The Persecuted Church

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  • Rebel force attacks Bapt. churches in Burma

    by Burma correspondent/Morning Star News, posted Tuesday, September 25, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    YANGON, Burma (BP) -- Ethnic Wa rebels this month shut down churches or destroyed their buildings and temporarily detained several clergymen in eastern Burma (Myanmar), sources said.

    On the border with China, soldiers of Myanmar's largest ethnic rebel group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), attacked the churches in the rebel's autonomous region in Shan state, according to Christian leaders.

    "We confirmed that at least 12 churches have been destroyed or closed as of Sept. 20," a Christian leader who has lived in the Wa region for several decades told Morning Star News. The Wa people worship ancestral spirits, and the move by the UWSA was meant to hamper Christian missionary activity, said the leader on condition of anonymity.

    Most of the targets were Baptist churches in Panghsang, where Wa soldiers destroyed crosses, the source said. The headquarters of the UWSA is located in Panhsang, on Burma's border with China. Read More

  • Advocates sue Nigeria for Christian girl's release

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, September 24, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ABUJA, Nigeria (BP) -- The Nigerian government should urgently secure the release of a Christian schoolgirl that Boko Haram terrorists have threatened to imminently kill because of her faith, an advocacy group said in a Nigerian federal lawsuit.

    Lift Up Now, led by Southern Baptist Nigerian native Adeniya Ojutiku of Raleigh, N.C., is one of three plaintiffs in the Sept. 19 lawsuit urging Nigeria to secure the release of Leah Sharibu, described in court documents as 16 years old.

    Boko Haram captured Sharibu and about 110 of her classmates Feb. 19 from the Government Girls Secondary School in the Yobe state town of Dapchi in ... Read More

  • China shutters churches, demands recant of faith

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    BEIJING (BP) -- China is raiding and shuttering churches, assaulting worshipers, destroying crosses and burning Bibles in escalating persecution of Christians under a Communist constitution that claims to grant religious freedom.

    Police shut down the largest house church in Beijing Sunday (Sept. 9), the multisite Zion Church, Reuters reported. The Chaoyang District Civil Affairs Bureau told the church it was illegal because it wasn't registered with the government-controlled Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM).

    A week earlier in Henan Province, federal and local government officials of various ranks stormed several churches and assaulted worshipers, it was widely reported. Read More

  • Hindu nationalists host world conference in U.S.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (3 months ago)

    CHICAGO (BP) -- An international Hindu confab in the U.S. that organizers describe as a unity initiative will include radical and violent Hindu nationalists, International Christian Concern charged today (Sept. 5).

    The second World Hindu Congress convening Sept. 7-9 in Chicago will encourage the use of Hindu philosophy, according to event organizers, to address issues of politics, education and commerce affecting the Hindu diaspora. About 2,500 Hindu leaders and others are expected to attend.

    Organizers include the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) of America, a CIA-classified "militant religious outfit" that, according to ICC, has defended and promoted attacks on religious minorities in India including Christians, Muslims and socially disparaged Dalits. Read More

  • U.S. advocates for persecuted pastors in Turkey & Iran

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- In longstanding cases of Christian persecution, American pastor Andrew Brunson remains under house arrest in Turkey as the U.S. government ramps up efforts for his release, while pastor Youcef Nadarkhani begins a 10-year prison term in Iran's notorious Evin prison.

    In the latest bilateral move, U.S. President Donald Trump's administration rejected an offer from Turkish President Recep Erdogan that could have secured Brunson's release. Erdogan offered to release Brunson if Trump dropped an investigation of one of Turkey's largest state-owned banks, Halkbank, regarding alleged violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran, the Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 19. Read More

  • Christian 'genocide': naming Nigeria's mass slaughter

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 06, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    MIDDLE BELT, Nigeria (BP) -- The mass slaughter of Christians in Nigeria is calculated genocide abetted by the government in the nation that is Africa's most Christian, cries a growing number of leaders calling on the United States to intervene.

    Evangelical John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, is among the latest to describe as genocide the killing of some 6,000 Christians this year alone in Nigeria by jihadist Fulani herdsmen aided by resurging Boko Haram terrorists. Read More

  • ChinaAid to launch petition for imprisoned pastor

    by Morgan Collier, posted Wednesday, August 01, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The human rights organization ChinaAid is initiating a petition drive to free John Cao, a Chinese pastor who has been imprisoned since March 2017.

    According to ChinaAid, Cao was "unjustly framed" -- sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $3,000 -- for "organizing illegal border crossing" in a ministry that has helped build 16 schools serving 2,000 students among the impoverished Wa people group in neighboring Myanmar (Burma).

    Because Cao had often taken the same route into Myanmar, ChinaAid said it believes Chinese authorities targeted him "because of his religious beliefs." Read More

  • 7,000 churches, mosques still closed in Rwanda shutdown

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    KIGALI, Rwanda (BP) -- Nearly 7,000 churches and mosques remain closed in Rwanda months after the government began shutting down houses of worship, the Rwandan government has reported.

    The government continues to close houses of worship, citing various building code violations and requirements that pastors complete theological education at accredited schools, World Watch Monitor reported July 27.

    Requirements continue to mount since new laws in the country were first enacted in February, World Watch reported. These requirements reportedly include such measures as the mandatory installment of a certain canvas ceiling considered a fire hazard. Read More

  • Imprisoned U.S. pastor in Turkey moves to house arrest

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (4 months ago)

    IZMIR, Turkey (BP) -- American pastor Andrew Brunson has been granted transfer from a Turkish prison to house arrest awaiting an Oct. 12 hearing, his attorneys said today (July 25).

    The move comes a week after a Turkish court denied Brunson's plea for release after nearly two years' imprisonment on allegations of terrorism and spying. The longtime pastor and native of Black Mountain, N.C., has instead been charged with "the crime of 'Christianization,'" his defenders at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) said.

    "We have confirmed that the Turkish government has issued an order releasing Pastor Andrew Brunson from prison and allowing him to be returned to his home in Turkey," ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow said in a press release. "This is a critical first step that we believe will result in the freedom of Pastor Brunson so he can return to the United States and be reunited with his family." Read More

  • Uzbekistan's religious liberty violations mount

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 23, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (BP) -- Two new requirements for religious organizations seeking government recognition in Uzbekistan are said to evidence the Central Asian nation's continued restriction of religious liberty.

    Comprising five former Soviet republics, Central Asia includes Uzbekistan and two other countries on the U.S. State Department's list of countries of particular concern (CPCs) for religious liberty violations: Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Another Central Asian nation, Kazakhstan, has been recommended for inclusion on the State Department's religious liberty watch list by the U.S. Commission on ... Read More