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Study Shows More Religious Violence in Less Religiously Diverse Countries

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

A recent study has show that there are more incidents of religiously motivated violence in countries that lack religious diversity. Both Somalia and Afghanistan are among the least religiously diverse countries in the world and top the list for countries with the most religiously motivated incidents of violence. Across the Muslim world, Christians living in Muslim majority countries face daily persecution. Take a moment to pray for them today. 

Persecution of Christians: No Room at the Inn

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Slowly across the Western world we are seeing more and more political and thought leaders awake to the reality of Christian persecution, and the massive scale on which it is taking place across the Middle East. The horrific abuses have been largely ignored for a number of reasons from “political correctness,” fear of “doing God” in public, or taking sides in some sort of “clash of civilizations.” None of these, even if they were accurate, are justification for allowing massive crimes against humanity to take place with near total impunity and with little outcry from those countries who claim to be the defenders of human rights.  

Hamas Cracks Down on Christians; Pushes Conversion to Islam

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Christians living in the Gaza Strip live under the reality of ongoing attacks on both churches and individuals. Living under the control of Hamas which considers Christians as infidels, the situation is more serious than you can imagine, Hazem Shanab said. Hamas controls all churches and mosques implements their ideology in all sectors of life, even to rewriting textbooks to match their worldview.

No One Wants to Admit That There’s a War on Christians

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

“We ignore too many things, and even more indefensibly, we pretend not to see too many things.” This is the reality for how much of the world has treated the intensifying war against Christians in much of the Middle East. Among many in the West there is a massive, and sometimes willful, ignorance of the realities confronting Christians around the world who are paying a high cost because of their faith. Many often thing of Christianity as a Western religion, though the reality is that nearly two thirds of the 2.2 billion Christians (Protestant and Catholic combined) live outside of the West and that number is rising. They are also far more likely to be the victims rather than the perpetrators of religious persecution.

Christian Schools in Gaza Strip Threatened with Closure

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

As a result of a new degree issued by the Hamas government that oversees the Gaza strip five Christian schools are threatened to be unable to offer classes for more than 1000 students when classes are scheduled to start in September. The decree issued by the government places a ban on co-educational classes for all students over the age of 10. The result of this action, which is just another of the many pressures on Christians living in this area, will be that the schools are forced to close as the funds do not exist to recruit enough teachers or space and the impact will ripple through the community having effects on both the Christian and Muslim families who were served by the schools.

Archbishop to Visit Hard-Pressed Christian Minorities in Middle East

Monday, June 24th, 2013

In an effort to express his concern and solidarity with Christians who have faced extreme difficulties in recent years, newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will visit the Middle East. The Archbishop’s visit highlights the particular pressures Christians are facing as a result of the on-going violence in Syria and political turmoil throughout the region.

Hamas Imposes Islamization on Schools in Gaza

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Bomber of Messianic Jewish Family in Israel Imprisoned

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Jack (Yakov) Teitel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew in Israel, was given two life sentences in prison on April 9 for bombing the home of a Messianic Jewish family and nearly killing 15-year-old Ami Ortiz in 2008, Morning Star News reports. “We really feel justice has been done, true justice,” Ortiz told Morning Star News. “He realized we were peaceful and we were going home, and he is not.”

Worldwide Consensus Rising: Christians Most Persecuted Group on Earth

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

It is becoming increasingly clear, even to secular government leaders, that Christianity has become the world’s most persecuted faith. This article explains how Christianity has even replaced Judaism, one of the most heavily persecuted religious groups of all time, as the most dangerous faith to be a part of.

Christians Suffering in the Holy Lands

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Christians are among those suffering in the Holy Land as conflict heightens in Gaza and Israel. Christians in Israel and the Palestinian territories are often forgotten or neglected by the West, Mary Jane Fox writes for MySanAntonio.com. “For 2,000 years, Christian families have lived and worshiped in the land where Jesus lived, died and was resurrected. These Christians are not converts, immigrants or foreigners… they are the descendants of the first followers of Jesus,” she says. However, lack of opportunity, impoverished conditions, and at times increased persecution in the region, the Christian population has gone from 18% of the population to less than 1.5% of the population in the past 60 years.

Islamic Attacks Increase in Nigeria, Israel to Assist Nigeria with Security Challenges

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Nigerian Christians are facing almost daily attacks from radical Muslims. Israel's offer to help with solving Nigeria's security problem is a welcome development.

