The Islamic State: Hastening the Apocalypse?

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

Assyrians in Phoenix, Arizona protest Islamic State treatment of Assyrians in Syria. (AINA)

(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.

One of many Assyrians in Phoenix, Arizona showing support for Assyrian Christians in Syria. (AINA)

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.

Auschwitz-Birkenau, main track. (2004, C. Puisney)

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 […]

Controversy over ‘Reconversions’ in India Leads to Proposal to Outlaw Conversions

Government also proposes alternative holiday to Christmas.

Baptism of a convert to Christianity at an undisclosed viillage in India. (Christian Aid Mission)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Hindu nationalist drive to “reconvert” non-Hindus over the Christmas season foundered, but protests against the campaign led to an unexpected consequence: a proposal to ban on all conversions except “reconversions” to Hinduism. During an Advent season that saw the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi propose a “Good […]

How to Read a Persecution News Story

Pray – if you can figure out how.

Jessica Boulos, killed in Cairo, Egypt on Aug. 6, 2013. (Morning Star News photo courtesy of Boulos family)

(Morning Star News) – Any of you who regularly follow persecution news may find that it gets hard to read after a while. In response to reader requests on how to deal with so much horrific news – one becomes either despondent or desensitized – I’ll share how I handle it. The horror of some […]

‘Defending Islam’ Guarantees Impunity as Malaysia Bans Non-Muslims from Using ‘Allah

Islamist advocates burning Bibles containing the forbidden word.

Perdana Putra building, offices of the prime minister of Malaysia. (Wikipedia)

(Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin) – Little inflames Malaysia’s Muslim fundamentalists more than the fact that Malaysian Christians use the word “Allah,” even though it is just the Malay word for God, adopted from Arabic centuries ago. The issue has gained traction in recent decades as Malaysian Muslims have radicalized, as Malaysia has gradually Islamized and, […]

Nightmare Continues for Family of Freed Prisoner of Conscience in China

Wife of Gao Zhisheng calls on U.S. to urge China to let him travel for medical treatment.

Gao Zhisheng. (China Aid)

(Morning Star News) – When Chinese authorities released Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng from prison on Aug.7, we didn’t hear anything from him, presumably because of the communist state’s one-year prohibition against him saying anything publicly that might “damage the reputation or interests of the state.” His family had telephone conversations with him, but […]

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 […]

css.php