Humanitarian Catastrophe in Mosul, Iraq Demands Response

Severe hardships afflict Christians in Islamist insurgency’s takeover.

Arabic “N” or “nun” symbol, for Nazarene, identifying Christians in Mosul. (symboldictionary.net)

(Morning Star News) – Less than a week after Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) described the Islamist takeover of Mosul, Iraq as genocide and challenged the West to counteract it, Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, published a trenchant piece on the Fox News website asserting that ISIS, the Sunni Muslim [...]

Boko Haram Attacks Relentless in Wake of Kidnapping of Girls in Nigeria

Christians seek to defend themselves as trust in army falters.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. (Wikipedia)

(Morning Star News) – After a massacre in which members of the Islamic extremist Boko Haram group last month dressed in Nigerian Army fatigues, Christian leaders believe elements in the military must be complicit in the often-unchallenged attacks on Christians. In the wake of the group’s kidnapping of more than 300 high school girls, Boko [...]

Christians in Vietnam Church Center Beaten, Locked Up in Massive Raid

Authorities show brazen disregard for law, religious rights.

Christians at church center reenact aspect of raid. (Morning Star News)

(Morning Star News) – Blaring police loudspeakers awoke Bible school students at a Mennonite church center in southern Vietnam at about 11 p.m. the night of June 9, a prelude to a night of violence and detention that would seriously injure 20 people. Police called for the owner of the compound in Binh Duong Province [...]

Death Penalty, Flogging for Christian Woman in Sudan Consistent with Islamic Law

In sentencing Meriam Ibrahim, Sudan is far from violating sharia.

Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel Wani. (Morning Star News)

(Morning Star News) – The sentence of 100 lashes and death by hanging that a Sudanese judge handed to Meriam Ibrahim is consistent with Islamic law, contrary to Islamic leaders and others who cite her case as an anomaly. In a case that has drawn international condemnation since Morning Star News first broke the story, [...]

Before Chibok: A Nigerian Kidnapping Story Told but Unheard

Massive scale of abduction, social media help long-ignored issue become known.

Borno state, Nigeria, where Islamic extremists with Boko Haram kidnapped Christian girls. (Wikipedia)

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – As U.S. officials and other global players try to help recover about 180 girls kidnapped from a majority-Christian high school in Nigeria’s Borno state last month, scores of similarly heart-breaking stories of Islamist abductions have gone unheeded. One such case involved a Christian father of three girls from Chibok, the [...]

Malatya, Seven Years Later – Signs of Hope Amid Oppression in Turkey

New church, renewed faith accompany commemoration of martyrs.

Susanne Geske, widow of martyr Tilmann Geske, after memorial ceremony for Uğur Yüksel. (Morning Star News)

MALATYA, Turkey (Morning Star News) – On the stone base over the grave of Uğur Yüksel, three words are etched into the blood-red marble: “Killed like Jesus.” These few words indict the men who killed Yüksel for his faith, encourage Christians he left behind and call to Turks who suspect there might be a way to [...]

Authorities in Vietnam Incite Villagers to Attack Christian Converts

Ethnic minorities targeted in rural areas.

Hang Thi Dia, 9, after whipping with electrical cable. (Morning Star News)

(Morning Star News) – Inciting social hostility appears to have become a key way government officials in rural Vietnam try to contain, or at least slow, the growth of Christianity among ethnic minorities, sources said. Ethnic Hmong Christians were the targets of two incidents the past two months in Vietnam’s northwest. Village officials in Son [...]

Upcoming Election in India Brings Fear, Insecurity for Christians amid Unrelenting Persecution

Report shows uptick in attacks last year compared with 2012.

Narendra Modi (second from left) in photo from poster at 2006 Hindu nationalist rally in Gujarat. (Morning Star News)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – With a report showing Christians in India faced at least 151 attacks last year, predictions that a Hindu nationalist party will win a general election beginning in April are stoking fears of more violence. The New Delhi-based Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI), which released its “Partial List of Atrocities on [...]

Syria’s Christians Face New Threat – ‘Convert, Submit to Islam or Face Sword’

Followers in Raqqa face threat familiar to Christians in the Muslim world.

Easter at a Damascus church. (Aid to the Church in Need)

(From Foxnews.com) – “Convert. Submit to Islam. Or face the sword.” In recent days, the besieged Christian community in Raqqa, a city in northern Syria, has faced those three stark alternatives. The terrorist group known as ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) made their demands after seizing control of the region. They required [...]

Exposed: The Muslim Brotherhood/Al Qaeda Connection

Conversations between Morsi and terrorist leader revealed.

Muhammad Zawahiri

(Morning Star News) – As former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s trials continue, it’s enlightening to consider what is likely to be one of the centerpieces: longstanding accusations that Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party worked with foreign terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, against the national security of Egypt. Based on these accusations of high treason, [...]

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