Authorities raiding church services, threatening church members, and arresting and imprisoning worshipers and church leaders, particularly Evangelical Christian converts.
Courtesy of AsiaNews.it Beijing (AsiaNews/CHRD) – A court in Xinjiang convicted five Christians on 18 April for “gathering a crowd to disrupt social order”, sentencing them to three to five years in prison. The ruling by the Chongji City People’s Court follows a trial on 27 October 2016. All five, who are ethnic Han Chinese,…
A pastor in eastern Uganda is without his home, farm and church building after Muslim extremists armed with swords and clubs rampaged through his property on March 27, he said.
The band of nine Muslims, who also carried blunt metal objects, were shouting the jihadist slogan “Allah Akbar [God is greater]” as they invaded pastor Christopher James Kalaja’s land in Nakabale village, Kaderuna Sub-County, he told Morning Star News.
His family called the police emergency number, but the perpetrators managed to escape with the keys to the burning room, Christians said. Residents and relatives eventually broke through the wall of the room engulfed with heavy smoke and found Ameen dead, BosNewsLife
“The way he was killed is the way of Daesh [IS], as they are the only ones who slaughter people like that,” said Gabriel’s father, Allam Bashay Gabriel.
“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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.