Over Christmas, Islamic State Beheaded 11 Nigerian Christians

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

The BBC and other news outlets have provided shocking news reports with in depth analysis from  the ideology that is intent on creating a genocide in Nigeria.   Read More - click here

"Convert, Marry Me, or Die": Persecution of Christians, July 2019  

By Raymond Ibrahim

On July 10, a Muslim man shot and killed a Christian woman because she refused to convert to Islam and marry him. Problems began a few months earlier when Muhammad Waseem began accosting Saima Sardar, 30, often on her way to and from a hospital in Faisalabad, where she worked as a nurse.     
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Burma’s Cardinal Charles Bo in “Reflections from the Periphery” doesn’t dodge the big challenges facing his own country or the rest of us.

Shared by Lord Alton of Liverpool

The Burmese Cardinal, Charles Bo,  has today published a letter entitled “God’s love for the people and Nations of Asia ..Reflections from the Periphery.”   In a troubled world this is a reflection that doesn’t dodge the big challenges facing his own country or the rest of us. But it offers peaceful ways forward and its respectful and hopeful message deserves to be widely read.  ..... 
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The Coalition for Genocide Response extend an invitation to a webinar marking: “The International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

The Zoom webinar will be held on August 21st 2020 at 4 PM (BST).    Read More - click here

In congratulating Amanda Bowman for organising another important conference

By Lord Alton

In congratulating Amanda Bowman for organising another important conference – this time on the rise of global intolerance -  I am going to talk about our indifference, our silence and our blindness. 

"Why Are You So Silent?": Persecution of Christians, August 2019

By Raymond Ibrahim

Boko Haram "has terrorised Christian communities in Nigeria for the last decade and has now splintered and spread its violent ideology into Cameroon, Niger and Chad." — Staff writer, Christian Today, August 8, 2019.   Read More Here

"Such Things Should Not Happen": Persecution of Christians, April 2020

By Raymond Ibrahim

United States: On April 14, a Muslim man with a history of anti-Christian hate crimes tried to torch a church. Osama El Hannouny, 25, tried to burn down Sacred Heart Church in Palos Hills, Illinois.  
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U.K. to defend persecuted Christians throughout world

By  Simon Caldwell

MANCHESTER, England -- A top British official said the government would commit itself to a robust defense of persecuted Christians following a new report into their plight.   
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a July 8 news conference in London that the report will lead to a "sea change in our approach" to the global persecution of Christians.    Read More Here

Today is Religious Freedom Day – but not in China, Cuba and Pakistan – all elected to the UN Human Rights Council.

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

As I said in my statement on 13 October following the election results, as a founding member of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), the UK has been a strong advocate of its vital work since its inception, and we are honoured to be elected for a fifth term.    Read More - click here

Andrew Walther appointed president of EWTN News

By CNA Staff

 EWTN Global Catholic Network, the world’s largest Catholic media organization, announced Friday that Andrew Walther has been named president and chief operating officer of EWTN News, Inc. The appointment is effective June 1.   
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Cardinal Sarah: Nigerians killed by terrorists are ‘martyrs’

By The Catholic News Agency

We woke up a day after Christmas to the horrible news of the gruesome decapitation of Christian hostages by the Islamic State terrorists,” Fr. Benjamin Achi told ACI Africa on December 28.   Read More - click here

German Lawmakers Denounce Growing Islamic Violence Against Christian Minorities   

By Tyler Durden

German lawmakers across the spectrum on Tuesday called for stronger protections of Christian minorities worldwide following the coordinated attacks at several Sri Lanka churches and hotels on Sunday which killed over 300 people, according to Deutsche Welle. Members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) and Greens all expressed their concern about what they saw as growing violence against Christians.    Read More Here

FBI: Syrian refugee arrested for allegedly planning to bomb Pittsburgh church in support of ISIS

By Rebecca Klar

A Pittsburgh resident was arrested Wednesday on terrorism charges after allegedly planning an attack on a Christian church in the name of ISIS, according to the Justice Department. Court documents and the FBI Pittsburgh Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation allege that Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, plotted to bomb a church on Pittsburgh's North Side, according to Department of Justice (DOJ) officials.  
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The Prince of Wales Christmas message for persecuted Christians

By HRH The Prince of Wales 

HRH The Prince of Wales has recorded a Christmas video message for Aid to the Church in Need specifically aimed at persecuted Christians, assuring them of his thoughts and prayers over the festive season. ​  Watch the Video - click here

Implications of the Hagia Sophia’s Conversion to a Mosque

By Paul Marshall 

... the magnificent church of Justinian I, the Hagia Sophia, will again be converted to a mosque.   
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Faith-Targeted Human Trafficking Highlights Need for Better Foreign Aid Policy

