Jarjour at Heritage, meanwhile, discussed how Syrian Christians are "pressured to leave" by Sunni jihadist groups fighting for the overthrow of Syria's Shiite-backed dictator Bashir Assad. Jarjour recalled one funeral of a Christian beheaded by such jihadists as well as the severed heads of two Armenian Christians sent to children as a threat. Jihadists also used Christians as human shields in the Syrian town of Homs.Read more
Today, the picture is dramatically different. Every corner of the Middle East is locked in more or less violent struggle, but whatever course the future takes, it is safe to predict that Christians will play only a marginal part in it - if they survive at all. Already, as the Prince of Wales recently pointed out, there is a smaller proportion of Christians in the region than in any other part of the world: just 4 per cent, and falling fast.Read more
Overall, the report documented 2,123 murders of Christians for their faith in 2013. An estimated 100 million believers in Christ, meanwhile, still suffer from ruthless persecution around the globe, Open Doors found. Among other atrocities carried out against Christians for their faith: imprisonment, torture, rape, execution, expulsion, forced labor, and more.Read more
"An international response to a global crisis"
Speech by Baroness Warsi at Georgetown University, Washington DC, on 16 November 2013.
"Our world has, at various points, been divided into empires, carved into countries, and separated by ethnicities.
Conflict has taken many forms.
Today I want to focus on a dangerous and rising phenomenon.
One where we see religion turning on religion, sect upon sect.Read more
The Bishop reported that Kunonga even has priests working in different Parishes in the Diocese. "Some of these priests are refusing to surrender Church property such as furniture that belongs to our Parishioners in that community," said Bishop Tawonezvi.
"We have failed to get the necessary support we need from the Zimbabwe Police over this issue while our efforts to regain St Luke's Church are being frustrated by a village headman who is a Kunonga supporter."Read more
Called upon to respond to the debate for the Government, Mark Simmonds, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, decided that this would be his first point: "it is not just Christians who are suffering such persecution". (Can you imagine this being the Government's response to a debate about the persecution of any other group?)Read more
"Nothing will dampen our spirits. Bombing, murder, burning, shooting will not dampen our spirits and our commitment to Jesus Christ," he says.Read more
Wiegel cites the following examples of persecution from a recent issue ofTouchstone:
Some 1,200 Protestants are being imprisoned in shipping containers in Eritrean desert camps where "torture is routine".
Mostafa Bordbar, a 27-year-old Christian convert, was arrested and charged with "illegal gathering and participating in a house church" in Iran.Read more
In Somalia, al-Shabab, which slaughtered scores of people at a Kenyan shopping mall in September, has reportedly vowed to kill every Somali Christian.
In northern Nigeria, Boko Haram has butchered thousands of Christians, as well as Muslims they consider inadequately ideological - such as those seeking an education.Read more
The group was charged with drinking alcohol and possession of a receiver and satellite antenna, and were given ten days in which to appeal. However, they received the written verdict on 20 October, although it was dated 6 October, and it remains unclear whether their appeals were rejected, or whether the delay in receiving the verdict meant they ran out of time.Read more
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