Anti-Christian terror is everyone’s concern
By Steven B. Nasatir
October 24 at 9:15 am
Egypt's Christians were stunned Monday by a drive-by shooting in which masked gunmen sprayed a wedding party outside a Cairo church with automatic weapons fire, killing several, including two young girls, in an attack that raised fears of a nascent insurgency by extremists after the military's ouster of the president and a crackdown on Islamists. read more »
A confluence of news stories last week, including, prominently, the release of a report by the U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, have highlighted the plight of Iranian Christians.The salient findings from Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed’s report (issued online Tuesday 10/22/13), were as follows:Sources communicate that at least 20 Christians were in custody in July 2013. In addition, violations of the rights of Christians, particularly those belonging to evangelical Protestant groups, many of whom are converts, who proselytize to and serve Iranian Christians of Muslim background, continue to be reported. Authorities continue to compel licensed Protestant churches to restrict Persian-speaking and Muslim-born Iranians from participating in services, and raids and forced closures of house churches are ongoing. According to sources, more than 300 Christians have been arrested since 2010, and dozens of church leaders and active community members have reportedly been convicted of national security crimes in connection with church activities, such as organizing prayer groups, proselytizing and attending Christian seminars abroad. read more »
Mumbai, Oct 28 (PTI) Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh today suggested that there should be a common national population policy to help in determining how many children a family should have. read more »
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you're awakened at 3AM with an urgent request from an acquaintance--one you've ministered to for months who is in desperate need of prayer for healing and deliverance. What do you do?Nepal evangelist Debalal faithfully arose from his bed and traveled 30-minutes away from his village to the home of 29-year old Kumar.He had prayed with Kumar many times before-- for healing and comfort. That is what God expected from Debalal.But Nepal is a secular but Hindu nation, and many people--especially those residing in rural villages--despise Christians.When Debalal entered Kumar's house to pray, Kumar allegedly beat the evangelist with an iron rod and slit Debala's throat with a khukuri (a popular Nepali knife with a curved blade).
Debalal had shared the Gospel message with villagers and some had warned him to stay away--they didn't want to hear his message or prayers. None of them responded to his calls for help when Kumar attacked. read more »
Degla's ruined Church of the Virgin Mary, Egypt, August 2013Muslim Brotherhood have blamed Christians for the military coup and their media outlets have whipped up hate. The hatred is then recycled by key Muslim Brotherhood leaders in their speeches to their supporters. Happy for the Christian minority to be used as a scapegoat, the security forces have been largely indifferent to this suffering.When it comes to the Copts the perpetrators enjoy impunity and can terrorise at leisure.
This past Sunday in front of a church in Cairo, Egypt, gunmen shot dead four Christians including two girls aged 8 and 12. This most recent example of the relentless attacks against the Christian minority in Egypt perpetrated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremists show that this is not the time for the United States to suspend support to the Egyptian government or military, as the Obama administration announced last week. Even Israel is opposed to any suspension of aid or support to the current Egyptian regime. read more »