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Religious Persecution

Religious minorities have much to offer society, but they often struggle against various forms of discrimination, a newly published report says. […] Read More

With some exceptions, most Christians are silent about persecution against Muslims. What a testimony it would be if the loudest voices calling for the just, humane treatment of Muslims were Christian voices. […] Read More

Often missing from a Christian discourse on religious persecution is recognition of an injustice undermining millions of lives today: the persecution of Muslims. Here are three cases of ongoing persecution. […] Read More

I’ve heard the cries of some U.S. evangelicals claiming they are in the midst of persecution. I don’t pretend to know exactly what another person is going through, but I wonder if what they are experiencing is not persecution but accountability. Not one of us revels in being held accountable for our actions when we […] Read More

A new word keeps showing up in the news describing radical Islamic groups – “takfÄ«r.” It’s the English transliteration of an Arabic word that means “to anathematize” or “to declare someone apostate or an infidel.” The ideology of takfÄ«rÄ« groups (for example, ISIS, al-Qaida and so on) draws a very tight circle around what is […] Read More

The war in Syria, now in its sixth year, has resulted in “untold suffering,” a report from the U.N. Human Rights Council (OHCHR) emphasized. Towns have been destroyed and communities fractured by the ongoing conflict. Medical facilities, schools, public spaces (such as parks), cultural heritage sites (including churches and mosques) and basic services (electricity and […] Read More

Religious liberty restrictions were passed by the parliament of Burma (also known as Myanmar) on Aug. 21. The legislation, set forth by Buddhist monks and first drafted in late May, would increase government control over religious conversion. The proposal was initiated at the urging of a Buddhist organization connected to the 969 movement, the U.S. […] Read More

The intersection of humanitarian crises, conflicts and religious persecution was highlighted in a new report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). USCIRF “recommended that the United States designate all five of these nations – Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Central African Republic and Burma – as ‘countries of particular concern'” (CPC). A CPC is […] Read More

A Nigerian Baptist leader recently castigated the international community for “just watching” as Boko Haram continues to terrorize the west African country. Samson Ayokunle, president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC) – the largest Baptist World Alliance (BWA) member organization in Africa with approximately 3.5 million members in some 10,000 churches – has called for international intervention to halt […] Read More

I attended the European Baptist Federation’s council meetings in Bucharest in September. Baptist leaders from all across Europe and the Middle East participated in these meetings. Several leaders from various Middle Eastern countries gave an update of their ministries. The expectation was to hear about the terrible tragedies that are taking place in the Middle […] Read More