Key Quotes - World Issues

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Last update: Sunday 18th August
 
The killer of two Christian brothers falsely accused of blasphemy in Pakistan was sentenced to death in April in a rare case of justice for the country’s maligned Christian community. Maqsood Ahmed was convicted on April 18 of the murders of Pastor Rashid and Sajid Emmanuel (30 and 27), who were gunned down on July 19 2010 as they were escorted from court in Faisalabad following their first appearance on blasphemy charges.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now June 2011
 
Anyone in France wearing the Muslim niqab or burqa in public could face a fine or lessons in French citizenship following Europe’s first-ever ban (which came into force on April 11) on full-face veils and other face coverings in public. The law makes it illegal for anyone to wear clothes designed to hide their face in public. If caught, women can receive a fine of £130 and be sent for French citizenship lessons. Men who force women to wear a burqa can be fined up to £25,000. Repeat offenders can be jailed.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now June 2011
 
President Barack Obama has said he would be prepared to launch a fresh American raid into Pakistan if they found another leading terrorist figure hiding there. In a BBC interview before his state visit to London, the U.S leader described the killing of al-Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden earlier this month as a “powerful moment” for the U.S.
World IssuesThe Sentinel May 23 2011
 
Kanal Hayat (formerly ECTV) is the only 24/7 Christian satellite television service broadcasting in Turkish and other Turkic languages. During 2010, over 200,000 Turks responded to Kanal Hayat (KH) in some way. There were hundreds of phone calls, thousands of texts and emails. Those who contact the station know that they might face problems from their families or communities. 180,000 people visited the accompanying website and 26,000 full programmes were downloaded, perhaps to watch privately and repeatedly. Over 90% of those who respond are Muslims, many of whom want to know more about Jesus Christ. Most are men (aged up to 40), though more programmes aimed at women are steadily changing that balance. The response represents one in every 266 adults in Turkey or, for example, 90 in a town with 25,000. There are many towns in Turkey of this size with no other Christian witness.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now May 2011
 
The UK will finally sign up to Europe-wide measures to combat human trafficking, after being embarrassed by a campaign fought by Anti-Slavery International, campaigning website 38 Degrees and The Independent On Sunday. More than 46,000 people had signed the organisations’ petition calling on the coalition to sign up. The Government had been criticised for failing to opt in to the directive earlier. Only Britain and Denmark had not signed up to it. The new laws bring in better protection for victims of trafficking and increase the chance of successfully prosecuting the gangs that exploit them. Immigration Minister Damian Green insisted that by waiting until the final wording was agreed, the UK’s interests had been protected.
World IssuesSalvationist, 2 April 2011
 
There are fewer than 350,000 Christians in Iraq – just a third of the number that were living there at the start of the first Gulf War in 1991. The exodus is down to the rise in organised violence by an extremist militia, particularly in the capital, Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul. In total some 90 Christians were martyred in Iraq in 2010.
World IssuesIdea March/April 2011
 
According to Compassion, women in particular account for more than 70% of people living in extreme poverty despite making up under half of the world’s population. Women also work two thirds of the world’s working hours, but only earn one tenth of the world’s income, according to the charity. Compassion believes there is a strong need to support so many mothers and aid them in taking control of their lives as well as their children’s future.
World IssuesIdea March/April 2011
 
A recent report reveals that fewer than ten per cent of Dutch women work full-time and they face one of the highest wage gaps in Europe. But the surprise is it's not just mums with young families who work only two or three days a week, or older women who care for elderly relatives: it is child-free women in their 20s and 30s, too. And, it seems, it makes them incredibly happy. A new book, Dutch Women Don't Get Depressed, explains that the reason they don't is because the majority work part-time. They earn less and have less. Many live off their partner. But they don't care. They want to relax, read a book, see their friends.
Studies show that Dutch women don’t want to spend more time at work: they refuse extended hours at their jobs, even if they don’t have children. And they are horrified by British women's lack of free time.
World IssuesDaily Mail March 10th 2011
 
The US Muslim population is expected to double over the next 20 years, fuelled by immigration and higher-than-average fertility rates, according to a report released on January 27. The report, The Future of the Global Muslim Population, from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, estimates that the number of US Muslims will rise to 6.2 million, or 1.7% of the overall population, in 2030.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now, March 2011
 
On January 31, Sudan’s government said that it would accept the secession of the southern half of the country without challenge. The announcement gave further acceptance to the January referendum in which 99% of those voting in south Sudan voted for independence. ‘We announce our agreement and our acceptance of the result of the referendum’, Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha said. The referendum was the last step in a 2005 peace agreement between the North and South. The agreement ended a civil war spanning a quarter of a century.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now, March 2011
 
An Australian-born convert to Islam in January was urging Muslims to speak out against democracy and push for shari’a law in Australia. Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon formed Sharia4Australia in 2010 with objectives that include advising elected governments that they have no authority to rule and educating non-Muslims about the benefits of shari’a. ‘One day Australia will live under shari’a; it’s inevitable’, he claims.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now, March 2011
 
The leader of Coptic Catholics in Egypt has spoken of an “historic opportunity” for the people, describing how the country now stands on the brink of achieving the “dream” of a democratic system. Cardinal Antonios Naguib, Patriarch of Alexandria, welcomed the interim military regime’s stated aim of dismantling the autocratic style of government built up over 30 years by Hosni Mubarak, who resigned on February 11. Signalling his strong support for the first declarations of the temporary administration which replaced Mr Mubarak, Patriarch Naguib highlighted the importance of the new commitment to a civil system of government. Speaking from Alexandria in an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Patriarch Naguib said: “Moving towards a civil, democratic government, rather than a religious or military one, has been our hope for a long time – it has been a dream.”
World IssuesThe Universe, February 20, 2011
 
Calls for a fresh drive to stop a guerrilla commander from terrorising South Sudan have come from a senior bishop, who fears renewed violence may derail progress in a region preparing for independence. Reporting on an upsurge of violence by the Lords Resistance Army in Sudan’s far south-west, Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of Tombura-Yambio has issued an open letter pleading for renewed political pressure to bring LRA leader Joseph Kony to the negotiating table. And in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Hiiboro said the threat of worse violence could drag neighbouring regions into the conflict, with devastating consequences for the fledgling government of what looks set to become Africa’s youngest country.
World IssuesThe Universe, February 20, 2011
 
Christians in Egypt appear divided in their reaction to the fall of Hosni Mubarak. Young Christians share the enthusiasm of their Muslim contemporaries and hope for a new dawn in their country; older Christians worry that Islamists may seize power and try to enforce Sharia law now Mubarak’s restraining hand has been removed.
World IssuesThe Church Of England Newspaper, February 18, 2011
 
Hundreds of migrant workers are left living in the UK illegally as the UK Border Agency puts profit before securing the country’s borders, an independent watchdog has revealed. John Vine, the independent chief inspector of the UKBA, said the perception among staff was that the agency’s emphasis “was always on income-generating work first”. Controlling immigration and the quality of decisions over cases were not as much of a priority as generating income and providing customer service, many staff said.
World IssuesThe Sentinel, February 16, 2011
 
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