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Islamic Persecution
March 11 2014 By virtueonline NIGERIA: Muslim hacks daughter to death with machete for converting to Christ

Cairo's Al-Azhar University, the most prestigious and influential institution in the Sunni world, certifies as a reliable guide to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni Muslim community a manual of Islamic law that states: "When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed" (Reliance of the Traveller o8.1).

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February 28 2014 By virtueonline Syrian Christians sign treaty of submission to Islamists

The authenticity of the document, displaying the stamp of al-Qaeda, could not be independently verified. The signatures of 20 Christian leaders at the bottom of the document said to have been party to the agreement were blotted out, ostensibly at their own request.

According to classic Islamic law, Christians and Jews living under Muslim sovereignty must pay a tax known as jizya in return for the Muslim ruler's protection, known as dhimma.

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February 19 2014 By virtueonline Going Global: House Hearing Documents Worldwide Persecution of Christians

While Middle Eastern persecution of Christians "is perhaps the most acute," Rogers noted, Christians today are "facing threats from a wide range of sources in almost every corner of the globe." As an "alternative source of authority," USCIRF commissioner Elliott Abrams analyzed, Christianity presents a "direct threat both to tyrannical governments," whether "secular or religious," and "extremist private actors." Russia, for example, "favors Russian Orthodox Christianity" over groups like Pent

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February 02 2014 By virtueonline Syrian Christian Leaders Show Hope in the Face of Despair

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.

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February 01 2014 By virtueonline The war on Christianity: The religion's followers are dwindling in land of birth

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.

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January 21 2014 By virtueonline Christian Martyrdom Doubled in 2013, Persecution Growing

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.

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December 16 2013 By virtueonline Full text of Sayeeda Warsi's speech on the problems facing Christians worldwide


"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.

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December 12 2013 By virtueonline Persecution continues for Zimbabwe Anglicans

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."

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December 10 2013 By virtueonline UK: The slaughter and torture of Christians: not a priority for the Government

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?)

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November 20 2013 By virtueonline Video - Christians in Pakistan: Persecuted yet steadfast in faith

"Nothing will dampen our spirits. Bombing, murder, burning, shooting will not dampen our spirits and our commitment to Jesus Christ," he says.

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