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The Religious Left Campaign to Use Taxpayer Money for Abortions for Boko Haram Victims

June 17, 2015

Abducted women and girls are escaping Boko Haram. Many are pregnant. Some are exploiting the situation to bring back federally funded abortions overseas.

Pope Francis blesses Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim and her daughter in Rome following her release from prison on charges of apostasy from Islam. Photo: OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HANDOUT / EPA

IRD’s Top Church News Stories of 2014

December 30, 2014

A Sudanese woman sentenced to die for her faith, church disputes and friction between religious freedom and LGBTQ causes made news throughout 2014.


The Image We Bear

October 12, 2014

In today’s world, the greatest threat to human dignity is the attack on or rejection of the fundamental belief that men and women bear the image of God.

Congressman Frank Wolf addresses a crowd of Christian leaders who have pledged solidarity with the persecuted. Photo credit: Faith J. H. McDonnell

Virginia Congressman Calls for Military Force Against Jihadists

September 4, 2014

During a week that includes the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and the 2nd anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on Benghazi, U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-VA) will introduce legislation authorizing military force against terrorists.

Girls abducted from Chibok, Nigeria by the Islamist group Boko Haram are shown in video footage made by the insurgency.

IRD, Allied Groups to Rally for Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls Awaiting Rescue from Boko Haram Militants

July 23, 2014

Over 200 schoolgirls from northeastern Nigeria remain captives of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram 100 days after their abduction.


The Unfication of Religion and State in Sub-Saharan Africa

June 19, 2014

The danger of religious extremism in sub-Saharan Africa not only stems from radical beliefs but also from a fundamental misunderstanding of the secular state.


Boko Haram Kills 200 Villagers in a Week, 4 Girls Escape Captivity

June 6, 2014

Boko Haram is now considered the deadliest terrorist group in the word, killing at least seven people per attack.

(Photo credit: Southern Nazarene University)

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.


Boko Haram: We are at War with Christianity

May 19, 2014

U.S. Islamists are working hard to cleanse the semantics of the media so the Islamist ideology of Boko Haram isn’t a topic of scrutiny.

Photo:Courtesy Moody Bible Institute

#BringBackOurGirls … Now What?

May 17, 2014

U.K. publication Christian Today reports “#BringBackOurGirls has been tweeted over a million times, and a dedicated Facebook page has an estimated 60-thousand likes.”

Many world leaders have given support and been photographed with the hashtag.

The hashtag has increased awareness and concern of the situation. Now, the next question many people have been asking is: What can I do?

Several hundred demonstrators gathered in front of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington to demand action by the Nigerian government in securing the release of over 200 abducted girls by the Islamist group Boko Haram (photo: Chelsen Vicari/IRD)

The Nation’s Capital Rallies For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

May 7, 2014

Staff and supporters of the Institute on Religion and Democracy joined over 200 demonstrators at the Nigerian Embassy with the united slogan “Bring back our girls, now!

Many of the demonstrators wore shirts with the slogan “#Bring Back our Girls” and “276 Stolen Dreams,” to show support for the schoolgirls abducted from their boarding school in Nigeria on April 14 th.

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Rallies Worldwide Call on Nigerian Government to “Bring Back Our Girls”

May 6, 2014

Rallies have been held throughout the world to call on Nigerian authorities to return the girls to their families, and a social media campaign using the Twitter hashtag #BringBackOurGirls has raised awareness of their plight.
As this campaign got underway, Secretary of State John Kerry called on Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to take more action to rescue more the girls, abducted on April 14 from a school in the country’s rural northwest.
On May 3, rallies were held in London and in several U.S. cities including New York and Oakland, California.