By The Arise Foundation 

In some parts of the world, minorities are at greater risk of exploitation. This is nothing new. From Uighurs in China to indigenous communities in the Amazon, ethnic and religious minorities have often found themselves targeted because they are different.      Read More Here

Notre Dame isn’t the only French church imperiled this year

By Alessandra Nucci

On March 17, a month almost to the day before the great fire devastated Notre Dame Cathedral, another fire broke out in Paris’ second biggest church, Saint Sulpice, two subway stops away from Notre Dame, causing no injuries but resulting in damage that some sources estimate at €1 million.  Read More Here

Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:   Section 1.  Policy.  (a)  Religious freedom, America’s first freedom, is a moral and national security imperative.  Religious freedom for all people worldwide is a foreign policy priority of the United States ...    Read More - click here

Martyred for Her Faith in Sri Lanka

By Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Want to learn some Latin? Odium Fidei...it means“hatred of the Faith.”   In our Catholic tradition, one who loses his/her life because of odium fidei, hatred of the faith, is a martyr.  I just had the Funeral Mass of one such martyr at St. Joseph Parish in Somers. Her name is Chelsea Decaminada.       Read More Here

Issue Update: The Global Persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses

By United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

This update describes official discrimination against Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world, with a particular focus on countries where members have been imprisoned for their beliefs.    Read More - click here

Persecution of Christians: A global commonplace   

By James MacGuire

A conference on persecution of Christians in late November 2020 in New York City examined this subject in sobering detail.   Read More - click here

European Churches: Vandalized, Defecated On, and Torched "Every Day"

By Raymond Ibrahim

Countless churches throughout Western Europe are being vandalized, defecated on, and torched.   In France, two churches are desecrated every day on average. According to PI-News, a German news site, 1,063 attacks on Christian churches or symbols (crucifixes, icons, statues) were registered in France in 2018. This represents a 17% increase compared to the previous year (2017), when 878 attacks were registered — meaning that such attacks are only going from bad to worse.    Read More Here

Insecurity in Nigeria: Eyewitnesses Speak

by The Heritage Foundation

A worthy watch - takes just about an hour to view

Annihilation of Christian Life and People: Where is the Outrage in the West? 

By Giulio Meotti

Where is the outrage in the West for the annihilation of Christian life and people? It feels as if there is no indignation, only silence, interrupted by bombs and "Allahu Akbar". The history books of the future will not condone this Western betrayal. If the West had taken seriously the persecutions of Christians, now the bell would not toll for the death of the Christian presence -- not only in historic lands of Christianity, but also for the West. Read More Here

US Warns: ‘Christians Most Persecuted Group’

By Stefan J Bos 

Leading U.S. lawmakers and government investigators suggest that Christians are now the world’s most persecuted religious group amid reports of mass killings and other attacks in China, Nigeria, Iran, and other nations.    
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"There Is No Christian Anymore in This Town": Persecution of Christians, June 2019

By Raymond Ibrahim

"We cannot allow the Christians... to allege that Jesus is the Son of God," explained one mosque leader; "this [is] a serious blasphemy to Muslims." — Morning Star News, June 3, 2019, Uganda.
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Christians abandoned by the liberal West

By Kathy Gyngell 

WE ARE a morally and intellectually changed society. We no longer care. And our silence is action when it comes to the appalling persecution of Christians across the world, from the Middle East to Nigeria to China. One reason is the ‘Christophobia’ that plagues the secular liberal West.  Yesterday at a central London conference entitled ‘Invisible Victims: Persecuted Believers and Western Governments’ this was the crux of Lord Alton’s argument.   Read More Here

Holiday Massacres of Christians: A New Fact of Life 

By Raymond Ibrahim

Although the Islamic terrorist bombings that rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday -- killing more than 250 people, most in churches -- have shocked many, spectacular terrorist attacks on Easter are far more common than supposed.   Jihadi logic is simple: not only do attacks on Christians during their greatest holidays make a symbolic point; but because churches are often packed then -- especially Easter, or Resurrection Sunday -- they also potentially offer the greatest harvest in casualties.    Read More Here

Remarks by Vice President Pence at The United Nations Event on Religious Freedom

By Vice President Michael R. Pence

Mr. President...and most especially to the courageous men and women who join us here today who have suffered persecution and violence for simply living out your faith — whether that be Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam — it is my great honor to be here today with the President of the United States ... 
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147 dead as Islamist gunmen target Christian students

