Key Quotes - Religious Persecution

Key Quotes - Religious Persecution

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Last update: Sunday 18th November
 
A local councillor has described gospel tracts posted through letterboxes in Essex as “extreme”, but The Christian Institute says they speak of God’s love. “What comes after Pride” explains how God opposes people who build up themselves – in contrast to Jesus who humbled himself by dying on the cross. But David Burton-Sampson, a Basildon councillor, said the content was “appalling” and excludes people.
Religious PersecutionThe Christian Institute - 23rd August 2018
 
Christians remain the most persecuted religious group in the world, new figures from the Pew Research Centre show. The Centre’s report on religious harassment in 2016 found that Christians were harassed in 144 countries, up from 128 the year before, while Muslims were harassed in 142 countries, up from 125 in 2015.
Religious PersecutionChurch Times - 29th June 2018
 
The Algerian Government has been criticised for discrimination against the country’s Christian minority. Churches and individual Christians have faced increased restrictions in recent months, raising concerns that these pressures signal a ‘coordinated campaign of intensified action against churches by the governing authorities’, according to Christian advocacy group Middle East Concern.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - July 2018
 
An international charity that supports persecuted Christians, Open Doors, estimated that between 50,000 and 70,000 Christians were imprisoned in North Korea for their beliefs.

Religious PersecutionChurch Times - 15th June 2018
 
A warning was given to the EU Parliament on 5 June that religious freedom is one generation away from being lost.
Discrimination and intolerance of Christianity in Europe was debated for the first time in the European Parliament.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - July 2018
 
The Anti Defamation League (ADL) has released a report stating that over four million tweets were made in 2017 containing anti-Jewish messages, ranging from Holocaust denial to more general racial and religious abuse.
Religious PersecutionThe Plain Truth - Spring-Summer 2018
 
Denmark has become the sixth European country to ban a burka in public. From August 1, a fine of 1,000 DKK will be imposed on anyone found wearing a burka (which covers the entire face) or a niqab (which covers the entire face except the eyes). Anyone found forcing someone to cover their face could face up to two years in prison.
Religious PersecutionChristian Concern - 1st June 2018
 
A Kazakh regional Religious Affairs Department demanded the personal data of everyone under 18 who attends Christian meetings for worship, it was reported in mid-April. ‘It was not sent to Muslims, for example, just to Christians, and selectively’, an official stated. She refused to explain what ‘selectively’ means.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicalsNow – June 2018
 
Uttarakhand became the seventh state in India to put ‘anti-conversion’ legislation in force, with the Freedom of Religion Bill being signed on 18 April. A national newspaper reported the news of the governor’s approval of the Bill and enforcement of the Act.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicalsNow – June 2018
 
Pakistan’s citizens must now declare their religion when applying for identity documents, or if they want to work in Government or register to vote, Islamabad’s High Court ruled on 9th March. Applicants who disguise their true religion defy the constitution and betray the state, the judge said. Their true religion must now also be visible on birth certificates, ID cards, voters’ lists and passports. Many other jobs, including those in Government and the army, need applicants to submit an affidavit declaring that Muhammad was the final prophet.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicalsNow - May 2018
 
The Pakistan government unveiled an historic fatwa (religious meaning) in mid-January condemning Islamic extremism and vigilante ‘blasphemy’ attacks, in a potentially positive development for the country’s minority Christian community. By issuing the fatwa with the support of 1,829 religious leaders the Pakistani Government is addressing extremism from a religious perspective.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now – April 2018
 
China has prohibited buying the Bible from major online stores, whilst claiming the country promotes religious freedom. According to widespread media reports, Amazon China and two other large online outlets have dropped the Bible from sale.
Religious PersecutionThe Christian Institute - 6th April 2018
 
Christians in India are suffering a “dramatic upsurge” in attacks, a new report produced for Irish politicians warns. The report, Official India: On the side of the militants, was published last week by the Irish charity Church in Chains for the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence…The 57 “serious incidents of persecution” listed are a “representative sample”, the authors say, and are “almost certainly a gross understatement”. In the first half of 2016, the Evangelical Fellowship of India and All-India Christian Council recorded 410 incidents as in the whole of 2016. In 2014, it was 147.
Religious PersecutionChurch Times – 9 February 2018
 
After much criticism, Bolivian president Evo Morales announced on 21 January that his government would repeal a law that seemed set to make evangelism a crime. The new penal code, placed the ‘recruitment of persons for their participation in religious organisations or cults’ alongside recruitment for armed conflicts or sexual exploitation. The punishment would have been 7-12 years in prison. Catholic and Protestant church leaders protested, fearing it could lead eventually to evangelism being made a crime.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now – March 2018
 
All religious establishments in China will be bound by the new Regulations for Religious Affairs that came into force on 1 February amid reports that Christians are being sent to ‘re-education’ camps to re-orientate people to be loyal to the communist ideology. More than 100 Christians have been sent to ‘re-education’ camps in China’s north-western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the past few months.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now – March 2018
 
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