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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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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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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
Courtesy of LEAD

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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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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Asia Bibi Case Delayed by Pakistan Supreme Court

Christian mother of five is the first woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan.
Asia Bibi Case Delayed by Pakistan Supreme Court
Courtesy of Open Doors

After seven years in prison, Asia Bibi will have to wait even longer to know her fate.

Her appearance Thursday before Pakistan’s Supreme Court was put off when one of the three judges in the case recused himself. The Christian mother of five is facing a death sentence for ...

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Azerbaijan's Ambiguous Bible Breakthrough

After 20-year struggle, will new Bible society even be allowed to print Bibles?
Azerbaijan's Ambiguous Bible Breakthrough
Francisco Anzola / Flickr

A restrictive majority-Muslim country is getting good news—or rather, the Good News.

The recent registration of a Bible Society in Azerbaijan, after a 20-year fight, has brought fresh optimism to the country’s minority Christians. But there remains some confusion ...

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Red Tape: China Wants to Constrict Christian Activities with 26 New Rules

Both official and house churches now face bigger threat than cross removal campaign.
Red Tape: China Wants to Constrict Christian Activities with 26 New Rules
ChinaAid

This week is the last chance Chinese Christians have to tell their government what they think of its latest religion law.

They have an awful lot to comment on.

China released a draft of new religious restrictions in September, including the prohibition of online religious services, ...

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Finally: Killers of Malatya Martyrs Sentenced to Life in Turkish Prison

But Turkish Christians are still 'infuriated.' Here's why.
Finally: Killers of Malatya Martyrs Sentenced to Life in Turkish Prison
Morning Star News

After a nine-year legal saga, a Turkish criminal court today sentenced five men to life in prison for the torture and murder of three Christians in southeast Turkey in 2007.

The Malatya First Heavy Penal Court found Salih Gurler, Cuma Ozdemir, Abuzer Yildirim, Hamit Ceker, and ...

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California Lawmaker Drops Controversial Proposal to Regulate Religious Colleges

SB 1146 won't be the religious liberty threat many Christians feared.

A day after religious leaders released an open letter calling on California to protect religious liberty in higher education, the lawmaker behind a controversial bill dropped the proposal in question, allowing religious schools to keep exemptions to anti-discrimination laws ...

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Pew: More Sermons Endorse Clinton

Fewer pastors are politically engaged this election; fewer still are speaking for Trump from the pulpit.

The candidate behind the biggest Republican push to allow pastors to back politicians from the pulpit has received fewer sermon endorsements than his presidential opponent, who favors the current ban.

According to a new Pew Research survey, 1 percent of churchgoers said their ...

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Egypt's First 'Official' Christian Convert Quits, Returns to Islam

After years of harassment and imprisonment, Mohamed Hegazy abandons his unprecedented legal quest.
Egypt's First 'Official' Christian Convert Quits, Returns to Islam
World Watch Monitor

In 2007, Mohamed Hegazy became the first Egyptian to seek to change the religion on his identification card from Muslim to Christian. But after nine years of harassment, imprisonment, and torture, last week Hegazy publicly declared his return to Islam.

In a YouTube video, Hegazy ...

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Russia's Ban on Evangelism Is Now in Effect

But how strictly will it be enforced?

Yesterday, Russia’s new anti-terrorism laws, which restrict Christians from evangelizing outside of their churches, went into effect.

The “Yarovaya package” requires missionaries to have permits, makes house churches illegal, and limits religious activity to ...

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Russia's Newest Law: No Evangelizing Outside of Church

(UPDATE) Putin signs new restrictions that limit where and how Christians share the gospel.

Update (July 8): This week, Russian president Vladimir Putin approved a package of anti-terrorism laws that usher in tighter restrictions on missionary activity and evangelism.

Despite prayers and protests from religious leaders and human rights advocates, the Kremlin announced ...

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ChristianMingle Lawsuit Forces Site to Add Options for Gay Daters

For the first time in 11 years, same-sex couples can find “God’s match for you” on the site.

ChristianMingle.com will open its 16 million-member site to gay and lesbian users following an anti-discrimination lawsuit.

According to a settlement approved by a California judge last week, the country’s most popular Christian dating site will offer options for same-sex ...

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Across 198 Nations, Christians Face More Terrorism But Less Government Hostility

Pew finds that terrorism threatens to surpass the traditional persecutors of the global church.

From some angles, it looks like the beginning of a hopeful trend among the steady stream of persecution headlines.

Both government and societal harassment of religion dropped worldwide in 2014, according to a Pew Research Center study released today. This is the second year in ...

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