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Christian Persecution

I see so many posts and comments against going to war with Syria that it baffles me. The Syrian government has closed Churches as well as killed, tortured and mutilated Christians in dozens of prisons used as torture centers across the nation. Syria has also used it’s military forces to persecute Christians in neighboring Lebanon. How can Church leaders defend or support this countries leadership?

Christians in cross-fire in raging Syrian conflict.

Christians in cross-fire in raging Syrian conflict.

The closest thing to a logical argument I have heard is the fear that Christian persecution will elevate to the levels it has in Iraq. Read the news, it already has and both the Syrian Government and the rebel militants are involved.

Syria also supports terrorism and terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Abu Musa Organization, and the Popular Struggle Front.

War with Syria would destroy it’s military infrastructure. If nothing else, it would leave Syria powerless to invade neighboring countries and territories as well as limit it’s ability to support terrorist groups.

It never ceases to amaze… Continue reading

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 (10:17 pm)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

many Farsi-speaking churches have been closed down in Tehran and other cities across the country and pressure on Christian converts is increasing

Judge Ali Babaei said holding house church services was "a criminal act which spreads profligacy among youth and creates doubts in their minds about Islamic principles."

Judge Ali Babaei said holding house church services was “a criminal act which spreads profligacy among youth and creates doubts in their minds about Islamic principles.”

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– An Iranian court has sentenced a young evangelical Christian to one year imprisonment and two years exile to a remote border town for his involvement in evangelism and house churches, Iranian Christians told BosNewsLife Tuesday, August 20.

The Revolutionary Court in the city of Robat-Karim, some 27 kilometers (17 miles) southwest of Tehran, reportedly told Ebrahim Firouzi that his “Books (Bibles), and other means of evangelism taken from him, including his personal computer, which were used to commit this crime will be seized in favor of the government and destroyed.”

Judge Ali Babaei allegedly said the sentence was justified as Firouzi had been “propagating against the Islamic regime [by] starting and directing an evangelism group, contact with opponents of the Islamic Revolution and anti-Islamic regime networks in foreign countries”.

He added that Firouzi started a Christian website, distributed… Continue reading

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

The case has underscored the issue of blasphemy laws in Pakistan, which rights groups say are often used  to settle personal disputes or attack religious minorities

Rimsha Masih was accused of blasphemy.

Rimsha Masih was accused of blasphemy.

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)– A Pakistan court has acquitted a Muslim cleric who accused Christian girl of blasphemy against Islam, before he himself was detained on similar charges, trial observers said.

Khalid Jadoon Chishti, the imam of the local mosque, had accused Rimsha Masih of burning pages containing texts of the Koran, deemed a holy book by Muslims.

The 14-year-old girl was detained in August 2012 and spent three weeks in one of Pakistan’s toughest jails with adult  inmates, but the case against her was quashed amid international pressure.

Soon after, Chishti himself was accused of  “desecrating the Koran and tampering” with the evidence against Rimsha.

He allegedly planted pages of the Koran in a bag full of ash that was seized from the girl, believed to be mentally disabled.

CLEARLIC DETAINED

Trial observers said that though the cleric was detained, he was never formally indicted. His lawyer said the Islamabad court released him Saturday, August 17, after accepting there was not… Continue reading

Saturday, August 17, 2013 (9:33 am)

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

several unregistered Christian groups have been closed down, fined or had their members detained by police

Chinese Christians have been praying for their country amid reported persecution.

Chinese Christians have been praying for their country amid reported persecution.

BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)– Several churches in northwest China faced another day of tensions Saturday, August 17, amid a wider government crackdown on devoted Christian groups and the detention of believers, Chinese Christians said.

Pastor Tan Wen was among those remaining behind bars in the troubled Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region after he received a 15-day sentence following an August 4 raid on a worship service, according to Christians with close knowledge about the situation.

At least 20 police officers from the nearby Urumqi Municipal Public Security Bureau and Xishan Police Station were reportedly involved in the operation, the latest in a series of attacks against especially unregistered churches, though even official denominations have become targets, activists said.

He was reportedly earlier detained for 10 days after fve officers without police uniform raided a worship service on June 9. In both case security forces allegedly failed to show proper documentation or followed legal procedures, Christians said.

