Philippines: Christians Slaughtered, Churches Bombed

​By  Raymond Ibrahim


On Sunday, January 27, extremist Muslims bombed a Catholic cathedral during Mass in the Philippines. At least 20 people were killed and 111 wounded.   At 8:45 am, two explosives were detonated about a minute apart in or near the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo. According to the Associated Press: 


"The initial explosion scattered the wooden pews inside the main hall and blasted window glass panels, and the second bomb  hurled  human  remains and debris across a town square fronting the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, witnesses said."

Photographs on social media showed human bodies and remains strewn on the street just outside the cathedral. Last heard, the officiating priest, Fr. Ricky Bacolcol, "was still in shock and could not speak about what happened," said a colleague.  
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British and Pakistan Governments and the Commonwealth Challenged In The British Parliament To Champion the Persecuted Minorities Of Pakistan; to uphold the ideals of Muhammad Ali Jinnah; and for Prince William to meet the minorities during his forthcoming visit.

​By Lord Alton of Liverpool


To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the relationship between their aid programmes and human rights and the treatment of minorities in Pakistan, and in particular the case of Asia Bibi.  My Lords, Pakistan’s illustrious and enlightened founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, crafted a constitution which promised to uphold plurality, famously saying:  “You may belong to any religion, caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the State” 
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Do Not Trade with a China that Lies, Cheats, and Steals 

​By Gordon G. Chang


"This won't revolutionize the U.S.-China relationship or the terms of trade between us, but it shows that the two countries can work together on an important issue," said Clete Willems of Akin Gump to Bloomberg, referring to President Trump's "phase one deal" announced October 11. "Learning to do so is critical to avoid a broad deterioration of all aspects of our relationship, which is not in anyone's long-term interest."

Despite what Willems said, it now is in the long-term interest of the United States to walk away from trade deals with the People's Republic of China.    
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Do Not Support China's Huawei, Cripple It Instead

​By Gordon G. Chang


China, with control of 5G, will be in a position to remotely manipulate the world's devices. In peacetime, Beijing could have the ability to drive cars off cliffs, unlock front doors, and turn off pacemakers. In war, Beijing could paralyze critical infrastructure.

  
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Pakistan’s blasphemy ordeal

​By Farahnaz Ispahani


Barely two weeks after Pakistani Christian Asia Naureen (usually referred to as Asia Bibi), whose ordeal over false blasphemy charges attracted international attention, was allowed to leave the country, Pakistan’s blasphemy laws claimed new victims.

In Mirpurkhas


A Hindu veterinary doctor, Ramesh Kumar, was arrested in Sindh province on May 27 after a local cleric filed a police complaint accusing him of committing blasphemy. Mr. Kumar’s village Phulhadiyon, in Mirpurkhas district, has a population of about 7,000 people, the majority of whom are Hindus. As is often the case when blasphemy allegations are made in Pakistan, riots broke out in the area and an angry mob burnt down Mr. Kumar’s establishment as well as other property belonging to him and his family. The mob also tried to attack the police station and caused some damage in the process. Although six suspects were soon taken into custody for rioting and damaging the vet’s property, it is Mr. Kumar’s family that will now be living in fear while his prosecution meanders through Pakistan’s judicial system. ​  Click here to read​​​

359 'People Were in Pieces!'  Sri Lanka: Islamist Terror on Easter   

​By Raymond Ibrahim


Eight separate explosions took place, at least two of which were suicide bombings: three targeted churches celebrating Easter Sunday Mass; four targeted hotels frequented by Western tourists in connection with Easter holiday; and one blast in a house, which killed three police officers during a security operation.    ​  Click here to read​​​

Target government aid at Pakistan's persecuted minorities

​By Lord Alton of Liverpool


Next week the Lords will have a short debate on the plight of Pakistan’s minorities, whose shocking treatment came into sharp focus through the case of Asia Bibi – wrongly condemned to death and incarcerated for nine years under Pakistan’s Blasphemy laws. Pakistan’s Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus, and other minorities – like the last remaining 4,000 Kalash, clinging to a precarious existence in three remote valleys of Pakistan – all face shocking persecution and discrimination.    Click here to read​​​

China isn’t only an oppresssor in Hong Kong. It’s a threat to all of us. Here’s how to respond.

