Nigeria

Thursday May 5, 2016

Bill in Kaduna State, Nigeria Would Criminalize Street Evangelism, 'Offensive' Preaching, Clergy Say

Legislation targets Christianity, church leaders say.By Our Nigeria Correspondent
KADUNA, Nigeria, May 4, 2016 (Morning Star News) – Street evangelists would be fined and “offensive” preaching at church services would send pastors to jail for up to two years under legislation proposed by the Muslim governor of Kaduna state, church leaders said.

As discussion of the legislation heated up in the past month, Christian leaders voiced alarm over the bill Gov. Nasir El-Rufai sent to the state assembly last October, which would also require clergy to obtain a preaching permit renewable every year. Church leaders said the Religious Regulation Bill, which would apply to all religions including Islam, is a ploy to stifle and persecute Christians under the guise of quelling extremists and charlatans.

“The proposed law is in contravention of the Nigerian Constitution and shall inhibit the preaching of the gospel when it becomes operational,” the Rev. George Dodo, chairman of the Kaduna State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Roman Catholic bishop of Zaria Diocese, told Morning Star News. “We have reservations over the bill and believe that it will curtail religious freedom of the people, particularly, Christians in Kaduna state.”

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Wednesday May 4, 2016

Christians in Burma Patiently Endure Building of Pagodas on Church Lands

Buddhist monk said to be using structures for religious, political aims.By Our Burma Correspondent
YANGON, Burma, May 3, 2016 (Morning Star News) – Striving for a peaceful legacy, Christians in Burma (also called Myanmar) are choosing to patiently endure an influential Buddhist monk’s campaign to build pagodas on church properties.
Initially social media and news media registered an outcry from Christians when U Thuzana, a powerful monk better known as Myaing Kyee Ngu Sayadaw, rallied supporters to build a Buddhist pagoda on Anglican church property in southeastern Karen state on April 23 – the third Buddhist shrine that he has erected on church lands.

A bishop at St. Mark Anglican Church, where the pagoda was built in Kun Taw Gyi village, said Christian leaders don’t want to inflame religious and ethnic conflicts in a country where a newly-elected democratic government is striving for national reconciliation; besides trying to quell ethnic separatist movements, officials have had to deflect Burmese Buddhist rancor over the Assembly-election of an ethnic Chin Christian as vice president, Henry Van Thio.
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Wednesday May 4, 2016

Woman in Uganda Says Muslims Beat, Raped Her for Accusing Imam of Killing Her Father

Christian, 22, seriously wounded after testifying. By Our East Africa Correspondent
NAIROBI, Kenya, April 30, 2016 (Morning Star News) – Muslims in eastern Uganda beat and raped a young Christian woman for testifying that a mosque leader killed her father because of his faith, sources said.
The imam at a mosque in Kanyumu village, Pallisa District, Sheikh Musana Ibrahim, and two other Muslims killed Samson Mukama on Jan. 28, according to his daughter.

The 22-year-old woman, whose name is withheld, said she was beaten and raped on April 19 for telling a court what she had witnessed. She was found unconscious in a pool of blood, with several cuts on her body, after the attack on her that evening at the home in which she had taken refuge in Kanginima village, Pallisa District.
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Nigeria

Wednesday April 27, 2016

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Massacres Reach Southern Nigeria

With or apart from Islamic extremist groups, violence said to pose threat of civil war.By Our Nigeria Correspondent
JOS, Nigeria, April 27, 2016 (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani attacks on Christians have advanced beyond Nigeria’s central zone into a southern state, with a church leader saying the aggression could cast Nigeria into civil war as a massacre this week took at least 27 lives.

Following the February massacre in Agatu, in the central-eastern state of Benue, and the attack on Monday (April 25) on three predominantly Christian villages in the south-eastern state of Enugu, church and rights figures began to describe Muslim Fulani aggression as posing a threat of civil war. Enugu shares a border with Benue.

While a secessionist group called for Enugu natives to defend against further Fulani attacks, the archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, said Muslim Fulani killings, kidnappings, destruction of farmland and rape have become a regular occurrence in central and southern parts of Nigeria.
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Friday April 22, 2016

Muslims in Uganda Kill Christians' Livestock, Demolish Church Building

Village Islamists order end to raising pigs.By Our East Africa Correspondent
NAIROBI, Kenya, April 21, 2016(Morning Star News) – Muslims in a village in eastern Uganda last week killed Christians’ pigs and tore down their church building, sources said.
A Muslim mob demolished the building of the 450-member Nalugondo Church of Uganda building at about midnight on April 12, shouting, “We cannot live together with neighbors who are infidels. We have to fight for the cause of Allah,” according to area sources. Nalugondo village is near Bugade, Mayuge District, 93 miles east of Kampala.

