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 [...]

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 [...]

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