Persecution

USA should provide more help for persecuted Christians

Washington (CNN)Marco Rubio called on the State Department Thursday to provide more funding to help Christians persecuted abroad and to apply sanctions against governments that oppress religious minorities.

"Reports suggest that the State Department is ready to designate the Islamic State's terror against the Yazidis as genocide, which it clearly is, but they might not ... do so for equally embattled Christian communities. This is only one part of a refusal to come to grips with the full weight of these facts," the Florida senator and Republican presidential candidate wrote in a Christmas Eve Washington Post op-ed co-authored by Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Religious Persecution in the Middle East Threatens Us All

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Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow Cato Institute [@Doug_Bandow]
As the latest terrorist atrocity in San Bernardino demonstrates, radical Islam can kill anywhere. However, the problem is far worse in the Middle East. The botched U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq dramatically accelerated the exodus of Christians. The chaotic outcome of the “Arab Spring” further spurred their exit. Today the Islamic State is attempting to complete a process of genocide/ethnic cleansing.

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Prime accused in Kerala professor’s hand chopping case surrenders

In May, this year, the NIA trial court in Kochi had sentenced 10 accused persons to eight years of imprisonment and three others to two years of imprisonment.The convicts, all belonging to Popular Front of India, cut off T J Joseph’s hand in 2010 for allegedly insulting Mohamed .The convicts, all belonging to Popular Front of India, cut off T J Joseph’s hand in 2010 for allegedly insulting the Prophet.

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Chhattisgarh High Court lifts ban on non-Hindu missionary activities

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Chhattisgarh High Court lifts ban on non-Hindu missionary activities
by Nirmala Carvalho
The ban "violates the fundamental right to preach and propagate religion." Christians can now pray, come together and propagate their views. For Christian activist, Christian communities are vulnerable to attacks, violence as well as social and economic boycott." For example, Hindu nationalist party recently "re-converted" 35 Christians.

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