By Mike Pflanz, Nairobi and Aislinn Laing

At least 147 people have been killed after Islamist terrorists attacked a Kenyan university, singling out Christian students to murder.  A five-man cell of the Somali-based al-Shabaab group stormed into halls of residence at Garissa University College, 200 miles east of the capital Nairobi, Thursday morning, shooting at students before taking others hostage.  
Kenya’s National Disaster Operation Centre declared the siege over by nightfall, with four terrorists killed and one arrested. 
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A Big Step for Religious Freedom   

By Nina Shea (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS)

For decades religious freedom has been treated as the unwanted stepchild in the human-rights side of U.S. foreign policy.  
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A New Ranking of Nations Where Christians Are Persecuted Most

By Doug Bandow

Perhaps the greatest tragedy, at least symbolically, is the threatened disappearance of Christians from the birthplace of the faith in the Middle East. Christians continue to leave Palestinian territories and are under siege in Syria ...    
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'Pure Genocide': Over 6,000 Nigerian Christians Slaughtered, Mostly Women and Children  

By Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post 

Church leaders in Nigeria have said that Christians are experiencing “pure genocide” as 6,000 people, mostly women and children, have been murdered by Fulani radicals since January.   “What is happening in Plateau state and other select states in Nigeria is pure genocide and must be stopped immediately,” said the Christian Association of Nigeria and church denominational heads in Plateau State in a press release last week.  The church leaders said that “over 6,000 persons, mostly children, women and the aged have been maimed and killed in night raids by armed Fulani herdsmen,” which is prompting their cry to the government of Nigeria “to stop this senseless and blood shedding in the land and avoid a state of complete anarchy where the people are forced to defend themselves.”   Read More Here

The US can provide the leadership needed for a faith fractured world  

By Farahnaz Ispahani 

The historic meeting between Pope Francis and Ayatollah Sistani in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf earlier this week augurs well for a new era of cooperation of people of different faiths against religious persecution.​ Read More - click here

Religious Restrictions, Intolerance on the Rise Worldwide 

By Clare Hillen

Government orchestrated restrictions on religion are on the rise globally, as is religious intolerance, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center.   According to Pew's report, the number of countries that saw "high" and "very high" levels of government restrictions on religion rose from 50 in 2015 to 55 in 2016.      Read More Here

Parliamentary Debate on Religious Freedom following the publication of the Report of the Independent Inquiry into Persecution of Christians which concluded that the persecution of 250 million Christians comprises the, “most shocking abuses of human rights in the modern era”.

Shared by Lord Alton of Liverpool

My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Elton, has provided the House with this perfectly timed debate, coming as it does in the week in which the independent report to the Foreign Secretary concluded that the persecution of 250 million Christians comprises the,
“most shocking abuses of human rights in the modern era”.   . 
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"Oh Allah... Destroy the Jews, the Christians, the Hindus, the Russians, and the Shiites!": The Persecution of Christians

By Raymond Ibrahim

Topics include: The Muslim Slaughter of Christians ​​and Muslim Attacks on Churches, Seminaries, and Crosses​ Read More - click here

Religious Freedom Expert  Nina Shea 

(Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS)

 War On Christians Is Intensifying

Persecution of Christians is modern-day 'genocide' says report as Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt blames failure to confront the oppression of world's most targeted faith group on 'political correctness'

By Jack Doyle

Christians are 'by far the most persecuted' religious group and are enduring what amounts to genocide in some parts of the world, a report concluded.   They are being driven out of the Middle East in a modern-day exodus that means the religion could be wiped out in parts 'where its roots go back furthest', the study commissioned by the Foreign Office found.    Read More Here

Fire at Tallahassee’s Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More adds to the growing list of attacks on churches

By John Burger 

Are incidents of church vandalism on the rise?   A fire at Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More, a prominent church in Tallahassee, Florida, is being investigated, and it may be the latest example of what appear to be increasing attacks against Catholic churches in the United States.   “Today, there was a fire inside the Co-Cathedral church in Tallahassee,” Bishop William A. Wack Diocese of the Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese said in a statement Thursday.    Read More Here

Survey shows decline in US Catholics’ concern about global Christian persecution

By Aid to the Church in Need

A FEBRUARY POLL shows that although more than half of US Catholics are “very concerned” about the persecution of Christians around the world, the level of concern has significantly declined in the past two years.   
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"Killing Our People Has Become Routine": The Persecution of Christians 

By Raymond Ibrahim

A Muslim teacher raped an 8-year-old Christian in a school bathroom, and the school and police are covering it up.​ Read More - click here

European human rights chiefs order the British press NOT to reveal when terrorists are Muslims in crackdown on freedom of speech

