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  • Saudi employer stitch the mouth and eye shut on his Christian foreign maid

    HEARTLESS: GIRL’S MOUTH AND LEFT EYE SEWN BY HER MUSLIM BOSS FOR PROFESSING HER SALVATION IN JESUS CHRIST This young lady had her mouth and left eye sewn with plastic threads for professing her faith. The young girl, who was a servant in Saudi Arabia professed that Jesus Christ was her personal savior. This did not go well with her master who ordered his men to sow her mouth so that she will never say that again. Her left eye was sewn too, as a warning. This is the highest level of religious intolerance in the Muslim world. Let us...
  • Air Force removes Bible from POW-MIA display

    03/31/2014 6:23:46 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 94 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 31, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    On March 14 Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told members of the House Armed Services committee that there was no war on religious liberty. “The single biggest frustration I’ve had in this job is the perception that somehow there is religious persecution inside the United States Air Force,” the general told lawmakers. “It is not true.” Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) told me the Air Force seems to be the worst offender when it comes to attacks on religious liberty. If that’s true, perhaps Gen. Welsh could explain why a Bible was removed from a POW/MIA Missing Man...
  • Martyrdom Today [Christians Murdered Around the World, ABC focuses on Moscow Gay bar closing]

    03/27/2014 4:01:12 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | George Robinson
    ... an estimated two hundred million Christians worldwide face harsh persecution each year in dozens of countries on nearly every continent. Bill Bright once said that more Christians have suffered persecution and martyrdom since the beginning of the twentieth century than in all of the rest of church history to that point. What should our response be? Always, our response should be informed prayer; and whenever possible, we should promote and participate in gospel-centered action. It is impossible to pray for situations about which we are unaware. The gospel is offensive to those who are perishing (1 Cor. 1:18); therefore,...
  • Turkey’s New Jihad on Christian Armenians

    03/27/2014 4:04:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 3/27/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Far from being repentant of the Armenian Genocide, Turkey, under the leadership of Prime Minister Erdogan, is again targeting Armenians; is again causing their death and dislocation.In the early morning hours of March 21, al-Qaeda linked Islamic jihadis crossed into Syrian territory from the Turkish border and launched a jihad on the Christian/Armenian town of Kessab. Among other thing, “Snipers targeted the civilian population and launched mortar attacks on the town and the surrounding villages.”  Reportedly eighty people were killed. The jihadis later made a video touring the devastated town; no translation is needed, as the main phrase shouted throughout is...
  • Christians in Israel to EU: “Stop Christian Ethnic Cleansing in Arab Countries”

    03/26/2014 5:17:01 AM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Breaking israel News ^ | March 24, 2014 | Aryeh Savir
    150 Christian citizens of Israel demonstrated on Sunday (Mar. 23) outside the European Union’s delegation in Tel Aviv against the EU’s silence in relation to what they termed “the ethnic cleansing of Christians throughout the Middle East.” The protesters demanded that the EU act on their own cry for human rights and fight for the Christians throughout the Middle East, who are quickly becoming extinct everywhere but Israel. Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth and strong proponent of Christian enlistment in the IDF, demanded that the attacks on Christians be stopped and thanked Israel for being a...
  • Christians to EU: Israel is Our Safe Haven

    03/25/2014 5:48:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Israel Today ^ | March 24, 2014 | Ryan Jones
    Some 150 Israeli Arabic-speaking Christians on Sunday demonstrated outside the European Union mission in Tel Aviv, demanding that the international community stop nitpicking against Israel and start combatting the severe persecution of Christians everywhere else in the Middle East. “Nations, organizations and international missions are quick to raise an accusing finger against Israel at every opportunity,” said Father Gabriel Nadaf, spiritual father of the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum, which organized the rally. Those same nations and organizations “don’t life a finger against the ethnic cleansing of Christians in the Middle East,” the priest continued. Father Nadaf went on to explain...
  • Muslims Slaughter 400 People In Killing Fields And Impregnate 3000 Women

    03/22/2014 1:16:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 64 replies
    Wahlid Shoebat ^ | 3/22/2014 | Walid Shoebat and Theodore Shoebat
    Muslims in Syria have butchered 400 people in mass killing fields, and have also impregnated 3000 women through sex jihad. We have learned this information through our Middle East contact Sister Hatune Dogan, who we partnered with in order to rescue Christians in Syria and Iraq, Turkey and Jordan. “Abd Alluhud tells his story driving to his farm, taking the regular route near Idlib and what he sees was so horrific; hundreds of bodies on the side of the road, all decapitated”, so reports Sister Hatune Dogan to Shoebat.com after she came back from her mission to aid Christians in...
  • Church in Russia Closed for Holding “Unregistered” Sunday School Classes

