Religious Liberty Showdown

“What’s on the line here is can a state use its own state constitution to treat religious organizations and churches as second-class citizens?” said Erik Stanley, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, who will help argue on behalf of Trinity Lutheran. “The state shut the door to Trinity Lutheran solely because of its religious status as a church.”

Christians killed during Easter Celebration by Fulanis

NAIJ.com reports that over 200 people have died in the attacks between Fulani herdsmen and natives of Southern Kaduna since the crisis started. Attacks on Southern Kaduna communities have resulted in deaths and destruction of properties Premium Times reports the governor as saying: “The victims and their families, while affirming that security operations are being ramped to rid the forest areas of the bandits.”

Standing in the Fire

Middle East Christians are standing right in the middle of a blazing inferno of Islamic evil. Even as they fight to survive, the gospel is going forward. It’s being shared by an unlikely band of believers, risking their lives to share the faith no matter how hot the fire may get.

INDIA RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE

CSW’s Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said: “It is worrying to hear that Christians in the world’s most populous democracy are facing aggression from Hindu fundamentalist groups and law enforcement agencies, given that freedom of conscience and the right to freely profess, practice and propagate religion is guaranteed by the Indian Constitution. We urge the Indian government to take firm action against fundamentalist groups and law enforcement officials that intimidate and attack religious minorities.”

INCREDIBLY BRAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS

In 2003, more than one million Christians were living in Iraq in 2003, but today’s numbers are closer to 250,000. Sako said he hopes the peace initiative will be the start of “a real resurrection, a quick return of displaced to their homes, and a restoration of peace at our churches, country, and the whole world.”
“Peace must be achieved by us [religious leaders] as well as politicians, through courageous initiatives and responsible decisions,” he said.

Coptic Solidarity Condemns Palm Sunday Pogrom of Egypt’s Copts, Demands International Inquiry

Coptic Solidarity Condemns Palm Sunday Pogrom of Egypt’s Copts, Demands International Inquiry WASHINGTON, April 10, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Coptic Solidarity strongly condemns the cowardly church bombings on Palm Sunday (April 9) in Tanta, and Alexandria, which murdered at least 43 and injured over 120 individuals. Although ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, this remains…