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September 2019
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Netherlands: Protest against PedoPride gains traction

Paedophile activists attempted to hijack the LGBT Pride Week celebration in Amsterdam, under the banner #PedoPride, reports have claimed. The activists stated they want to achieve acceptance for ‘alternative forms’ such as this vile practice by joining the LGBT movement, despite strong protests from all sides against allowing the group to take part. During…

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September 2019
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Israel: Archaeologists discover King David’s city of refuge

Archaeologists in Israel believe they have unearthed the 12th century BC biblical city of Ziklag. In the book of 1 Samuel, David flees from King Saul and settles in the Philistine town of Ziklag until Saul’s death. The site was found 43 miles from Jerusalem, near the modern city of Kiryat Gat. While other…

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September 2019
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Indonesia: Churches face closure

Two new churches in Java are facing the threat of closure in a rising tide of persecution in Indonesia. The Family of God Church in West Jakarta received its official permit earlier this year, but has yet to meet because of local protests. Pastor Timotheus said the church has received threats from Islamic Defenders…

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September 2019
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Nigeria: Imam given award for saving nearly 300 Christians

An elderly Imam who saved the lives of hundreds of Christians fleeing a murderous attack by Muslim Fulani militants in Nigeria, has received an award recognising his courage. The 83-year-old man, called Abubakar Abdullahi, was given the US International Religious Freedom Award for selflessly risking his own life. On 23 June 2018 militants attacked…

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September 2019
News > International > Religious liberty

Christians hit as government restrictions on religion rise

Christians are being harassed in 143 countries worldwide as governmental restrictions on religion increase, according to a major report released recently. A squeeze on religion is happening not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe’s democracies, according to the findings. The Pew Research Center, which released its 10th annual Report on…

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September 2019
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Presbyterian Church in America affirms Nashville Statement on sexuality

Throughout the years, the church has faced various trials and has had to make her stand, often due to theological or ecclesiastical issues. This year, the 47th General Assembly (GA) of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) met in Dallas, Texas and debated long and hard over how to deal with the cultural issues…

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August 2019
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US pastor prays for President Trump, but some church members are ‘hurt’

On June 2, David Platt, the pastor of a megachurch in the metro DC area had a rare opportunity when President Trump decided to drop by his church unexpectedly during a worship service. Platt is a well-known face in the metro DC area and is one of the youngest pastors of any megachurch in…

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August 2019
News > International > Persecution

China: Pastor’s wife freed from jail

A reformed presbyterian church in China celebrated the release of Jiang Rong, wife of Pastor Wang Yi, in June, although the church has claimed that state persecution of its members is still continuing. In a statement from Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), Jiang Rong and another female church member, Li Xiaofeng, were finally freed…

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August 2019
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Australia: Israel Folau case looks set for court

The case involving Christian Australian rugby superstar, Israel Folau, looks set to end up in federal court after all sides failed to reach a settlement. Folau had his professional rugby contracts terminated after he published social media postings urging people to repent from their sins, including homosexuality. His employer, Rugby Australia, said the postings…

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August 2019
News > International > Religious liberty

Poland: Freedom of conscience ruling

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal has confirmed that businesses have the right to offer services in line with their religious or other convictions. In a landmark decision, which exonerated a Polish printer who did not want to print material that promoted an event with which his religious beliefs were at odds, the Tribunal has set an…

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August 2019
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France: Court allows death of quadriplegic man

French officials have ruled that a paralysed man can have his life support turned off, allowing him to die. At the end of June, the Court of Cassation, the highest court in the land, gave a final ruling that doctors can stop feeding 43-year-old Vincent Lambert. The man, who is quadriplegic, has been in…

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July 2019
News > International > Persecution

Global: religious persecution on the rise, reports claim

Global persecution of Christians and people from other minority religions is at its highest level for years, two major reports have found. The 234-page annual report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) cited appalling religious and human rights abuses in countries such as China, Pakistan, North Korea and Burma (Myanmar). It…

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