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Indonesia Destroying Churches as Islamist Influence Grows

June 12, 2014

Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country in the world. Its decline into extremism and intolerance does not bode well for the future.

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More Muslims May Be Coming To Christ in Iran Than Anywhere Else

April 11, 2014

Open Doors estimates Iran has 370,000 “new Christians from a Muslim background.” The organization says many Iranians have become Christians because of Christian television programming from other nations.

Refugees from Iran say that Christians have boldly begun discussing their faith with Muslim neighbors.

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Religious and Political Leaders Warn of “Dying Middle East Religious Diversity”

March 27, 2014

Officials ranging from U.S. Catholic leaders to a former president of Lebanon are expressing concern about the increasing persecution of Christians throughout the Middle East.

"The world was not worthy of them." Malatya Martyrs: Necati Aydin, Tilmann Geske, and Ugur Yuksel, murdered on April 18, 2007. (Photo credit: thewaythetruthandthelife.net)

No Justice for Turkey’s Christian Martyrs?

March 7, 2014

Seven years have passed since the horrific deaths of Turkish Christians Necati Aydin, 35, and Ugur Yuksel, 32, and German Christian Tilmann Geske 46. There is still no justice for the families of the three men who were tortured and killed at the Malatya, Turkey offices of Zirve Christian Publishing. And now, thanks to changes in the judicial system passed by the Turkish Parliament, justice may never be meted out on the Islamist murderers.

Photo: Government of Israel Press Office

Which Way Are Christian Attitudes About Israel Moving?

March 5, 2014

Recently the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) held its annual policy conference in Washington, and stated that when it comes to public backing for Israel, by some measures, U.S. evangelical Christians are even more supportive of Israel than in recent memory.

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Efforts Underway To Help Iraqi Christians Remain In Country

March 2, 2014

Al Monitor reports the Christian population in Iraq has decreased by more than 75 percent since 2003. Before that year there were around 1.5 million Christians in Iraq, and according to the latest reports from Christian leaders in the country, around 300,000 remain.

The proposed draft laws would include, among other things efforts to protect the language and cultural education and establish efforts to get religious minorities media representation nationally. Under this legislation minority languages would also be taught in the schools.


Is Iraqi Kurdistan a Safe Haven for Christians?

January 14, 2013

(Photo credit: Al Monitor) By Alan Wisdom The Christian community in Iraq has suffered great loss in the decade since the U.S. invasion of 2003. Is there a ray of hope now that Iraq’s…


Religious Freedom, Foreign Policy at Center of Catholic U Conference

December 18, 2012

By Rick Plasterer The global situation for religious freedom is deteriorating greater than commonly understood, especially in the Middle East, according to speakers at a Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of…


Tooley: 45 UMC Congressmen Unlikely to Work Together on Fiscal Compromise

November 29, 2012

Some Methodist leaders have expressed doubt that the 45 members of the United Methodist Church in Congress will effectively cooperate as a unit. Despite the common religious affiliation, some Methodists outside of the federal…


THANKFUL FOR GOD’S DELIVERANCE: PAKISTANI CHRISTIAN GIRL CLEARED OF CHARGES

November 23, 2012

(The following is the November 23, 2012 edition of Faith on Freedom, the e-newsletter of the Religious Liberty Program of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. If you have any interest in the persecuted…


Anti-Israel Christians Stir Further Controversy

November 9, 2012

By Mark Tooley The October 4 ecumenical letter to the U.S. Congress from 15 mostly old-line Protestant bureaucrats warning against U.S. military aid for Israel absent “immediate investigation” of Israeli human rights abuses continues…


Brutality against Pakistani non-Muslims Intensifies

August 17, 2012

Radical Islamists are gaining power. (Photo credit: asianews.it) The persecution of Christians and Hindus in Pakistan has been an item of international concern since before the country’s founding in 1947. However, the level of…