ISTANBUL, TURKEY (ANS -- Feb. 25, 2017) -- Turkey's Constitutional Court intervened promptly this week to block temporarily the pending deportation and re-entry ban ordered against a US citizen active in Christian ministry in Turkey for the past 17 years.
World Watch Monitor (www.worldwatchmonitor.org) reports that without the high court's provisional ruling, Canadian-American David Byle would have been the fourth American Christian with long-term residency in Turkey to have been ordered out of the country in the past six months. All four have been charged with posing a "threat to national security," without any explanation.
The social media giant Facebook said Thursday that it made an "error" by suspending a Christian video blogger's account after she wrote a post about the Bible's condemnation of homosexuality.
As previously reported by The Christian Post, Facebook recently froze the public Facebook page of Elizabeth Johnston, an Ohio homeschool mother of 10 who runs the popular blog and Facebook account "The Activist Mommy."
Summer is just a few months away and TeachBeyond is recruiting for its short-term mission trips: English camps, Christian Telegraph reports according to Mission Network News.
Why Teach English
The ministry needs volunteers who are willing to donate some of their time to teach English to people in Brazil, the Philippines, and even parts of Central Asia. While teaching a language may be intimidating, these camps are also an opportunity to share the Gospel. TeachBeyond, through working with national churches, brings together both education and the Great Commission.
People with severe mental illness are much more likely to be incarcerated than treated for their disorders, advocates said at a recent panel, and changes need to be made in order to break the vicious cycle of prison and homelessness, Christian Telegraph reports according to Catholic News Agency.
LONDON, UK (ANS – February 22, 2017) -- Fresh from a show at The Barbican in London last month and an MBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours list, the next production with award-winning hip-hop artist Kenrick Sandy’s name on the credits, is at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham, on February 25, 2017.
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA (ANS - February 21, 2017) - Australian veteran media pioneer, Alan Miles Metcalfe, the founder of The Safe Worlds TV Project, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017, in the Gold Coast, Australia, following a massive heart attack.
His son, Clayton L. Metcalfe, said that the heart attack was "caused by a complication of a virus that attacked his blood which went [on] to infect the heart." Clayton went on to say that his father "never had a sick day in his life until now," adding that he "is now in a better place with His God and is now giving us his guidance from above."
The book, "Religion and Law in Contemporary Russia" was published in Russia. It was sponsored by the authoritative experts in the field of religion sociology and the advocates Roman Lunkin and Inna Zagrebina, Christian Telegraph reports according to the Christian Megaportal invictory.com.
LONDON, UK. (February 21, 2017) -- Faisal Bashir, a former Muslim who became an atheist claims he has been a victim of increasing apostasy hate crimes in the UK.
According to a report by Joseph Hartropp of the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), the former Muslim claims his troubles began after his "apostasy" from the faith.
Bashir, 43, grew up in a "moderate" Muslim family, but left Islam and became an atheist after he was disturbed by the messages of hate and intolerance he was hearing from local mosques.
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS - February 19, 2017) -- The first thing that British artist Luke Turner told me concerning the mass of people gathered behind the El Rey Theater in downtown Albuquerque is that the demonstration was "not a protest."
When I asked him what it was Turner replied, "It's an anti-division movement. We are for unity, a central voice of agreement." And actor Shia LaBeof would agree, chanting from afar, "We are anti the normalization of division."
PARIS, France, February 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - The French National Assembly has adopted legislation to make what it calls "spreading misleading information" about abortion punishable with up to a two-year prison sentence and a fine.
The law specifically targets "electronic" and "online" means of spreading information with the intention of dissuading women from ending their pregnancy, but its wording is not restrictive. By and large, any person or group aiming to call public attention to the dangers and risks of abortion will be potentially at risk of prosecution.
The two Nigerian villages are barely five minutes' drive apart. In one, Goska, houses were destroyed, churches burnt, shops vandalised, carcasses of animals littered the streets and most of the village remains deserted. The other, Dangoma, remains intact, untouched by the shadows of violence.
Goska and Dangoma both lie in the Jema'a area of southern Kaduna in Nigeria's Middle Belt; however, Goska is an indigenous community that is predominantly Christian, while Dangoma is a settler community, mostly Fulani and Muslim.
February 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - A Canadian pastor who has researched 140 incidents of voyeurism in unisex and transgender-friendly spaces, says it is clear that transgender bathroom policies have contributed to the problem.
Paul Dirks of the New West Community Church in New Westminster, British Columbia, says his information, published on his WomanMeansSomething.com website, shows there is a "voyeurism epidemic."
Religious freedom in India will never be achieved unless the country is willing to make substantial amendments to its constitution and legal framework, says a new report. It also asks the US to put human rights at the heart of trade and diplomatic interactions with India.
A tide of religiously motivated nationalism in recent years has seen India rise up the Open Doors World Watch List of the 50 countries in which it is hardest to live as a Christian. This year, India is ranked 15th.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS - February 16, 2017) -- Tesla and SpaceX tech mogul Elon Musk has strong opinions about artificial intelligence (AI), suggesting that AI may "summon the demon" that will put humanity at risk or turn us all into the house pets of machines.
He believes AI may be even more dangerous than nuclear weapons.
The suffering of persecuted Christians around the world is exacerbated by the failure of UN bodies to fulfil their obligations to uphold religious freedom, a damning report has claimed.
