A year and a half - comments on Covid-19
Its been an unusual year and a half to say the least. I want to share my thoughts and comments here over the next little while about COVID and provide additional insights into what has been happening in this pandemic.
A Christian woman from Pakistan reveals how God transformed an ‘ordinary Christian’ on death row
The case of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2010 and acquitted by the Supreme Court in 2018, shone a global spotlight on the use and abuse of blasphemy laws in Pakistan.
An American Univeristy crosses the line on religious freedom of students
University of Iowa found guilty of religious discrimination. The crime: forcing student groups to accept University appointed leaders for their group. Groups argued that UI targeted them for requiring student leaders to sign a statement of faith.
Genocide in Nigeria
Nigerian Christians find it increasingly difficult as the number of those martyred continue to rise
Family of detained pastor evicted from their home
Family forced out of home after their husband and father is arrested for standing up for freedom in Cuba.
Interfaith marriage: Survey says most Indians oppose it
Most Indians see themselves and their country as religiously tolerant but are against interfaith marriage, a survey from Pew Research Center has found.
Setting Christian churches on fire in Canada condemned by leaders
Isn’t the most basic right the freedom to believe and to celebrate your beliefs. Why are these hate motivated acts of terrorism being taken seriously by leaders across Canada? Hugh double standard on the issues of religious freedom
US Congresswoman runs afoul of Twitter and is suspended
Ms Greene, a Republican congresswoman, has been an outspoken critic of vaccines and the use of masks. Last month she apologised for likening coronavirus mask rules to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.
Inside Pakistan's 'Conversion Factory' For Hindu Brides
A article on “Conversion factories,” - girls and young women vanishing from their homes, marrying and converting virtually overnight, and kept away from their family -- often by court order and with the backing of fanatical clerics.
Key Findings Regarding Christian Persecution in China for 2020
China’s ongoing persecution of Christians is not new news. But organizations such as ChinaAid keep us all up to date on the latest happenings. This is a summary of most recent China Aid report.
Demonstrations and killed in the 'Global Myanmar Spring Revolution’
Myanmar’s attack on freedom continues with the government targeting various minority faith communities and crushing dissidents in its attempts to divide and conquer.
US Senator Tim Scott responds after racial slur trends on Twitter for hours
How is that those who are highly passionate about an issue become the perpetrators of it – in their response to Senator Scott those supposedly most concerned about racism show themselves to be viciously racist themselves.
Biden Administration reverses restrictions on using fetal tissue from abortions in research
Once again it is legal within the US to experiment with aborted fetal tissue and organs, a practice that had been stopped in 2019.
How killer on drugs escaped French trial for anti-Semitic murder
Judges ruled that Kobili Traoré had been undergoing a "psychotic episode" at the time of the attack on his 65 year old neighbour and that his "discernment" had been "abolished". This is spite of a long history by the defendant of antisemitic behavior
Campaign Launched to Discredit Christian Groups in Nepal
In a ploy to revoke registration of Christian organizations and shrink their influence, Hindu extremists in Nepal have forged a document as if from Christian groups portraying them as seeking ethnic divisions to gain converts, sources said.
Protect religious symbols in African conflict zones
Religious sites, artifacts and symbols are often targeted by extremists in their attacks on other communities in order to weaken opposition.
Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang
As mass detentions and surveillance dominate the lives of China’s Uyghurs and Kazakhs, a woman struggles to free herself.
Canadian Pastor Will Stay in Jail Until May Trial for Holding Church Services amid Pandemic
Albert government uses the courts to keep Pastor James Coates in prison for another 2 months over church meeting on Sundays. Slight overkill, so to speak???
Patients being offered euthanasia contrary to Fraser Health policy
We knew it wasn’t going to be long before prodeath advocates began to push the limits of the law in Canada around government sanctioned assisted suicide.
Kyrgyzstan modeling its new Constitution on Russia
A close watch needs to be kept to ensure that religious minorities are not subjected to the same persecution that they face from Moscow.
Biden Fires Attorney Who Defended Religious Liberty of Employees
Did President Biden at his inauguration really say,’ ‘The right to dissent peaceably, within the guardrails of our Republic, is perhaps our nation’s greatest strength.’ If so he needs to reconsider this decision.
Switzerland Voters support ban on face coverings in public
Switzerland votes to ban face coverings. What right does the government have to tell citizens what they can or cannot wear?
Global support calls for Iran to return ancestral lands to Bahá’ís
A global campaign is demanding Iran return ancestral lands which were illegally confiscated solely because of the landowners’ religious beliefs.
Violating Rights: Enforcing the World’s Blasphemy Laws
For more information on blasphemy laws around the world, please see USCIRF's recent comprehensive report.
China brings its cruel crackdown on Uighur advocates to the U.S.
I have had the privilege of meeting with Ziba Murat and Rushan Abbas to hear their agonizing story - of a elderly relative, a retired medical doctor being punished by the Chinese regime because they dare to speak up about the Uighur persecution.