Two days earlier, sources said, a group of Muslims slaughtered a church lay leader’s pigs, a key source of income. Singing praises to Allah and shouting, “Allah only is to be worshipped, and Muhammad is his prophet,” the group led by area Muslim Kambo Daudo killed Samuel Kijali’s pigs at 4 p.m. on April 10, as Kijali’s wife watched helplessly.
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Friday April 15, 2016

Hindu Extremists on Motorcycles Chase Down Pastor in Northern India

In eastern India, new convert undeterred by assault.By Our New Delhi Correspondent
NEW DELHI, April 14, 2016 (Morning Star News) – Late one morning in northern India last month, pastor Ram Prakash, 52, was riding his motorcycle home when he noticed men on three motorcycles shouting obscenities as they followed him.
The pastor had just visited four Christian families that day, March 24, praying with them at their homes in Karoate village, Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh state. Having had Hindu extremists set his home on fire two weeks earlier, he could easily guess that those following him were radical Hindus.

The men gave chase, and one of them hit the back of his motorcycle, sending Pastor Prakash to the ground and severely injuring his leg. Yelling at him to stop telling people about Jesus, the radical Hindus got off their bikes and began to kick and beat him.
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Thursday April 14, 2016

U.S. Evangelist in Turkey Detained, Ordered To Be Deported

David Byle is declared a 'danger to public order.'
By Our Middle East Correspondent
David Byle proclaiming Christ in Istanbul, Turkey. (Facebook)ISTANBUL, Turkey, April 15, 2016 (Morning Star News) – Turkish authorities have released a U.S. evangelist who was detained last week and ordered to be deported, sources said.

Declaring David Byle “a danger to public order,” authorities in Turkey took him into custody on April 6 after asking him to report to the immigration office in Istanbul regarding his application for a residency permit.

Byle, 46, was released on Thursday (April 14) after a judge overturned the order to detain him for 30 days.

“Praise God, I was released from the deportation center this afternoon, and just arrived home,” Byle wrote on Facebook. “Thanks to all who prayed and did advocacy for me, also to my tireless lawyer and most of all to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
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Thursday April 14, 2016

Muslim in Uganda Attacks, Threatens to Kill Wife for Becoming Christian

Husband tells judge Islam allows apostates to be killed.By Our East Africa Correspondent
NAIROBI, Kenya, April 12, 2016 (Morning Star News) – A Muslim in eastern Uganda who last week attacked his wife for becoming a Christian had told a judge that Islam allows him to kill any apostate, sources said.
Having moved to another village with their four children following an attack last year, Ntende Hawa, 38, said she was visiting her estranged husband to discuss child support on April 4. Her husband, Dapharah Mumpi, was living at the couple’s home with his younger brother in Kachomo village in Budaka District, about 130 miles northeast of Kampala.

After they had discussed help for their children and Mumpi’s brother had gone to bed at about 9 p.m., he began to question his wife about her faith as he had when he attacked her last year, Hawa said.
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Friday April 8, 2016

Family, Church Buildings Lost in Predominantly Christian E. African Countries

A Kenyan loses wife, kids; Ethiopians lose worship venues.By Our East Africa Correspondent
Moyale, on border of Ethiopia and Kenya. (www.state.gov)NAIROBI, Kenya, April 5, 2016 (Morning Star News) – A Muslim in Kenya who put his faith in Christ last November has lost his wife and children, and now he fears for his life.

When his wife was hospitalized last October, Abdu Godana, 35, could not have guessed that the healing she received after an evangelist’s prayer would lead to losing her, his 7-year-old son and his 5-year-old daughter. [READ MORE]

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Saturday April 2, 2016

Amid Crackdown, Prisoner in Iran Encourages Faithful to Stand Strong

Christian sneaks out message to flocks increasingly without pastors.By Our Middle East Correspondent
ISTANBUL, Turkey, April 1, 2016 (Morning Star News) – In the face of a crackdown that has crippled Iran’s house-church leadership, an imprisoned convert from Islam has managed to sneak a message of encouragement to Iran’s Christians.
With Iran’s house churches mushrooming even as the government has imprisoned or harassed most pastors into exile, a Christian held in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj last week exhorted Iranian Christians to expect persecution but to continue proclaiming Christ.

“If you are courageous in God’s way, God’s grace will be with you,” 31-year-old Ebrahim Firouzi stated. “Do not fear what you are doing, and raise the banner of Jesus in the name of God.”
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