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Tuesday May 26, 2015

Islamic Mob Attacks Houses, Church over 'Blasphemy' Accusation in Pakistan

Mentally challenged Christian accused of burning papers containing koranic verses.By Our Pakistan Correspondent
LAHORE, Pakistan, May 26, 2015(Morning Star News) – Christians in Lahore are on edge after hundreds of Muslims attacked houses and a church building on Sunday night (May 24) in response to accusations that a Christian set fire to papers with koranic verses on them.
Chaudhry Alam Masih, a resident of Dhoop Sari in Lahore’s Sandha area, told Morning Star News that at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening more than 500 Muslims gathered in front of the house of his mentally challenged neighbor, Humayun Faisal Masih, after the latter was accused of setting the papers on fire.

“They were very charged up, and some of them were carrying weapons,” the neighbor of the accused said. “They were raising religious slogans and demanded that Masih should be handed over to them so that they could burn him the same way he had allegedly burned the holy pages." [READ MORE]

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Tuesday May 26, 2015

Boko Haram Suspected in Killing of at Least 29 People, Most Christians, in Nigeria

Three attacks in 10 days after terrorists lose terriotory in northeast.By Our Nigeria Correspondent
JOS, Nigeria, May 26, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremist attacks in Nigeria’s Adamawa state in the past 10 days have killed at least 29 people after weeks of Boko Haram rebels losing ground to government forces in the northeast, sources said.
Suspected Boko Haram members on Friday (May 22) slaughtered 10 Christians with machetes in Pambula-Kwamda, a Christian community in Adamawa’s Madagali Local government Area (LGA). Area residents told Morning Star News members of the Islamic extremist rebel group attacked at 4 a.m.

“They destroyed the telephone mast first before invading our community – this was to prevent us from telephoning and requesting help,” said an area pastor who requested anonymity for fear of being hunted down by the terrorists. “They killed 10 members of our church [Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, or EYN] using machetes and then slaughtering them.” [READ MORE]

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Thursday May 14, 2015

Pastor, More than 70 Christians Killed in Plateau State, Nigeria

Muslim Fulani herdsmen burn homes, church buildings.By Our Nigeria Correspondent
JOS, Nigeria, May 14, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Gunmen killed a church pastor and more than 70 other Christians in Plateau state in the past month, sources said.
Setting fire to church buildings and houses in attacks that continued this week, Fulani Muslim herdsmen on May 2 killed the Rev. Luka Gwom of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in the town of Foron, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area (LGA).

A member of the slain pastor’s congregation identified only as Paulina was also killed. A Christian community leader in Foron, Ishaku Pam, confirmed the killing of pastor Gwom, whom he said was his pastor, and said Paulina had gotten married in the church two weeks before. [READ MORE]

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Thursday May 14, 2015

South Sudanese Church Leaders Jailed in Sudan Charged, Could Face Death Penalty

Pastor says he is trusting God will intervene on their behalf.By Our Sudan Correspondent
JUBA, South Sudan, May 8, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Sudanese authorities have charged two South Sudanese pastors under laws that call for the death penalty, their attorney said.
National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) officials have charged the Rev. Yat Michael and the Rev. Peter Yein Reith (also transliterated as Peter Yen Reith) with undermining the constitutional system (Article 50 of the Sudan Penal Code) and spying (Article 53) – offenses punishable by death or life imprisonment – and waging war against the state (Article 51), which calls for the death sentence, said the pastors’ attorney.

They are also charged with inciting organized forces to complain and assaulting religious beliefs, which call for prison sentences, the attorney said. [READ MORE]

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Monday May 4, 2015

Young Sudanese Refugee Cast Out of Home for Leaving Islam

Convert experiences power of God amid uncertainty, instability.

Unity state, where Yida is located in South Sudan. (Wikipedia)

Unity state, where Yida is located in South Sudan. (Wikipedia)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – First an 18-year-old Sudanese Muslim became a refugee from Sudan’s war-torn South Kordofan state; then he received Christ and became a refugee from his family.

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Friday May 1, 2015

Authorities in Iran Increase Pressure on U.S.-Iranian Pastor Saeed Abedini, Advocate Says

Jailers threaten to keep him in prison indefinitely.By Our Middle East Correspondent
Iranian Revolutionary Guard in 2012 military parade in Tehran. (Wikipedia)ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 1, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Iranian authorities over the past month have increased pressure on imprisoned U.S.-Iranian pastor Saeed Abedini by threatening to keep him in prison indefinitely, a legal advocate said.

Authorities seem to be taking a “carrot-and-stick” approach to Abedini – burying him under a mountain of new, petty charges while promising him freedom if he abandons his faith in Christ and converts back to Islam, said Tiffany Barrans, international director at the American Center for Law and Justice.

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Thursday April 30, 2015

Hindu Extremist Attack in Assam State, India Depletes Village of Christians

Church members flee area after mob assault on men, women and children.By Our India Correspondent
NEW DELHI, April 30, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Church members have fled a village in northeast India after a vicious attack this month that seriously injured at least three Christians, including a 7-year-old girl.
A mob of about 100 Hindu extremists armed with swords, bamboo sticks and stones attacked Christians who were eating after a service at 8 p.m. on April 17 in Amtola village, Golpara District, Assam state, church leaders said. At least 15 Christians were injured, many of them wounded on their heads and upper bodies.

“Right now there are no Christians in the village – all have fled,” said the Rev. David Boro of Guwahati. “The Christian families who were the main target of the attack are now in a safe-house after they were released from the hospital. The more critically injured are still in the hospital, and when they will be released, they too will join the others in the safe-house.” [READ MORE]

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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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