​By Luke de Pulford 


Armistice Day 2019 will surely be remembered as a threshold moment in the history of Hong Kong.  In the early hours of Monday morning, traffic police fired live rounds into the chests of two protestors at Sai Wan Ho. Instead of putting one of those students into the recovery position, the police manhandled the body of the kid who had been shot, trying to force his limp frame to sit up straight.     Click here to read​​​

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China Cracks Down on Christians

​By Nina Shea & Bob Fu  

Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS


Zion Church in Beijing is the largest in China’s burgeoning Protestant underground. In September, the 11-year-old house church was sealed shut by the government.  Its crime? Zion’s pastor, Dr. Ezra Mingri Jin, a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, had rejected an intolerable Chinese Communist Party (CCP) directive to mount face-recognition cameras on his pulpit, turned on the congregation. For his refusal, the pastor and virtually all of Zion’s 1,500 members have been detained, searched and questioned by public security – some more than once.  Click here to read

China's Han Superstate: The New Third Reich

​By  Gordon G. Chang


More than a million people, for no reason other than their ethnicity or religion, are held in concentration camps in what Beijing calls the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and what traditional inhabitants of the area, the Uighurs, say is East Turkestan. In addition to Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs are also held in these facilities.

Families in this troubled area, shown on maps as the northwestern portion of the People's Republic of China, are being torn apart. The children of imprisoned Uighur and Kazakh parents are "confined" to "schools" that are separated from the outside by barbed wire and heavy police patrols. They are denied instruction in their own language, forced to learn Mandarin Chinese. The controls are part of a so-called "Hanification" policy, a program of forced assimilation. "Han" is the name of China's dominant ethnic group.​  
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The unprecedented scale of anti-Christian persecution in Asia

​By  John Pontifex 

When an elderly Christian woman in a village in India’s Tamil Nadu state was beaten by extremists, her attackers defended their actions by saying that she had defiled the road by walking on it during a Hindu festival. A dozen Christians who tried to rescue her were also injured when the extremists threw stones at them.   Investigating the reasons for this outbreak of anti-Christian hatred shines a light not just on the problem in India but also elsewhere in the region, where the complex range of threats has shifted dramatically to pose a unique challenge to the faithful. The result is that South Asia and East Asia have become the new hotspots of persecution of Christians, and the indications are that the situation will only get worse.    
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Asia is ‘new hotbed of Christian persecution’ with situation in China worst since Cultural Revolution, report claims

​By Charles McDermid


Nearly 140 million Christians suffered high levels of persecution in Asia last year, according to a new report, which described the situation facing the faith in China as the worst since the Cultural Revolution.  The annual Open Doors World Watch List, released on Wednesday, said Asia is “the new hotbed of persecution for Christians”.   It noted a sharp increase in the persecution of Christians in Asia over the past five years – but with a dramatic spike in 2018, driven by the likes of a rise in Hindu ultra-nationalism in India, radical Islamism in Indonesia and tougher religious regulations in China.   Click here to read


Taiwan Keynote: Luke de Pulford

​Shared by Lord Alton of Liverpool


Understating the scale of global religious persecution; the central importance of religious freedom and its impact on human trafficking and other violations of human rights.   I asked Lord Alton to set the scene by giving you an overview of the global phenomenon of religious persecution. This grossly under-stated issue leads to the persecution of  hundreds of millions of people worldwide, including an estimated 250 million Christians, who are far and away the most persecuted group of all.11 of them are killed each, and every, single day. 

 

The Vatican’s Agreement With China Looks Even Worse Now

​By Nina Shea

Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS


Two months out, the China-Holy See provisional agreement on episcopal appointments is proving to be yet another tool for Beijing to suppress the Chinese faithful. And its damage goes even deeper than the Chinese government’s selection of Catholic bishops, as critical as that is for the hierarchically structured Roman Catholic Church.   In asserting state control over religion, Chinese President Xi Jinping continues the harshest crackdown since the Cultural Revolution against all religions, the Catholic Church included, as documented by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Meanwhile, the agreement gives the Chinese regime moral cover and provides it with new opportunities for influencing religious matters at home and in Rome.  Click here to read