European Effort to Control Unofficial Religious Groups, Homeschooling Disarmed

Resolutions to ‘protect minors’ violate state neutrality on religion, parental rights, opponents say.

Palace of Europe, headquarters of Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. (Wikipedia)

(Morning Star News) – Opponents of a European initiative paving the way for governments to rule on the legitimacy of religious groups and reduce homeschooling rights – thus laying the groundwork for potential persecution of Christians – won a battle this month in the Council of Europe, sources said. In Europe, where public education often [...]

Muslim in Uganda Kills Daughter for Leaving Islam, Sister Says

Siblings went to church service after having same dream.

Flag of Uganda. (Wikipedia)

NAIROBI, Kenya  (Morning Star News) – The 17-year-old daughter of a Muslim man in Uganda was able to attend one church service this month before he killed her for leaving Islam, sources said. Abdul Hakim Ibanda of Kamuli town in eastern Uganda beat Nanvunani Shamimu and her 19-year-old sister, Nawudo Hasifa, with a blunt instrument [...]

Family of Christian Shot Dead in Pakistan Doubts Suicide Claim

Muslim threatened 24-year-old father of two for declining Islam.

Sunny Masih, said to be murdered by Muslim for declining Islam. (Morning Star News)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The family of a 24-year-old Christian who died yesterday accuses a bank security guard of shooting the young man dead after the guard threatened him for refusing to convert to Islam. Sunny Masih, a father of two, was working as a cleaner at a branch of Bank Islami under construction on Nisbat [...]

Islamic Extremists in Nigeria Abduct High School Girls in Christian Town

Boko Haram strikes Christian enclave of Chibok, Borno state.

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

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists from the insurgent Boko Haram who kidnapped more than 100 girls last night targeted a public high school in a predominantly Christian town, sources said. In Borno state, in Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim northeast where Boko Haram is based, the Islamist group abducted at least 129 girls who were asleep [...]

Two Pastors in Bhutan Jailed without Charges

Interior minister cites ‘proselytizing,’ but police find no evidence.

Bhutan Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs Damcho Dorji. (Facebook)

THIMPHU, Bhutan (Morning Star News) – Two pastors in southern Bhutan have spent more than a month in jail without being formally charged. Police arrested M.B. Thapa (aka Lobzang) and Tandin Wangyal in Khapdani village in Samtse District on March 5. Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs Damcho Dorji said at a recent press conference that [...]

Syrian Christians Mourn Murdered Priest

Dutch clergyman refused to leave embattled country’s people in spite of dangers.

The Rev. Frans Van der Lugt, laid to rest. (Bettros Kasis' Facebook page, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Christians across Syria are mourning the loss of a Dutch priest who, despite grave personal danger, refused to leave the civilian population stranded in Homs. The Rev. Frans Van der Lugt, 75, a Jesuit priest, was killed Monday morning (April 7) in Homs, according to the Jesuit Curia of the [...]

Christian Prisoner in Iran Protests Harsh Treatment with Hunger Strike

Convert from Islam, others imprisoned for practicing their faith.

Ali Hosseini Khamenei. (Wikipedia)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A convert from Islam in Iran sentenced to serve almost four years in prison for Christian activities has gone on a hunger strike to protest the government’s refusal to grant his request for release, religious freedom advocates said. Vahid Hakkani began his hunger strike on March 20 after authorities denied [...]

Attorneys, Rights Groups Blast Death Sentence for Christian in Pakistan

Sawan Masih becomes second Christian on death row for alleged remarks.

Accusation against Sawan Masih triggered Muslim throng to attack Joseph Colony, Lahore in March 2013. (Morning Star News, M. Ali)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Rights groups and attorneys slammed the death sentence handed down to a Christian yesterday, saying the case for his blasphemy conviction was weak while Muslims who destroyed houses and shops in his neighborhood have been freed on bail. Sawan Masih, now the second Christian on death row on blasphemy charges [...]

Young Woman in Uganda Hospitalized after Father Beats Her; Mulinde’s Sight Saved

Elsewhere in country, church buildings, pastor’s home razed.

Wenene Nuru's ordeal began with a dream of prayer. (Morning Star News)

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A dream of praying in a church frightened a recent college graduate in Uganda, the Muslim daughter of sheikh; she knew he was capable of seriously hurting her for such a religious switch. Wenene Nuru, 23, of Iki-Iki township in Pallisa District, had been listening to a Christian-Muslim dialogue on [...]

Police in India Rebuke, File Case against Christians Fleeing Hindu Extremist Attack

Assailants threaten to kill church members who refuse to convert to Hinduism.

Pastor Tilas Bedia, (left), with the family of his brother Chandra Bedia (center), were attacked by Hindu extremists. (Morning Star News)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A police station official in India’s Jharkhand state this month reviled Christians who sought protection after Hindu extremists beat and threatened to kill them for refusing to convert to Hinduism, area church leaders said. Accusing Christian leaders of forcible conversion, the Hindu extremists earlier this month attempted to forcibly convert [...]

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