The American Center for Law and Justice, the law group that raised awareness and started petitions signed by millions calling for the freedom of Pastor Saeed Abedini, says it's grateful that he's finally been released, and urged the focus to move on to the many other persecuted Christians around the world.
"From our involvement in Pastor Saeed's case more than three years ago, our goal was two-fold: keep Pastor Saeed alive in one of the world's most dangerous prisons — and work to secure his release. To accomplish that, we implemented a three-point strategy," ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow said in a statement to The Christian Post on Monday.
"First, we wanted to get the State Department engaged. Secondly, we knew that we had to work with the international community as well. And, finally, here at home, we knew that it was vital to get members of Congress involved in the fight to free Pastor Saeed," Sekulow explained. more >>
An American missionary was among the dozens of civilians killed during an al Qaeda attack in the African nation of Burkina Faso over the weekend.
Michael Riddering, who was one of the 28 people killed by al Qaeda-linked militants in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou Friday night, was a father of four and director of an orphanage and women's crisis center in the town of Yako, his mother-in-law, Carol Boyle, told The Associated Press.
Riddering, who traveled to the African nation in 2011 along with his wife, Amy Boyle-Riddering, was in the capital city on Friday night to meet a group of people who were planning to volunteer at the orphanage and crisis center that he and his wife run. more >>
Republican presidential candidate's Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio celebrated the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini and three other Americans by Iran, but questioned the wisdom of the prisoner swap that brought them home.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz praised God for the release of Iranian American Pastor Saeed Abedini while arguing President Obama's prisoner swap amounted to "negotiating with terrorists." Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also blasted Obama saying he "put a price on the head" of U.S. citizens.
A church in Jerusalem has been vandalized on Sunday morning with hateful anti-Christian graffiti by suspected Jewish extremists.
Sunday's incident marked the second time that alleged Jewish extremists desecrated the Dormition Abbey compound of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, which is near Zion Gate. Red ink was used to write hateful messages such as "Christians to Hell," "May his name be obliterated," "Death to the heathen Christians the enemies of Israel," and a Star of David on one of the walls in the compound, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said they already deployed forensics investigators to take a look at the graffiti. In addition, they also began investigating the hate crime, the report details. more >>
Another Pakistani Christian immigrant has died amidst the brutal conditions of a Thailand immigration detention center after guards refused to dispense medication to him.
The British Pakistani Christian Association reported this week that 53-year-old Pervaiz Ghouri Masih died while being detained at an immigration center in Bangkok, Thailand.
According to the association, Masih suffered from a heart condition and a tumor as authorities ignored his requests for medication and basic amenities, such as a chair to sit on. more >>
The brother of a Pakistani Christian politician who was murdered five years ago is now continuing the fight against the country's blasphemy law.
On Mar. 2, 2011, Pakistan's minister of minority affairs Shahbaz Bhatti was gunned down by an extremist group after being accused of blasphemy. He was the country's first Christian Cabinet member, according to Crux.
Paul Bhatti used to work as a surgeon in Europe and in Pakistan, but his brother's death became a catalyst for a big change in his life. While he originally had no plans to follow his brother's footsteps in the political world, he later became the nation's minister for national harmony and minority affairs, the report details. more >>