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Church World Service & the Castros

July 24, 2015

Church World Service, the semi-autonomous relief arm of the National Council of Churches, applauded this week’s normalization of U.S. relations with Communist Cuba. “Years of dedicated, strategic and consistent ecumenical advocacy by CWS and…


Filipino Group Accuses US of “Gross Human Rights Violations”

July 21, 2015

On July 16-18, 2015 a collection of Filipino organizations representing civil rights advocacy, poverty, indigenous rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, and migrants’ rights put the president and government of the Philippines and President Obama,…

Bahri Church destroyed, but the Cross remains.

Khartoum Judge Decides Trial of Sudanese Pastors Will Go Forward: PLEASE PROTEST

July 3, 2015

Caring individuals must continue to raise a huge outcry against the unjust treatment of these pastors. Increase the pressure, and the prayer, NOW!

Source: Philos Project

Iran’s Spiritual Challenge to American Christians

March 3, 2015

Nine years ago liberal American religious activists like pacifist Jim Wallis of Sojourners created a “Words, Not War, With Iran” coalition to organize against decisive U.S. action against Iran’s nuclear program.  Revealingly they urged:…

The Laos Nine (Photo credit:

North Korea Freedom Coalition Sounds a Call for Action

December 11, 2014

A December 10 press conference, called by the North Korea Freedom Coalition (NKFC), highlighted the terrible plight of nine North Korean orphan escapees who were forcibly repatriated to North Korea by the Chinese and Laotian governments.


The Church Is a Family

July 27, 2014

Christians best advocate for human love and dignity by demonstrating it among themselves, especially by speaking when any part of the Body of Christ suffers for the faith.

Angel in Ottawa, Ontario (Photo credit: Faith McDonnell)

Religious Freedom Defenders in Ottawa

April 3, 2014

Last week I traveled to Ottawa for a consultation of religious liberty organizations working in partnership. Being with others who have a passion for the persecuted was very encouraging. So were messages from Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom and from a member of the Canadian Parliament.

Egyptian women are harassed in Cairo. (AP)

Christian Girls in Egypt Kidnapped, Raped, Converted

March 29, 2014

Two factors lie behind the abuse of Christian girls in Egypt, according to a study: Societal misogyny and Islamist indoctrination.

Free the China 16!

June 14, 2013

By Faith J. H. McDonnell (@Cuchulain09) Very often church members and other concerned citizens ask me what they can to help the persecuted church around the world. They also express their frustration at being…

International Conventions, the Human Rights Regime, and Religious Freedom

May 19, 2013

Photo credit: by Rick Plasterer As was noted in an earlier posting, there are several prominent instruments that can be used to impose socially liberal rules on an unwilling nation state or an…

Cold War and Culture War

May 18, 2013

European Court of Human Rights Photo credit: by Rick Plasterer For Christians struggling to be faithful to God’s revelation given in Scripture, the modern world seems to be an unending series of seemingly…

Global Assault on Christians

March 28, 2013

By Mark Tooley (MarkDTooley) Religious liberty scholar Paul Marshall, journalist Lela Gilbert, and human rights lawyer Nina Shea have released a new book on international torment of Christians by Islamists and communists called Persecuted: The…