Britain's Prince Charles has warned that Christianity might be entirely erased from the land of its birth in the Middle East within five years.
"Their suffering is symptomatic of a very real crisis which threatens the very existence of Christianity in the land of its birth," Charles said at the Archbishop House in central London, reported the Express on Thursday.
"In fact according to Aid to the Church in Need, which is a truly remarkable organization, Christianity is on course to disappear from Iraq within five years unless emergency help is provided on a greatly increased scale at an international level," the Prince of Wales said. more >>
A Christian convert in England who has endured years of persecution and was hospitalized last month after being beaten by angry Muslims for converting from Islam, says he has forgiven his attackers.
Nissar Hussain, a 50-year-old who lives in Bradford, England, was attacked on Nov. 17 outside of his home by three Muslim men for apostasy, according to the British Pakistani Christian Association. Hussain had converted to Christianity in 1996, a decision that has resulted in severe persecution for him ever since.
While one assailant waited in the car, BPCA reported, two of the Muslim men attacked Hussain and beat him with punches, kicks and a cricket bat. The assault ended when a passerby noticed the altercation and chased after the attackers. more >>
WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and prominent human rights activists gathered on Capitol Hill Wednesday to explain why it is imperative for the U.S. government to label the barbaric treatment of Christians and religious minorities by the Islamic State as "genocide."
After it was reported last month that the Obama administration failed to recognize the plight of Christians in its move to call IS' attacks against Yazidis an act of "genocide," the advocacy group In Defense of Christians felt the need to hold an panel discussion explaining why a "genocide" designation is so crucial in helping save Christians and many others from IS.
A resolution was introduced in September by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., calling for the federal government to designate IS' treatment of Christians and other religious minorities as genocide and has been co-sponsored by over 160 House members, but Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., told the panel that more bipartisan support is needed to support the resolution. more >>
Thousands of poor Christian families living in slums on government-owned land in Islamabad, Pakistan, are facing the possibility of being evicted for "threatening the Muslim majority" with their rising numbers.
The Capital Development Authority, which represents the city's mayor and government, recently issued an order to destroy suburbs of Islamabad occupied by shacks, where thousands of displaced Christian families live.
The American Center for Law and Justice Senior Litigation Counsel Shaheryar Gill, who oversees an affiliate office in Pakistan, told The Christian Post on Wednesday that while it does not appear that the CDA will only be targeting Christians, most of the slums are indeed occupied by Christian families. more >>
Fresh off the successful evacuation of 149 Iraqi Christian refugees to Slovakia last week, faith leader Johnnie Moore addressed Saddleback Church Sunday with a message that put the enormity of the Middle East refugee crisis into perspective for American churches, and explained the extent to which terrorists have destroyed the cradle of Christianity.
"The world we're living in is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since WWII," Moore told the congregation of Saddleback Church. "Sixty million refugees are displaced people in our world right now — 12 million alone affected by the Syrian crisis."
Moore explained that, unlike refugees of other countries, Syrian refugees had a lot in common with Americans. "Syria was not unlike our own country. It was a middle class country. … These people were like us, they weren't poor people. … They were middle class people, they were people like you and I. … Their kids were in college, they had cars ... they had two-story houses, they had regular, every day normal lives like we have." more >>
A persecution watchdog group has started a petition for hundreds of Christian families from over 50 villages in India who have been banned from practicing their faith, and pressured to reconvert to Hinduism.
"Today, we are joining our voice with our Indian brothers and sisters in Christ to call on the Prime Minister of India to specifically address the banning of Christianity. We believe in a society which touts religious tolerance and freedom. No one should be banned from practicing their faith freely. Sign our petition and let Christians in India know they are not alone in this fight," International Christian Concern said in a statement, providing a link to the petition.
Although India's constitution guarantees religious freedom, reports have stated that local authorities in over 50 villages in the Bastar District of Chhattisgarh State have targeted Christians in the region by passing a controversial proclamation that bans the open practice of Christianity. more >>