ChristmasScene Neutering Religious Holidays

The Montgomery County Board of Education in Maryland has cut Christmas and Easter, as well as Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana, from next year’s school calendar. No religious holiday will be mentioned by name. NPR reported on the origin of the decision: “The path to the board’s decision started about two years ago on something that was somewhat unrelated. Members of the county’s Muslim community — roughly estimated at around 10 percent of the more than 1 million population — were seeking to have two of their religion’s holy days added to the calendar of days off. They wanted Eid al-Adha the most.”

This couple were burned to death in a brick kiln. They were innocent of "blaspheming" the Koran. Police Say Woman Slain In Pakistan Innocent Of Blasphemy; Politicians ‘Protecting Killers’

Police in Pakistan say a Christian couple tortured and slain this month over accusations that the wife desecrated the Koran were innocent, while relatives said politicians are trying to shield the killers from justice.

Pre-teens learn how to strip down AK-47s at Hamas "summer camp." The goal is to kill Jews. Article On Hamas Website: Our War Against The Occupation Is A Religious War Against The Descendants Of Apes And Pigs

“Palestinian and Arab voices are warning that religious war could break out in the region because of what they term ‘the Israeli violations.’ But we maintain, and believe, that our battle against the occupier is fundamentally religious, not geographic, historic, or economic. Allah the Exalted mentioned [in the Koran] our [current] conflict with the occupier, when he told His servants that they would enter Al-Aqsa Mosque as they had entered it the first time, and told us [also] that everything that ‘Israel’ had built in order to establish its fragile entity would be destroyed[3]… Therefore, we must stop arguing that our battle against the enemy is political, waged in the arena of the UN, the Security Council, or negotiations. All this nonsense contradicts the Koran and the Hadith.

Pakistan Christians march in protest against religious persecution. NEWS ALERT: Pakistan Christian Man Detained For Blasphemy

A Christian man has been detained in Pakistan’s heartland Punjab province on allegations of blasphemy against Islam, shortly after a Christian couple was burned to death by a mob for allegedly insulting Muslims, BosNewsLife learned. Qaiser Ayub, 40, was captured last week and held at a police station in the town of Talagang in Punjab’s Chakwal District, rights activists confirmed.

The Archbishop Of Canterbury. Archbishop Of Canterbury Seeks Middle East Immigrants – Just Not Christians

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has recently criticized what he sees as a rising tide of anti-immigrant sentiment the UK. According to Welby: “What we’re seeing is an upsurge in minor racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic, anti-foreigner, xenophobic … not major things – just comments being made … which are for people who come from those backgrounds, seriously uncomfortable, really quite frightening.”

The entrance to one of the most notorious German concentration camps. Mike Huckabee, Evangelical Group Prays For Pope

Former evangelical pastor and Governor Mike Huckabee has led a group of 100 evangelicals to pray at a memorial to Pope John Paul II in Krakow, Poland. Governor Huckabee is leading the evangelical group made up mostly of pastors on a Reagan, Thatcher, and Pope John Paul tour highlighting the fight to end the evil of communism in the world in the 20th Century.

The Air Force has a new policy on religious expression. Air Force Revises Religious Expression Policy

The Air Force’s new policy more clearly reflects the priority of religious freedom in our Constitution and in the conscience protections for servicemembers and chaplains that Congress passed in the National Defense Authorization Act. Whereas the old language was misleading and confusing for Commanders to apply, these revisions point to well-established standards for protecting religious expression.

cair blood CAIR Listed As Terrorist Group By UAE

In a surprising move, the United Arab Emirates has just listed the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as a terrorist organization. CAIR was among 82 groups listed by the UAE recently. CAIR, as most informed readers know, is a Muslim Brotherhood front group and a long-time supporter of Hamas and other terrorist organizations throughout the world. CAIR spokesmen claim that the group is simply a “civil rights” organization seeking to promote “common ground” between Islam and the U.S.

Church vandalized in Ho Chi Minh City. Five Months of Attacks on Mennonite Church in Vietnam Prompt SOS

Police in Vietnam on Wednesday (Nov. 12) employed thugs wielding hammers and metal cutters to ransack a church center and drag away nine Christians, who were then charged with not having proper papers – documents officials had confiscated from them in previous raids.

