Persecution Friday: Pakistan

March 11, 2011 at 9:26 am | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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Pakistan: Christian Minister Killed

A pamphlet left by Taliban forces at the scene of the crime.

Pakistan’s only Christian cabinet member, Shahbaz Bhatti, was assassinated by gunmen on March 2, 2011. Shahbaz, a member of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, ardently advocated reforming Pakistan’s blasphemy law, which is often used against Christians. He is the second politician killed for criticizing the blasphemy law and calling for the release of convicted Christian Asia Bibi. The governor of Punjab province, Salman Taseer, was killed on Jan. 4 after he publicly spoke out against the law. Several armed men opened fire on Shahbaz’s car in a residential neighborhood of Islamabad. Two of the men pulled Shahbaz’s driver out of the car while the third man repeatedly fired his Kalashnikov into the vehicle. Shahbaz was killed instantly. Pakistani television carried images of his bullet-riddled car. 

 Pamphlets attributed to Al-Qaeda and a branch of the Pakistani Taliban were distributed at the scene, warning that anyone who criticized the blasphemy law would be killed. Last November, Shahbaz joined Governor Taseer in championing the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death. Shahbaz had been receiving death threats since the governor’s murder. He said in several interviews that he was “the highest target right now,” but he vowed to continue his work and trusted his life to God, according to Compass Direct News. “I don’t believe that bodyguards can save me after the assassination [of Taseer],” he said. “I believe in the protection from heaven.”

Shahbaz was a committed Christian. In a BBC video recorded just four months ago, Shahbaz said, “I want to share that I believe in Jesus Christ, who has given his own life for us. I know what is the meaning of cross. And I am following the cross.” He joined the Pakistan People’s Party in 2002 and was appointed the Federal Minister for Minorities in 2008, the first Christian to hold the position. According to Release International’s CEO, Andy Dipper, “Shahbaz was an uncompromising supporter of minorities in Pakistan who face abuse and unfair treatment. He was fully aware of the risks in speaking out. Extremists have succeeded in destroying another good man.”

Newslinks 09/05/10

September 5, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Work of Humanitarian Agencies Praised on 5th Anniversary of Katrina
Five years after Hurricanes Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, survivors and those working on their behalf say work is far from finished.  increasing demand.

Disaffected Lutherans Constitute New Body

Presbyterian Court Rebukes Minister for Gay Weddings

D’Souza: Christians Need to Tackle Secular Culture from ‘Belly of Beast’

Beck: Most Americans Don’t Recognize Obama’s Christianity

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Persecution Fridays: Afghanistan

August 27, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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Afghanistan: Aid Workers Killed

Ten members of a Christian aid team were murdered in northern Afghanistan on Aug. 5 after spending three weeks providing medical care to villagers, according to The New York Times (NYT).

Six Americans, a Briton, a German and two Afghans were ambushed when they stopped to eat lunch in Sharrun Valley, in the Hindu Kush mountains of northern Afghanistan. The Taliban, who have claimed responsibility for the killings, have accused the team of spying and being Christian missionaries. However, local police think the team was robbed and killed by local criminals. Continue Reading Persecution Fridays: Afghanistan…

Newslinks 08/15/10

August 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Obama backs ‘gay’ group at U.N.
A homosexual activist group has side-stepped normal procedures to gain a non-government organization status at the United Nations.

GOP: Obama developing ‘backdoor amnesty plan’
The Obama administration is considering ways it could go around lawmakers to let illegal immigrants stay in the United States, according to an agency memo.

Another Democrat facing ethics charges
A second House Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, could be facing an ethics trial this fall, further complicating the midterm election outlook for the party as it battles to hold onto its majority.

Amish communities growing rapidly
A new study estimates the number of Amish in North America has doubled since 1992 and increased nearly 10 percent in the past two years alone.

Baptist World Alliance Confirms New President
Virginia native John Upton was elected Saturday to lead the Baptist World Alliance as its new president. The long-time Baptist succeeds David Coffey of the United Kingdom. Continue Reading Newslinks 08/15/10…

Newslinks 07/18/10

July 18, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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PCUSA’s ‘gay’ measures reflect ‘modern paganism’
An Orthodox Church theologian who was invited to greet the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has criticized its approval of non-celibate homosexual clergy.

Zoning restrictions limit feeding homeless
Government bodies are making it difficult for volunteers to provide for the needs of the homeless at public sites or their own facilities, such as churches.

Appeal likely in ‘lunatic’ marriage rulings
Traditional marriage proponents are hopeful an appeal will be filed on federal court rulings in Massachusetts declaring part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. An attorney with a traditional values legal firm is lambasting the court’s decision.

Transgender seeks millions for ‘distress’
A Maryland man who has made a physical change to the opposite gender has filed a lawsuit against his county for reaping “emotional distress.”

World Evangelical Alliance to Hold 2014 General Assembly in S. Korea
The World Evangelical Alliance will be holding its 2014 General Assembly in South Korea, according to an announcement Saturday. Continue Reading Newslinks 07/18/10…

Newslinks 06/27/10

June 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Sherwood’s new film focuses on fatherhood
The pastor of the church that made the hit movie Fireproof says his congregation’s next film will stress the importance of fathers in their children’s lives.

Adopted child joins Mark Hall this Father’s Day
The lead singer of the Christian band Casting Crowns says adopting a little girl from China last month has given him insight into what it means to be adopted into God’s family.

Emmy nomination for pro-life program
A pro-life TV show has received a nomination for a regional Emmy Award.

Guns in church bill headed to governor
Concealed weapons will be allowed in some Louisiana churches after all.

