University of Michigan Ousts Christian Club From Campus for Not Allowing Non-Christian Leaders

University of Michigan Ousts Christian Club From Campus for Not Allowing Non-Christian Leaders

Ann Arbor, Michigan — A Christian club at the University of Michigan has been ousted from campus for refusing to change its constitution, which requires that its leaders be Christians. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship states that it was informed by campus officials that its policies conflicted with the university’s policies, which prohibit discrimination. “The university is […]

Church Elder Threatened With Arrest for Sharing Faith in California Mall Files Suit

Church Elder Threatened With Arrest for Sharing Faith in California Mall Files Suit

Visalia, California — An elder at a California church has filed suit against a local mall for threatening him with arrest if he did not stop sharing his faith with shoppers. John Vadnais had regularly visited the Visalia Mall to shop and eat, and sometimes to also share his faith at the same time. However, […]

Ugandan Pastor Arrested, Chained to Tree by Police For Giving Away Gospel Film on Street

Ugandan Pastor Arrested, Chained to Tree by Police For Giving Away Gospel Film on Street

Uganda, Africa — A Ugandan pastor reports that he was arrested and chained to a tree last weekend for distributing a Gospel film outside one of the largest megachurches in the nation. Pastor Bill Issa of Reconcilation Outreach Ministries states that he and a team of five Christians set out last Saturday to distribute copies […]

American Pastor Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison in Iran for Planting House Churches

American Pastor Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison in Iran for Planting House Churches

An Iranian-born American pastor, who has dual citizenship in both the United States and Iran, has been sentenced to eight years in an Iranian prison for planting Christian house churches in the predominantly Muslim country. As previously reported, 32-year-old Saeed Abedini of Idaho was taken into custody last September while visiting his homeland of Iran […]

Ten Christian Leaders Arrested in Eritrea in Effort to Eradicate Underground Church

Ten Christian Leaders Arrested in Eritrea in Effort to Eradicate Underground Church

Eritrea — Ten Christian leaders have been arrested in the East African country of Eritrea. The persecution watch group Open Doors USA states that there have been several systematic arrest efforts in recent years, but this instance is particularly concerning to citizens as they believe that the government is seeking to “eradicate the underground church […]

Hymn-Singing Christians Hospitalized After Being Pepper-Sprayed at Mississippi’s Last Abortion Mill

Hymn-Singing Christians Hospitalized After Being Pepper-Sprayed at Mississippi’s Last Abortion Mill

Jackson, Mississippi — Three Christians in Mississippi were hospitalized this morning after being incapacitated with pepper spray by a guard as they sang hymns outside of the last abortion facility in the state. The incident took place at approximately 8:30 this morning as the Christians stood on the public sidewalk outside of Jackson Women’s Health […]

Christians Killed in North Korea for Their Faith

Christians Killed in North Korea for Their Faith

The persecution watch group Open Doors USA has confirmed that two Christians in North Korea have been killed for their faith. While their identities have not been released, the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the Christians, apparently both males, have been explained. The first man had been visiting China on a number of occasions in […]

African, Middle Eastern Nations Most Cited on 2013 ‘World Watch List’ of Christian Persecutors

African, Middle Eastern Nations Most Cited on 2013 ‘World Watch List’ of Christian Persecutors

Santa Ana, California — The persecution watch group Open Doors has released its 2013 World Watch List of the 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted, indicating a surge of persecution throughout the continent of Africa and continued hostility throughout the Middle East. Open Doors has created the list for a number of years in […]

Year in Review: 2012 Sees Rise in Christian Persecution, Battles Over God, Guns and ‘Gays’

Year in Review: 2012 Sees Rise in Christian Persecution, Battles Over God, Guns and ‘Gays’

As the year comes to a close, many like to reflect on the significant stories that shaped the past twelve months. A number of major events affected Christians throughout 2012, from the increasing persecution of believers nationwide, to the atheistic war to eradicate God from government and society, to the fight in the courts over […]

Youcef Nadarkhani Arrested and Imprisoned Again by Iranian Authorities

Youcef Nadarkhani Arrested and Imprisoned Again by Iranian Authorities

Youcef Nadarkhani, who was acquitted of apostasy and released from an Iranian prison this past September, has been arrested again by Iranian authorities and put back in prison to serve another 40 days. Reports state that the director of Lakan Prison explained that Nadarkhani was released too early because his attorney Mohammed Ali Dadkhah was […]