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Christian Persecution

UNHRC decay needs urgent treatment

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 01.02.2017 | Home
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Antonio Guterres, who replaced Ban Ki-moon as UN secretary-general on January 1 should immediately treat the decay in the UN Human Rights Council. Th...

Understanding the Bastille Day Massacre

David Curry | Posted 07.26.2016 | Religion
David Curry

It happened in a moment. The bursts of fireworks in celebration of a nation's independence were replaced with bursts of gunfire, shots fired to fell a...

Are we the persecutors?

David Curry | Posted 06.30.2016 | Religion
David Curry

Whenever the leader of Boko Haram sends a video message laughing about the persecution he is causing, I am sick to my stomach. How can another human b...

First Impressions Of Erbil, Iraq, Convey a City of Contradictions

Tom Gallagher | Posted 04.18.2016 | Religion
Tom Gallagher

The first full day on the ground in the northern region of Iraq known as Iraqi Kurdistan, a semi-autonomous region recognized by the Iraqi government in Baghdad, is completed.

Despite Opening to U.S., The Castros Continue to Persecute Cuban Christians

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.03.2017 | Home
Doug Bandow

Americans should forthrightly encourage freedom in Cuba. Religious believers here should be particularly vocal in supporting people seeking to live out their faith under Communist oppression. Some day autocracy will give way to liberty even in Cuba.

Christian Persecution Is a Self-Inflicted Fallacy

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Christians mean well; but if their intentions were truly just about being allowed to practice their religion as they see fit while "inviting" others to share in their faith, then they must quit pushing their symbols and principles on those who turn down this invitation and stop looking down their noses at everyone who chooses a different path.

NRA Isn't Serious About Stopping Gun Violence

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The problem is that while Americans continue to talk about preventing mass shootings and gun deaths, the solution coming from gun advocates is to do nothing.

Actually, Kim Davis Is a Martyr. Here's Why.

Douglas Boin | Posted 09.08.2016 | Religion
Douglas Boin

How could the Kentucky clerk who refused to sign her name to same-sex marriage licenses possibly be equated with the men and women whose blood watered the seeds of the church? Well, Kim Davis is absolutely a "martyr" in one sense of the word.

Where Is the World Christian Outcry?

Martin Shapiro | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Martin Shapiro

The world is watching history repeat itself and doing nothing once again with full knowledge of the devastation being inflicted on their cousins, if not brothers.

Why Are Christians In India Being Attacked?

Religion News Service | Arielle Dreher | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion

NEW DELHI (RNS) Each day, children on their way to Mount Carmel School pass through gates under the watch of armed security guards, and now city polic...

After Meriam Ibrahim's Release, Why Are Two Christians Still Facing The Death Penalty In Sudan?

Religion News Service | Fredrick Nzwili | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Last year, a death penalty sentence slapped on a Sudanese doctor for refusing to renounce her Christian faith stirred international outrage and ...

Texas Takeovers to Criminalized Christianity: When Facts No Longer Matter

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.04.2016 | Religion
Christian Piatt

How does this kind of mentality take hold of a state of nearly 30 million, at least to the point that the governor himself would take official action?

5 Practical Ways to Help Persecuted Christians

Neal Samudre | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Neal Samudre

You see, many people attempt to stop persecution because it's the right thing to do, but not many people understand the struggles persecuted Christians are facing. There is a large divide between the American church and the persecuted church.

Who Are Assyrian Christians?

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion

Islamic State militants have reportedly released 19 Assyrian Christians who were abducted from a village in northeastern Syria last week. News of t...

Pope Francis Decries ISIS Beheading Of Egyptian Christians In Libya

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion

(Reuters) - Pope Francis expressed deep sadness for the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, departing from the script of an address o...

Indian Catholics Fearful After Recent Slew Of Church Attacks

New York Times | NIDA NAJAR and SUHASINI RAJ | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion

NEW DELHI — A series of episodes at churches over the last two months has prompted Roman Catholics here to worry about a deliberate campaign of viol...

Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini's Release Is A ‘Top Priority' For President Obama

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.23.2015 | Religion

Supporters of the imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini have a renewed sense of hope after a private meeting with President Barack Obama reportedly told...

Radical Islam Is A Growing Threat To Sub-Saharan Christians: Report

Reuters | TOM HENEGHAN | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion

* Many more Christians killed in Nigeria, Central Africa * Pressure grow on Christians from Hindus, Buddhists also * Mor...

Religious Accommodation -- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Tom Carpenter | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

Anyone who has ever watched a Congressional hearing knows it is a set up. The majority runs the show. They select the majority of witnesses for any given panel. The outcome is preordained.

The Final Solution Of The Christian Arab Question In The Middle East

Sheldon Filger | Posted 10.07.2014 | Home
Sheldon Filger

A horrific fate awaits the Christians in the Arab world, particularly in Iraq and Syria. Yet, the world is silent. The progressive left wing has its own ideological agenda, to which the Christians of the Middle East are irrelevant.

Iraq's Christians Threatened With Death But 'Vicar Of Baghdad' Stands Strong

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion

Iraq's Christians have perhaps suffered more than any other group since the Islamic State formerly known as ISIS rose to power, but Christianity is in...

'The Arab Societies Have Been Hijacked by Extremists'

Joop Koopman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Joop Koopman

ArchbishopYousif Mirkis heads the Chaldean Archdiocese of Kirkuk, Iraq, the capital of oil-rich territory now firmly controlled by the Kurds, who have shown a particular welcome to Christians fleeing the onslaught of ISIS. He was interviewed July 7, 2014 by international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.

Will Egypt's New President Sisi #BringBackOurCopticGirls?

Lela Gilbert | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Lela Gilbert

Like the Jews before them, Egypt's indigenous "Sunday People" may well find themselves without their ancient homeland. There is no Israel for persecuted Christians -- no safe haven to which they can flee.

A "Call to Action" On Behalf of Middle East Christians Gets Fresh Impetus From Pope Francis

Joop Koopman | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Joop Koopman

There is new momentum to build on in the wake of Pope Francis's visit to Jordan and the Holy Land. The Pontiff raised the core issue at hand in no uncertain terms.

We Must Not Forget The Middle East's Persecuted Christians

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 05.08.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox leaders joined forces on Wednesday (May 7) to call for an end to the silence over persecuted Christ...