Christians in Malaysia to Fight for Rights after Court Ruling on Conversion

Legal clarity remains elusive.

(Morning Star News) – In the wake of the highest court in Malaysia refusing to hear an appeal by four Christians wanting to officially convert out of Islam, Christian leaders continued to hold hope for change. In a country where there is no legal way to leave Islam, the four people were asking the Federal […]

Reporter’s Notebook, Nigeria: A Journey to Kidnapping Central

As kidnappings increase, Christians are often targeted.

KADUNA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – At first the commercial motorcycle drivers I needed clamored for my business, but when they found out I was going to Kwanti village, in northern Nigeria’s Kaduna state, they all dispersed without haggling over prices. Kwanti and its surrounding villages of large estates inhabited mostly by farmers have been taken […]

Government of Pakistan Bows to Islamists on ‘Blasphemy’ Suspects, Critics Say

Last chance for saving Aasiya Noreen (Asia Bibi) put in jeopardy.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The Pakistan government’s surrender to demands of an Islamic extremist group jeopardizes the last chances for Christian mother Aasiya Noreen (Asia Bibi) to overturn her death sentence for “blasphemy,” sources said. The government’s inability to withstand the violent protests and demands of the upstart, Muslim extremist Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah […]

China Tightens Control on Churches, Enforces Law Against Teaching Children

Officials order house-church members to stay home.

(Morning Star News) – China has tightened its “choke-hold” on churches across the country in recent weeks, according to advocacy group China Aid. Recent bans on unregistered church worship and on teaching Christianity to children, “as if intending to eliminate all house churches at once,” have startled Christians, a China Aid source reported. In Guangzhou, […]

Pakistan’s Calculated Spin on Apparent Killing of Chinese Evangelists

Interior ministry’s statement sends chilling message to foreign Christians.

(Morning Star News) – Islamabad’s claim that “violations” of business visas contributed to the murder of two Chinese evangelists last month served key government purposes. Lee Zing Yang (Li Xinheng is said to be the more accurate rendering), 24, and Meng Li Si (Meng Lisi), 26, were teaching Chinese to people in Pakistan, and, like […]

Indonesia Joins Repressive Islamic Regimes in Sentencing Ahok to Prison for ‘Blasphemy’

Statute treads on human rights in world’s largest Islamic country.

(Morning Star News) – Indonesia took a huge leap backwards in its reputation as a moderate Islamic democracy today when a court sentenced the Christian governor of Jakarta, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, to two years in prison for “blasphemin The blasphemy accusation was key in Ahok’s defeat in a bid to be re-elected as governor […]

Quashing of Childcare Facility Application in Algeria Rooted in Religious Discrimination

Reason for denial cloaked in secrecy.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – The social services agency of Tizi-Ouzou Province, Algeria, has denied a permit to a childcare facility without explanation, but almost certainly because of the owner’s Christian faith, sources said. The owner met all the conditions required by law for opening an early childhood care facility in the city of Tizi-Ouzou […]

China’s New Policy Expected to Lead to More Religious Persecution

‘Sinicization’ a catalyst for attacking faith communities.

March 13, 2017 (Morning Star News) – China Aid’s 2016 Annual Persecution Report details a seismic shift in the Chinese government’s approach to religious policy that is expected to lead to further persecution. The report’s core subject tracks a deviation in the Chinese government’s ideological approach to religious management. During the National Conference of Religious […]

Indonesia Faces Defining Moment in ‘Blasphemy’ Protests against Christian Governor Ahok

Islamic-majority ‘model democracy’ challenged by religious-based political furor.

(Morning Star News) – Having concluded their investigations, Indonesian police have now named Jakarta’s ethnic Chinese Christian Gov. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama a suspect in a blasphemy case. The case that has produced virulent protests will now to go trial. Islamic fundamentalists are now demanding he be arrested and incarcerated, as is normally the case with […]

Dangerous Area in Kaduna, Nigeria a Virtual Ghost Town; 13 More Deaths Discovered

Shocked survivors of attacks say they had no conflicts with herdsmen.

DOGON FILI, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Several people advised me that it was not safe to go to Godogodo in southern Kaduna state, but it was imperative to verify reports of violence against Christians in Nigeria, as authorities and mainstream media downplay persecution as “sectarian violence.” I was advised that if I must go, I […]