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 […]

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 […]

Upcoming Election in India Brings Fear, Insecurity for Christians amid Unrelenting Persecution

Report shows uptick in attacks last year compared with 2012.

Narendra Modi (second from left) in photo from poster at 2006 Hindu nationalist rally in Gujarat. (Morning Star News)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – With a report showing Christians in India faced at least 151 attacks last year, predictions that a Hindu nationalist party will win a general election beginning in April are stoking fears of more violence. The New Delhi-based Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI), which released its “Partial List of Atrocities on […]

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 […]

Buddhist Nationalism Continues to Haunt Christians in Sri Lanka

Secretary general of extremist group leads assault on pastor, family.

Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, general secretary of the Buddhist extremist Bodu Bala Sena, on Helabima TV Hiru. (YouTube)

(Morning Star News) – A top leader of one of Sri Lanka’s most militant Buddhist extremist groups led 250 people in an assault on a Christian leader and his family last month, according to sources in the country. Based in the capital city of Colombo on the island nation’s western coast, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, general […]

Islamic Extremist Threats in Pakistan Could Quash Prosecution of Bhatti Murder

Terrorists drive victim’s brother from country, demand release of suspects.

Dr. Paul Bhatti. (sbmt.org)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Suspects in the murder of Pakistan’s first Christian cabinet minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, could walk free due to intimidation tactics by Islamic extremists, Christians fear. The suspects have confessed, according to Dr. Paul Bhatti, brother of former Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti, who was gunned down on March 2, 2011. […]

Anti-Christian Violence Detailed in Hearing Calling for Filling of Religious Freedom Post

Author calls Orissa violence worst pogrom against Christians of 21st century.

USCIRF Commissioner Elliott Abrams. (Gage Skidmore)

LOS ANGELES, February 11, 2014 (Morning Star News) – The worst anti-Christian pogrom of the 21st century has come not from Islamic extremists but from Hindu nationalists in India, an expert told a hearing in which U.S. President Barack Obama was challenged to quickly fill a key religious freedom post. John L. Allen, Jr., author […]

Exposed: The Muslim Brotherhood/Al Qaeda Connection

Conversations between Morsi and terrorist leader revealed.

Muhammad Zawahiri

(Morning Star News) – As former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s trials continue, it’s enlightening to consider what is likely to be one of the centerpieces: longstanding accusations that Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party worked with foreign terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, against the national security of Egypt. Based on these accusations of high treason, […]

Hindu Extremists Accused of Killing Pastor in Andhra Pradesh, India

Seven of eight suspects arrested after Christians protest.

The Rev. Orucanti Sanjeevi with family members. (Morning Star News via Sanjeevi family)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – The gang that knocked on the door of a pastor’s home in Andhra Pradesh state and stabbed him to death earlier this month consisted of Hindu extremists, authorities said. State police have arrested seven of the eight members of the Hindu Vahini group accused of attacking pastor Orucanti Sanjeevi on […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2013

In Nigeria, terrorists weren’t the only ones terrorizing Christians.

Lyop Dangyel suffered three gunshot wounds and lost two of her three daughters in attack in Torok, Plateau state. (Morning Star News)

(Morning Star News) – Last year Egypt saw its greatest level of attacks on Christians; more Christians were killed in Syria’s civil war than anywhere else; and an Islamist rebel take-over in the Central African Republic brought new atrocities to the historically unstable country. But where political instability and civil war were not contributing factors, […]

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