Why the U.S. Must Oppose Blasphemy Laws-Not Just Their Abuse: In a recent blog published by National Review, Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute reflects on the recent blasphemy case involving a young Christian girl in Pakistan. In discussing the U.S. response she notes, U.S. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland spoke in terms of 'misuse of the blasphemy law.' It is time for U.S. diplomats to recognize that this is not a problem of 'misuse.' No reform or legal tweaking can perfect this law. Read more>>
‘One Body-Many Gifts’ Contest Offers Life-Changing Trip
Christians in America can submit written, video or other artistic material in the ‘One Body-Many Gifts’ online competition. The winner will travel and meet persecuted Christians. Submit your entry today!
Location: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Arrested: October 2009
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was released Saturday, Sept. 8, after a trial where he was found guilty of evangelizing Muslims. Youcef was not charged with apostasy, or leaving Islam. He was sentenced to three years, which he's already served. Youcef is free, praise God. More Info
Dramatic Turn in Case Against Rimsha Prompts Religious Leaders to Debate Blasphemy Law
The case against Rimsha Masih took an unexpected turn when a Muslim cleric was arrested on charges of allegedly planting pages of the Quran among burnt papers in her bags. The case has triggered a debate on how Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws are being used to settle personal scores and vendettas.
Tens of Thousands in the Middle East Become Facebook Friends
"Connect with Me," a new TV program airing in the Middle East, is aimed at reaching youth who are searching for God or want to have a deeper relationship with Him, especially those who may not have access to a church or may be endangered by contacting Christians in the area. The program's Facebook page provides a unique forum for dialogue, personal follow-up and connection with other believers.
Exercising Freedom of Speech as Christians: In the past week, Muslims worldwide have been protesting in front of U.S. Embassies and Consulates. These protests were allegedly sparked by the creation of a film called the “Innocence of Muslims.” More information is surfacing suggesting that these protests, at least the attack on the Libyan Consulate, were planned and were not spontaneous. Yet, we know that the creation of this offensive film provided a pretext for protests. How should a Christian view these events? Read more>>
Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion Worldwide: A rising tide of restrictions on religion spread across the world between mid-2009 and mid-2010, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life. Restrictions on religion rose in each of the five major regions of the world, including the Americas and sub-Saharan Africa. Countries with high or very high restrictions on religious beliefs and practices rose from 31% in 2009 to 37% in 2010. Read more>>
Nairobi Church Resumes Activities after Grenade Kills Boy, injures Others
Last week we prayed for the traumatized congregation after a church bombing in Kenya. Sunday School teacher Sally Gatei shares about the aftermath of the attack, “I told the team I didn’t need counseling, but I’d not been back to the building for a few days. When I went back to the church, my heart was pounding. You think ‘You’re alright, you’re strong,’ but I am going to get some counseling now.”
Pray for the Church in Israel and Gaza
This week as we come together to celebrate the foundation of our nation - giving thanks - lets also pray for a godly solution to the conflict in Israel. “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be over all the earth.” Psalm 57:5