    03/20/2014 7:39:45 AM PDT · by xzins · 23 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | March 19, 2014 | Carrie Dedrick
    The Harvest Church of St. Petersburg, Russia was closed by the Russian government without warning. Government officials reported that the church was conducting unregistered educational activities, namely holding Sunday school classes during the week without explicit permission. Wade Kusack is the Project Manager for Russian Ministries; his specialty is religious issues in Russia. Krusack explained, “In Russia, the church is supposed to have registration. Without registration, no one has the right to practice their religion. The church was stripped of its legal registration.” Since the Harvest Church did not acquire the proper documentation necessary to hold the weekday Christian education...
  • Exodus II?

    03/20/2014 6:19:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    i>This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. The former President of Lebanon, Amine Gemayel, is a Maronite Christian. He recently warned of “an exodus approaching biblical proportions.” Gemayel told a gathering in Zurich of Christian Solidarity International (CSI) and other human rights activists that the current wave of church burnings, murders, and riots against Christians in the Mideast is the work of radical Islamists. The former Lebanese leader’s own brother had been assassinated in Beirut by these same jihadists. President Gemayel’s warnings echo those issued two years ago by Vienna’s Catholic prelate. Christoph Cardinal Schönborn in 2012 told a religious...
  • Worldwide Christian persecution a growing trend, report shows

    03/19/2014 3:13:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | March 19, 2014 | Carl Bunderson
    (Click on image to see full size) Infographic: Persecuted and Forgotten? Credit: Aid to the Church in Need New York City, N.Y., Mar 19, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recently-released summary report called “Persecuted and Forgotten?” Aid to the Church in Need has revealed a worldwide growth in discrimination against Christians in scope and frequency. The persecution of Christians “has increased over the last 10 to 15 years,” said Ed Clancy, director of evangelization and outreach at Aid to the Church in Need, in an interview with CNA last month, adding that “persecution has many faces,...
  • Cruz: ‘We Have Never Seen An Administration With Such Hostility Toward Religious Faith’

    03/19/2014 7:27:04 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    CBS - DC ^ | March 19, 2014 8:11 AM
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Known nationally as a fiery fiscal conservative, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz channeled his pastor father and displayed his religious side Tuesday, telling an influential group of Iowa home school advocates that America was founded on Christian values Washington can’t deny. The Tea Party darling’s declaration of his beliefs came during his fourth trip to Iowa in barely eight months — and though he has refused to comment on a possible 2016 White House run, Cruz logging so much face time in the state that kicks off presidential voting hasn’t gone unnoticed. “There is no liberty...
  • Christianity already being forced out in Russian-controlled Crimea

    03/17/2014 7:45:53 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 56 replies
    The Canada Free Press ^ | Monday, March 17, 2014 | Judi McLeod
    ...‘Christian’ Putin has returned the brutal heel of the Marxism-Leninism ideology which made atheism the official doctrine of the Soviet Union down on the people of Russia’s newly-acquired Crimea. Throughout the 70-year history of the Soviet Union, Christianity was suppressed and persecuted uninterrupted until Pope John Paul 11, President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher brought down the Iron Curtain and Soviet Communism. {SNIP} The Soviet Union didn’t change when it became plain Mother Russia. The KGB tiger called Putin has never changed his stripes. With yesterday’s cheers still resounding from the overwhelming 96.77 percent for Crimea to...
  • Herdsmen Kill 100 In Attacks On Nigerian Villages [Translation: Muslims Murder Christians]

    03/16/2014 12:15:03 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 11 replies
    NBC News ^ | 16 March 2014
    Gunmen shot, hacked and burned to death at least 100 people and razed homes in central Nigeria.
  • The Rise of the New Persecuted Church

    03/11/2014 8:20:54 AM PDT · by xzins · 9 replies
    Relevant ^ | March 10, 2014 | Jesse Carey
    Last week, 33 individuals who were attempting to establish an underground church were sentenced to death. The missionary who was assisting them has been imprisoned for months, and his fate, like all of those he has come in contact with, is still perilously undetermined. Officially, their crimes are related to “attempting to overthrow” the regime of dictator Kim Jong-un. But in North Korea, where the lines between state-allegiance and cult-like devotion to government leaders is so blurry that it may no longer exist, the crimes of being a Christian and opposing the regime are one and the same. A growing...
  • Why Are Christians (Really) the World's Most Persecuted Group?

