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October 2020
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Finland: Third interrogation for former interior minister

Päivi Räsänen, former minister of the interior and serving member of the Finnish Parliament, has faced her third police interrogation in recent months. The investigation against Räsänen started in June 2019, when she directed a tweet at the leadership of her church denomination and questioned its official sponsorship of the LGBT event ‘Pride 2019’.…

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October 2020
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Kazakhstan: pastors appeal to president over church land

Two pastors in Kazakhstan have appealed directly to the country’s president asking him to stop local authorities seizing the land on which their churches stand. City authorities in the capital Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana) have ordered the confiscation of the Grace Presbyterian Church building and the Agape Pentecostal Church building, which was under construction on…

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October 2020
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Lebanon: Christians offer help to Beirut explosion victims

Lebanese Christians have driven efforts to help families and communities affected by the dockyard explosion in Beirut in August. One church relief project has helped scores of needy families to receive comfort as well as clean-up and repair assistance. A team leader reported, ‘Although Beirut’s explosion was so big that it has affected hundreds…

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October 2020
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US: Court injunction against MacArthur’s church

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting Grace Community Church in Sun Valley from holding indoor services. The church, led by its pastor John Macarthur, has been holding full worship services for several weeks in defiance of lockdown rules. The court ruling said that Grace Community Church should follow…

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October 2020
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Global: Bible now in 700 languages

New translations of the Bible which have been completed this year means the Word of God is now available in 700 languages. According to Wycliffe Bible Translators, while it is not possible to say which of the translations completed this year made the milestone, the fact that 700 translations now exist is indicative of…

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September 2020
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Sudan: Christians celebrate the abolition of deadly apostacy laws

Christians are celebrating after the new Sudanese government abolished the country’s apostasy law. Until the law was removed, Muslims in Sudan could be sentenced to death for converting to Christianity. Even discussing other religions could lead to arrest. This greatly limited Christian evangelism, and Christians were routinely persecuted for their beliefs – including having…

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September 2020
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Netherlands: MP wants to allow euthanasia for healthy over-75s

A new law is being proposed in the Netherlands to legalise euthanasia for healthy people over the age of 75. The bill, proposed by Pia Dijkstra MP, would allow over-75s with no medical problems to apply for an ‘end-of-life supervisor’. In the Netherlands, euthanasia is already legal if the person is deemed to be…

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September 2020
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Chile: Covid-19 arrests of pastors ruled unconstitutional

Chilean pastors who were wrongfully arrested for holding worship services during the Covid-19 crisis have won their case setting a precedent for religious freedom. A court recently ruled that the arrest was unconstitutional and based on an illegal administrative act. They were arrested for allegedly violating Covid-19 health measures which prohibited religious activities. ADF…

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September 2020
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MacArthur faces arrest and fines for defying the lockdown

The City of Los Angeles has issued a cease-and-desist order threatening Pastor John MacArthur with a daily $1,000 fine and possible arrest for breaching the Covid-19 lockdown. MacArthur, together with his fellow pastors and elders at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Los Angeles, has decided to restart full church worship gatherings in defiance…

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August 2020
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Montenegro: Call for more religious freedom

Two British MPs, who are normally on the opposite sides of the political divide, have joined forces to call for more religious freedom in Montenegro. Tim Farron and Steve Baker have called on the UK, the EU, and NATO to apply pressure on the country’s president, Milo Djukanovic. Montenegro is a small Balkan nation…

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August 2020
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Armenia: Evangelical wins important court case

The Administrative Court in Armenia has upheld the right to freedom of religion in what advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International has called a precedent-setting case. The case centred on a decorated police officer, Edgar Karapetyan, who was dismissed from his position as a senior lieutenant in the police force in late 2018…

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August 2020
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US: University removes George Whitefield statue

The University of Pennsylvania, also known as Penn, has decided to remove a statue of the 18th century evangelical preacher George Whitefield from its campus. The university issued a statement saying, ‘The case for removing Whitefield is overwhelmingly strong. He was a well-known evangelical preacher in the mid-eighteenth century, who notably led a successful…

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