Charlie Hebdo Protestors Ransack Christian School in Pakistan, Demand Closure

Security said to be lax just weeks after massacre at school in Peshawar.

Outside Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris two hours after attack. (Thierry Caro via Wikipedia)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Among several protests across Pakistan against a French satire magazine’s cartoons of Islam’s prophet Muhammad, hundreds of Muslims in a terrorist-infested northwestern province on Monday (Jan. 26) stormed a Christian school, demanding its closure. Some 300 protestors from local schools and colleges entered the premises of Panel High School for […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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

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. […]

Christian Blasphemy Suspect Misreported as Slain in Pakistani Jail Is Alive and Well

Police prison guard’s attack raises questions about security.

Zafar Bhatti, Christian accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. (file photo)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Contrary to published reports, a Christian on trial for alleged “blasphemy” in Rawalpindi, Pakistan is alive and well following a Sept. 25 gun attack by a guard ranting against defamers of the prophet of Islam, sources said. Prison officials and the wife of the accused Christian, Zafar Bhatti, told Morning […]

Christian, Hindu in Custody in Pakistan on Accusation of Defiling Koran

Family of convert from Hinduism says Muslims retaliating for refusal to convert to Islam.

School in southern Punjab Province where defiling of Koran allegedly occurred

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Pakistan have taken into custody a Christian convert from Hinduism and his Hindu co-worker for allegedly burning a Koran and a chart of Koranic verses. The Christian’s family and attorney, however, said Islamist extremist groups have falsely accused the two men in response to an increasing number of […]

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