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  • Christian ‘genocide’: naming Nigeria’s mass slaughter

    August 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Christian ‘genocide’: naming Nigeria’s mass slaughter

    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 …

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  • N.C. lawmakers urge release of Pastor Andrew Brunson

    July 10 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    N.C. lawmakers urge release of Pastor Andrew Brunson

    Forty-eight of 50 North Carolina senators signed a senatorial statement urging the Turkish government to release Pastor Andrew Brunson. A Presbyterian minister from Black Mountain, N.C., Brunson has been imprisoned by Turkey since Oct. 7, 2016. He was arrested and wrongly associated with a group that Turkish authorities say …

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  • Mother’s Day suicide bombers hit Indonesia churches

    May 15 2018 by Morning Star News | with 0 comments
    Mother’s Day suicide bombers hit Indonesia churches

    Islamic extremists in Indonesia, including a family of suicide bombers that targeted three churches, launched multiple attacks beginning Mother’s Day that reportedly killed at least 25 people. East Java police told reporters May 14 that 13 of the 25 dead were the assailants, according to the Jakarta Post.

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  • ERLC: Make religious freedom a priority in Africa

    May 11 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC: Make religious freedom a priority in Africa

    Religious freedom should be a priority for U.S. relations with autocratic regimes in Sub-Saharan Africa, a Southern Baptist policy specialist told members of Congress. Steven Harris called for the focus on religious liberty during his testimony to a House of Representatives subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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  • North Korea prisoners’ release spurs hope for revival

    May 11 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    North Korea prisoners’ release spurs hope for revival

    The release of three American Christians from North Korea is hopefully an early sign of Christian revival in the Asian nation, Paul Kim said. “It’s bigger than just releasing the three individuals,” said Kim, Asian American relations consultant to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. “I think there will be very exciting things happening.”

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  • USCIRF: Persecution grows despite elevated awareness

    April 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    USCIRF: Persecution grows despite elevated awareness

    While egregious acts of religious persecution are more likely to cause global protest 20 years after the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, many countries are increasingly denying such freedoms, a federal watchdog commission reported. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom noted the dichotomy in releasing its religious freedom violations.

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  • Rwanda closes thousands of churches, arrests 6 pastors

    April 9 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Rwanda closes thousands of churches, arrests 6 pastors

    An estimated 6,000 churches have been closed across Rwanda and six pastors arrested in a government crackdown with 700 closures in the nation’s capital of Kigali. The six pastors, who reportedly tried to rally public support for the churches in Kigali, were accused of “masterminding” a plot to disobey the government.

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  • Solace amid persecution for India’s Christian minority

    April 5 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Solace amid persecution for India’s Christian minority

    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. In Meghalaya, one of three Indian states where Christians comprise a population majority, the government responded to widespread public protests and withdrew an order to halt Good Friday observances.

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  • Kidnapped pastor’s family ‘solid and secure in Jesus’

    March 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kidnapped pastor’s family ‘solid and secure in Jesus’

    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. 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.

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  • American pastor charged with ‘terrorism’ in Turkey

    March 22 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    American pastor charged with ‘terrorism’ in Turkey

    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.’”

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  • ChinaAid: Government likely killed Christian lawyer

    March 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ChinaAid: Government likely killed Christian lawyer

    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 likely killed 49-year-old Li, ChinaAid President Bob Fu said in a Feb. 26 news release.

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  • Christians killed after laws limit Fulani herdsmen

    February 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christians killed after laws limit Fulani herdsmen

    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 counted 170 killings through Jan. 30.

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  • China bombs megachurch in drive to silence Christianity

    January 17 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    China bombs megachurch in drive to silence Christianity

    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.

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  • Christian persecutors largely unchanged, Open Doors reports

    January 16 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christian persecutors largely unchanged, Open Doors reports

    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.

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  • Muslim Fulani herdsmen launch more attacks

    January 10 2018 by Morning Star News, Nigeria Correspondent | with 0 comments
    Muslim Fulani herdsmen launch more attacks

    A mass burial on Jan. 7 was announced for 49 of at least 65 Christians killed in Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacks in Benue state, Nigeria that began on New Year’s Day, sources said. Benue Gov. Samuel Ortom announced on Saturday that coffins would be provided for the state-sponsored funeral as he visited Benue State University Teaching Hospital-Makurdi’s hospital morgue.

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