Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2014

For once, good news – miraculous righting of horrific injustice in Sudan – tops list.

Meriam Ibrahim with family after her release on June 23. (Shareif ali Shareif)

(Morning Star News) – In a year that saw a new level of cruelty unleashed upon Christians and other religious minorities across Syria, Iraq and Africa, one once obscure case of injustice in Sudan turned into a titanic battle that gripped the world’s attention. The battle appeared to be spiritual as much as legal. 1 – […]

Controversy over ‘Reconversions’ in India Leads to Proposal to Outlaw Conversions

Government also proposes alternative holiday to Christmas.

Baptism of a convert to Christianity at an undisclosed viillage in India. (Christian Aid Mission)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Hindu nationalist drive to “reconvert” non-Hindus over the Christmas season foundered, but protests against the campaign led to an unexpected consequence: a proposal to ban on all conversions except “reconversions” to Hinduism. During an Advent season that saw the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi propose a “Good […]

Christmas Season Brings Christianity under Renewed Attack in India

Violence, arrests and Hindu extremist ‘reconversion’ events bring tensions.

Somnath Temple in Gujarat, India. (Wikipedia)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christmas-related anti-Christian violence and harassment have begun as Hindu extremists undertake an aggressive effort to “reconvert” tribal people to Hinduism, sources said. Police arrested and Hindu extremists attacked Christians in three Christmas-related incident in three states the past two weeks. “Christians in India are apprehensive of having a peaceful Christmas […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hindu Extremists Resolve to Kill Christians They Beat in Bihar, India

Assailants prohibit residents from leaving village to contact police.

Celebration of Chhath, worship of Sun god, in Bihar, India. (Wikipedia)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Among a wave of attacks against non-Hindus since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took power in India on May 26, a Christian couple in Bihar state required hospital treatment after Hindu extremists beat and publicly resolved to kill them. A small band of men forcefully entered the home of Shri […]

Non-Hindu Religious Activity Banned in Area of Chhattisgarh, India

Christian organizations demand revocation.

Flag of India. (Wikipedia, Mellisa Anthony Jones)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Church leaders in India have asked national and Chhattisgarh state officials to reverse a ban on non-Hindu religious activity that more than 50 villages have reportedly adopted. The head of the Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) wrote to Union and Chhattisgarh officials on July 10 […]

Christians Hospitalized in India after Attack for Objecting to Discrimination

Hindu extremist-instigated mob beats one man unconscious.

Carving on a Hindu temple in Malhar Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, from 10th or 11th century. (Wikipedia)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Ten Christians in India’s Chhattisgarh state whose faith cost them their food rations were hospitalized last week after a Hindu extremist mob attacked them for objecting to the discrimination, sources said. One of the Christians fell unconscious and two women were among those hospitalized in the attack on about 100 […]

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