Nigerian Christians Face Pressure to Abandon Faith

Nigerian Christians Face Pressure to Abandon Faith

(World Watch Monitor) — While violent attacks on Christians at the hands of Islamist militants Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsmen in the northeast and Middle Belt of Nigeria have captured media attention, the persistent social pressures Christians face elsewhere go mostly unnoticed. Despite common misperceptions that they are a minority across the north of […]

Congress Passes ‘International Religious Freedom Act’ to Combat Persecution Worldwide

Congress Passes ‘International Religious Freedom Act’ to Combat Persecution Worldwide

WASHINGTON — Congress passed a bill this week that aims to give the White House and State Department improved tools to address religious persecution worldwide. The Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act had been introduced in the House last year by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and then in the Senate this year by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. […]

Trial Begins Against Indonesian Governor Accused of Blaspheming Islam

Trial Begins Against Indonesian Governor Accused of Blaspheming Islam

(Morning Star News) – The blasphemy trial of Jakarta Gov. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama began on Tuesday, with the ethnic Chinese Christian breaking into tears inside the courtroom while hundreds of people protested outside. Some 2,000 police officers kept anti-Ahok and pro-Ahok protestors apart outside the heavily guarded court. Those opposing Ahok chanted, “Jail Ahok, […]

Turkey Jails U.S. Pastor on ‘Terrorism’ Allegations

Turkey Jails U.S. Pastor on ‘Terrorism’ Allegations

(World Watch Monitor) — A Turkish judge has sent Andrew Brunson to prison in Izmir, 64 days after the U.S. pastor and his wife, Norine, were detained on 7 Oct. under Interior Ministry deportation orders. Although his wife was released on 19 Oct. and given an extended permit to remain in the country, Andrew Brunson […]

Human Rights Activist: Mexico ‘In Denial’ Over Christians Forced Out of Homes for Their Beliefs

Human Rights Activist: Mexico ‘In Denial’ Over Christians Forced Out of Homes for Their Beliefs

(World Watch Monitor) — Mexico has a “policy of denial” about the thousands of evangelical Christians forced out of their homes because of their beliefs, according to a Mexican human rights activist. Pedro Faro Navarro, director of the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre, accused the government of “making up the figures” of […]

Former Muslim Sheikh in Eastern Uganda Attacked for Embracing Christianity

Former Muslim Sheikh in Eastern Uganda Attacked for Embracing Christianity

BUFUJA, Uganda (Morning Star News) – Muslim villagers in eastern Uganda on Nov. 23 destroyed the maize crops of a former Islamic sheikh (teacher) in eastern Uganda who was beaten unconscious after revealing his faith in Christ, sources said. The day before his fields were destroyed, 30-year-old Malik Higenyi of Bufuja village, Butaleja District, received threatening […]

Five Muslims Sentenced to Death for Throwing Couple Accused of ‘Blasphemy’ Into Kiln, Burning Them to Ashes

Five Muslims Sentenced to Death for Throwing Couple Accused of ‘Blasphemy’ Into Kiln, Burning Them to Ashes

LAHORE, Pakistan — Five Muslim men have been sentenced to death in their part in murdering a couple who they mistakenly thought had committed blasphemy against Islam. On Wednesday, Judge Chaudhry Azam sentenced Irfan Shakoor, Muhammad Hanif, Mehdi Khan, Riaz Kamboh and Hafiz Ishtiaq to die by hanging for allegedly throwing Shama Bibi, 28, and […]

Over 10,000 Rally in Streets in Support of Indonesian President Accused of Blasphemy Against Islam

Over 10,000 Rally in Streets in Support of Indonesian President Accused of Blasphemy Against Islam

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — More than 10,000 Indonesians took to the streets of their capital to call for tolerance and unity in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, after police opened a blasphemy investigation into the city’s Christian governor. Earlier this month, Jakarta was rocked by a massive protest by conservative Muslims against the popular […]