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WORLD WATCH~NEWS IN THE YEAR OF 2011~DCM~
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WORLD WATCH
~NEWS ABOUT CHRISTIANS~
 

4 years ago
Remember the prisoners as if chained with them; Hebrews 13:3
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March 24th, 2011

Dear Donna,

"We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 1:3

"Yes, We Are Free Now" Story of Hope in the Libyan Desert
In the midst of the chaos in Libya, a secret believer shares his experience of God's protection and presence with him as he travels across the Libyan desert toward freedom.
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4 years ago

Dear Donna,

A unanimous vote by the U.N. Human Rights Council has changed the language traditionally used by the group when speaking about religion. The new nonbinding resolution replaces condemnation of religious "defamation" to wording that supports an individual's right to freedom of belief.

 

Previous resolutions backed largely by Muslim countries sought to criminalize any criticism of religion that believers found offensive.

 

According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, the new resolution "properly focuses on protecting individuals from discrimination or violence, instead of protecting religions from criticism."

 

The WCICC has taken an active role in the United Nations since 1996. Over the years, many people have voiced concern about the United Nations and our relationship with the UN.

 

This decision by the Human Rights Council is extremely pro-religion and favors Christianity in its simplest interpretation. The United Nations is standing for the rights of Christians to practice according to the Bible and their personal beliefs in direct opposition to Muslim lobbying seeking eradication of Christianity by national governments.

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SENATE CONFIRMATION HEARING FOR INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AMBASSADORThe U.S. Senate held a confirmation hearing on Tuesday for Dr. Suzan D. Johnson Cook, President Obama’s nominee for the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. Dr. Cook was originally nominated last June, after Open Doors and other groups had urged the Obama Administration to demonstrate its commitment to religious freedom by prioritizing the nomination of a qualified Ambassador to support religious freedom around the world. Over 10,000 Open Doors supporters signed a petition asking President Obama to make a qualified nomination. After unsuccessfully nominating Dr. Cook last year, President Obama re-nominated her, and it remains to be seen whether the Senate will confirm her. 
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Dear Donna,

Christians in Pakistan are in great fear of increased persecution since the recent assassinations of Salmaan Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti. These two men were the greatest friends of religious minorities in Pakistan, including Christians. We are asking you to send a message to the Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. expressing your concern for fellow Christians that live in Pakistan, and encouraging the protection of Christians in the country.

Salmaan Taseer was the Governor of Punjab, and an outspoken critic of Pakistan's blasphemy laws. After a Christian woman named Asia Noreen was sentenced to death for blasphemy, Taseer declared that she should be pardoned. Islamist parties started protests against Taseer, and the governor's bodyguard murdered him because of his opposition to the laws.

Pakistan's Minister of Minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, was assassinated less than two months after Taseer. According to a note left at the scene of his murder, suspected Islamic extremists murdered him because of his vocal opposition to the blasphemy laws. Bhatti was the only Christian in the Pakistani Cabinet, and was a determined advocate for Pakistan's religious minorities.

Religious minorities in Pakistan, particularly Christians, have good reason to be fearful after these two murders. Islamists in the country hold much power because they have shown that those who oppose them will likely suffer for it. They have seen their greatest advocates assassinated, and they need support and encouragement from the body of Christ: Christians like you.

The purpose of this letter is to express our compassion and prayer for Pakistan. Messages that might offend the Pakistani government will harm Christians in Pakistan, not help them. Therefore, please follow specific guidelines if you choose to edit the sample letter before sending it to Pakistani Embassy. If you are not willing to abide by these guidelines, then we ask you to forgo this way of communicating your compassion and prayer. Please…

  • Do not mention Open Doors in your message

  • Do not discuss Pakistan's Blasphemy Law in your message

  • Do not criticize Islam in your message

  • Do not sound antagonistic, use respectful language

Thank you for understanding the need for additional caution in this campaign and THANK YOU for taking action to express your love and support for suffering Christians in Pakistan. Please send a message to Pakistani Ambassador Haqqani today!

Advocating with you,

Lindsay Vessey
Advocacy Director
Open Doors USA

4 years ago

April 7th, 2011

Dear Donna,

"We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 1:3

In Midst of Chaos, Open Doors Strengthens Christians Living in Middle East, North Africa
Christians living in predominately Muslim countries that are currently experiencing revolutions are asking; "Will there be more freedom or more persecution?" The answer is unknown. But one thing is certain, doors have opened up to bring in God's Word.
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4 years ago

Violence Precedes April 16 Crucial Presidential Election in Nigeria
Political, ethnic and religious clashes are occurring in Nigeria preceding the upcoming presidential election. Christians ask for our prayers as the possibility of instability during and after the polls remains high.
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April 14th, 2011

Dear Donna,

"We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 1:3

Church in Vietnam Holds Historic Event While Church in China Faces Persecution
Luis Palau over the weekend delivered the gospel message at a historic celebration in Vietnam while Christians in China were arrested for meeting in public. .
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Just Released The 2011 World Watch List Prayer Guide
The WWL prayer guide offers specific prayer points for the top 50 countries of the world where the persecution of Christians is most severe. Included is information about the demographics, government and religious breakdown for each of the countries on the 2011 World Watch List.
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3 years ago

Senate Confirms Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook as International Religious Freedom Ambassador: As of Thursday April 14, 2011, twenty-six months after President Obama’s inauguration, the Senate has finally confirmed the new Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom— Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook. Open Doors USA has been campaigning to get the Obama administration to fill this position since January 2010. Thanks in part to supporters like you, we collected more than 10,400 signatures for our petition to President Obama to nominate someone for the position. We also facilitated a coalition of non-governmental organizations to sign a letter to Secretary Clinton requesting that a qualified Ambassador be appointed. Full story>>

3 years ago
What should have been a day to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection became a day of turmoil for many Christians around the world. In China, hundreds of members of the Shouwang house church in Beijing were prevented from leaving their houses to attend their Easter service, and several were arrested. In Iraq, seven bystanders were injured when a bomb went off outside the entrance of a church in Baghdad on Easter. A plot by Islamic extremists to bomb a church in Serpong, Indonesia during its Good Friday service was foiled when police discovered the explosives on Thursday. Read more>> 
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Defamation of Religions: Open Doors USA President Carl Moeller discusses the latest development in the UN defamations of religions issue in a recent article. For the first time since 1999, the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) did not reintroduce their resolution to prohibit the defamation of religions in the General Assembly. This is a small victory for NGOs who have been lobbying against the resolution for years, including Open Doors USA Advocacy Director Lindsay Vessey, but advocates for religious freedom know that their work is not done. The article concludes by noting, “Christians continue to suffer. But thankfully the U.N. no longer is providing legitimacy to national blasphemy laws and that is a victory.” Read the whole article>>

3 years ago

Middle East Turmoil Continues Christians Fearful
On Dec. 18 the wave of revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa, called the "Arab Spring," started in Tunisia. Almost six months later the turmoil continues. Most believers are living in fear and dream of emigration. Open Doors updates the situation focusing on the Christian community
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