Key Quotes - Religious Persecution

Key Quotes - Religious Persecution

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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
 
A criminal Code Bill which includes clauses that criminalise religious conversion and the “hurting of religious sentiment” was signed into law on 16th October by Nepali President Bidhya Devi Bhandari. Nepal’s Constitution stipulates that the Hindu faith will be protected by the state, Article 26 (3) of the Constitution restricts religious conversion and the free expression of one’s faith. The Bill was signed on the same day that the UN General Assembly elected Nepal as one of 15 new members of the UN Human Rights Council.
Religious PersecutionEvangelical Now - December 2017
 
A new law on belief and religion in Vietnam, scheduled to come into effect on 1st January 2018, is more likely to control religion than provide freedom for believers. Evangelical leaders say the law represents more intrusion into the internal affairs of their churches than any prior legislation. The new law will abrogate the benefits of the Prime Minister’s Special Directive No.1 Concerning the Protestant faith (2005), congregations to operate, even while legal registration was pending or not available.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - January 2018
 
The majority of those charged under Russia’s religion laws, following their introduction last year, have been Christians, it was reported in December. Since Putin’s government amended anti-terror laws to crack down on “extremism” in July 2016, a total of 202 cases have been brought to court. Of these, 53% have been against Protestant Christians or organisations. Aimed at disrupting terrorist activity the laws have been used to target Evangelical Christians and other religious minorities.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - January 2018
 
CNN News on 15th November revealed that captured African immigrants heading to Europe are being sold into slavery in modern-day slave markets in Libya. Among the refugees are Christians including Eritreans, fleeing religious persecution. One migrant described Libya as a “hell” where he lived in “permanent fear of being picked up by a militia group and sold off as a slave”. A 2016 report showed that Christians face acute danger and are targeted by both people-traffickers and Islamist groups in the country.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - January 2018
 
In the Yugan county, Communist Party leaders described the presence of religion as a “crisis” as they tore down religious posters in December. 5,000 to 6,000 Christian families “see God as their saviour…….(but) should no longer rely on Jesus, but on the party for help, said officials. If the people don’t remove the Christian symbols and pictures and replace them with portraits of the Chinese president, as they are being “encouraged” to do, they face not being given their quota from the poverty relief fund.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - January 2018
 
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