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’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.
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.
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.
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.
Chase Windebank, a student at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been banned from discussing the Bible and praying with fellow students during his free time on campus. The principal of the school claims that Windebanks’ actions violate the separation of church and state.
“I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things”-Philippians 3:8 – When St. Paul wrote the above in his letter to the Christians of Philippi, he and the early church were being persecuted (Paul was eventually executed in Rome). While today’s Western Christians still quote his words in the context of their daily struggles, an increasing number of Christians around the world, especially the Muslim world, are still literally losing absolutely everything for their faith.
Islamic militants attacked a predominantly Christian area in northeastern Nigeria on Sunday, November 3, “slaughtering” villagers, just days after they killed Christians elsewhere in the region, residents and pastors said. Local media quoted fleeing residents as saying suspected members of the Boko Haram group “slaughtered several people as they were heading to church” in Sabon Gari, on the border of Nigeria’s Borno and Adamawa states.
The Trinity Western law school’s accreditation has become a controversial issue among members of many law societies in Canada because of the “discriminatory” nature of the school’s student covenant. Students upon enrollment must sign an agreement, which among other things, bans sexual activity that “violates the sacredness of a marriage between a man and a woman.” If a homosexual student at the school was recognized as married by Canadian law, he or she would not be allowed to have sexual relations with his/her spouse while enrolled at the school.
Angry Muslims burned to death a married Christian couple in an industrial kiln in Pakistan, Tuesday, November 4, for allegedly setting fire to several verses of the Koran, a human rights official told BosNewsLife. Shahbaz Maseeh, 26, and his wife Shama Bibi, 24, were attacked by colleagues at the brick factory where they worked in Punjab province, confirmed Mushtaq Gill, chief advocate at Christian rights group Evangelical Association Development (LEAD).