Prince Charles. Britain’s Prince Charles Says Christianity “Under Threat ” At Report Launch

“It is an indescribable tragedy that Christianity is now under such threat in the Middle East – an area where Christians have lived for 2,000 years, and across which Islam spread in 700 AD, with people of different faiths living together peaceably for centuries,” Prince Charles said. He called for humility among all faiths and urged religious leaders to start a dialogue to end the bloodshed. “My own Christian faith has enabled me to speak to, and listen to, people from other traditions including Islam,” he said.

Trinity Western University in Canada. Canada Law Society Rejects Christian Graduates

The Voice Of the Martyrs Canada (VOMC) said graduates of Trinity Western University (TWU) law school would “not longer be able to practise law” in Canada’s western British Columbia province. The Law Society’s decision came after a referendum in which provincial lawyers rejected TWU’s practise of requiring students to sign a controversial pledge on personal conduct.

Syrian refugee camp. U.N. Estimates 13.6 Million Displaced By Wars In Syria And Iraq

The United Nations refugee agency has estimated that nearly 14 million people have been driven from their homes due to the wars in Syria and Iraq. The 13.6 includes 7.2 million displaced inside Syria, and 3.3 million Syrians in other countries. In Iraq, 1.9 million have been displaced adding to the 1 million previously driven from their homes.

Syrian refugee children in a Turkish camp. Support RFC’s Christmas For Christian Refugees Ministry

The Christmas for Refugees program that was so successful last year is being expanded. As of now, the plans are for 1,000 Christmas dinners to be served to Christian refugee children in Jordan and 1,000 more to children in Lebanon. Each child will take home to their family a box of staple foods valued at about $30 to $35. The ministry we coordinate with in Lebanon says they can easily expand the program to 1,500 or even 2,000 children — if we can raise the funds. Please pray that we can reach as many children as possible.

Pakistani Christians marching for an end to religious persecution. Christian Couple In Pakistan Tortured And Burnt Alive By A Muslim Mob After Being Accused Of Blasphemy

Yesterday morning (November 4) an angry mob tortured the Christian couple and then threw them in a Brick kiln furnace to be burnt to death following allegations they had burnt the Holy Quran. The atrocity took place in Kot Radha Kishan, a small town about 40 miles from Lahore – the capital of Punjab. The Couple known as Shehzad 32 and his wife Shama, 24, had three children aged between 18 months old to seven years old. According to reports, Shama was pregnant with their fourth.

After christmas carols, games and a Gospel message each child received a traditional Christmas meal served in Middle East nations Chairman’s Report October 29, 2014

In this issue: Religious Freedom Coalition chairman William J. Murray announced that plans for thousands of Christmas dinners of Christian refugee children were on schedule / Christmas dinner program may expand / Post Card program to Congress demanding a stop to funding for Sunni Islamist fighters in Iraq and Syria be stopped / The I Stand Sunday program to stop repression of pastors in Houston was a great success

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“The Jewish state is the only safe place where the Christians of the Holy Land live in safety,” Fr. Gabriel Naddaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from Israel, told the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in September. “The earth of the Middle East is soaked with the blood of Christians being killed daily,” Naddaf said

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This couple were burned to death in a brick kiln. They were innocent of "blaspheming" the Koran.

Police Say Woman Slain In Pakistan Innocent Of Blasphemy; Politicians ‘Protecting Killers’

Police in Pakistan say a Christian couple tortured and slain this month over accusations that the wife desecrated the Koran were innocent, while relatives said politicians are trying to shield the killers from justice.

Pre-teens learn how to strip down AK-47s at Hamas "summer camp." The goal is to kill Jews.

