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 […]

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 […]

Pastor in India Perseveres Amid Persecution by Hindu Extremists

Pastor in India Perseveres Amid Persecution by Hindu Extremists

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A band of Hindu extremists who had snuck into a house-church service beat a pastor with steel rods and sticks, one of them yelling that they would stop if he shouted, “Hail, Lord Ram (Jai Sri Ram)!” “I remained mum,” pastor Harjot Singh Sethi, 26, told Morning Star News. “I did […]

American Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey Now Facing Charges of Attempting to Overthrow Government

American Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey Now Facing Charges of Attempting to Overthrow Government

ANKARA, Turkey — An American pastor who has been imprisoned in Turkey for nearly a year on an accusation that he is a member of a “terrorist organization,” is now facing four new criminal charges, including espionage and attempting to overthrow the government. “These ‘new’ charges, coming 322 days after his initial arrest in October of […]

Kenyan Christians Killed for Refusing to Recite Islamic Shahada

Kenyan Christians Killed for Refusing to Recite Islamic Shahada

(World Watch Monitor) — Three Kenyan Christians were hacked to death by Al-Shabaab militants on Friday night (Aug. 18) after they refused to recite the Islamic prayer of faith. A fourth Christian—the mentally challenged older brother of one of the three—was also killed. At around 9pm, Changawa Muthemba, who was in his forties, was dragged […]

Another Teenage Christian in Pakistan Beaten, Accused of Blasphemy

Another Teenage Christian in Pakistan Beaten, Accused of Blasphemy

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Muslim mob in rural Punjab Province, Pakistan stormed a police station to continue beating a 16-year-old Christian boy accused of blaspheming the Koran, sources said. Asif Masih, illiterate and mildly mentally challenged according to his father, was so badly beaten by the mob in Punjab Province’s Gujranwala District on Aug. […]

Sudanese Police Evict Two Pastors From Their Homes

Sudanese Police Evict Two Pastors From Their Homes

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – In further efforts to help a Muslim businessman take over church property, police in Omdurman, Sudan evicted two church leaders and their families from their houses, sources said. Police on Tuesday (Aug. 15) raided the two houses belonging to the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC), one near the Omdurman Evangelical Church […]

Hubei Christians Attacked With Fireworks, Mud

Hubei Christians Attacked With Fireworks, Mud

EZHOU, Hubei (China Aid) — After a raid chased a house church from its building out into the open on Jan. 10, authorities in China’s central Hubei province have been weekly attacking church services, firing fireworks at the Christians and drenching them with mud. For the past eight months, officials have arrived weekly at the […]

Judge in Pakistan Urges Parliament to Prosecute Blasphemy Cases Under Terrorism Laws

Judge in Pakistan Urges Parliament to Prosecute Blasphemy Cases Under Terrorism Laws

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – In an expanded order to remove “blasphemous” content from social media in Pakistan, a high court judge included a recommendation that Parliament include terrorism charges against those accused of blasphemy. Last Saturday’s (Aug. 12) recommendation by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court is unlikely to result in action […]