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Activists Seek to Divide U.S. Evangelicals and Israel Amid Gaza Conflict

July 11, 2014

A new movement of young activists is seeking to change the historically strong support of U.S. Evangelicals for Israel.


American Catholic Bishops Assist Iranian Regime’s PR

July 1, 2014

From March 11 to 17, a delegation from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was in Iran to explore interfaith dialogue.

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Saturday Morning Prayer for the Worldwide Persecuted Church

May 30, 2014

Don’t sleep in on Saturday morning! Grab a cup of coffee and join hundreds of fellow believers around the U.S. in the 5/31 TOGETHER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH National Conference Call/Prayer Summit for the persecuted church around the world.

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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.


IRD Podcast: Religious Liberty Update

March 23, 2014

On our latest installment of IRD’s weekly podcast, a religious liberty update on Christians in Syria and Libya, an increase in Christian martyrs and a measure to protect Christians in the Middle East remains stuck in the U.S. Senate.

Panelists at the 2012 'Christ and the Checkpoint' gathering.

‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ Looks to Chip Away at Evangelical Support for Israel

March 6, 2014

Some Evangelical activists are preparing a provocatively titled conference ostensibly gathering about “empowering the Palestinian church.”


Christians Fight for Middle East Religious Freedom Watchdog

February 22, 2014

Global persecution of Christians, especially in the Muslim world, is one of the most overlooked human rights disasters of the 21st century. Christian activists are demanding that the State Department add a new envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East, but their campaign is stymied by those concerned about government redundancy.

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Religious Freedom Legislation Stalls under Senator’s Hold

February 21, 2014

Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) say they want further study of the legislation. The Bill would instruct the U.S. State Department to create a position for defending religious minorities in countries such as Egypt, Iran and Syria.

A man looks out over the Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin. (Source: Friends of Wadi Foquin)

GBCS’ Selective Outrage: Israeli Sewage Edition

January 14, 2014

The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society’s anti-Israel posturing takes a turn for the esoteric, as they begin lobbying on behalf of the obscure issue of Israeli sewage leaks.


Great Expectations and Subtle Messaging of Impact: Holy Land

December 12, 2013

With the help of the Mennonite Central Committee and World Vision, Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA) pulled together a diverse group of almost 200 “Jesus Followers” for a conversation about the conflict between Israel…

A Coptic Church in Egypt burns after having been attacked by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. (Source: Daily News Egypt)

Oppression of Middle Eastern Christians Blamed on… Israel?

October 31, 2013

Across the Middle East, Christians face intimidation, violence, church-burnings, and even murder. Why doesn’t the West do more to address these catastrophes? According a Christian historian, its all Evangelicals and Zionists’ fault.

Author and speaker Brian McLaren, circa 1980. (Photo credit: Faith McDonnell)

Brian McLaren’s Five Errors about Christian Persecution, Part One

October 10, 2013

Graduate school at the University of Maryland (recently named the 10th best party school in the United States) was quite a shock after the protected, Christian environment of my college. So in the hedonistic sea of fellow teaching assistants and much of the English Department faculty, I was overjoyed to meet another Christian who, like me, was teaching freshmen composition while working on a Master’s degree.