Article On Hamas Website: Our War Against The Occupation Is A Religious War Against The Descendants Of Apes And Pigs

“Palestinian and Arab voices are warning that religious war could break out in the region because of what they term ‘the Israeli violations.’ But we maintain, and believe, that our battle against the occupier is fundamentally religious, not geographic, historic, or economic. Allah the Exalted mentioned [in the Koran] our [current] conflict with the occupier, when he told His servants that they would enter Al-Aqsa Mosque as they had entered it the first time, and told us [also] that everything that ‘Israel’ had built in order to establish its fragile entity would be destroyed[3]… Therefore, we must stop arguing that our battle against the enemy is political, waged in the arena of the UN, the Security Council, or negotiations. All this nonsense contradicts the Koran and the Hadith.

The Archbishop Of Canterbury.

Archbishop Of Canterbury Seeks Middle East Immigrants – Just Not Christians

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has recently criticized what he sees as a rising tide of anti-immigrant sentiment the UK. According to Welby: “What we’re seeing is an upsurge in minor racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic, anti-foreigner, xenophobic … not major things – just comments being made … which are for people who come from those backgrounds, seriously uncomfortable, really quite frightening.”

The entrance to one of the most notorious German concentration camps.

Mike Huckabee, Evangelical Group Prays For Pope

Former evangelical pastor and Governor Mike Huckabee has led a group of 100 evangelicals to pray at a memorial to Pope John Paul II in Krakow, Poland. Governor Huckabee is leading the evangelical group made up mostly of pastors on a Reagan, Thatcher, and Pope John Paul tour highlighting the fight to end the evil of communism in the world in the 20th Century.

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CAIR Listed As Terrorist Group By UAE

In a surprising move, the United Arab Emirates has just listed the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as a terrorist organization. CAIR was among 82 groups listed by the UAE recently. CAIR, as most informed readers know, is a Muslim Brotherhood front group and a long-time supporter of Hamas and other terrorist organizations throughout the world. CAIR spokesmen claim that the group is simply a “civil rights” organization seeking to promote “common ground” between Islam and the U.S.

Prince Charles.

Britain’s Prince Charles Says Christianity “Under Threat ” At Report Launch

“It is an indescribable tragedy that Christianity is now under such threat in the Middle East – an area where Christians have lived for 2,000 years, and across which Islam spread in 700 AD, with people of different faiths living together peaceably for centuries,” Prince Charles said. He called for humility among all faiths and urged religious leaders to start a dialogue to end the bloodshed. “My own Christian faith has enabled me to speak to, and listen to, people from other traditions including Islam,” he said.

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Neutering Religious Holidays

The Montgomery County Board of Education in Maryland has cut Christmas and Easter, as well as Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana, from next year’s school calendar. No religious holiday will be mentioned by name. NPR reported on the origin of the decision: “The path to the board’s decision started about two years ago on something that was somewhat unrelated. Members of the county’s Muslim community — roughly estimated at around 10 percent of the more than 1 million population — were seeking to have two of their religion’s holy days added to the calendar of days off. They wanted Eid al-Adha the most.”

Pakistan Christians march in protest against religious persecution.

NEWS ALERT: Pakistan Christian Man Detained For Blasphemy

A Christian man has been detained in Pakistan’s heartland Punjab province on allegations of blasphemy against Islam, shortly after a Christian couple was burned to death by a mob for allegedly insulting Muslims, BosNewsLife learned. Qaiser Ayub, 40, was captured last week and held at a police station in the town of Talagang in Punjab’s Chakwal District, rights activists confirmed.

The Air Force has a new policy on religious expression.

Air Force Revises Religious Expression Policy

The Air Force’s new policy more clearly reflects the priority of religious freedom in our Constitution and in the conscience protections for servicemembers and chaplains that Congress passed in the National Defense Authorization Act. Whereas the old language was misleading and confusing for Commanders to apply, these revisions point to well-established standards for protecting religious expression.

Church vandalized in Ho Chi Minh City.

Five Months of Attacks on Mennonite Church in Vietnam Prompt SOS

Police in Vietnam on Wednesday (Nov. 12) employed thugs wielding hammers and metal cutters to ransack a church center and drag away nine Christians, who were then charged with not having proper papers – documents officials had confiscated from them in previous raids.

Islamist Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and his friend Barack Hussein Obama.