    03/10/2014 6:50:02 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 18 replies
    Renew America ^ | March 10, 2014 | Gina Miller
    Listen to an audio version of this column The title of the column caught my eye: "Why Are Christians the World's Most Persecuted Group?" It was linked from the Middle East Forum website at Matt Barber's cool, new site, BarbWire.com. From the title of the column, written by Raymond Ibrahim, I thought that maybe he had laid out the bottom line truth of why Christians, along with Jews, are indeed the most reviled and persecuted people on Earth. But he didn't. His column made three points in answer to his title's question. He wrote that Christians are the most persecuted...
  • Kim Jong-Un Orders Massacre of 33 Christians

    03/10/2014 7:33:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/09/2014 | Rick Moran
    Posted By Rick Moran On March 9, 2014 @ 1:06 pm In Politics | 34 Comments They’re being charged with attempting to overthrow the regime, but their real crime is that they were working with jailed South Korean Christian missionary Kim Jung-wook to set up 500 underground churches in North Korea.They are not being “executed.” Using that word would lend some legality and moral framework to Kim’s action. This is nothing less than a massacre of innocent human beings — a slaughter that should raise an outcry in every civilized nation of the world.The Daily Mail reports: Thirty-three North Koreans...
  • The exodus of Christians from the Middle East is a painful blow to the Arab world

    02/24/2014 8:42:30 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Times of India ^ | Feb 24, 2014, 08.06 PM IST | Robert Fisk
    BEIRUT: Tarif Khalidi is a big, bearded bear of a man, the kind you would always choose to play Father Christmas, or perhaps a Cossack leader sweeping across the Russian steppe, reins in one hand, sword in the other. But Tarif — or Uncle Tarif as I invariably call him — is an Islamic scholar, the most recent translator of the Quran and author of a wonderful book of Muslim stories about Jesus. I am thus surprised — but after a few seconds not at all surprised — to hear how well this Palestinian from Jerusalem got on with the...
  • U.S. ‘Chose to Stay Silent’ on Muslim Persecution of Christians

    02/14/2014 5:43:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 14, 2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - U.S. ‘Chose to Stay Silent’ on Muslim Persecution of ChristiansPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On February 14, 2014 @ 12:31 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Reprinted from Gatestone Institute. The endemic rise of Christian persecution in the Middle East was noted in November when Pope Francis declared “We will not resign ourselves to imagining a Middle East without Christians” and stressed the importance of “the universal right to lead a dignified life and freely practice one’s own faith” after he met with patriarchs from Syria, Iran, and Iraq, all countries where Christian minorities...
  • 'Global War on Christians' (John Allen Gives Testimony to U.S. House Subcommittee)

    Catholic author and journalist John L. Allen, Jr., gave testimony Tuesday before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, on why he believes the “Global War on Christians” is the premier human rights issue of the early 21st century. Allen offered statistics and examples from time spent on the front lines of anti-Christian persecution around the globe. Allen addressed the issue of why he thinks the worldwide persecution of Christians is so often wrapped in silence. “I believe we have a problem with narrative,” noted Allen. “In the West, we are conditioned to think...
  • Are You, or Have You Ever Been, a Member of the Catholic Church?

    02/08/2014 4:28:42 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 81 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | February 7, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Yesterday, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a report, purportedly over the sexual abuse scandal involving the Catholic Church. Forget for a moment the average Catholic’s (need I qualify that with “non-dissenting”?…or “orthodox”?) bias in reading this report…and forget for a moment the facts of the scandal…that’s what most of the “top and bottom of the hour” reporting is focusing on…yet, this same UN report is attempting to get the Vatican to change its own doctrine and canon law. How consonant this is with the current Administration’s chilling efforts related to the HHS contraception/abortifacient mandate as...
  • Gunman kills two in church off Russia's eastern coast - reports

    02/08/2014 11:08:58 PM PST · by bd476 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | by Steve Gutterman | 8 February 2014
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire in a cathedral on the Russian island of Sakhalin, off the country's eastern coast, on Sunday, killing a nun and a churchgoer and wounding six other people, state-run news agency RIA reported.
  • U.S. training Free Syrian Army in Jordan — a group that violently targets Christians

