(Morning Star News) – The ruling today by an appeals court in Malaysia to ban non-Muslims from using the word Allah to refer to God is shocking but not surprising. Borrowed from the Arabic like other words in the Malay language, Allah is the common word for God in Malay Bibles. The word predates Islam, […]
Arabic word pre-dating Islam common in Malay-language Bibles.
Banned ‘Shouters’ sentenced beyond legal limit.
LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – Local officials in China’s Inner Mongolia region are blocking three Christians convicted as “cult” members from appealing prison terms that exceed the legal limit, according to advocacy organization China Aid Association. The Yuquan District People’s Court in Hohhot, capital of Inner Mongolia, convicted Hu Gong, Wen Weihong and Liu Aiying […]
Villagers call them ‘pigs and dogs’ at public meeting.
LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – Local authorities in Laos are threatening Christians in three villages with expulsion unless they renounce their faith, with residents in one village calling the converts “pigs and dogs,” according to an advocacy organization. In a public meeting of Christians and others in Huay village of Atsaphangthong District, Savannakhet Province, local […]
Dozens seriously injured in protest against arrest of two Christians.
LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – An estimated 40 people on Vietnam’s north-central coast were seriously injured after authorities on Wednesday (Sept. 4) broke up a protest over the arrest and detention without charges of two Catholics. Several of those injured were in life-threatening condition after hundreds of police and militia with tear gas, batons and […]
An antidote to the West's dysfunctional spin on Islam.
(Morning Star News) – Few people realize that we are today living through the largest persecution of Christians in history, worse even than the famous attacks under ancient Roman emperors like Diocletian and Nero. Estimates of the numbers of Christians under assault range from 100 million to 200 million. According to one estimate, a Christian […]
Christian villagers given new land, farms.
(Morning Star News) – Vietnamese authorities in Kontum Province this month resettled four severely persecuted ethnic Sedang Christian families on new land not far from where their homes and farms had been destroyed last February. This is a rare, positive government response to persecution and an important step in the struggle for religious liberty – […]
Officials cavalier or ineffective in face of murder, destruction.
(Morning Star News) – In February, sustained night-time attacks by “villagers with the hand of the government behind them” in Vietnam’s Central Highlands destroyed the homes and thousands of coffee plants of ethnic Sedang Christians. Eventually four families in Ngoc La village, Tumorong District, Kontum Province – 19 people in all – were forced to […]
More than a dozen churches in Hainan Province ordered to stop meeting .
LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – China’s shuttering of more than a dozen unregistered congregations in Hainan Province is evidence of a plan to do away with house churches, according to the China Aid Association (CAA). Besides the church closures on Hainan Island off China’s southern-most coast in the past several weeks, officials have threatened to […]
Former leader of banned house church movement denied medical treatment, daughter writes.
LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – Gong Shengliang, imprisoned in China since 2001 for his leadership of a large house church movement, is suffering from lack of medical treatment after suffering a stroke, according to his daughter. In an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping published on the Websites of China Ministries International and China […]
Pressured by Islamists, officials crack down on Christians in West Java.
NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Hundreds of Christians hit the streets of Indonesia’s capital this week to urge government action after local officials demolished a church building and threatened to close others at the behest of Islamist forces. Christian protestors, joined by minority Ahmadiyya and Shia Muslims, held a shared prayer service and sang the […]