Turkey Vows To ‘Protect’ Jerusalem From Israel

Turkey under Tayyip Erdogan is becoming increasingly Islamized as this nation gradually returns to its Ottoman Empire roots. The Turks oversaw an Islamist empire that spanned 600 years before it was dismantled in 1922. The Turks are also responsible for one of the largest genocides in the 20th century against the Armenian Christians. More than 1.5 million Armenians were brutally slaughtered by the Turks in the early 1900s.

Robert and Cynthia Gifford.

Christian Wedding Chapel Owners Fined Over Lesbian Wedding Demand

Cynthia and Robert Gifford, the owners of Liberty Ridge Farm wedding chapel, have been fined $13,000 by the state of New York for refusing to host a lesbian wedding. The Christian business owners were fined under the Division of Human Rights for sexual orientation discrimination.

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After christmas carols, games and a Gospel message each child received a traditional Christmas meal served in Middle East nations

Chairman’s Report October 29, 2014

In this issue: Religious Freedom Coalition chairman William J. Murray announced that plans for thousands of Christmas dinners of Christian refugee children were on schedule / Christmas dinner program may expand / Post Card program to Congress demanding a stop to funding for Sunni Islamist fighters in Iraq and Syria be stopped / The I Stand Sunday program to stop repression of pastors in Houston was a great success

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Chairman’s Report October 14, 2014

Senate staff said they were “surprised” by the number of cards and letters received from Americans protesting against arming “moderate” Islamists in Syria / The $500 million Congress authorized for Obama’s Sunni fighters in Syria was NOT our tax money / Saudi Arabia now paying the United States to train its mercenary army in Syria / There was a hard fought attempt to stop the funding of the so called Free Syrian Army in both the House and the Senate

Christians are facing extinction in Iraq from Islamic State terrorists.

Chairman’s Report September 18, 2014

In this issue:  Thousands contact Congress, say “NO!” to funding Islamic fighters / Saudi Arabia helps fight ISIL by torturing Christians / Background on disastrous U.S. intervention in Middle East / RFC works to help desperate Christian refugees / The Moscow Mission Report:  William Murray speaks at two international conferences, says United States and Russia need to put aside differences and work together to defend against radical Islam / Murray pleads with conferees for more help for Christian refugees.

William Murray at Flight 93 National Memorial

Chairman’s Report August 31, 2014

IN THIS ISSUE: Aid program to Christian refugees: Container delivered / More aid to Lebanon as Christmas for Refugees program expands / Jihad against America – From 9-11 to the Islamic State (ISIL) / White House blames Syrian president for build up of Islamic forces in Iraq – YES IRAQ / No mention of God at Flight 95 National Memorial / The “hijacked religion of peace” strikes again

Messianic Soldier Laid to Rest After Falling in Gaza

Chairman’s Report August 7 2014

In this issue: Son of missionary David Ortiz serving in IDF in Gaza Strip / Christian  IDF member killed in Gaza / Russia and the persecuted Christians of the Middle East / William J. Murray to speak at two major conferences in Russia / Christmas for Refugees and Russia / France to accept Iraqi Christian Refugees

A large Protestant church in the city known as “China’s Jerusalem” was demolished on April 28th on the orders of local leaders. Sanjiang church, in the eastern city of Wenzhou, took six years and 30m yuan ($4.8m) to put up, but officials said it had violated building codes. Local Christians gathered at the church but were unable to stop the demolition. Unregistered “house churches” have long been the target of government crackdowns, but Sanjiang was part of the officially approved church.

Chairman’s Report July 17th 2014

In this issue:  William J. Murray speaks this week at two events in Washington, DC, each concerning religious freedom.  The first rally was sponsored by the Falun Gong, whose members are sometimes imprisoned in China for their faith; some have even been executed and their organs harvested for transplants to  wealthy Westerners.  Murray called on the Chinese government to stop persecuting the peaceful Falun Gong, and stop tearing down the churches of peaceful Christians, and to focus instead on the Islamic terrorists who are their real enemies.  Murray also spoke on Capitol Hill at a conference sponsored by the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, where he explained how Saudi influence is behind many of the seemingly incomprehensible foreign policy decisions of our government.