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Christians Win Nepal's First Anti-Evangelism Case

Court frees grief counselors charged under former Hindu kingdom's new constitution.
Christians Win Nepal's First Anti-Evangelism Case
Giulio Paletta / Christian Solidarity Worldwide

A court in Nepal has dropped a case against eight Christians, the first religious freedom dispute since the country's new constitution was implemented last year.

The seven men and one woman had been charged with proselytizing after giving out a pamphlet about Jesus in a Christian ...

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| Research

Opposition to Assisted Suicide Dies Out

Most Americans, including 4 in 10 evangelicals, want doctors to help terminally ill patients end their lives.

The American Medical Association has described physician-assisted suicide as a serious risk to society and “fundamentally incompatible with a physician’s role as healer.”

Millions of Americans disagree.

Two-thirds say it is morally acceptable for terminally ill ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

British Government Affirms Christmas at Work

New report details when workers' faith expression is protected and when it can get them fired.

British officials are encouraging the country to put Christ back in Christmas—even in their workplaces.

“There are a lot of myths out there when it comes to dealing with religion at work. I want to put the record straight: It is OK to hold a party and send Christmas ...

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| International; People; Religious Freedom

How Fidel Castro's Death Will Affect Cuba's Christian Revival

It won't. And that's (mostly) a good thing.
How Fidel Castro's Death Will Affect Cuba's Christian Revival
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The remains of Fidel Castro are being displayed in Havana as part of Cuba’s nine days of official mourning for the deceased dictator. Many world leaders will not attend the funeral next week for the man who raised literacy rates but kept a rigid grasp on civil rights.

For ...

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| People

Died: Russell Shedd, Brazil's Top Evangelical Theologian

Longtime missionary's books trained generations of pastors.
Died: Russell Shedd, Brazil's Top Evangelical Theologian
Cristianismo Hoje

Only a few Christian leaders in South America have won as much unanimity in life as Russell Phillip Shedd.

The esteemed pastor, theologian, missionary, teacher, writer, and lecturer died last weekend in São Paulo, Brazil, where he lived and served for more than 50 years. ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Five Men Sentenced to Death for Burning Christian Couple Alive

Ruling on 2014 incident is rare moment of justice for Pakistani Christians facing blasphemy allegations.
Five Men Sentenced to Death for Burning Christian Couple Alive
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Last week, Pakistan sentenced five men to death for the murder of a Christian couple who were burned alive in November 2014 for setting fire to some pages from a Qur’an.

A mob of about 600 people beat to near-death Shahzad Masih, 26, and his five-months-pregnant wife Shama ...

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| Research

White Evangelicals Grade Trump, Republicans, and the Media

Pew looks at satisfaction with the election, and what voters think the new president should do first.

In one of the first surveys after the 2016 presidential election, the Pew Research Center asked voters to weigh in on what grade Donald Trump (and others) should receive, what he should do first, and whether they will give him a chance to succeed.

Among white evangelicals voters—one ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

First Christian Governor in Indonesia Suspected of Blasphemy

Uproar over alleged 'misuse' of Qur'an creates tense situation for pluralistic country.
First Christian Governor in Indonesia Suspected of Blasphemy
Dita Alangkara / AP

Thousands of Indonesians protested this week after police named the first Christian governor of the nation’s capital, Jakarta, as a suspect in a blasphemy investigation.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as “Ahok,” was appointed in 2014 after his ally ...

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| Family and Sexuality; International

France Punishes Pro-Life Websites for False Advertising

Meanwhile, US states split on disclosures by Christian pregnancy centers.
France Punishes Pro-Life Websites for False Advertising
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The French government introduced plans this fall to create a “digital trading hindrance” to pregnancy websites that don’t clearly identify their pro-life view.

“Being hostile to abortion is an opinion protected by the civil liberties in France,” ...

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| Research; Theology

The No. 1 Bible Verse and Top 25 Topics of Trump’s Election

How searches for the end times, praying for government, and other topics changed from 2012 to 2016.
The No. 1 Bible Verse and Top 25 Topics of Trump’s Election
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On Election Day, more people were searching the Bible for topics involving the end times than for praying for government.

And the top Bible verse of the 2016 presidential election: 2 Chronicles 7:14.

In the New International Version, the passage reads, “If my people, who ...

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