Humiliating Attack in India Tests Young Pastor’s Faith

Hindu extremists accused of beating, shaving, parading him through streets.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor in northern India who was beaten and paraded through streets with his head half-shaved as crowds called for him to be cut to pieces said he is thankful that he was counted worthy to suffer for the name of Christ. On Friday (Jan. 29) Hindu extremists posing as […]

Police in Pakistan Torture Christian to Death, Family Says

Muslim employers order mistreatment after filing false theft charge, they say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Pakistani police last week tortured a devout Catholic to death in Punjab Province after the victim’s employer singled him out for a theft charge because of his faith, family members said. Riasat Masih of Kalaskey village, Purana Kot in Gujranwala District, told Morning Star News that police killed his brother, […]

Muslims in Pakistan Disrupt Christians’ Worship, Storm Homes

Police decline to arrest Muslims after attacks, seizure of church building.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Muslims in a town in Pakistan’s Punjab Province who seized a church property have disrupted a prayer meeting at a private residence, sources said. After police arranged a reconciliation meeting between the Muslims and members of the congregation in Sialkot District on Jan. 4, the Muslims instead armed themselves with […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2015

Islamic violence accelerates in countries not known for religious conflict.

(Morning Star News) – Islamic extremist violence in countries not known for religious tensions, majority-Christian Kenya and Uganda, topped Morning Star News’ stories in 2015. While the Islamic State terrorized Christians in Syria, Iraq and Libya, and Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria killed innocent civilians in the shadow of Boko Haram, in northeast Kenya Al […]

Police Break Spine of One Christian, Nose of Another in Tamil Nadu, India

Ministry workers disparaged for their faith, severely beaten.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Police hostility toward Christians continued this year as officers in Tamil Nadu, India reviled two Christians for their faith and seriously injured them, sources said. The two Christians, A. Rethinakumar and C. Nova of Jesus Redeems Ministry, were traveling by motorcycle in Thomas Nagar on Nov. 3 at about 2:30 […]

Christian Slum Dwellers Fight Eviction in Islamabad, Pakistan

Government statement to Supreme Court reflects deep prejudice, critics say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Yaqub Masih is one of thousands of impoverished Christians facing demolition of his makeshift home in Islamabad after a government agency last week stated that informal slum settlements of Christian migrants threatened the city’s Muslim-majority demographic. “It is one thing being poor, but things are far worse if you are […]

Police in Pakistan Downplay Signs of Arson in Fire at Christian TV Station

Islamist threats, broken locks, witness statements discounted.

KARACHI, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police are downplaying several signs pointing to arson in a fire reported at 3 a.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 24) at the office of a Christian cable TV station in Karachi, sources said. Gawahi Television chief Sarfraz William said the fire at the popular Christian channel’s office in Akhtar Colony was […]

Court in Pakistan Acquits Muslims Accused of Raping Two Christian Girls

Prosecution absent, key witness bribed, sources say.

LONDON (Morning Star News) – Two Muslim men who raped two Christian sisters in Pakistan last year have been acquitted after Islamists pressured a key witness not to testify and a prosecutor failed to show up in court, family and legal sources said. The two teenaged girls (names withheld) had gone to a toilet in a […]

Police Set Up Christian in Pakistan with False Blasphemy Charge, Sources Say

In separate incident, Muslim teachers assault Christian headmaster.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police have filed a false blasphemy charge against a Christian in Sargodha after he refused their requests for money, a relative said. In a separate incident also in Punjab Province, Muslim high school teachers assaulted a Christian headmaster because he had been promoted over them and refused to comply with […]

Pastor in Bangladesh Describes Attempt to Slit His Throat

Member of violent Islamist group suspected.

DHAKA, Bangladesh (Morning Star News) – Two of the three suspected Muslim extremists who tried to cut the throat of a pastor in northwestern Bangladesh last week met with him in mid-September and feigned interest in converting, the church leader told Morning Star News. Luke Sarker, the 52-year-old pastor of Faith Bible Church in Ishwardi, Pabna […]