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New Evidence of War Crimes, Genocide against Iraqi Christians, Yazidis

More than 100 witnesses come forward detailing 'unspeakable brutality.'
New Evidence of War Crimes, Genocide against Iraqi Christians, Yazidis
Courtesy, AINA

“ISIL systematically separated the men from the women and young children. The men were subsequently taken away to nearby ditches and summarily executed. The mission obtained credible reports about the rape of young girls, including nine and six year-olds. Thirteen teenage ...

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Suicide Bombers Attack Sunday Services in Pakistan's Largest Christian Neighborhood

Taliban-linked killings provoke unusually violent reaction by Christian minority.
Suicide Bombers Attack Sunday Services in Pakistan's Largest Christian Neighborhood
Fareed Khan / AP

Update (Mar. 19): Christian leaders in Lahore have publicly asked for forgiveness for the retailiatory violence, as well as safety as Muslims gather for worship this Friday.

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Christian protesters turned unusually violent after suicide bombers attacked Sunday services ...

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ISIS Kidnaps 100 Christians in Syria: Prisoner Swap, or Libya-Style Propaganda?

(UPDATED) Christian leader: In light of 'barbaric record with the captured, the destiny of these families is a major concern to us.'
ISIS Kidnaps 100 Christians in Syria: Prisoner Swap, or Libya-Style Propaganda?
Twitter / EshuAssyrian3

Update (Feb. 25): Assyrian activists tell CNN that they expect ISIS to release a video today threatening to kill the approximately 150 Christian captives unless President Obama and other leaders end joint air strikes against the group.

An "official" confirmed ...

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Frank Wolf Calls for Safe Haven for Mideast Christians

Former congressman offers six-point plan. But killing continues as ISIL-linked terrorists behead 21 Christians in Libya.
Frank Wolf Calls for Safe Haven for Mideast Christians

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White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, “This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, ...

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Robert P. George to Saudi Arabia: Whip Me Instead of Raif Badawi

Offering to take 100 lashes each, 7 of 9 USCIRF commissioners 'would rather share in' blogger's punishment than 'watch him being cruelly tortured.'
Robert P. George to Saudi Arabia: Whip Me Instead of Raif Badawi
Amnesty International / Facebook

Following Saudi Arabia’s decision to flog a dissident blogger 50 times on a weekly basis for the next five months, seven of the nine members of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) have asked the Muslim nation to whip them instead.

“Compassion, ...

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Obama to Imprisoned Pastor's Wife: Saving Saeed Abedini in Iran Is 'a Top Priority'

(UPDATED) Obama tells Iran to 'immediately release' Abedini, who writes son on 7th birthday.
Obama to Imprisoned Pastor's Wife: Saving Saeed Abedini in Iran Is 'a Top Priority'
Courtesy of ACLJ

Update (Mar. 20): Despite asking the President of the United States in person to "please bring daddy home for my birthday," Jacob Abedini turned seven years old on Tuesday (Mar. 17) without his father, Saeed Abedini. But President Obama marked the Iranian New Year ...

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Christians Celebrate Supreme Court Approval of Religious Prison Beards

'No religion is an island,' says Becket Fund after successfully defending Muslim prisoner.
Christians Celebrate Supreme Court Approval of Religious Prison Beards
Ace Armstrong / Flickr

Despite the current popularity of beards among evangelical pastors, facial hair isn’t a requirement for Christian men. But since it is a sign of faith for some Muslims, Sikhs, and others, religious liberty advocates are celebrating the US Supreme Court’s unanimous ...

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'Not Forgotten': The Top 50 Countries Where It's Most Difficult To Be A Christian

Open Doors says 2014 saw the worst persecution of Christians in the 'modern era'—but not because of violence.
'Not Forgotten': The Top 50 Countries Where It's Most Difficult To Be A Christian
Courtesy of Open Doors

New research reveals one more reason to remember 2014: for the greatest number of religious freedom violations against Christians worldwide in recent memory—even in Christian-majority countries. Of the worst 50 nations, 4 out of 5 share the same primary cause. And, ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2014

World Vision's reversal, Kay Warren on son's suicide, 33 Christian leaders under 33, and more.
The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2014

Did you catch all of the most-read CT articles from 2014?

Here's a look back at what readers kept clicking:

20) The 160-Year Christian History Behind What's Happening in Ukraine

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19) Fox News' Highly Reluctant Jesus Follower

Of all people surprised that I became ...

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The Top 10 Testimonies of 2014

Here are the Christian conversion stories that CT readers shared most.
The Top 10 Testimonies of 2014

For two years now, CT has devoted a premium slot in its print magazine—the back page—to a compelling story of Christian conversion. Muslims and Mormons, football players and French atheists, even an alcoholic Baptist have all contributed to our Testimony series. ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2014

Did you catch all the religion news that CT readers found most interesting this year?
The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2014

What do Mark Driscoll, Tim Keller, Meriam Ibrahim, and the KJV have in common? All were subjects of the most-read Gleanings posts of 2014.

Here are the top 20 stories that kept readers clicking:

20) How 727 Megachurches Spend Their Money

Leadership Network and Vanderbloemen ...

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Kenya Bans New Churches Amid 'Miracle-Faking Spree'

After TV exposé, attorney general seeks ways to rein in fake pastors.
Kenya Bans New Churches Amid 'Miracle-Faking Spree'
KTN Kenya (YouTube screenshot)

Prompted by news coverage of alleged illegal activity by pastors promising miracles, Kenya’s attorney general has banned new religious organizations from registering as the East African nation moves to enforce stricter regulations on churches, mosques, and temples.

The ...

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Answered Prayer for IDOP: North Korea Frees Missionary Kenneth Bae After Two Years

(UPDATED) Bae: 'Thank you ... for lifting me up and not forgetting me.'
Answered Prayer for IDOP: North Korea Frees Missionary Kenneth Bae After Two Years
Courtesy of Derek Sciba

Update (Nov. 10): At a news conference, Kenneth Bae thanked his supporters for "lifting me up and not forgetting me" during his long captivity in North Korea. "It's been an amazing two years," he said. "I learned a lot, I grew a lot, lost a lot ...

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Into the Fiery Furnace: Christian Couple in Pakistan Burned for 'Blasphemy'

(UPDATED) Prime minister pledges justice after mob kills pregnant wife and husband.
Into the Fiery Furnace: Christian Couple in Pakistan Burned for 'Blasphemy'
Courtesy of LEAD

Update (Nov. 10): After a fact-finding trip, the Church of Pakistan claims that "revenge for unpaid bills" was the real reason a Christian couple fell afoul of blasphemy rumors that led to a mob burning them to death. The Anglican Communion News Service reports ...

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Houston Mayor Drops Pastor Subpoenas

National debate over religious freedom prompts withdrawal.
Houston Mayor Drops Pastor Subpoenas
Ed Schipul / Flickr

Update (Oct. 29): Houston mayor Annise Parker announced Wednesday morning that she is directing America's fourth-largest city to rescind subpoenas issued to five local pastors.

The decision came a day after Parker met with Houston pastors (including Chris Seay, who ...

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