expressing concern over the deaths of 17, including the family of a Nigerian pastor, as well as the deaths of a dozen Christians in Egypt.
Religion Clause Blog: In Kenya, Seventh Day Adventist students at Masinde Muliro University say that the school’s scheduling of exams on Saturdays violates their freedom of conscience and religion as protected by Kenya’s new constitution.
The Standard: “Professional counselors are calling for immediate action to tackle increasing cases of addiction to internet pornography among Kenyan youth.”
Daily Nation: “Polygamy is not news in Kenya, except when somebody like Akuku Danger marries over 46 wives and sires over 200 children. But the case of one Elisha Koli is rather unique. He has four wives… and two of them are biological sisters.”
Kenya: Christian colleges use discriminatory criteria (acc. to new Constitution) in admitting new students
Daily Nation: “Nearly two months after the new Constitution became law, Christian colleges continue to publish admissions information that suggests they are still discriminating against applicants who do not subscribe to their faith. It’s against the Constitution to discriminate in admission on the basis of religion or belief. And once a student has been admitted, it’s also against the law to discriminate against the student in services and facilities on the basis of religion or belief.”
AP: “President Barack Obama’s polygamist half brother in Kenya has married a 19-year-old woman more than 30 years his junior.”
LifeNews: “Congressman Chris Smith was not happy about the report the inspector general of USAID issued attempting to ‘whitewash’ the Obama administration’s improper, and potentially illegal, use of taxpayer funds promoting a new constitution in Kenya that would allow unlimited abortions.”
TIME News Feed: “Ancentus Akuku, a legendary Kenyan polygamist, passed away due to natural causes; he was in his late 90s. He first married in 1939, became a polygamist at 22 and married his last wife in 1992. He had more than 100 wives, and more than 200 children, each of whom he named personally.”
Daily Nation: “More than 74 churches have petitioned President Kibaki to sack Cabinet minister Esther Murugi over her last week remarks on gay rights in the country . . . The minister, while speaking last week in Mombasa, asked Kenyans to learn to co-exist with homosexuals and lesbians saying this is 21st century.”
LifeNews: “A new report issued by the inspector general for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) claims the Obama administration did not improperly use taxpayer funds to promote the new constitution in Kenya, which contains provisions essentially legalizing virtually all abortions.”
LifeNews: “The Obama administration has cleared itself of illegally lobbying for abortion in Kenya when it spent $23 million financing groups participating in the Yes campaign supporting the draft constitution Kenyans approved earlier this month that would essentially allow unlimited abortions.”
C-FAM: “Barack Obama’s sterling image among Kenyans has dimmed in the wake of a $23M U.S. campaign to promote a draft constitution that included abortion rights. The U.S. promoted the new constitution as a way to stop gross presidential power and corruption. Opponents say that same power and corruption were used to convince many Kenyans, falsely, that the document was pro-life. The constitution passed with 67% in favor on August 4th.”
WorldNetDaily: “Kenya today gave President Obama a much-wanted birthday present, voting overwhelmingly to pass a constitutional referendum that would legitimize for the first time abortions and Islamic courts in the nation . . . In response to inquiries from Reps. Chris Smith, R-N.J.; Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida; and Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the U.S. Agency for International Development admitted to spending more than $23 million of U.S. taxpayer money to influence voters in Kenya to pass the highly controversial constitution.”
Daily Nation: “‘We will continue to press for reforms on Kadhi’s courts and abortion clause until they are out of the main body of the constitution. We don’t mind them being in an Act of Parliament,’ said Bishop Joshua Koyo, the National Council of Churches of Kenya regional chairman.”
LifeNews: “With more than 70 percent of the vote counted, residents of Kenya appear to have approved a new constitution that would essentially allow unlimited abortions. Kenya has long protected women and unborn children but the zeal for a new constitution overtook concerns about preventing abortions.”
New York Times: “Kenya’s new constitution, written to alleviate longstanding problems that have undermined good governance here for decades, received overwhelming approval from voters in a referendum on Wednesday, according to provisional results released by election officials on Thursday morning.” | More information from Religion Clause
Daniel Allott writing at The American Spectator: “The Obama administration’s attempts to impose abortion abroad [have] been unethical. Its attempts to do so in Obama’s father’s homeland may also be illegal . . . Obama’s abortion imperialism may have its greatest impact in Kenya, where the administration has spent millions to promote ratification of a national constitution that would radically liberalize the country’s abortion laws.”
Associated Press: “A draft constitution that Kenya votes on next week guarantees women the same rights as men – unless a judge in a Muslim family court decrees otherwise.”
CBN: “Citing a report by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said $23 million has gone to Kenyan groups who are working for passage of a new constitution. … Smith also said the new constitution was not written by Kenyans, but by U.S.-funded non-governmental organizations working with Planned Parenthood.”
LifeNews: “With two weeks left before residents of Kenya vote on a proposed constitution that would overturn the nation’s historic pro-life protections for women and unborn children, 171 pro-life leaders from 21 nations have signed a petition urging a no vote on the document. … Signers on the new petition include representatives of Endeavour Forum (Australia), Alliance for Romania’s Families, Christian Legal Centre (U.K.), Family Values Organization (U.K.), Priests for Life, Population Research Institute, Parents Forum Switzerland, Concerned Women for America and the Alliance Defense Fund.”
ChristianNewsWire: “In less than a week, the Congress gathered signatures from more than 170 pro-life and pro-family leaders in 21 countries. … Organizations whose leaders are represented include: … Alliance Defense Fund …”
LifeNews: “A new report issued by the Inspector General (IG) for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) reveals the Obama administration has spent over $23 million for activities in Kenya to influence voters there to support a new constitution that would allow virtually unlimited abortions.”