Christians Protest Violence as Church Burning Hits New Delhi, India

Government under increasing pressure as impunity for assailants continues.

Christians protest on Dec. 2 after the burning of the interior of St.

(Morning Star News) – Christians in New Delhi, unaccustomed to religious hostilities more common in remote areas, erupted in protest as violence hit the capital last week. Church leaders wrote to national officials as the Advent season brought three disturbing incidents, including an apparent arson attempt. The interior of one of the larger church buildings in the […]

As Injustice Escalates, Senator in Pakistan Seeks Solution to ‘Blasphemy’ Violence

Christian mother of five appeals death sentence; blogger in hiding is arrested.

Pakistanis protest against blasphemy laws and violence against Christians. (File Photo)

  LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – In the span of one month, a Christian blogger who hid for more than three years on a blasphemy charge was arrested; a Christian mother of five sentenced to death for allegedly speaking ill of Muhammad filed her appeal with the Supreme Court; and a mob tortured and […]

Christians in India Beaten Nearly Unconscious in Latest of Several Attacks

Family in Odisha state driven from village after Hindu extremists burn down their home.

Irma Markami and his sons with bloodied and torn clothing. (Morning Star News)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Hindu extremists in Odisha state on Oct. 25 summoned a Christian family to a public meeting for a “compromise” on religious conflict but instead beat them nearly unconscious, sources said. Irma Markami and four members of his family received hospital treatment for eight days after the attack, which came 10 […]

Christian Tortured to Death in Pakistan on False Charges, Relatives Say

Roman Catholic father of five dies in police custody.

Flag of Pakistan. (Wikimedia)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police here tortured a Christian to death on Saturday (Nov. 22) while the father of five was in custody on drug and alcohol charges fabricated without evidence, relatives said. Four policemen led by Assistant Sub-Inspector Muhammad Rauf raided the home of Allah Rakha Shahzad, 35, on Friday night (Nov. 21) […]

Two Pastors in Bangladesh Face Charges for Proclaiming Christ to Muslims

Police arrest group after Islamist throng disrupts meeting.

Some of those detained at house church meeting await release at Lalmonirhat police station, Bangladesh. (Morning Star News)

DHAKA, Bangladesh (Morning Star News) – Two pastors in northwestern Bangladesh could face two years in prison if convicted for “hurting religious sentiments.” Police on Nov. 9 arrested the pastors and 41 people, including Muslims, who were listening to proclamation of Christ at a rented house in Nabinagar village in Lalmonirhat District, 300 kilometers (186 miles) northwest […]

Police Say Woman Slain in Pakistan Innocent of Blasphemy; Politicians ‘Protecting Killers’

Shama Masih was illiterate.

Pakistanis protest against blasphemy laws and violence against Christians. (File Photo)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Pakistan say a Christian couple tortured and slain this month over accusations that the wife desecrated the Koran were innocent, while relatives said politicians are trying to shield the killers from justice. Urged to act from mosque loudspeakers, a frenzied mob on Nov. 4 tore the clothes off […]

Christians Beaten, Jailed in Hindu Extremist Attack in Maharashtra, India

70-year-old man among victims released on bail today.

Mountains of western Maharashtra state, India. (Wikipedia)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Four Christians in Maharashtra state, one 70 years old, were released on bail today after more than two weeks in jail, accused of “rioting” when Hindu extremists beat them and damaged two of their homes. The incident in Kamseth village, Nasik District in western India began on Oct. 28 […]

Islamist Mob in Pakistan Kills Christian Couple Accused of ‘Blasphemy’

Pregnant mother of four young children was dead when thrown into kiln; husband burned alive.

Composite of Shahzad Masih and Shama Bibi. (Morning Star News photo courtesy of family)

CLARKABAD, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Commanded from mosque loudspeakers, a Muslim throng in Punjab Province killed a Christian couple yesterday after a co-worker accused the pregnant wife of defiling the Koran, sources said. Living on the premises of the brick kiln where she worked in Chak 59 village near Kot Radha Kishan, Karur District, about […]

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 […]

Death Sentence Upheld for Christian Mother in Pakistan

in Pakistan Muslim extremists packed into courtroom erupt in celebration.

Muslims in Pakistan clamor for Asia Bibi's death sentence to be upheld in 2010. (Pakistan Today)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – In spite of protests within Pakistan and abroad against the country’s blasphemy laws, the Lahore High Court today upheld the death sentence for a Christian mother accused of insulting Islam’s prophet. Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, is the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. […]

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