Discrimination against Christians in Egypt Reflects Deeper Issues

Attempt to do away with religious designation on ID cards fails.

JERUSALEM (Morning Star News) – A wan effort to do away with the religious designation on ID cards in Egypt reflects the enormity of the discrimination Christians face in a country regarded as a leader of Middle Eastern Islam, rights advocates said. ID cards are required for almost every aspect of public life in Egypt, and […]

Arrest of Converts Shows Close Surveillance of Christians in Iran, Advocate Says

Detention of two men planning to meet indicates 'close monitoring.'

JERUSALEM (Morning Star News) – Two Christian converts from Islam planning to meet in a northern city of Iran were detained on the same day, part of what rights advocates say could be part of a rash of arrests in the area. Behnam Ersali and Davood Rasooli, both of Karaj, were arrested on Friday (Nov. 16) […]

Islamist Terrorists Ambush, Kill Seven Christians near Monastery in Egypt

Families mourn their dead.

CAIRO (Morning Star News) – Funerals were held over the weekend in Egypt for seven Christians ambushed and killed on Friday (Nov. 2) in Islamist attacks. Hundreds of people attended the funeral service in Minya for six Coptic Christians from the same family killed when Islamist gunmen ambushed their microbus near a desert monastery. A 15-year-old boy […]

Crack-Down on Christians in Iran Continues with Two More Prison Sentences

Regime threatened by rampant growth of Christianity, advocates say.

JERUSALEM (Morning Star News) – Rights groups learned last week that two Christians in Iran have been sentenced to prison, the latest in a series of convictions on fabricated charges. Saheb Fadaei, already serving a 10-year prison sentence in Tehran, and Fatimeh Bakherti, both converts from Islam, were sentenced on Sept. 22 to 18 months and […]

Kurdish Authorities in Syria Close Schools Run by Assyrian Christians

De facto regional government discouraging return of Assyrian refugees, critics say.

JERUSALEM (Morning Star News) – Kurdish authorities in northeastern Syria have closed private schools administered by the Syriac Orthodox Church, which Assyrian Christians say threatens the survival of the Christian community in the region. The schools in the Kurdish-governed northeastern region of Syria were forcefully closed for refusing to implement a curriculum that school officials say […]

Coptic Christians Deprived of Home Worship Hall in Egypt

Islamists damage, plunder four homes, bishop says.

(Morning Star News) – Nearly a year after declaring that attacks on Christians had hit a level not seen in decades, a Coptic Orthodox bishop in Egypt continues to lament a stream of incidents of violence against churches in Upper Egypt. Coptic Orthodox Bishop-General of Minya Anba Makarios this month confirmed that an Islamist assault […]

Christians in Egypt Jailed for Worshipping in Unlicensed House

Muslim mobs give police ‘security’ pretext for closing church.

(Morning Star News) – Authorities yesterday ordered 15 more days of jail for Christians arrested on Aug. 22 in Egypt for worshipping in a house without a permit, rights activists said. After Muslim mobs demonstrated against the Virgin Mary and St. Mahrael church in Luxor Governorate, 435 miles south of Cairo, police accused five Coptic […]

House-Church Members in Iran Reportedly Sentenced to Year in Prison

Authorities continue to lash out at Christians.

(Morning Star News) – A convert from Islam in Iran said he and 11 other Christians were sentenced to a year in prison for “inclination to the land of Christianity” among other charges, according to Mohabat News. “Interrogations were obviously indicating that they were looking for confession to communications with [those] abroad, especially America, Britain […]

Christians in Iran Seized from Homes, including Violent Imprisonment of Pastor

Yousef Nadarkhani and son beaten, tasered, local reports say.

(Morning Star News) – Three Christians in Iran were arrested from their homes today and yesterday following the violent arrest of pastor Yousef Nadarkhani on Sunday (July 22), according to advocacy group Middle East Concern (MEC). Pastor Nadarkhani, a convert from Islam like the others arrested, was awaiting a summons to begin a 10-year prison […]

How Muslim Mobs Attack Christian Churches in Egypt with Impunity

Copts coerced into out-of-court settlements that close worship sites.

(Morning Star News) – Christians coerced into an out-of-court settlement following an Islamist attack on a church building in Egypt recently saw the usual outcome – a closed church – a practice that has long oppressed Christians, according to Middle East observers. Members of an armed Muslim mob that attacked a church building in Meinin […]