The 27-page report, starkly entitled The UN's Failure to Promote and Protect Religious Freedom, argues that concerns about the protection of vulnerable religious minorities are lost amid tugs of war with Muslim-majority countries and, separately, pro-gay, pro-choice and pro-euthanasia groups. It argues that converts to Christianity are put especially at risk by the UN's "straying" from its original mission to uphold human rights.
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, UK (ANS - February 15, 2017) -- While the debate continues over recent US immigration policy, Dr. Michael Youssef's latest book, The Barbarians Are Here, highlights the urgency for Christians to respond to the current crisis of radical Islamic terrorist attacks in the West.
"For decades, Westerners were vaguely aware that Islamist barbarians were in the deserts of the Middle East, executing infidels and raiding villages with unrecognizable names. Then came the terrorist attacks of 9/11, followed by attacks at the Boston Marathon, San Bernardino, and more. Now terrorists seem to be emerging everywhere, unleashing senseless death and destruction on our nation. They are here, and their goal is nothing less than global conquest," said Dr. Youssef. "There is hope to overcome the threat Islam poses to the free world-but we must act now before it is too late."
On Friday, February 10, in a solemn ceremony the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis and German President Joachim Gauck officially introduced the nameplate of the new Reformation square in the center of Riga, the Latvian capital, Christian Telegraph reports according to the Christian Megaportal invictory.com.
Now the Reformation square is right next to St. Peter's Church.
The new name of the square in the Old Town was obtained after the request of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church and the German Embassy in Latvia.
KUALA LUMPUR/SEOUL (ANS, Feb. 14, 2017) – A U.S. government source said on Tuesday it strongly believes that North Korean agents murdered the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia.
In the extraordinary case surrounding the mysterious death of Kim Jong Nam, the U.S. government says American authorities have not yet determined exactly how he was killed, according to an unnamed source, who did not provide specific evidence to support the U.S. government's view.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (ANS - February 11, 2017) -- On February 7, 2017, Haiti inaugurated her 58th president. Jovenel Moise, a businessman with no prior political experience was sworn in during inaugural ceremonies in Haiti's Parliament and on the lawn of the once National Palace destroyed in 2010 by a 7.0 earthquake.
The Inauguration was attended by international delegations including Venezuela, Canada, the Peoples Republic of Taiwan, the United States, and the European Union. Most notable was the inclusion of several evangelical missionaries, especially national television celebrities Joel and Yvonne Trimble of Haiti for Christ Ministries
Meghrik* was on a bus when it happened.
He was travelling from Aleppo to Al-Qamishli in the north east of Syria, a seven-hour journey even before the war started. Now war means there are many checkpoints to stall progress on the 430km trip
On February 1 the Slavic Legal Center in Moscow held a press conference regarding the criminal investigation in relation to the leaders of the Recovery rehabilitation center, Christian Telegraph reports according to Christian Megaportal InVictory.
The discussion was attended by lawyers, parents of drug addicts and municipal deputies.
Air traffic over Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, was halted today (8 Feb) as MPs and senators gathered at the airport to elect former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo as the country's new president.
The outgoing president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, congratulated the winner, though many challenges lie ahead for the new leader. President Farmajo will have to try to unite a war-torn country that is still very much divided, while facing an ongoing Islamic insurgency and corruption crisis, as well as the threat of famine.
A Colombian nun was kidnapped by armed men last night (7 Jan) in southern Mali, a relatively safe part of the country, which has been mainly unaffected by Islamist attacks.
Gloria Agoti is part of the congregation of Franciscan Sisters in the convent of Karangasso, about 300km from Bamako, the capital.
Local sources said a group of armed men broke into the convent at around 9pm. They kidnapped the nun and locked up her assistant, before driving away in a car belonging to the convent. The car was later abandoned by the kidnappers, who were said to have continued their journey on motorbikes.
JAKARTA, INDONESIA (ANS - February 6, 2017) -- Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based Christian Advocacy Group. is calling on the North Jakarta District Court to acquit Jakarta's governor, Ahok, who is currently on trial for blasphemy, ahead of local elections on Feb. 15.
In a news release, CSW also urges the Indonesian government to review the country's blasphemy laws and for blasphemy charges against suspects awaiting trial to be dropped.
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as "Ahok," is the governor of Jakarta and as a Chinese Christian, is Indonesia's most prominent ethnic minority politician. He has been charged with blasphemy, which carries a prison sentence of up to five years, despite a lack of credible evidence against him.
BESLAN, RUSSIA (ANS - February 5, 2017) - The world was shocked when, on September 1st, 2004, they turned on their television sets and learned the terrible news that more than 30 Muslim terrorists had attacked a school in a small, southwestern Russian town called Beslan. They terrorists took over 1,000 men, women, and children, and held them hostage for three days, the majority of them in the school's gymnasium.
As leaders of many faiths gathered for prayer in Washington, D.C. this week, they pledged solidarity with refugees looking to enter the U.S., Christian Telegraph reports according to Catholic News.
"While we recognize and while we are very, very aware of the need for security, we also very much recognize that that cannot be at the cost of any type of failure to recognize the needs of people who are being persecuted," Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. insisted at a Tuesday interfaith gathering, speaking for himself and other Catholic bishops.
Many people might not consider persecution to be a blessing, yet God's Word tells us it is.
Throughout history millions of Christians have died for their faith, and martyrdom continues to be an ongoing reality for international Christ-followers.
In 2016, 90,000 Christians throughout the world were killed for their faith, according to statistics compiled by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The global watchdog Open Doors conservatively reports that hundreds of millions of Christians worldwide face persecution, and in a recent report noted that 25 of the top 50 persecuted countries have seen an increase in hostility toward Christians.