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. On the contrary, every year, the jihadist group, which has gained a foothold in the neighboring African countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger, appears to be growing stronger. 
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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. His detailed account of the worldwide extent of Christian torture and annihilation, not least that taking place in Nigeria, was a devastating indictment of the Government’s careless attitude, as well as of our society generally. He ended with that famous Dietrich Bonhoeffer quotation: ‘Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.’    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.   Therefore, on April 9, 2017 -- Palm Sunday, which starts the holy week of Easter -- two Christian churches in Egypt were bombed during mass; at least 50 worshippers were murdered and 130 wounded (graphic images/video of aftermath here). Two days later, another terror attack, targeting a Coptic Christian monastery, was thwarted. On April 12, 2015, Easter Sunday, two explosions targeting two separate churches also took place in Egypt. Although no casualties were reported, large numbers could have resulted..  Read More Here


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

By Vice President Michael R. Pence

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General Guterres, Ambassador Craft, Mr. Secretary Pompeo, members of the Cabinet, distinguished members of Congress, world leaders, 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 to reaffirm America’s commitment to what the people of our nation have always believed: that every person is endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.  And Americans have always believed our first freedom is the freedom of religion.   
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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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'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


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.   They made the comments during a bipartisan hearing at the U.S. Congress in Washington D.C. hosted by Rep. Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican who co-chairs the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission along with Rep. Jim McGovern, a Massachusetts Democrat.   “Like many of you, the news that Christians in Sri Lanka were killed in a series of coordinated bombings on Easter Sunday saddened and sickened me,”   said Smith in comments obtained by BosNewsLife. “As shocking as such news was, I cannot say it was surprising.”  
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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”.   Many others, believers and non-believers, suffer too. Jeremy Hunt is to be congratulated for commissioning the report, and Bishop Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro, and his admirable team on producing such robust, evidence-based findings. 
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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". "Religion 'is at risk of disappearing' in some parts of the world," it noted, and "In some regions, the level and nature of persecution is arguably coming close to meeting the international definition of genocide, according to that adopted by the UN."  Read More 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.   Among some of the recent desecrations in France, the following took place in just February and March:... Read More Here


Insecurity in Nigeria: Eyewitnesses Speak

by The Heritage Foundation

A worthy watch - takes just about an hour to view

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. The spire that rose from the cathedral was a unique piece of art. It was drawn by the architect who restored the edifice in the nineteenth century, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, who had based his work on 12th century documents.   

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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.
  
 


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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"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.
 United States: A Muslim man from Syria, who in August 2016 was admitted into the U.S. as a "refugee," was "arrested on terrorism charges in relation to a plan to attack a church in Pittsburgh, according to the Justice Department," notes a report dated June 19:  Read More 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.   The rise of religious intolerance highlighted in that study, and what can be done about its unpleasant results, were the subject of a conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday entitled "The Rise of Global Religious Intolerance: What Must the U.S. Do to Stem the Alarming Tide of Religious Intolerance at Both at Home and Abroad," which was sponsored by the Anglosphere Society and the Congressional Caucus on International Religious Freedom.   Read More Here


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.   If even an iconic building like Notre Dame could not be protected from devastation, if such a potent symbol of France had to scramble for maintenance funds, that lays bare a culture of apathy that can undermine a shared history as well as the multibillion-dollar tourism industry upon which much of Europe depends.   Read More Here


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.   "We are working across government to agree (on) a formal collective response as soon as possible," said Hunt, who along with Boris Johnson is one of two candidates competing to be the next U.K. prime minister. Read More Here


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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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. Islamic extremists have seen that the West has not mobilized to prevent them from repressing Christians, as if unconsciously there were a strange convergence between our silence and the ethnic cleansing project of the Islamic State, aimed at erasing Christians.  Read More Here


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

By Mindy Belz


SYRIA: 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.

BRITAIN’s 93-year-old monarch entered the Brexit fray today in her traditional speech opening a new session of Parliament. “My government’s priority has always been to secure the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union on 31 October,” said Queen Elizabeth at the start of her speech. “My government intends to work towards a new partnership with the European Union, based on free trade and friendly cooperation.” Her remarks may kickstart an otherwise doomed effort by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose government is near collapse over his pledge to leave the EU by the deadline without a deal.    
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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.   Germany's commissioner for religious freedom, Markus Grübel (CDU), told Die Welt newspaper that the Sri Lankan attacks were part of what appeared to be a global trend. -DW  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. While investigators believe that the Notre Dame fire was caused by an electrical short-circuit, the blaze at Saint Sulpice was set deliberately, and it was not the first; as Catholic News Service reported on March 28, “more than 10 churches have been hit since the beginning of February, with some set on fire while others were severely desecrated or damaged.” But few news outlets, in Europe or the Americas, picked up the story, and the papers that did report it kept it low-key. Read More Here


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


"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.

"They asked him to deny Christ and when he refused they cut off his right hand. Then he refused [again], they cut to the elbow again. In which he refused, before they shot him twice, at the head, the forehead, the neck, and chest." — Enoch Yeohanna, speaking on CBN News, August 29, 2019. Nigeria.​  
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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.  

Step back first to 1942 when Stefan Zweig first published his magnificent “The World of Yesterday – Memoirs of a European​  



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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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.   And the report by the Bishop of Truro, the Right Rev Philip Mounstephen, found 'shocking' evidence that the persecution is worse today than ever. Read More Here


Religious Freedom Expert  Nina Shea 

(Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS)

 War On Christians Is Intensifying





"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. The harassment got so bad that she asked her brother to walk her to work. According to another family member:    
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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.   What is new, however, is the deliberate targeting of faith groups for bride trafficking. Six weeks ago, Arise received a report that adverts had appeared in parts of Pakistan like the one below.     Read More Here


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."


President Trump is hosting the Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom event, calling on the international community and business leaders to work to protect religious freedom. 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


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. Reality is very different. In 2015 the four largest (conventional) world religions were in descending order Christianity (31.2 per cent of the global population), Islam (24.1 per cent), Hinduism (16 per cent), and Buddhism (7 per cent). If we admit “without religion” as a category, that comes in third today with 16 per cent, a shade ahead of “without religion”. 
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"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


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": "In some regions, the level and nature of persecution is arguably coming close to meeting the international definition of genocide, according to that adopted by the UN."   Africa -- now home to the greatest number of Christians in the world -- is one such region.  
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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.   Chelsea was but twenty-six, and leaves behind grieving parents, a grandma, two brothers and a sister. In her brief life she sure made a lot of friends, and they were there too.For what was Chelsea martyred? Her “crime,” moving the fanatics to murder her, was this: she was at Sunday Mass.  She was in Sri Lanka, as a representative of our Commerce Department. Foreign service was to be her career, as she had also been overseas, in Africa, in the Peace Corps.     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.   Ousmane Zongo, the mayor of Dablo, where the attack occurred, recalled the incident:   
"Towards 9:00am, during mass, armed individuals burst into the Catholic Church... They started firing as the congregation tried to flee.... They burned down the church, then shops and a small restaurant before going to the health centre where they searched the premises and set fire to the head nurse's vehicle.... The city is filled with panic. People are holed up at home. Shops and stores are closed. It's practically a ghost town." 
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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. “The cathedra [bishop’s chair] and presiders’ chairs were set on fire and are destroyed. The walls of the sanctuary are charred, and there is smoke damage. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and it went out before igniting the whole building. An investigation is underway.”     Read More Here