A Christian convert who refused to stop worshiping Jesus Christ was kidnapped, tortured and left for dead by a group of Hindu radicals in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a Christian persecution monitor has reported.
Hindu extremists in the the area of Tewardih, Varanasi kidnapped the 30-year-old Christian convert named Joginder Gold after frequently demanding that he and his family stop worshiping Christ.
Zhang Chongzhu, the pastor of the state-run Pyongyang Three-Self Patriotic Movement Church in Zhejiang province, China, was released on Monday after eight months in prison for protesting against the government's forced demolition of Christian crosses and churches.
China Aid reported that Zhang has frequently spoken out against the ongoing persecution of Christians in the country, with hundreds of rooftop crosses and churches being taken down by bulldozing crews at the orders of Communist Party officials. The government has argued that it is targeting places that violate its building codes, deeming rooftop crosses unsafe.
Zhang was reportedly taken into custody on Sept. 8, 2015, and charged with "stealing, spying, buying, or illegally providing state secrets or intelligence to entities outside China," which is a common accusation against those who challenge the Communist regime. more >>
A 7-year-old child was executed by the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria last week on the grounds that he violated the group's strict version of Islamic law by "insulting divinity."
According to the Kurdistan-based ARA News agency, eyewitnesses and rights activists said the barbaric militant group IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) killed a young boy named Muaz Hassan last Thursday in the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa after he was accused of "cursing divinity."
Hassan was publicly executed in Raqqa's Naeem Square, where a member of IS' Shariah court read the charges against Hasan and explained the reason why the group was executing such a young boy. According to the witnesses, the Shariah court ruled that the boy was convicted of "infidelity." more >>
North Korea's Communist regime denies it had any involvement in the recent death of a pastor who assisted defectors in China.
Voice of the Martyr's Korea co-founder Pastor Eric Foley reported that the body of Pastor Choong Ryul Han of the Changbai Church in Jilin province was discovered last Saturday with fatal stab wounds.
He wrote that witnesses said the pastor suffered an axe blow to the head and multiple stab wounds to his stomach. more >>
A Protestant church in Jabat, in Madhya Pradesh India, was attacked by a mob of 500 Hindu extremists who threw stones at Christians and damaged the church's entrance over an allegedly torn nationalist flag.
AsiaNews reported on Thursday that the radicals were apparently incensed when they discovered that saffron-colored flags, the symbol color of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, placed outside the church had been torn.
The activists reacted by throwing stones at believers at the church, with Meena Chauhan, superintendent of Alirajpur district police, claiming that authorities immediately registered the complaint and sent in a patrol to start making arrests. more >>
United States ally and NATO member Turkey is aiding and embedding the Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Syria that kill Christians by providing aerial cover and "safe haven," human rights activist and author Mindy Belz said Wednesday.
Belz, the senior editor of WORLD magazine and author of the new book, They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East, was a featured guest at the Heritage Foundation and spoke about the plight of minorities from Iraq and Syria who have been forced from their homes due to the ongoing Syrian civil conflict and the rise of IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL).
Belz traveled to the region about a year ago and talked with displaced religious minorities about their situations and experiences. more >>