This wasn’t an isolated incident as several unregistered Christian… Continue reading

Friday, August 16, 2013 (11:04 pm)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

Arab satellite channels showed Brotherhood supporters firing automatic weapons at targets beneath a main bridge in the Cairo district of Zamalek.

Dozens of churches have been destroyed.

Dozens of churches have been destroyed.

CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)– Dozens of people were killed Friday, August 16, in clashes between security forces and protesters prompting more fear among minority Christians.

Coptic Christians anxiously watched as least 70 died when troops began cracking down on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi holding a “Day of Rage”, in defiance of the interim government-imposed state of emergency.

Morsi supporters, united in the Moslim Brotherhood party, were also seen destroying dozens of churches, Christian businesses and homes. Several Christians as well as journalists were killed in the violence.

Christians have been seen by hard-line Islamists of the Brotherhood as supporting the ouster of Morsi.

The leader of country’s Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, had previously expressed his support for the military coup that unseated the country’s first Islamist president last month, amid fears of rising Islamic extremism in the country.

COPTIC CHRISTIANS FEAR

Observers said Coptic Christians widely supported Morsi’s opponent in presidential elections last year. Copts, who have complained of… Continue reading

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 (2:25 pm)

By BosNewsLife News Center

Last month, the court…ordered Raisa Radchenko, 70, to undergo psychological ‘help’…a method used against dissidents and devoted Christians when Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union.

Raisa Radchenko was sentenced to forced psychological treatment.

Raisa Radchenko was sentenced to forced psychological treatment.

ZAPORIZHIA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)– An elderly human rights activist who was forced to spend more than two weeks in a Ukrainian psychological hospital for “socially dangerous behavior” said Wednesday, August 14, she remains confined to her home amid fears of more persecution.

Last month, the court in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia ordered Raisa Radchenko, 70, to undergo psychological ‘help’, including forceful treatment with drugs, a method used against dissidents and devoted Christians when Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union.

Though she was released on July 27 after some 15 days detention, Radchenko told reporters that she remains confined to her home “fearing more provocations” from prosecutors who cooperate with local authorities.

Her ordeal began July 12 after she publicly criticized alleged police brutality in her city and the rest of the country, and collected 10,000 signatures for the resignation of the mayor, her daughter, Daria Radchenko, said earlier… Continue reading

Thursday, August 15, 2013 (7:36 pm)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos

“While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back,” Obama

Mick Deane, 61, a cameraman for British broadcaster Sky News, has been killed.

Mick Deane, 61, a cameraman for British broadcaster Sky News, has been killed.

CAIRO/WASHINGTON (BosNewsLife)– Two Christians were killed while scores of churches and two Bible Society shops were reportedly destroyed in revenge attacks by Islamic mobs in Egypt, after security services massacred supporters of ex-President Mohamed Morsi.

The crackdown by the military-led government on protesters and related violence that killed as many as 525 people according to officials prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to cancel a major joint military exercise.

“While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back,” Obama explained Thursday, August 15, in a brief statement from his Martha’s Vineyard vacation spot.

“As a result, this morning, we notified the Egyptian government that we are canceling our biannual joint military exercise, which was scheduled for next month,”… Continue reading

Thursday, August 15, 2013 (9:15 am)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

“The specific targeting of the Christian community has led to staggering losses. Security forces must commit to ensure the protection of the lives and properties of all Egyptians, especially its Christian community,”

egyptnowCAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)– Minority Christians woke up in an Egypt on the verge of civil war with as many as 27 churches being attacked and at least two Coptic Christians killed among the at least 525 people who lost their lives in an army crackdown on protests and related clashes.

The Bible Society headquarters in the capital Cairo, Egypt’s main Bible publisher, was attacked in the violence that also inured nearly 3,000 people nationwide, Christians and officials said.

Clashes began Wednesday, August 15, when Egyptian security forces cleared out thousands of people at two sit-ins in Cairo demanding the return of ousted president Mohammed Morsi. Dozens of people were believed to have been killed in the operation at the Nahda Square and the Rabaa al-Adawiya sites, where protesters set up camps following Morsi’s ouster on July 3.

Interim President Adly Mansour declared a nation-wide state of emergency while Vice-President Mohammed… Continue reading