Persecuted Christians in India have been given hope for justice concerning the 2008 massacre in Orissa, where close to 100 Christians were killed in a riot, after the government revealed earlier this month that it will reopen 315 cases of violence.
Fides News Agency reported on Thursday that the Supreme Court of India has ordered the government of Orissa state to review all cases that were reported to the police at the time, but were not adequately investigated.
The violence on Aug. 25, 2008, against Christians in Kandhamal sparked by Hindu radicals who accused Christians of converting other Hindus to their religion, led to the destruction of 5,600 homes, along with 300 churches and other places of worship. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice and other groups are calling on Christians to raise up their voices to support Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five whose death sentence appeal will be heard by Pakistan's Supreme Court in October.
Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 on allegations of blasphemy after two co-workers accused her of insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court set a date in October for her final appeal hearing to determine whether she will be executed or not.
The ACLJ is urging Christians to sign a petition, which has over 417,000 signatures as of Thursday morning, describing Bibi's case as the "ultimate human rights violation," and calls for her release. more >>
Conservative author and radio personality Glenn Beck will speak at the multi-day American Gospel Celebration headed by Pastor John Hagee in Louisville, Kentucky, next month.
Beck's involvement in the three-day event was announced on Monday, with Hagee commending Beck for his widely syndicated social commentary.
"Beck stands on the front lines of key issues facing America today and speaks boldly about the value of faith and freedom," said Hagee, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. "I can think of no one more fitting to join us as we celebrate these two foundational pillars of our nation at the American Gospel Celebration and as we honor those who have sacrificed for us." more >>
Update: Aug. 26 1:40 p.m. ET: "Christian Solidarity Worldwide is aware of commentary regarding our report on the situation of the Assemblies of God denomination in Cuba. Our information has been verified and we stand by our report that 1,400 AoG churches were earmarked for confiscation in 2015, 100 of which are under threat of demolition; and that the process of confiscating these churches' properties has continued, although none have yet been seized by the government. CSW stands with all religious groups in Cuba who are facing freedom of religion or belief violations."
The Assemblies of God World Missions says reports that close to 1,400 of its churches in Cuba are being seized by the government are not true.
"We're grateful for the concern expressed by some of our ministers who have contacted our national offices about this inaccurate story," said AG General Superintendent George O. Wood in a statement. more >>
A mob of radical Muslims vandalized multiple churches in northern Nigeria and beat a Christian student nearly to death after he was accused of insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
International Christian Concern reports that the attacks revolved around an argument at Abdu Gusau Polytechnic in Talata-Mafara, Zamfara State, between a Christian and a Muslim student on Sunday.
The Christian was accused of blasphemy by other Nigerian students and was severely beaten by the angry mob. His life was saved by a fellow Christian and a compassionate Muslim who helped carry the victim to the hospital. more >>
Update: Aug. 26, 8 p.m. ET: Tony Perkins announced Friday that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's $100,000 donation for relief efforts in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was received by the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, which is serving as a hub for distributing supplies and hot meals.
Perkins said: "All funds that are marked for disaster relief are being placed in an account separate from GSBC's general fund and will be used only for expenses related to GSBC's disaster related efforts and restoration. For example, these funds may be used to purchase relief-related supplies, material and services. The funds will not be used for normal church expenses, nor will the funds be used for cash grants to individuals. Any funds not used in this initial relief phase will be used for subsequent efforts to support and/or directly restore and rebuild homes and church facilities impacted by the flood."
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has donated $100,000 to a Southern Baptist church in Louisiana that is being pastored by social conservative activist Tony Perkins, and has been instrumental in providing relief for those affected by the torrential flooding. more >>