Chinese Pastor Detained for Traveling to Christian Conference

Chinese Pastor Detained for Traveling to Christian Conference

CHENGDU, Sichuan (China Aid) — Chinese authorities barred a pastor from traveling to Hong Kong to attend a Christian training conference today, echoing a growing trend that keeps church leaders from participating in overseas religious meetings. At 6:00 a.m. on Sept. 12, Wang Yi, a pastor of Autumn Rain Blessing Church, and Jiang Rong, a […]

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Massacre 20 Nigerian Christians

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Massacre 20 Nigerian Christians

ANCHA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen in central Nigeria’s Plateau state massacred 20 Christians, including children, as they slept in the hours after midnight on Friday (Sept. 8) in an apparent reprisal attack that mystified villagers, sources said. Police reportedly said the attack was an act of vengeance after the discovery last week of […]

China Tightens Regulation of Religion to ‘Block Extremism’

China Tightens Regulation of Religion to ‘Block Extremism’

BEIJING (Reuters) — China’s cabinet on Thursday passed new rules to regulate religion to bolster national security, fight extremism and restrict faith practiced outside organizations approved by the state. The document passed by Premier Li Keqiang updates a version of rules put into place in 2005 to allow the regulation of religion to better reflect […]

Pornography Blamed for Rise in Teen Sex Crimes in Scotland

Pornography Blamed for Rise in Teen Sex Crimes in Scotland

(Christian Institute) — Online pornography is to blame for a record number of sex crimes by under-18s in Scotland, an addiction charity has said. Last year, a total of 407 minors were reported for rape, attempted rape, sexual assault or other sex crimes. This number included 48 people under the age of 16. Commenting on […]

Bangladeshi Pastor Attacked Following Confrontation Over Destruction of Property

Bangladeshi Pastor Attacked Following Confrontation Over Destruction of Property

Bangladesh (Mission Network News) – Just over a week ago in Bangladesh, men from an electric company arrived at FMI supported Pastor Rajib’s home, claiming they were there to make improvements to his power, only to purposefully destroy Rajib’s property. But, when Rajib confronted the men, they turned violent. “[When] he confronted the workers about […]

UK Retailer John Lewis Removes ‘Boys’ and ‘Girls’ Labels From Children’s Clothes

UK Retailer John Lewis Removes ‘Boys’ and ‘Girls’ Labels From Children’s Clothes

(The Telegraph) — John Lewis has launched a range of gender-neutral children’s clothes, becoming the first retailer in the country to remove “boys” and “girls” labels. The department store said it did not want to “reinforce gender stereotypes” with its childrenswear, which now has unisex labels on all clothing from 0-14 years. School uniforms are […]

Suspected Al Shabaab Gunmen Kill Two Policemen at Kenyan Church

Suspected Al Shabaab Gunmen Kill Two Policemen at Kenyan Church

MOMBASA, Kenya (Garowe Online) — Gunmen killed two police officers guarding a church on Kenya’s southern coast on Sunday in an attack that police said bore the hallmarks of Somalia’s Islamist militant group al Shabaab. Four gunmen confronted the police stationed at the entrance of an Anglican church in the town of Ukunda, south of Mombasa, regional […]

‘Troubling’ Figures Reveal 700 Babies Were Born Drug-Dependent in Scotland in Five Years

‘Troubling’ Figures Reveal 700 Babies Were Born Drug-Dependent in Scotland in Five Years

(Christian Institute) — Over 700 babies were born addicted to drugs in Scotland over the past five years, new figures have shown. The number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)—caused by exposure to addictive opiate drugs in the womb—varied across a number of different health boards. The Scottish government has described the results […]