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  • Trump speech highlights immigration, war on terror

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 01, 2017 (27 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Discussions of immigration, terrorism and health care were among the highlights of President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress Feb. 28.

    The hour-long address included no mention of abortion, so-called homosexual and transgender rights or religious liberty. It did include calls to "invest in women's health," confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and ensure parents' access to "paid family leave." Read More

  • Study: Radical Islam looming across African Sahel

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 15, 2016 (6 months ago)

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    SAHEL, Africa (BP) -- The poverty- and drought-stricken Sahel region spanning northern Africa is becoming a breeding ground for radical Islamic groups intent on persecuting Christians, according to a study conducted by World Watch Research.

    The Sahel, a horizontal swath spanning parts of Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia, has become attractive to extremist groups that offer financial security to attract impoverished adherents facing uncertainties in the semi-arid land, reported World Watch Research, a division of the Open Doors International advocacy organization for persecuted Christians. Read More

  • 9/11 called catalyst for missions to Muslims

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (6 months ago)

    NEW YORK (BP) -- When radical Islamic terrorists brought down the World Trade Center's Twin Towers 15 years ago, they didn't realize their actions would also help bring down walls to reaching Muslims with the Gospel.

    But that's exactly what happened.

    In the years since Sept. 11, 2001, the number of Unengaged, Muslim Unreached People Groups (UMUPGs) in the world has decreased by nearly 20 percent, from 1,333 in 2001 to 1,077 today, according to statistics provided by Vision 5:9, a coalition of Christian missions organizations focused on reaching Muslims. Read More

  • Censoring Islamic sermons new anti-jihad tactic

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 12, 2016 (7 months ago)

    BORNO, Nigeria (BP) -- The governor of Boko Haram's birthplace Borno has formed a board to monitor and censor Islamic preaching in hopes of preventing the jihadists from spreading violent Islamism and recruiting fighters, Nigeria's Channels TV reported. Read More

  • Terror attack in Nice spawns prayer, questions

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (8 months ago)

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    NICE, France (BP) -- A terrorist attack yesterday (July 14) in Nice, France, that left at least 84 people dead has prompted calls for prayer as well as speculation on the role Islamic extremism may have played.

    International Mission Board spokeswoman Julie McGowan told Baptist Press the IMB does not discuss the location of its personnel "due to security considerations for IMB personnel and the national believers with whom they work." But McGowan noted, "However, with any breaking news event, we are in contact with anyone who might be affected, due to travel and other reasons, to confirm their safety and ... Read More

  • Ramadan attacks reflect need for Christians to pray

    by IMB Staff, posted Thursday, June 30, 2016 (9 months ago)

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    ISTANBUL, Turkey (BP) -- Two terror attacks in Turkey during Ramadan have marked the Islamic holy month with violence and chaos.

    Terrorists opened fire at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul late Tuesday (June 28) before detonating explosives, killing 43 people and injuring more than 200.

    Three weeks earlier, a car bomb tore through a crowded area of Istanbul during the height of morning rush hour, killing 11 people and wounding dozens more. Read More

  • 'Horrified & heartbroken,' Orlando mourns

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (9 months ago)

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    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- Pain pulsing through Orlando this week touches many more than the families of the 49 murdered and the 53 wounded by a single gunman's terrorism on the Lord's Day at a gay nightclub; it touches the entire community, pastors holding prayer services told Baptist Press.

    Prayer services continue today (June 15) at 6:30 p.m. at Delaney Baptist Church two blocks from the crime scene, and at 7:30 p.m. at The Church of the Cross, both Southern Baptist congregations. Read More

  • Orlando massacre spurs prayer, compassion

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, June 13, 2016 (9 months ago)

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    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- Calls for prayer and compassion rang out from Southern Baptists nationwide hours after the mass murder of 49 and the injury of 53 early Sunday (June 12) at an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

    Armed with a handgun and an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, a U.S.-born citizen of Afghani parents, walked into the Pulse nightclub around 2 a.m. and began shooting among the more than 300 patrons at the club as it prepared to close for the day. Read More

  • GLOBAL: Terror attacks no one is talking about

    by Travis Wussow, posted Thursday, April 07, 2016 (one year ago)

    Take steps to care as much about terror attacks in Pakistan, Turkey and elsewhere around the world as the one in Brussels, writes Travis Wussow, director of international justice and religious freedom for the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Read More

  • Resist 'civilization jihad,' NRB speakers urge

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 26, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The U.S. government has been unwittingly complicit with a "pre-violent" form of Islamist attack on the West known as "civilization jihad."

    That was the allegation of Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney and other speakers during a Feb. 25 lunch at Proclaim 16, the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention in Nashville. Part of civilization jihad, speakers argued, involves silencing critics of radical Islam and preventing law enforcement officials from investigating potential terrorists based exclusively on their ties with extremist Muslim groups. Read More