    02/08/2014 7:23:45 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 21 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Feb 7, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    The U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army — those are the “moderates,” you know. How moderate? This moderate: in July 2013, Free Syrian Army fighters entered the Christian village of Oum Sharshouh and began burning down houses and terrorizing the population, forcing 250 Christian families to flee the area. Worthy News reported that just two days later, Free Syrian Army rebels “targeted the residents of al-Duwayr/Douar, a Christian village close to the city of Homs and near Syria’s border with Lebanon….Around 350 armed militants forcefully entered the homes of Christian families who were all rounded-up in the main square of the village...
  • Pew Study: Christians Are The World’s Most Oppressed Religious Group

    02/07/2014 10:47:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 6, 2014 - 1:40 PM | Barbara Boland
    Restrictions, harassment, and intimidation towards people who practice their religion increased in every major region of the world in 2012 except the Americas, with Christians the major target, says a new report by the Pew Research Center. “Muslims and Jews experienced six-year highs in the number of countries in which they were harassed by national, provincial or local governments,” the study found, but Christians continue to be the world’s most oppressed religious group, with persecution against them reported in 110 countries. A recent report by the Christian group Open Doors noted that “North Korea remains the world’s most restrictive nation...
  • GOP Senator Apologizes for McCain Tantrum at Syrian Christian Leader Meeting

    02/05/2014 11:58:26 AM PST · by jazusamo · 63 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 5, 2014
    Hell-bent on arming opposition forces in Syria—despite strong evidence that they’re run by Islamic terrorists—John McCain displayed behavior unbecoming of a United States Senator during a recent meeting with Syrian Christian leaders touring Capitol Hill. The delegation of Syrian clergy came to Washington to raise awareness among lawmakers of the growing crisis among the region’s minority Christian community. Christians make up about 10% of the Syrian population and they are being targeted and ruthlessly murdered by radical elements of the rebel forces, according to the visiting church officials. They say the media and human rights groups in the west have...
  • Al-Qaeda: Defender of Christians?

    02/05/2014 8:21:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 02/05/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Muslim persecution of Christians is the “Achilles’ Heel” of the global Islamic movement’s image—the surest way of exposing its supremacist and intolerant elements and one of the main reasons the major media and establishment rarely report or address it. The logic (fully explained here) can be summarized as follows: Islamic and jihadi attacks targeting the West or Israel pose no problem to the image of Islam. No matter how violent or brutal, no matter how many Islamic slogans are shrieked—“Allah commands the subjugation of infidels!”—Muslim violence against the West and Israel will always be dismissed as desperate acts of disempowered,...
  • Syrian Christian Leaders Call On U.S. To End Support For Anti-Assad Rebels

    02/03/2014 8:29:55 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 27 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | Jan. 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Dias
    The stories told by five top Syrian Christian leaders about the horrors their churches are experiencing at the hands of Islamist extremists are biblical in their brutality. But they are emerging as part of a concerted push by Syrian Christians to get the U.S. to stop its support for rebel groups fighting Syrian president Bashar al Assad. “The US must change its politics and must choose the way of diplomacy and dialogue, not supporting rebels and calling them freedom fighters,” says Nalbandian. Given the United States’ increased support for non-terrorist rebel groups in the wake of the Assad regime’s use...
  • Tebow Blacklist Isn’t the Beginning, It’s the End

    02/02/2014 11:34:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 133 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2014 | John Ransom
    While everyone was paying attention to the demise of the U.S. economy, the U.S. workforce, the checks and balances written into the U.S. Constitution, a terrible tragedy has ensued almost unnoticed. Yes, while the rest of were working to “save” the country from galloping Big Government, the most perfect game in the history of the universe has brought itself to the brink of extinction. The downfall of the National Football League is imminent There are many signs and symptoms of the NFL’s impending doom there for the thinking person to see. The NFL used to have the problem that...
  • Gunmen kill at least 62 in Nigeria, including in church

    01/28/2014 2:30:11 PM PST · by Petrosius · 11 replies
    Rueters ^ | January 27, 2014 | Imma Ande
    YOLA, Nigeria, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Suspected insurgents armed with guns and explosives killed at least 62 people in northeast Nigeria, including at a church service, in a region where Islamist sect Boko Haram is resisting a military crackdown, witnesses said on Monday.
  • Malaysian church attacked amid Allah dispute