Victims of Explosion in Israel Lament Pleas Agreement

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Ultra-right Jew who planted bomb ruled guilty but not responsible.

CBS piece on Christians’ plight in Middle East — in Israel?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

At a time when Christian communities throughout the Middle East are being oppressed and massacred, Bob Simon on “60 Minutes” instead chooses to focus attention on the relatively minimal persecution occurring in the Holy Lands.

Christians of the Holy Land

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

“In Iraq and Egypt, scores of churches have been attacked, hundreds murdered. In Syria, revolution seriously threatens Christian communities. The one place where Christians are not suffering from violence is the Holy Land: but Palestinian Christians have been leaving in large numbers for years,” CBS reports.

Tough road to Jerusalem for Palestinian Christians

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

While Israel works to secure its borders, most Palestinians from the West Bank, Christian as well as Muslim, must get Israel's permission to visit Jerusalem, the National reports.

Arab Spring is winter for Christians in Middle East

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

“Christians who have remained under Muslim rule are often exposed to state-sponsored discrimination and worse. In recent years, their plight has reached dramatic proportions,” the Toronto Star reports.

Muslim Persecution of Christians: February 2012

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Raymond Ibrahim reports for Gatestone Institute that, “Half of Iraq's indigenous Christians are gone, due to the unleashed forces of jihad [holy war]. Many Christians fled to nearby Syria; yet, as the Assad regime comes under attack from al-Qaeda and others… Christians are experiencing a level of persecution unprecedented in the nation's modern history.” Ibrahim’s series, titled ‘Muslim Persecution of Christians,’ is published each month to document cases of persecution – whether it be general discrimination, arrests, or murder – committed by Muslims in majority Islamic countries, Asia and the West.

How friendly is Israel to its Christians?

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

The Palestinian Christians’ response to an article written by Michael Oren, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, concerning the protection of Christians within Israel. Article titled: “Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians"

Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

While the future of the church in the West Bank town of Bethlehem is in jeopardy, Christians are not endangered but flourishing is Israel, Michael Oren writes in The Wall Street Journal.

Israeli president to protect Christian sites

Monday, March 5th, 2012

“Israel's President Shimon Peres has promised the Roman Catholic Church that the country will step up efforts to combat the vandalism of Christian holy sites by suspected Jewish extremists,” AP reports.

Uganda Pastor Attacked By Muslims Heals In Israel

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

“I grew up studying Islam, but at age 18 I met some Christians who opened my eyes to the Christian faith. I soon converted.”

Man in Santa Suit Kills Arab Christian in Israel

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Gabriel Cadis, head of the Orthodox Church Association in Jaffa, was stabbed outside the St. George Church in Jaffa, BosNewsLife reports.

Christians in the Middle East

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Amidst an increasingly volatile atmosphere for Christians throughout the Middle East, which countries, if any, will provide a safe haven for Christians and what should be the response of the international community, including the Vatican? Joseph Bottum attempts to answer these questions for Hudson New York.

Messianic Jews Singled Out in Israeli Town

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Flyers post addresses, phone numbers of harassed minority

Christians nearly absent in Holy Land

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

“By now, the threat facing Christianity in its birthplace is depressingly clear. Christians represented 30 percent of British Mandate Palestine in 1948, while today in Israel and the Palestinian Territories they’re 1.25 percent,” reports the National Catholic Reporter.

Israel Outlaws Local Islamist Group Ansar Allah

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Israel has banned the local Islamic extremist group Ansar Allah after several suspects have been arrested for trying to commit global jihad.

Messianic Christian Couple in Israel Accused of Converting Minor

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Ultra-Orthodox Jews harass, threaten pair even though 16-year-old has not converted

Bishop Concerned Over Survival of Christian Community in Nazareth

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, a Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, said the Christian community is in danger of dying out in Nazareth as immigration increases, Voice of America reports.

Holy Land Churches Protest New Israeli Taxes

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

“The heads of Christian churches in Jerusalem have expressed grave concern over renewed moves by the Israeli authorities to tax church buildings and properties,” The Armenian Mirror-Spectator reports.

Holy Land Churches: Sadness Competes With Easter Joy

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

"Christians find their joy is secure in the hope of the promise of eternal life which our Lord has won for all who believe," they affirmed. "However, when we in Jerusalem, the city of redemption, see the suffering of our Christian brothers and sisters in Egypt, Iraq and elsewhere in our region our joy becomes more solemn.”

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