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August 2018
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Persecution: USA – Facebook ban for professor

An American professor and author was banned from posting or commenting on Facebook for 24 hours, after he responded to a post by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). The post, which showed a group of primary-aged children being taught to celebrate Gay Pride, also explained how Hollywood A-lister Jodie Foster had helped the presenter, Jessi Cruickshank, question her sexuality as a child. However, in June, Robert A. J. Gagnon, author of The Bible and homosexual practice: texts and hermeneutics, gave a strongly worded opinion as to the underlying motives of the CBC, and expressed his dismay at young children being talked to about sexuality. This led...

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August 2018
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Persecution: USA – US artists forced to make gay invites

Two Christian business owners have been told by a US court they must use their artistic talents to create invitations for a gay wedding. The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled against graphic designers Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, who run a stationery company that makes invitations for weddings and other events. The two owners of Brush & Nib Studio have been accused of violating city non-discrimination laws in Phoenix, because they refuse to create invitations for same-sex weddings. In 2017, the graphic designers launched a pre-enforcement challenge against the laws last year, after being threatened with a $2,500 (£1,890) fine and possible imprisonment. Their challenge...

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August 2018
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Growing threat to Christians across Africa

Christians in Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Mali are suffering increased attacks from Fulani Islamists, amidst global concerns over Islamist consolidation in northern Africa. Violence has escalated across those parts of Africa where Christians have contact with Fulani herdsmen. The Fulani are Muslim and, though living alongside Christians for years, hardcore Islamist teachings have led to an escalation in terrorism and deadly attacks by their extremists against Christian-background farming communities. The religious differences have exacerbated long-standing tensions between the nomadic herdsmen and farmers. In June this year, a cycle of attacks and counter-attacks in the middle belt of Nigeria saw 215 lives claimed on both sides,...

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August 2018
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Persecution: UK – Pastor Song update

The governor of a different prison has been asked to investigate the case of Pastor Song, the former Brixton prison chaplain who claims he was ousted according to a hard-line Islamist agenda. Evangelical Times has previously reported that, in August 2017, he was expelled from the prison by a new senior chaplain who is a Muslim. This is despite an unblemished record of volunteering at the prison, without any complaints, and despite testimonials from other staff and inmates who have been helped by Pastor Song. Other individuals and groups have come forward fearfully, under request for anonymity, claiming they too have been pushed out by...

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July 2018
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Persecution: Myanmar – Kachin Christians escape

Two thousand Kachin Christians, who were trapped in the jungle in northern Myanmar following attacks by the Myanmar (Burmese) army in April, have now reached safety, travelling on foot and by elephant. Barnabas Fund reports that although they are now free and safe, many are still in desperate need and thousands have taken shelter in churches. There is also the threat of further attacks by the military. Contacts say: ‘Please continue to pray for the Kachin. The Burmese army have sent more troops to other Kachin areas, and we are expecting a new flood of attacks and refugees soon when the rainy season starts.’ The...

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June 2018
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US evangelical pastor stays in Turkish prison

American pastor Andrew Brunson continues to be held behind bars in Turkey following yet another postponement in the controversial trial against him. The Turkish authorities have accused Brunson of terrorism and espionage related offences, and prosecutors are seeking a 35-year prison sentence. However, his legal team says he is innocent of any wrongdoing. Brunson, aged 50, was arrested during the purges which occurred after the failed 2016 military coup. In the purges, thousands of people have been rounded up and detained with little or no evidence against them. He is the pastor of a small evangelical church in the Turkish city of Izmir. The case has...

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May 2018
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Persecution: Sudan – Sudanese pastor murdered

Masked attackers in Western Sudan murdered a church pastor in Darfur, along with his wife and two daughters in March. According to reports from Barnabas Fund, the attackers broke into his house early in the morning, gathered the family in the living room and asked Pastor Stephen to explain why he had not responded to their warnings to stop preaching. In response, Pastor Stephen started telling them about Jesus. Barnabas Fund’s contact writes, ‘They became furious and started to kick him and beat him up seriously’. According to the reports, the attackers then tried to force the pastor to violate his daughters, Rachel and Priscilla....

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May 2018
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Persecution: China – Chinese church crackdown

China has increased its pressure on Christians in China, especially in the central Henan province, where public security bureaus and religious affairs commissions have been targeting house churches. According to reports from US organisation China Aid, a new initiative in Nanyang, Henan, explicitly forbids any kind of religious gatherings in people’s homes. Anyone caught attending or hosting meetings outside of a registered religious venue will be subject to a fine of 30,000 yuan (£3,378). All Christians in the area are ordered to join an officially registered church. Under China’s current religious policy, only Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, state-recognised Protestant Christianity and Catholicism are legal for citizens...

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May 2018
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Persecution: UK – Another wrongful arrest

Canadian preacher Pastor David Lynn has been released by the police without charge after being falsely accused of hate speech. Mr Lynn, a leader of a church in Toronto, had been arrested and held for more than 20 hours at Fresh Wharf Custody Base in Barking, London, after preaching the gospel outside Barking tube station. He had been questioned under caution after being falsely accused of calling a homosexual lady in the crowd ‘perverse’ and ‘sinful’. He denied this, and video footage captured of the preaching does not substantiate her complaint. Instead, it shows groups of supporters cheering, chanting ‘Jesus’ and supporting David throughout his...

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May 2018
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Carcassonne terrorist attack: a Christian response

Terrorism has hit again! Since Friday 23rd March, France has been in shock. The attack in Carcassonne and Trèbes left four people dead and many injured physically and psychologically. The French are sad, angry and indignant. As Christians, how should we react? What thoughts should guide us?  Today we want to weep with those who weep (Rom 12.15). We want to pray for those who suffer the loss of a loved one. We want to pray for them to find their consolation in God.  “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all”(Romans 12:17). While...

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April 2018
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Persecution: UK – Religious freedom in Britain

Christian advocacy organisation Barnabas Fund has called on Christians to sign a petition to encourage the government to implement a new law to protect religious freedom. Following on from its stated plan to promote freedom of religion and belief, as reported in previous editions of Evangelical Times, Barnabas Fund has warned that ‘intolerance, complacency and uniformity are slowly eroding’ the freedoms Britain has cherished for so long. In a statement, Barnabas Fund commented: ‘It’s easy to sit back and ignore the damage because, like erosion, it’s not always immediately visible on the surface. But look a little closer and you can begin to see the...

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April 2018
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Persecution: UK – Brixton Prison row deepens

The controversy surrounding the sacking of Pastor Paul Song as a chaplain has deepened after it has been revealed many Christian groups have been banned from the prison since the arrival of the new Imam. Earlier this year, Evangelical Times reported how Christian Concern (CC) was supporting Paul Song, who was told he was not allowed on the prison wings after allegedly accusing a Muslim inmate of being a terrorist. Pastor Song, who has been helping at Brixton for 19 years, has categorically denied he ever used those words or made any such comment to a prisoner. He is being supported by Christian Concern, led...

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