Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2015

Islamic violence accelerates in countries not known for religious conflict.

(Morning Star News) – Islamic extremist violence in countries not known for religious tensions, majority-Christian Kenya and Uganda, topped Morning Star News’ stories in 2015. While the Islamic State terrorized Christians in Syria, Iraq and Libya, and Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria killed innocent civilians in the shadow of Boko Haram, in northeast Kenya Al […]




The Problem of Islam and the Islamic State

An atheist and an Anglican offer bold solutions.

(Morning Star News) – Two remarkable pieces about Islamist violence were published last week in mainstream media – one answering the ambivalence thoughtful people feel on what to do about the Islamic State, and the other answering perplexity on what to do about Islam. They are remarkable first because, unconcerned about political correctness, they strongly […]




Supreme Court Ruling Said to Signal Positive Change in Pakistan

Upholding of death sentence for killer of critic of blasphemy laws a ‘strong sign,’ advocates say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Supreme Court decision to uphold the death sentence for an Islamist who killed Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer because of his objections to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws signals government resolve against Islamic extremism, human rights advocates said. The high court on Wednesday (Oct. 7) upheld the October 2011 death sentence for […]




Let Me Tell You Why Blood Is Flowing in Plateau State, Nigeria

Voice of the predominantly Christian, ethnic Berom cries out for justice.

(Morning Star News) – What would you say if I told you that between last year and this year an estimated 11,000 people have been killed in Plateau state, mainly in Berom communities? What if I told you that over 40 villages have been sacked and some wiped out completely in Berom communities alone? If […]




Case in Malaysia Could Decide if Sharia Supersedes Constitution

Decision against Christian attorney could impede Malay conversions from Islam.

(Morning Star News) – A case involving the constitutional position of sharia (Islamic law) courts in the Malaysian legal system could strengthen the power of the courts to block Malay conversions from Islam. In the potentially landmark case, that had been scheduled to be heard today, the Federal Territory Islamic Council claims that sharia courts are separate […]




Christians Fear Creation of Muslim Sub-State in Philippines

President’s solution to decades of violence could cause more tensions, critics say.

MINDANAO, Philippines (Morning Star News) – Christians and others in the southern Philippines have expressed strong fears that legislation creating an Islamic sub-state on Mindanao Island will exacerbate religious tensions rather than resolve them. The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), proposed by President Benigno Aquino III last September with the aim of ending decades of Islamist rebel […]




Christians Suspect Islamic State Influencing Muslims in Palestinian Territories, Israel

Increased radicalization seen in attacks, rhetoric.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – After months of Islamic State (IS) committing horrific violence in the Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian Christians say a large number of Muslims in the Palestinian Territories and Israel have become “radicalized” and are much more aggressive toward them. Anti-Christian hostility boiling under the surface for years has come […]




The Islamic State: Hastening the Apocalypse?

Motives for unspeakable cruelty lie in Sunni 'End of Days’ teaching.

(Morning Star News) – Since summer 2014, the Islamist terrorist group ISIS – a.k.a. Islamic State – has devastated the political, geographic and combat landscape of the Middle East. At the same time, along with its ominous black banners, it has raised worrisome questions about the true nature of Islam. For the Middle East’s ancient […]




Syrian Mother, Three Children Flee Attack as Officials Consider How to End Islamic State

Christians worldwide pray as fate of kidnapped Assyrians in Syria is awaited.

March 6, 2015 (Morning Star News) – As the West and Middle East grapple with how to end the Islamic State (IS), an Assyrian mother who escaped Islamic State kidnapping in northeastern Syria said she does not know of the whereabouts of her husband. With IS videos of its beheadings and other cruelties fresh in mind, […]




In Nigeria, Remembrance of the Holocaust

It is not hard to remember man’s inhumanity to man in this country.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – The 70th anniversary of the liberation of prisoners of the German concentration camp at Auschwitz on Jan. 27 brought to mind the Holocaust Memorial Museum I visited in Jerusalem in 1992. I was gripped with fear as I heard recordings of anguished cries of little children echoing off the walls […]