    01/26/2014 10:57:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 27, 2014 1:29 AM EST
    A Malaysian church was attacked with firebombs early Monday, police said, sparking concerns of escalating tensions amid a dispute over the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims. Penang state police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi said two men on a motorcycle threw Molotov cocktails into the compound of The Assumption Church. No one was injured. The attack came after a banner was found hanging outside three Penang churches, including The Assumption, on Sunday. The banner read: “Allah is great; Jesus is the son of Allah.” The churches have lodged complaints with police over the banner. …
  • Confirmed: The United States Is the Chief Facilitator of Christian Persecution

    01/26/2014 6:36:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/21/14 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Prominent indicators confirm that the U.S. is the chief facilitator of the persecution of Christians around the world today. According to the recently released 2014 World Watch List, which ranks the 50 nations where Christians are most persecuted, Syria is the third worst nation in the world in which to be Christian, Iraq is fourth, Afghanistan fifth, and Libya 13th. All four countries receive the strongest designation, "extreme persecution" (other designations are "severe," "moderate," and "sparse" persecution). Aside from being so closely and harshly ranked, these four nations have something else in common: heavy U.S. involvement. Three-Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya-were...
  • The U.S. and Christian Persecution

    01/21/2014 6:18:29 AM PST · by Truth29 · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 18, 2014 | Raymodn Ibrahim
    Prominent indicators confirm that the U.S. is the chief facilitator of the persecution of Christians around the world today.p According to the recently released 2014 World Watch List, which ranks the 50 nations where Christians are most persecuted, Syria is the third worst nation in the world in which to be Christian, Iraq is fourth, Afghanistan fifth, and Libya 13th. All four countries receive the strongest designation, “extreme persecution” (other designations are “severe,” “moderate,” and “sparse” persecution).p Aside from being so closely and harshly ranked, these four nations have something else in common: heavy U.S. involvement. Three — Iraq, Afghanistan,...
  • Syria: Muslims see cross hanging from Christian's neck, immediately behead him

    01/19/2014 6:03:19 PM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 1/19/2014 | Robert Spencer
    "When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4"Violence against Christians in Syria is becoming 'one of the worst persecutions endured by Christians in this part of the third millennium.'" Shhh! "Talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims." -- Robert McManus, Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts, February 8, 2013"Syria: Beheading of a Christian terrifies community," by Martin Barillas for Spero News, January 16:Islamists beheaded a young Christian man and seriously wounded another...
  • Italian homophobia bill will ‘be used to persecute the Church’: HLI Rome head

    01/16/2014 8:29:03 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Hilary White
    ROME, January 16, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Italian Senate is again considering the “Mancino law,” a bill that proposes to criminalize “homophobia,” but this time the bill is gaining increasing opposition – both from Christians, who are concerned about civil liberties, and from homosexual activists, who consider that amendments have rendered it “toothless.” On Saturday, a large rally was held in Rome against the bill organized by the recently formed Manif Pour Tous Italia, a civil liberties association that is concerned that such laws curtail human rights, rather than defending them. Opponents have been vocal in their concerns that the...
  • Introvigne: the persecution of Christians do not stop, at least 70 thousand killed in 2013

    01/11/2014 9:37:49 AM PST · by annalex · 6 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | December 26, 2013 | Massimo Introvigne
    Introvigne: the persecution of Christians do not stop, at least 70 thousand killed in 2013 On December 26, the Church remembers St. Stephen, the first martyr, who died stoned asking God not to charge this sin to his murderers. Not only in past centuries but even today many Christians are killed because of their faith. As regards the year 2012, there was talk of around 100 thousand Christians were killed. To take stock of the situation in 2013, Debora Donnini talked to Massimo Introvigne, coordinator of religious freedom in Italy: [Massimo Introvigne] - The statistic is very controversial. There was...
  • Queen Christmas Message Does Not Mention the Plight of Christians

    01/10/2014 4:37:37 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 10 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 25 December 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    On Christmas Day I watched the Queen's 2013 Christmas message on the BBC. It would have been nice, if she hadn't told two lies, one by action and one by omission. The former was: "For Christians, as for all people of faith, reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves in God's love, as we strive daily to become better people." It's quite obvious that not in all faiths believers strive to become better people, unless we consider as self-improvement perfectioning suicide-bombing and beheading skills in order to impose one's faith - to be specific, Islam - to...
  • Christian 'Martyr' Deaths Double in 2013, North Korea Most Dangerous Nation

