A Protestant Christian pastor and two laymen have been accused and charged with blasphemy in Lahore, Pakistan, allegedly for writing derogatory remarks about Islam.
"The complaint was filed by the Muslim Abid Mehmood accusing the three of having written and pronounced derogatory remarks about Islam talking about the text 'Why have we become Muslims,' written by Maulana Ameer Hamza one of the most important leaders of the Pakistani extremist organization 'Jamaat -ud- Dawah,'" Fides News Agency wrote in a report on Thursday.
The pastor, identified as Adnan Masih by Catholic World News, has been charged along with Irfan Masih, his brother, and Mushtaq Masih, the owner of the bookstore in which the alleged blasphemy took place. more >>
A new movie is in the works, based on the story of the 23 South Korean Christian missionaries who were taken hostage by the Taliban in 2007 and the ambivalence towards their plight at home.
Directed by Christian South Korean director Lee Jang-Ho, "God's Eye View," tells the story of Christian volunteers kidnapped by Muslim rebels on a missions trip. At home, the film shows the dichotomy of responses: pastors praying for the return of the Christians, while online forums lambasting them for putting themselves in harm's way in the first place and making their country lose face.
Lee saw the film as an opportunity to encourage the audience to critically think about faith and religion. more >>
A Pakistani bishop has claimed that the United State's drone strike campaign against the Taliban has inflamed the relationship between Islamists and Pakistan's Christians by drawing the minority religious community "into global politics."
Bishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi asserted that in the terrorists' perception, "The whole West — Europe or America — are all Christians."
A controversial court ruling in Malaysia has decided that a Christian newspaper is not allowed to use the word "Allah" to refer to God, a move which has been met by strong criticism from Christians.
"The usage of the word 'Allah' is not an integral part of the faith in Christianity," chief judge Mohamed Apandi Ali ruled on Monday, The Guardian reported. "The usage of the word will cause confusion in the community."
Christians in Malaysia, who according to the CIA Factbook make up only 9 percent of the population, have historically used the word "Allah" to refer to God, as has the Malay language version of the newspaper the Herald, but many Muslims, who make up 60 percent of the country, have protested to such usage in publications. more >>
More than 3,000 Christian believers are participating in an ongoing conference, Empowered21, in Kyoto, Japan, for worship, prayer and teaching. Organizers say it is one of the largest of such gatherings the nation has seen in its history.
The four-day Empowered21 All Japan Conference, which concludes Monday, has "Spirit empowered" believers of all ages from across Japan, Asia and the world at the Kyoto International Convention Center.
"As one of the largest gatherings of Christians in Japan, this is a historic meeting for the Spirit empowered believers in the nation," said William M. Wilson, Empowered21 global chairman, in a statement. more >>
The mother of Kenneth Bae, an imprisoned U.S. Christian sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government, is in Pyongyang to visit her son, whose health is failing and who has lost a lot of weight.
"I'm very excited but at the same I am also anxious. I don't know what to expect when I meet my son," says Bae's mother, Myunghee of Lynnwood, Wash., in a video statement.
Myunghee arrived Pyongyang last Thursday, and plans to stay there for five days. In the video, she expresses gratitude for the chance to visit her son. more >>