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North Korea: A Clear and Present Danger to Christians
North Korea’s third nuclear test, announced early last week, has produced an explosion of international concern. Buried beneath all the saber-rattling, however, lies a brutal reality that has received little attention from the international community—the fanatical regime, which rules its 24 million destitute citizens with a proverbial iron fist, bears a special hatred for Christians.
Christians Arrested, One Dies in Libyan Prison
Since the Feb 10 arrest of Sherif Ramsis, an Egyptian Christian running a business in Benghazi, another four Egyptian and three non-Arab Christians have also been arrested. Ezzat Hakim Atallah died in custody on March 10. Like Sherif, Ezzat had run a business in Benghazi for over ten years. He leaves behind a wife and two children ages 11 and 15.
Stories of political and anti-Christian bias in institutions of "higher learning" are not a new trend, but they remain disturbing. The most recent and blatantly anti-Christian story to come out of the American education system in some time is happening at Florida Atlantic University.
FAU student and devout Mormon, Ryan Rotela, has been suspended from all academic activity at the University for refusing to stomp on the name of Jesus and then having the audacity to complain about the professor who asked him to do so.
According to Mr. Rotela, Dr. Deandre Poole the professor of his intercultural communications class asked him to write "Jesus" on a sheet of paper and throw it to the ground and stomp on it. Ryan refused. "Anytime you stomp on something it shows that you believe that something has no value. So if you were to stomp on the word Jesus, it says that the word has no value," said Rotela.
According to Rotela, after the incident, tensions mounted between him and Dr. Poole and Ryan felt it necessary to complain to his professor's supervisor. He was then suspended from the class, despite FAU's statement saying "We can confirm that no student has been expelled, suspended or disciplined by the university as a result of any activity that took place during this class."
Shortly after Mr. Rotela took his story to the local media, he received a "Notice of Charges" from the university stating that he had been brought up on academic charges and may no longer attend any class.
According to the letter written by Associate Dean Rozalia Williams, Rotela is facing a litany of charges - including an alleged violation of the student code of conduct, "acts of verbal, written or physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or other conduct which threaten the health, safety or welfare of any person."
"In the interim, you may not attend class or contact any of the students involved in this matter - verbally or electronically - or by any other means," Williams wrote to Rotela. "Please be advised that a Student Affairs hold may be placed on your records until final disposition of the complaint."
Ryan has appealed to the Liberty Institute for aid in this situation. Hiram Sasser, director of litigation at the Liberty Institute, has demanded Ryan's complete reinstatement. Stating that the university's behavior is "outlandish" and called their press release "inaccurate."
"We believe the university punished him in retaliation for him exposing the class assignment to the public," Sasser said. "Sadly, it is a testimony to the indoctrination that some of the public schools and universities are engaging in - to demonize anything that was valuable in the culture."
Eritrean Detainee Dies After Being Refused Treatment
Open Doors learned last week that another Christian has died in Eritrea while in detention at Ala Military Camp. Belay Gebrezgi Tekabo, had been imprisoned since April of last year for "praying and reading his Bible."
“Your Marriage Course Turned My Life Around”
Marriage has a central role in God’s story of redeeming the world. The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, describes how the Christian marriage should be a picture of the relationship between Jesus and the Church—a truth that was largely untaught to most Christians during China’s period of spiritual revival in the eighties and nineties. Using a marriage manual created by a Chinese pastor, Open Doors began working to reverse this trend by training Chinese church leaders, and equipping them to train others.
As the Arab Spring engulfed countries in the Middle East, Yemen was in the spotlight. Today, Yemen seems to have fallen off the world’s radar. Initial hopeful predictions surrounding the revolution have proven false for the small number of Christians in Yemen, who still live in daily fear of discovery. Fortunately, contact with foreigners is possible and not regarded with suspicion, enabling them to stay connected with believers. In an interview, a Christian co-worker shares what is happening in Yemen today.
Meet Pema From Bhutan
"A Bible that's falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't." - Charles H. Spurgeon
Pema* lives in Bhutan, where Christians make up 2.8 percent of the population. The population of believers can pray, worship, and meet together for fellowship, but they must do so in secret.
Bhutanese who leave Buddhism for Christ can expect pressure from all fronts, which usually begins with the family. This is true for Pema, who is the only...
North Korean Church Leaders Call for Prayer Amid War Preparations
As North Korean military officials intensify war threats and combat preparations, North Korean church leaders are sending out an urgent plea to Christians worldwide to pray for their country.
Strengthening The Family
It's an all too familiar story: a brave evangelist travels through China, sharing Christ wherever the Spirit leads him. Harassment, mistreatment and arrest do not stop him from sharing the Gospel. However, we often do not hear about his lonely wife or...
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