Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng is set to join the conservative Witherspoon Institute in New Jersey following his departure from New York University, which he says forced him to leave because of pressure from the Chinese government.
"We are taking the responsibility for the financial side and a home really where he can do his work," Witherspoon President Luis Tellez said in a phone interview, according to Reuters.
"We're not asking him to do anything specific," he added. "The main point is he's a truth teller, he tries to tell the truth as he sees it." more >>
A family of six Christians has been expelled from the southern Egyptian city of Zakaria after they were unable to afford to pay a fine imposed on them after accusations made by Muslims in the region, according to the Assyrian International News Agency.
The incident was sparked when a Muslim family accused Kirollos Sabet, a Coptic Christian, of having an illicit relationship with a Muslim woman. Those accusations caused Muslim villagers to attack and vandalize his family's furniture and household appliance store, breaking items and looting it of many of its goods, the Bishop of Minya, Anba Makarios, described in a statement.
In that incident, while security forces did eventually arrive to halt the attack, they did not prevent some Muslims from verbally threatening Christians and throwing rocks at their homes. more >>
A leading human rights activist has shared her long journey from unbelief to faith in her book Good God, Lousy World, and Me, chronicling the search for a loving God amidst cases of genocide, rape, sex trafficking and slavery, which at one point led her to call herself a "twisted, pissed-off, betrayed, former Christian."
Holly Burkhalter serves as the vice president of Government Relations & Advocacy of International Justice Mission, a human rights agency with a commitment to the teachings of Jesus Christ. She has worked for various organizations throughout her 34-year career as an activist, including Human Rights Watch and Physicians for Human Rights, and today is a respected expert on human rights who witnesses before Congress.
Her Good God, Lousy World, and Me, The Improbable Journey of a Human Rights Activist from Unbelief to Faith book explores both the cases of extreme abuse around the world and personal tragedy that led her to abandon her belief in God, as well as her continued search for answers in the face of suffering, and her eventual journey back to faith. more >>
Todd Nettleton is a spokesperson for Voice of the Matyrs, an advocacy group for persecuted Christians around the world.
Here he speaks to The Christian Post to offer an insight into the situation in Pakistan, Syria, Egypt and Iraq as well as the Middle East as a whole, and what it is like for Christians in the region.
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Renowned evangelist Billy Graham is asking Iran's president Hassan Rouhani for the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini from prison, pointing out that such an action might be perceived by U.S. leaders as a significant step in reducing tensions.
"On September 26, the one-year anniversary of Pastor Abedini's imprisonment, thousands will attend prayer vigils in more than 70 U.S. cities, calling on your country to release this husband, father and servant of God," Graham writes in a letter addressed to Rouhani and published on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website. "I join them by respectfully asking you to release Pastor Saeed Abedini from prison. Such an action would, I believe, have a positive impact in our nation, and might well be perceived by our leadership as a significant step in reducing tensions."
Abedini has been in Evin Prison in Tehran since his arrest last year, and was later sentenced to eight years in jail, supposedly for endangering national security. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) recently launched the largest campaign in its history aimed at sending thousands of letters each week to Rouhani, petitioning for the U.S. pastor. The ACLJ, which represents his wife, Naghmeh, and their two young children in the U.S., says that Iran has targeted the pastor for his Christian faith. more >>
An evangelical leader in Canada has expressed his approval of a Saskatchewan academic institute adding footbaths to a building on their campus for the benefit of Muslim students.
Recently the University of Regina added footbaths at the Riddell Centre building to have an on-campus facility for Muslims to ceremonially wash themselves before praying.
Bruce Clemenger, president of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, told The Christian Post that Regina's move was "a good example" of how to properly accommodate Muslim students. more >>