Reformed Bodies Sign Off on Merger
The two largest reformed church bodies officially merged on Friday to become the World Communion of Reformed Churches, representing more than 80 million Christians. Continue Reading Newslinks 06/27/10…

Newslinks 06/20/10

June 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Papers Reveal Kagan’s Thoughts on Partial-Birth Abortion, Religious Freedom
As a Clinton White House counsel, Solicitor General Elena Kagan said she felt it was best to let doctors decide when a “so-called partial-birth [abortion] procedure” was necessary.

Fla. Gov. Vetoes Pro-Life Bill

Christian Health Care Sharing Requires More Than Religion

Defending Christianity’s Place in U.S. Against ‘Anti-Faith’ Attacks

Pope Ends Year for Priests With Apology for Abuse Scandal

Salem Web Network Acquires GodTube.com, Tangle.com

Carter’s method still ineffective, says analyst
A national defense analyst and former State Department official to the Bush administration says Barack Obama is on the road to re-Carterizing America.

Homegrown terrorist threats
A homeland security expert thinks Americans should be concerned with the increase in the number of U.S. citizens being radicalized” to Islam, often with a Somali connection.

Perspective: Slouching towards jihad
Why is it that Americans suffer the foolishness of political correctness that tells us we should celebrate the growth of Islam here in America? Continue Reading Newslinks 06/20/10…

Newslinks 05/09/10

May 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Ex-Muslim: Obama’s Soft Strategy Hurting Oppressed Christians
President Obama is hurting persecuted Christians worldwide by failing to speak up for them, says a well-known convert who lives under police protection in Europe.

Bombers Target Iraqi Christian Students, Injure Dozens

WARC Condemns Growing Anti-Christian Violence in India

Ariz. Gov. Modifies Immigration Law after Criticism

Christian Archaeologist Casts Further Doubt on Ark ‘Discovery’

James Dobson to Return with Same Bold Approach

Americans Sick and Tired of Motorized Transportation, Transportation Secretary Says
(CNSNews.com)
– “People are sick of being stuck in traffic, stuck in their automobiles, and we want to help communities and neighborhoods that want more walking paths or biking paths — more transit,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told CNSNews.com.

Authorities Cautious About Linking Terror Groups to Failed Times Square Car Bombing
(CNSNews.com)
– As investigations continue into Saturday’s failed car bombing in Times Square, a claim of responsibility linking the incident to the recent killing of two terrorist leaders in Iraq is just one of a range of possible motives radicals could have for the high profile choice of target. Police were trying to track down a man, described as white and in his 40s, caught on video behaving furtively not far from the SUV.

U.S. Fails to Stick Up for Victims of Religious Violence in Nigeria and Elsewhere, Commission Finds
(CNSNews.com)
– The Obama administration is failing to talk about — and stick up for — religious freedom around the world, according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “Presidential references to religious freedom have become rare, often replaced at most with references to freedom of worship,” said USCIRF Chairman Leonard Leo, announcing the release of the 2010 commission report. “The same holds true for many of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speeches.”

Attack Highlights Unrelenting Plight of Iraq’s Christians
(CNSNews.com)
– Iraq’s embattled Christian minority came under attack again on Sunday, when a double bombing near the northern city of Mosul targeted a convoy of buses carrying Christian students, injuring scores of them. The attack occurred near a checkpoint manned by U.S. and Iraqi soldiers as well as troops from the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdish region. More than a dozen Christians in Iraq have died violently since the beginning of 2010, the National Council of Churches in the U.S. said in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week.

FEMA Yet to Be Deployed to Gulf Region as Oil Washes Ashore, Florida Declares Emergency
(CNSNews.com)
– While other agencies flood into Florida and Louisiana, the federal government’s emergency management entity — as of Friday — had not yet taken the lead on the Gulf Coast, where a large and continuing oil spill threatens hundreds of miles of fragile shoreline. Continue Reading Newslinks 05/09/10…

Sunday’s Newslinks 01/24/10

January 24, 2010 at 9:36 am | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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4 More Malaysian Churches Attacked; 1 Vandalized
Three more churches in Malaysia were targets of arson Sunday and another was vandalized in the latest wave of attacks on the country’s Christian minority.

 

Ugandan Lawmaker Refuses to Withdraw Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Aid Groups Urge Int’l Community to Help Sudan Keep the Peace

Prison Fellowship: High Rape Rate of Juveniles Unacceptable

Anglican Leader Calls for ‘Tougher Church’

Southern Baptist President’s Surgery Went ‘Great,’ Says Family

Tens of Thousands Sign Petition Urging Holder to Move KSM Trial from New York
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– More than 60,000 people, including members of Congress and three former presidential candidates, have signed a petition calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to move the trial of Khalid Shiekh Mohammed (or KSM) from New York City to a military tribunal.
Continue Reading Sunday’s Newslinks 01/24/10…

Newslinks – 08/15/09

August 15, 2009 at 9:13 am | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Palin calls Obamacare evil
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called President Barack Obama’s health plan “downright evil” Friday in her first online comments since leaving office, saying in a Facebook posting that he would create a “death panel” that would deny care to the neediest Americans.

Christian attorneys defend public prayer
An atheist organization is yet again opposing the practice of opening public meetings with prayer.

New ENDA bill ‘turns private sin into a public right’
Conservative Christian leader Robert Knight says a Senate bill that would ban job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity “turns private sin into a public right.”

Who’s behind the Internet Snitch Brigade?
If the White House is looking for “fishy” information in the healthcare debate, they could start by checking into President Obama’s own healthcare overlord.

Perspective: Seeking more than financial freedom
Why did we Hispanics come to the United States? For one thing, to experience freedom — something that is threatened by current Capitol Hill goings-on. Continue Reading Newslinks – 08/15/09…

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