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January 03 2006 By virtueonline PERSECUTION NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD - 2006

Ghorban became a Christian more than ten years ago while in Turkmenistan. On returning to Iran he brought several friends and relatives to Christ and became pastor to a small convert church in his home. He had received several death threats from Islamic extremists to force him to stop sharing his faith.

Pray for peace for Ghorban's widow and four children in their grief. Pray for protection of all Christians in Iran.


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January 02 2006 By virtueonline No Church? No Problem - By George Barna

But before we break out the party poppers, we should note that, like every revolution, this one has a loser: the local church.

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December 26 2005 By virtueonline The mogul, the movie and the man on a mission

However, with the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel consumed with a phony battle with those out to "destroy" Christmas, little air time has been given over to "The Chronicles" and its religious and political implications.

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December 22 2005 By virtueonline WASHINGTON, D.C.: Military chaplains told to shy from Jesus

The American Center for Law and Justice has gathered 173,000 signatures on a petition seeking an executive order. Seventy-three members of Congress have joined the request, saying in an Oct. 25 letter to the president, "In all branches of the military, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Christian chaplains to use the name of Jesus when praying."

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December 21 2005 By virtueonline Pa. Judge Rules Against 'Intelligent Design'

The case produced one of the biggest courtroom battles over evolution since the landmark "Scopes Monkey Trial" in 1925, and it was closely watched in other jurisdictions that have seen heated debates between opponents and advocates of Darwin's groundbreaking 19th century theory.

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December 20 2005 By virtueonline BELFAST: Sparks fly as Ulster gay couples tie knot

The factions competed for volume with cheers and jeers as a black taxi carrying the newly registered couple made its way through the gates of City Hall at about 11am.

Veteran civil rights campaigner and friend of the couple Eamonn McCann was at the ceremony.

"It was a very joyous and heart-warming ceremony," he said.

Like everyone else I hope they go on to have a long life of happiness."

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December 19 2005 By virtueonline Iran's President: "I will stop Christianity in this country"

According to one informed Iranian source, during the past eight days representatives of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) have arrested and severely tortured 10 other Christians in several cities, including Tehran. All the detainees have since been released.

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December 16 2005 By virtueonline LONDON: But, Archbishop, this is the bleak mid-winter for many Christians

I am looking at a book called What Every Christian Should Know about Islam, published by the Islamic Foundation. So far as I know, it presents an orthodox account of Muslim belief. It says that Mohammed was probably illiterate, and that the Koran was therefore dictated by him from memory after he had received it in visions.

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December 16 2005 By virtueonline Congress Asks White House to Allow Chaplain Prayer

In a memo obtained by CBN News, the chief of navy chaplains said that any chaplain's continued insistence on ending public prayers "in Jesus' name" in all situations, without using discretion or regards to the venue or audience, could reasonably tend to denigrate those with different forms of faith.

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December 14 2005 By virtueonline LOS ANGELES: We're closing for Christmas, say giant US churches

Although many of the rapidly-growing megachurches do not usually hold Christmas Day worship, it is extremely rare for Christian churches to cancel Sunday services.

As an alternative, multiple services will be held in the run up to December 25.

"This is a consumer mentality at work: 'Let's not impose the church on people. Let's not make church in any way inconvenient,' " said David Wells, a professor of history and theology in Massachusetts.

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