    01/08/2014 7:33:10 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 5 replies
    newsmax.com/ ^ | Wednesday, 08 Jan 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey. Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 "martyr" killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year, it said. "This is a very minimal count based on what has been reported in the media and we can confirm," said Frans Veerman, head of research for Open Doors. Estimates by...
  • Report: Up to 600,000 Christians Have Fled Homes in Syria

    01/08/2014 5:49:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Up to 600,000 of Syria’s 2.2 million Christians have fled their homes and are now either refugees or internally displaced persons, according to Aid to the Church in Need. In all, 1.8 million Syrians have left their homes, the charity reported. “The number of Christians killed because they are targeted for their faith is growing,” said Father Andrzej Halemba, the charity’s Middle East projects coordinator. Referring to an October massacre, the priest said that “Sadad is a very clear case. They were slaughtered like animals.”
  • Libyan Government Basing New Constitution on Shariah, Targeting Christians (Bush's fault too)

    01/07/2014 10:40:54 AM PST · by bestintxas · 8 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/7/14 | w bigelow
    The anti-Christian sentiment of Muslims in Libya has now reached a new, official level; the Libyan government has declared its new constitution will be based on Shariah law. The Libyan General National Congress stated, "Islamic law is the source of legislation in Libya. All state institutions need to comply with this." This is a change from the policy under former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, who allowed Libya's 300,000 Coptic Christians, 5% of its population, to openly practice their faith. Reports assert that a special committee is examining current laws to make sure they comply with Shariah. Patrick Sookhdeo, international director...
  • The Hypocrisy of the Western Christian Response to Muslim Persecution of Christians

    01/07/2014 7:24:57 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 28 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 1/6/14 | Robert Spencer
    Pope Francis may get letters this year from kings and presidents and grand muftis, but it is highly unlikely that he will receive a letter nearly as important as the one he got in December from an impoverished and imprisoned woman in Pakistan. This pontiff has famously made it a hallmark of his pontificate to show especial care for the downtrodden and outcast, and so he may yet answer Asia Bibi and speak out on her behalf, but there are good reasons to bet against that happening. It all started for Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Catholic wife and mother, on...
  • 2013 report on Rescue Christians

    01/06/2014 4:10:49 PM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 1/6/2014 | Keith Davies
    First of all, we would like to thank all our readers and supporters who have contributed to Rescue Christians in 2013. In the final quarter of 2013 our fund-raising just took off and we raised $173,000 with over $85,000 being raised just in the month of December alone. Whether you could afford just a few dollars or gave us larger amounts, we truly appreciate your sacrifice and participation in this cause, which is a “Race against death”. We have been truly touched by the sacrifices of the many people who can least afford to help. I have had countless stories...
  • Planned Parenthood Representative Says Christianity is “Going Down”

    01/06/2014 8:43:49 PM PST · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    LifeNews ^ | January 6, 2014 | Matt Barber
    Valerie Tarico is one such God-denier. She’s on a fool’s errand. A steadfast disciple to the unholy trinity of “LGBT,” atheist and pro-abortion activism, Ms. Tarico proudly sits on the Board of Advocates for Planned Parenthood – America’s premier one-stop-death-shop. [Snip] She then rattles off a litany of tired claims the pagan left has repeated annually since the year 0001. The nutshell? Atheism is on the rise, while Christianity is in decline. “Queer sexuality” is winning, while “biblical sexuality” is losing, yada, yada and so forth. (Total truth, of course, can be ignored, disobeyed, denied, temporarily repressed or masked, but...
  • Iran Steps Up Its Campaign Against Christians

    01/02/2014 6:50:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 2, 2014 - 5:35 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    One of the few Iranian churches still serving Christians who are not from minority ethnic groups—and are therefore more likely to be converts from Islam—reportedly has told these Farsi-speaking believers that they are no longer welcome. The announcement at St. Peter Church in Tehran, reported by the independent Iranian Christian news agency Mohabat News, is the latest in a stepped-up campaign by the regime aimed at curbing the growth of Christianity in Iran, especially among former Muslims. Mohabat News said churches in Iran are coming under pressure to stop all activities in Farsi, including sermons. Critics say that despite the...
  • Christian Churches Attacked in Kenya on Christmas

