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  • Solace amid persecution for India's Christian minority

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 02, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    MEGHALAYA, India (BP) -- Christians comprising just 2.3 percent of India's population noted two legal successes this Easter as religious persecution mounts under the Hindu nation's ruling Indian People's Party (BJP).

    In Meghalaya, one of three Indian states where Christians comprise a population majority, the BJP-ruled government responded to widespread public protests and withdrew an order March 27 to halt Good Friday observances, Christian persecution watchdog World Watch Monitor reported March 29. Read More

  • Kidnapped pastor's family 'solid and secure in Jesus'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, March 26, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (BP) -- A Malaysian pastor threatened with death for trying to convert Muslims to Christianity remains missing more than a year after his February 2017 kidnapping in Kuala Lumpur, a family friend confirmed to Baptist Press today (March 26).

    The family of 63-year-old Raymond Koh has heard nothing of his whereabouts or health since his abduction by as many as a dozen masked men in broad daylight, family friend and Nashville-area pastor Greg Wilton told BP. Read More

  • 5 Nigerian schoolgirls died in raid, teen told parent

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    DAPCHI, Nigeria (BP) -- Boko Haram on March 21 released most of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped from Dapchi, Nigeria, a month ago, but five girls still missing are feared dead, and a lone student remains captive because of her Christianity, the Associated Press reported today (March 22).

    Five of the girls who remain missing died of injuries suffered in a stampede when Boko Haram abducted them Feb. 19 from the Government Girls Secondary School, a parent of one of the five girls learned from another student, the AP reported. The reportedly deceased girls were buried in graves in the bush, the student said, but the deaths have not been confirmed. Read More

  • American pastor charged with 'terrorism' in Turkey

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

    IZMIR, Turkey (BP) -- American pastor Andrew Brunson has been indicted in Turkey on charges of terrorism. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) claims the charges amount to an admission "that Turkey considers sharing the Gospel an 'act of terrorism.'"

    "The 62-page indictment, wholly lacking merit, provides no evidence regarding criminal action by Pastor Andrew, which comes as no surprise," the ACLJ stated in a March 20 news release. "Pastor Andrew, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, serving as Pastor of the Izmir Resurrection Church, has maintained his innocence and has reiterated that he has been in Turkey for only one reason, to tell about Jesus Christ. Incredibly, the indictment now admits that Turkey considers sharing the Gospel an 'act of terrorism.'" Read More

  • Group seeks new U.S. religious freedom post for Nigeria

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (BP) -- A religious and secular coalition will urge Congress to create a U.S. coordinator for religious freedom in Nigeria as terrorism against Christians and other religious minorities intensifies in the African nation.

    Termed the special coordinator for religious minorities and terrorism, the post would serve as a direct link between U.S. and Nigerian governments to address religious persecution, terrorism and the resulting economic crisis in Nigeria, a coalition representative told Baptist Press today (March 8). Read More

  • ChinaAid: Govt. likely killed Christian human rights lawyer

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, March 02, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    JIANGSU, China (BP) -- Religious freedom advocates are calling for an investigation into the mysterious death of noted Christian human rights attorney Li Baiguang, who died Feb. 26 in a Chinese military hospital after recent good health.

    The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) likely killed 49-year-old Li, ChinaAid President Bob Fu said in a Feb. 26 news release, the same day physicians in China's eastern Jiangsu province said Li died of internal bleeding from liver problems while seeking medical treatment for stomach pain. Read More

  • U.S. pastor among ChinaAid top 10 persecution cases

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    MIDLAND, Texas (BP) -- A Virginia pastor interrogated and evicted from China during a discipleship seminar he led in the nation is among ChinaAid's top 10 cases of Christian persecution there in 2017.

    Wang Zhiyong, senior pastor of Grace Christian Church in Herndon, Va., was interrogated for four hours and ordered to immediately leave China after police interrupted his "Religious Reformation and Life Transition" seminar in Guangdong in April 2017, the religious freedom watchdog group ChinaAid said in its report. Read More

  • Christians killed after laws limit Fulani herdsmen

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    MIDDLE BELT, Nigeria (BP) -- At least 170 Christian farmers and Muslim Fulani herdsmen have died this year in Nigeria's Middle Belt in a centuries-old feud driven by Muslims seeking to graze their cattle on farmland, Christian advocacy groups have reported.

    Advocacy group Amnesty International (AI) counted 170 killings through Jan. 30 in Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Ondo and Kaduna states. Many killed were Christian farmers attacked by herdsmen seeking grazing land for their cattle, but others died in retaliatory clashes. Read More

  • China bombs megachurch in drive to silence Christianity

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    SHANXI, China (BP) -- The bombing demolition of a megachurch in China is indicative of a rush to silence Christianity under new laws that will heighten religious persecution, according to human rights group ChinaAid.

    The Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, Shanxi, was home to some 50,000 worshippers before the Chinese government bombed and demolished the church Jan. 9, according to news reports.

    Religious persecution is at its harshest in communist China in perhaps 50 years, ChinaAid President Bob Fu told BBC News Jan. 11. Read More

  • Christian persecutors largely unchanged, Open Doors reports

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 12, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The most dangerous countries for Christians, led again by North Korea, remain largely the same, according to the 2018 list compiled by a leading advocate for the persecuted church.

    Open Doors USA released its annual World Watch List Jan. 10, two days after President Trump renominated Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom in a move welcomed by supporters of people of faith overseas.

    For the 17th consecutive year, North Korea -- a communist country that enforces worship of its leader, Kim Jong-un -- was ranked as the worst country for followers of Jesus Christ. Christians are "the number one enemy of the state in North Korea," Open Doors President David Curry said. Read More