By  Matt Dathan

European human rights chiefs have told the British press it must not report when terrorists are Muslim.   The recommendations came as part of a list of 23 meddling demands to Theresa May’s government on how to run the media in an alarming  threat to freedom speech.   
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Boko Haram: Bloody Terror, No End in Sight

By Uzay Bulut

Boko Haram, the ISIS-aligned group seeking to establish an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria, just celebrated the 10th anniversary of its establishment. Contrary to initial and subsequent assessments, however, the terrorist group, also known as Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP), was not to be easily defeated.  
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"Tied Up and Tortured": The Persecution of Christians

By Raymond Ibrahim

A Muslim mother is being tried for killing her toddler son, allegedly over fears that he would eventually grow up in Germany to be a Christian.​ Read More - click here

Christian Persecution and Genocide Is Worse Now Than “Any Time In History,” Report Says

By Cristina Maza

The persecution and genocide of Christians across the world is worse today “than at any time in history,” and Western governments are failing to stop it, a report from a Catholic organization said.   The study by Aid to the Church in Need said the treatment of Christians has worsened substantially in the past two years compared with the two years prior, and has grown more violent than any other period in modern times.   Read More Here

Conference of Jewish Affairs Statement: President Trump is the Religious Freedom President

Rabbi Aryeh Spero; President

September 23, 2019 – Rabbi Aryeh Spero, Conference of Jewish Affairs spokesman, released the following statement today:  
Today President Trump earned the distinction of being the Religious Freedom President. In front of the United Nations, he spoke in soaring rhetoric that was profound, bold, and forthright. He proclaimed the foundational American principle that our religious freedom is a right from God Himself.   It was obvious that the President’s remarks were not simply perfunctory, rather deeply felt and deeply important to him personally. We were grateful for him once again spotlighting the scourge of anti-Semitism, something that he has chosen to speak about more than any other president.   His humanity shone forth as he spoke about the many prisoners of conscience and those oppressed by terrorists as well as Christians persecuted around the world simply for believing in their heart. And, he was generous to those who have been victims of religious persecution and to those who are working to rescue people of faith from the clutches of terrorism.  

The persecution trap: vulnerable Christians are running out of allies

By John O'Sullivan 

The worldwide persecution of Christians is likely to intensify in the coming decades. Can anything be done to stop it?

Christianity is the largest faith in a world of thriving religions. It’s hard sometimes to feel that since the mental picture that grips most Westerners, including many Christians, is one of a dying faith in a disenchanted secular universe in which God is not so much dead as retired on a modest pension.
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A Good Friday which for so many is a day of acute suffering – even more so for beleaguered communities in far away places.

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

2020 – a Good Friday which for so many is a day of acute suffering –     
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Now is the time to deliver on Johnson’s commitments to persecuted Christians

By Lord Alton

On Boxing Day last year, Jeremy Hunt, then Foreign Secretary, announced that he had asked Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro, to establish an independent review into the global persecution of Christians.   Read More Here

"They Came to Kill Him": The Persecution of Christians

By Raymond Ibrahim

 "This is beyond persecution. It is a dramatic situation, plunging thousands of families into a deplorable humanitarian crisis."

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Notre Dame fire was a warning bell. But will Europe listen?

By Raf Casert

PARIS - It’s a thin line where the patina of age on Europe’s countless monuments gives way to the onset of neglect. Like with so many loved ones, all is assumed to be fine, until suddenly it’s not.   In the wake of the fire last week that gutted Notre Dame, questions are being raised about the state of thousands of other cathedrals, palaces and village spires that have turned France - as well as Italy, Britain and Spain - into open air museums of Western civilization.   I  Read More Here

Cardinal Dolan emphasizes hope amid global religious persecution

Read Article by Christine Rousselle  Click here

US Bishops: Religious freedom under stress around the world

By Vatican News

“The right to religious freedom has its foundation in the very dignity of the human person,” says Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, the acting president of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty.   
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Lessons from Jerusalem: The Hagia Sophia in Turkey is too disputed to turn back into a mosque

By  Theophilos III 

Here in Jerusalem, we are used to disputed holy places. The whole city is disputed: Three of the world’s major religions all lay claim to its significance. But Jerusalem is not the only place in which this is true.    Read More - click here

Africa: Alarming Rise of Christian Persecution

By Uzay Bulut

According to a recent interim report published in the U.K., "it is estimated that one third of the world's population suffers from religious persecution in some form, with Christians being the most persecuted group."   According to the "overview" section of the interim "Independent Review of FCO support for Persecuted Christians":  
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March for Martyrs aims to raise awareness of persecuted Christians