    12/28/2013 10:30:03 AM PST · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 28 Dec 2013 | Unattributed
    The bad news is that there were attacks on churches in Kenya. These attacks seem to have been on the order of mob violence, rather than organized terrorist attacks, but they were still an act of Jihad. More bad news: the Reuters news agency, whose parent company has extensive ties to Shariah-compliant finance, filed a terribly researched and misleading report on these attacks which can be found on India’s First Post news site. It is no mere coincidence that Jihad has erupted across the African continent in recent years. We have seen active Jihadi violence in Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, Mali,...
  • Obama Gives Somalia $1.5 Bil, Somalia Bans Christmas

    12/26/2013 5:11:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/26/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Barack Obama, right, is dressed as a Somali elder by Sheikh Mahmed Hassan Somalia has about 1,000 surviving Christians. And that’s a challenge in a country where everyone is either in an Islamic militia or trying to move to the United States to sponge off welfare and plot terrorist bombings.In 2009, four Christian orphanage workers were beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam. Now Somalia has gotten enough of its act together to ban Christmas. The Somali Government has banned celebration of Christian festivities in the country.The Director General of the ministry, Sheikh Mohamed Khayrow Aden, and the Director...
  • Christmas Day Bombings in Iraq's Capital Kill 37

    12/25/2013 8:12:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 12/25/13 | Sinan Salaheddin
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Militants in Iraq targeted Christians in three separate Christmas Day bombings in Baghdad, killing at least 37 people, officials said Wednesday. In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church in the capital's southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38, a police officer said. Earlier, two bombs ripped through a nearby outdoor market simultaneously in the Christian section of Athorien, killing 11 people and wounding 21, the officer said. The Iraq-based leader of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Louis Sako, said the parked car bomb exploded after Christmas Mass and that none...
  • Christmas: The tour and the pilgrimage

    12/24/2013 2:30:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 24, 2013 | ED MORRISSEY
    This year, I took a trip that I thought I might never actually experience — a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. My wife and I decided to do this more than a year before we left, prioritizing it over a few maintenance items for the house, and stuck with it even with a serious health issue in our family. The timing ended up being fortuitous; our pastor, who had lived in the area for a time and who led this pilgrimage, got promoted to an important post within our diocese, so we had two weeks to spend with him before...
  • World Turns Away as Rebel Massacres of Syrian Christians Intensify

    12/21/2013 4:22:31 AM PST · by IbJensen · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 12/20/2013 | Alex Newman
    The world media is increasingly losing interest in the foreign-fueled war still raging in Syria between the Assad regime and an assortment of Islamist rebel groups backed by the Obama administration, Sunni Arab dictators, and European powers. For embattled Syrian Christians, though — most of whom tried to stay out of the conflict — reports suggest the situation is deteriorating quickly, with over 1,200 documented murders so far, and almost 500,000 forced to flee their homes to escape the escalating violence and ruthless persecution. The real numbers are probably even worse. Experts say the end goal of many jihadist rebel...
  • Prince Charles: We Cannot Ignore the Plight of Christians in the Middle East

    12/19/2013 7:06:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/19/13 | Simon Caldwell
    Prince Charles has said he is “deeply troubled” by the plight of Christians in the Middle East. In an address on Tuesday at London’s Clarence House, the Prince of Wales said that Christians in the Middle-East were being persecuted by “Islamist fundamentalist militants,” and he called upon the followers of Christianity, Judaism and Islam to unite to end the suffering. Prince Charles said: “I have for some time now been deeply troubled by the growing difficulties faced by the Christian communities in various parts of the Middle East. “It seems to me that we cannot ignore the fact that Christians...
  • Christians persecuted by Islamists, says Prince Charles

    12/18/2013 3:33:44 PM PST · by BBell · 51 replies
    bbc.co.uk ^ | 18 December 2013 | John McManus
    Christians in parts of the Middle East are being deliberately targeted by Islamist militants in a campaign of persecution, Prince Charles has said. The Prince of Wales made his comments after visiting the British branches of churches based in the region. The prince heard accounts of Christians being murdered and families forced from their homes. The upheavals of the Arab Spring have left many religious minorities vulnerable to accusation and attack.Deeply troubled Charles, accompanied by Prince Ghazi of Jordan, visited the Egyptian Coptic Church centre in Stevenage and the Syriac Orthodox cathedral in west London. The two royals met church...
  • 'Duck Dynasty's' Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks

    12/18/2013 5:31:41 PM PST · by servo1969 · 194 replies
    hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 12-18-2013 | Lesley Goldberg
    A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ. "We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," A&E said in a statement. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."