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Danish plan to monitor sermons

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March 2021
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Danish plan to monitor sermons

Concerns have been raised over new laws being proposed in Denmark to monitor all foreign language sermons. Under the draft legislation, all sermons in languages other than Danish will have to be translated and submitted to the authorities for inspection. The Danish government says it wants to curb Islamic extremism, but a number of…

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March 2021
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Cayman Islands: British barrister under fire for defending government over gay marriage

A leading female barrister, Dinah Rose QC, has come under fire for defending the government of the Cayman Islands in a case over same-sex marriage. Rose, who is also president of Magdalen College, Oxford, has been subjected to concerted abuse on and off social media from activists who are putting pressure on her to…

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March 2021
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Myanmar: Concerns for Christians following military coup

Thousands of Karen Christian villagers have been forced to flee military bombardment in Myanmar ahead of the coup which took place in February. Increased military action over January escalated into a full coup on February 1, when the Myanmar leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was ousted from power. The Free Burma Rangers (FBR), a…

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March 2021
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US: Twitter bans Christian magazine over factual transgender comment

A Christian magazine in America was temporarily suspended by Twitter because of a tweet about President Joe Biden’s nomination of a transgender person for a federal position. The president has nominated Dr Rachel Levine for Assistant Secretary for Health. If appointed, Dr Levine will be America’s first openly transgender federal official. On 19 January, The…

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March 2021
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Israel: Researchers find royal purple fabric from the days of David and Solomon

Purple-dyed fabric dating back to the days of Kings David and Solomon has been discovered in Israel for the first time, according to archaeologists. Radiocarbon dating confirmed the samples date from approximately 1000 BC, corresponding to the monarchies of David and Solomon in Jerusalem. ‘Royal’ or ‘Tyrian’ purple dye, which is believed to have…

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March 2021
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Turkey: Pastor says he was banned because he was ‘too evangelistic’

A pastor who was kicked out of Turkey and banned from ever re-entering the country says he was targeted because he is too evangelistic. David Byle had been living in Turkey for 19 years and had been arrested multiple times for evangelising on the streets of Istanbul. He was forced to leave Turkey and…

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March 2021
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Malaysia: Wife of missing pastor has faith and hopes for his return

The wife of a pastor abducted in Malaysia four years ago has spoken of her faith and her hope that he will be returned. Raymond Koh went missing on 13 February 2017 on his way to a friend’s house, with CCTV believed to have recorded the moment of his abduction The footage shows a…

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February 2021
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India: Christians celebrate return to their homes

Christian villagers in Chhattisgarh, India, have celebrated being able to go home after months of enforced exile. In September 2020, the group of 16 families had to flee their homes after a series of physical attacks, with local women reporting that a violent mob of 500 turned up at their doors, beating them and…

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February 2021
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Austria: Court calls for legalisation of assisted dying

Austria has become the latest country where lawmakers have called for assisted suicide to become legal. In December, the Vienna Constitutional Court ruled that the country was violating fundamental rights in keeping assisted suicide illegal and ordered the government to lift the ban in 2021. The decision came as a result of a class…

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February 2021
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US: Chinese exiled pastor hounded out of his home

Bob Fu, a renowned campaigner for Christian freedom in China, has received death threats and been hounded out of his home in Texas, USA. According to China Aid, Mr Fu and his family had been ‘traumatised’ by bomb threats and protests, which continued for weeks outside his home. He has promised to continue with…

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February 2021
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Release International reports on persecution trends for the next year

Release International has published a report looking ahead to persecution trends in 2021. The report highlights the countries where Christians are likely to face the most hostility. In Africa, the organisation highlights the nations of Nigeria, Kenya, and Eritrea. The report says, ‘Some 300 evangelical Christians remain detained without trial inside repressive Eritrea where…

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February 2021
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Australia: Churches could be banned from teaching biblical sexual ethics

The Australian state of Victoria is seeking to ban churches from teaching worshippers to follow the Bible’s teaching on sexual ethics. Under the proposals, a religious leader could be sent to prison for encouraging someone with feelings of same-sex attraction to ‘live a celibate life’. Neil Foster, an Australian Associate Professor of Law, has…

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