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Sunday April 26, 2015

Religious Persecution in China Dramatically Worsened in 2014, Group Says

Advocacy organization reports steep increases in cases, people harmed. By the Editor
April 24, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Persecution of Christians in China reached its highest level in more than a decade last year as the government cracked down on church growth perceived as a threat to Communist Party power, according to a U.S.-based advocacy group.
Texas-based China Aid Association (CAA) this week reported 572 cases of religious – mainly Christian – persecution last year, a 300 percent increase over the previous year’s 143 cases. The number of people affected in those cases jumped from 7,424 to 17,884 people. More than 1,592 were church leaders, compared with 800 the previous year, CAA reported. [READ MORE]

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Sunday April 26, 2015

Islamic State Warns Those Who Refuse Islam Will Die like Ethiopians in Libya Video

Militant asserts that persecution of Christians is fundamental to Islam.By Our Middle East Correspondent
ISTANBUL, Turkey, April 24, 2015 (Morning Star News) – In a video showing the cruel execution of 28 Ethiopian Christians, the militant Sunni terrorist group Islamic State (IS) says persecution of Christians is fundamental to Islam.
In the video released late Sunday night (April 19), IS (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) warns that if Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere refuse Islam, they also will be slain. An IS spokesman gives Christians three options – convert to Islam, submit to the rule of Islam and pay the Jizya (tribute) or be killed. [READ MORE]

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Monday April 20, 2015

Bones Broken in Attack on Evangelistic Gathering in Telangana State, India

Christian leaders file formal complaint of police inaction.By New Delhi Correspondent
NEW DELHI, April 20, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Christians sustained broken bones and wounds when Hindu extremists on April 8 attacked an open-air gospel event in Telangana state, India, sources said.
Police initially refused to help church members after the mob of about 100 Hindu extremists seriously injured four Christians in the attack in Pebbair, Mahabubnagar District, they said. Area church leaders submitted a complaint citing inaction by police. [READ MORE]

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Sunday April 19, 2015

Police in Pakistan Deny Christian Youth's Statement on Who Attacked, Killed Him

Official denies boy's declaration that two Muslims set him ablaze because of his faith.By Our Pakistan Correspondent
LAHORE, Pakistan, April 16, 2015 (Morning Star News) – A Christian boy in Pakistan told police two Muslims set him on fire because of his faith before he died from his burnsWednesday (April 15), according to a human rights advocate, but police denied taking the statement.
Nauman Masih, 14, told police in Lahore that two masked men on a motorbike who had just left a mosque after Friday prayers engaged him in conversation on April 10. The boy said that when they found out that he was Christian, they assaulted him, doused him with kerosene and set him on fire.

Attorney Aneeqa Maria Akhtar of The Voice Society said she was present when Nauman told police two Muslims had set him on fire because he was a Christian. A pastor using his cell phone recorded Nauman giving the same details of the assault; the video recording, a copy of which Morning Star News has obtained, shows Nauman giving details that are substantially no different than the boy’s initial statement to police, Akhtar said. [READ MORE]

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