A mob of around 20 Hindu radicals reportedly attacked a Christian preacher and his daughter in Northern India. The Pastor, referred to as Raju was trained by Michagan based Mission India. He was at home worshipping with others when a mob of about 20 Hindus broke in, ransacked his home with clubs and other weapons, before turning their brutality on Raju and his daughter. Raju, along with his wife were then taken to a nearby Hindu temple and forced to worship the idols of the temple. Mission India reports the rapid spread of persecution in India and has called on Christians to pray.
A 14 year old Pakistani girl, hunted and shot by the Taliban is being deemed a hero for her Human Rights efforts, as she fights for her life in hospital. Reza Sayah reports on her attack…..
Pew Research has put out an alarming study showing how religious freedom is being stifled globally. The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life found that restrictions on religion has increased to a surprising 75 percent: that's three-quarters of the world population. Most restrictions were government or socially induced. For example blasphemy laws and laws against proselytizing fell under government; while ostracism, mob action or community based action were social. The Middle East and North Africa had by far the world's highest levels of social hostilities involving religion as well as government restrictions on religious beliefs and practices.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called an early general election in Israel.
It follows his failure to win coalition support for his budget.
The next Israeli election was not due until october of next year----
But now the prime minister says it should be held "as soon as possible."
America is one of the fastest-growing mission fields in the world. That word comes from the most recent issue of Unfinished magazine, published by the Mission Society. Its fall edition focuses on increasing diversity throughout the U.S., and how Christians can engage in cross-cultural ministry without leaving their city. The publication also warns: if Christians are not careful they will miss opportunities to reach their "least reached neighbors." According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau released earlier this year: as of July 2010, foreign born people make up 13 percent of the total population. That's almost 40 million.
Community leaders in the UK are raising concerns over the increase of harassment of youths by their peers over their stance against same-sex marriage. According to John Deighan-- the Roman Catholic Church's parliamentary officer in Scotland -- children as young as 12 who do not endorse homosexuality or same-sex marriage are being labelled as "Nazis" and "bigots". Deighan says his own 12 year old has faced hostility. He made his comments during a meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels which was focused on the wider issue of the treatment of churchgoers in Europe.