Indian Christian, Prabhu Isaac, is due to be deported from Jiddah tonight after spending more than six months in Saudi prisons in connection with his Christian faith.
Turkmenistan has moved to fifth place on the Open Doors World Watch List of worst persecutors of Christians, behind Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Laos and China, causing "great concern" to persecution watchers around the world.
Inescapably intertwined with Bible history, Egypt and much of her history has had great impact over the years on Judaism, then Christianity. From Joseph being appointed as second-in-command to Pharaoh, to Moses leading the Jews through the wilderness of the Sinai Peninsula, to the infant Jesus and His family seeking refuge, the stories are familiar to us. Egypt's recorded history dates back to 3200 BC. This land that straddles parts of two continents--Africa and Asia--rose to world wide prominence as a series of Pharaohs who ruled the Land of the Nile oversaw incredible feats of engineering that resulted in the ... Read more
The letter below -- the cry of a frustrated and persecuted Vietnamese Mennonite pastor named Nguyen Hong Quang -- is an appeal for religious freedom in Vietnam and for support from the international Christian community.
For many Western Christians, the mention of "Iraq" gives rise to mental images of Saddam Hussein and the Gulf War. Few realize that there are Christians in Iraq and that those Christians have arguably suffered more from the U.N. sanctions imposed after the 1991 war than from government oppression.
Two young men who lead a small Baptist church in the town of Kulsary, the centre of Jiloi district of Kazakhstan's Atyrau region on the Caspian Sea, have protested against an illegal order by the district prosecutor banning the church.
KULSARY, KAZAKHSTAN (ANS for KNS) -- Two young men who lead a small Baptist church in the town of Kulsary, the centre of Jiloi district of Kazakhstan's Atyrau region on the Caspian Sea, have protested against an illegal order by the district prosecutor banning the church.
There has been a long history of persecution of minority Christians in Vietnam's Western Highlands, where churches have largely had to operate underground since the communist takeover in 1975.
HO CHI MINH, Vietnam (Compass) -- There has been a long history of persecution of minority Christians in Vietnam's Western Highlands, where churches have largely had to operate underground since the communist takeover in 1975.
Thousands of extremist Muslim fighters armed with automatic weapons are attacking Christian villages in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, burning churches and thousands of homes and sending residents fleeing.
Reports from Laos say authorities closed two churches in the southern part of the country earlier this year.
On October 16, 2000, twenty-one-year-old Liu Haitao from Henan province in central China died as the result of severe police beatings. Although the immediate cause of his death was a kidney ailment that flared up after police mistreatment and a harsh imprisonment, there is no question his death was the result of his witness for Christ, which makes him a martyr for the faith. Local Christians in the area plan to observe October 16 as a memorial day to the life of the young Christian.
The wife and children of Baptist prisoner Shageldy Atakov in Turkmenistan have been told by the local mullah, administration officials and officers of the country's political police, the KNB (former KGB), that they may not believe in Jesus Christ and must convert to Islam. According to a statement from local Baptists -- passed on to Keston News Service by the German-based Friedensstimme mission -- officials in the town of Kaakhka, close to Turkmenistan's southern border with Iran, also warned Atakov's wife, Artygyul, that the family home would be confiscated if Christians continue to meet there.
WASHINGTON (ABP) -- Pressing forward despite criticism of President George W. Bush's faith-based initiative, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers has unveiled the sweeping "Community Solutions Act." The law would expand funding of religiously oriented social services and allow non-itemizers to deduct charitable giving from their taxable income.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP)--A 9-4 federal court ruling for Ohio's motto, "With God, all things are possible," is "an important victory for freedom and a sound defeat for those who want to strip our nation of its religious heritage," constitutional attorney Jay Sekulow said.
WASHINGTON (ABP) -- Launching a major effort to educate churches about the perils of taking tax dollars for social-service ministries, the Baptist Joint Committee and the Interfaith Alliance released a guide March 13 that will be distributed to 20,000 houses of worship.
Responding to urgent pleas for help, Christian Aid has joined a campaign to raise $1.2 million to rescue Christians feared targeted for conversion or extermination by Muslim jihad warriors in Indonesia.
Sharply different perspectives on religious persecution in Indonesia have been laid before the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.
A growing body of evidence confirms reports that Christians in Indonesia's Maluku Islands have been forced to convert to Islam under threat of death, although Muslim clerics deny the claims.
Indonesia's Christian and political leaders are convinced that the widespread Christmas Eve church bombings were meant to provoke all-out war between the Muslim and Christian communities in the country.