Christian History magazine, in partnership with Voice of the Martyrs-USA members, focuses on the "Modern Age of Persecution" in its newest issue. The publication cites findings by church statisticians that an estimated 70 million Christians have been killed due to their faith since the time of Jesus and that other believers were partly to blame.
Founded by the Christian History Institute, the magazine notes in its issue titled "Eyewitnesses to the Modern Age of Persecution," that among the three groups most responsible for persecution of Christians were Christians themselves. The publication references information gleaned by the late church statistician David Barrett and Todd M. Johnson of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary's Center for the Study of Global Christianity.
In addition to "atheist communist and socialist governments (and) Islamists and government sponsored sharia law," the publication adds that "Christian denominations that have attacked their own 'brethren' in disputes over conflicting doctrine" were also "responsible for persecution of Christians in modern times." more >>
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday to express disappointment in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a denomination to which he belongs, for its recent decisions to bless same-sex marriages in states where it is legal, and to divest from three American companies whose products are sold to Israel.
After noting that he is "a follower of Jesus and lifelong member" of the PCUSA denomination, he criticized the PCUSA General Assembly's recent decisions.
The decision to bless same-sex marriages "runs counter to the counsel of Scripture," he said. more >>
Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim, who was recently released from death row for being a Christian, was banned from leaving Sudan Tuesday after she was charged with fraud for trying to leave the country with documents bearing her Christian name and not the Muslim name she was assigned at birth.
According to a MailOnline report, just hours after Ibrahim was relieved of the death sentence hanging over her head, she tried leaving the country Tuesday but was arrested and charged with falsifying travel documents.
"It is understood that the authorities told her she should have used the Muslim name she had when she was born, not the Christian name she uses after choosing to worship that faith," noted MailOnline. more >>
Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian mother who had been sentenced to death in Sudan by Islamic authorities, has been re-released, according to reports on Tuesday late afternoon. Ibrahim was originally sentenced to death and ordered to be lashed for allegedly converting from Islam to Christianity, however, she was set free from prison on Monday when an appeals court overturned the original conviction. The joy of her release was short-lived, however, as she and her Christian husband were detained at an airport in Sudan less than 24 hours following her release. But another update on Tuesday has confirmed that Ibrahim has once again been released by Sudanese authorities.
Less than 24 hours after Ibrahim's lawyer, Mohaned Mustafa El-Nour, confirmed that she was free when an appeals court found the lower court's ruling faulty, he said that Ibrahim and her husband Daniel Wani were re-arrested at a Sudanese airport as they prepared to leave the country.
Ibrahim and Wani, who is an American citizen, were at Khartoum airport on Tuesday with their two children attempting to leave the country when as many as 40 security agents detained the just-freed prisoner, according to the BBC. more >>
An Egyptian court has sentenced a Christian journalist who was once Muslim to five years in prison on the allegation of "sectarian strife."
Bishoy Armia Boulous, who was formerly known as Mohammed Hegazy, was sentenced by the Criminal Court of Minya on Monday under the accusation of reporting "misinformation" on the suffering of Christians in the Middle Eastern country.
Boulous had previously made headlines across the world in 2008 when he converted from Islam to Christianity and sought to have his name and religion changed on his "national identity card," noted Ahram Online. more >>
1987: Ibrahim is born in western Sudan to an Ethiopian Orthodox mother and a Muslim Sudanese father.
1993: Ibrahim's father disappears when she is 6-years-old and her mother consequently raises her as a Christian.
2011: Sudan separates into the Republic of Sudan and South Sudan in 2011, a split which enables many Christians to flee to the newly formed country in hopes of escaping persecution. However, those who remain in Sudan are now subject to harsher rules, with reports that governing authorities are applying Sharia law to non-Muslims, who are supposed to be exempt. more >>