By Mary Farrow

 “I wanted to do something in the United States for the people of the West, to not only wake them up to the reality of what’s going on around the world, but also connect them to know that we’re one body of Christ...”  
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President Trump is Committed to Protecting Religious Freedom in the United States and Around the World

By President Donald J. Trump

"Each of us has the right to follow the dictates of our conscience and the demands of our religious conviction."   
 The President is calling on all nations to act to bring an end to religious persecution and stop crimes against people of faith.      Read More Here

Burkina Faso: The New Land of Islamic Jihad and Christian Slaughter

By Raymond Ibrahim

Last Sunday, May 12, in the small West African nation of Burkina Faso, as many as 30 armed Islamic terrorists stormed a Catholic church, slaughtered at least six Christian worshippers — including the officiating priest — then burned the church to the ground.    Read More Here

Islam's War on the Christian Cross

By Raymond Ibrahim

A Muslim migrant in Rome recently stabbed a Christian man in the throat for wearing a crucifix around his neck.  The assailant, a 37-year-old Moroccan, is accused of attempted homicide; "religious hate" is cited as an "aggravating factor" in the crime.   
This is hardly the first "religious hate" crime to occur in the context of the cross in Italy.  Among others,.  
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A Global Catastrophe: "260 Million Christians Experience High Levels of Persecution"

By Raymond Ibrahim

The global persecution of Christians has reached unprecedented levels: "260 million Christians experience high levels of persecution" around the world, notes the recently published Open Doors World Watch List 2020.... 
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Vatican diplomat: Catholics can help UN to live up to its principles

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN has said that faith-based organizations need to help the international community to see its “lack of consistency” in implementing its most basic principles, such as respect for the dignity of every human being.    Read More - click here

Strengthening the ties between the United States, United Kingdom, and the English speaking world.

The Ignored Pandemic: 360 Million Christians Persecuted Worldwide

By Raymond Ibrahim

The year 2021 "saw the worst persecution of Christians in history" — with an average of 16 Christians murdered for their faith every day. ​​ Read More - click here

The Burning of Notre Dame and the Destruction of Christian Europe

By Guy Millière

The fire that destroyed much of the Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Paris is a tragedy that is irreparable. Even if the cathedral is rebuilt, it will never be what it was before. Stained glass windows and major architectural elements have been severely damaged and the oak frame totally destroyed. Read More Here

2019 Was A Year of Martyrs

The president of Aid to the Church in Need International makes an initial assessment

For Thomas Heine-Geldern, president of the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), “2019 was a year of martyrs, one of the bloodiest for Christians in history. It peaked with the attacks on three churches in Sri Lanka that cost more than 250 people their lives. 

Watch this week’s Webinar on the appalling suffering of girls and women from religious minorities.

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

Nadi Murad one of thousands of Yazidis who suffered grievously at the hands of ISIS.    Read More - click here

Cardinal Dolan: Stories of persecuted Christians should move hearts

By CNA Staff

American Christians must be better advocates for the world’s persecuted Christians, said speakers at a Thursday event featuring victims of persecution, religious leaders, and global experts.    Read More - click here

"Too Many to Count": The Global Persecution of Christians

By Raymond Ibrahim

"This November let us unite in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters," IDOP noted in a brief video that highlights a few examples of recent persecution, including the Easter Sunday church bombings in Sri Lanka and the ongoing slaughter of Christians by Islamic groups in Nigeria and, increasingly, Burkina Faso.​  Read More Here

Genocide of Christians Reaches "Alarming Stage"

By Raymond Ibrahim

"Christian persecution 'at near genocide levels,'" the title of a May 3 BBC report, cites a lengthy interim study ordered by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and led by Rev. Philip Mounstephen, the Bishop of Truro.  According to the BBC report, one in three people around the world suffer from religious persecution, with Christians being "the most persecuted religious group".  Read More Here

GLOBE TROT Oct. 14: "No restraint" by Turkish forces with rising human toll in Syria

By Mindy Belz

More than 200,000 civilians have fled Turkey’s invasion of northeast Syria, and at least 40 civilians have died—and Turkey-backed militias appear to be committing war crimes as they advance. There is “no restraint” being exercised by Turkish forces, and no plans for large-scale humanitarian relief, reports Steve Gumaer of Partners Relief & Development.     Read More Here

Africa’s Young Christian Communities Are Now in Islamic-Extremist Crosshairs

By Nina Shea (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS)

An ongoing Islamic extremist project to exterminate Christians in sub-Saharan Africa is even more brutal and more consequential for the Church than it is in the Middle East, the place where Christians suffered ISIS “genocide,” as the U.S. government officially designated.   
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