Early Rain Covenant Church pastor Wang Yi has been sentenced to nine years in prison as the Chinese government clamps down on religious groups. A 2017 law required all religious groups to register with authorities and sever international connections. The communist government has detained thousands of Muslim minorities in “re-education camps” and has targeted high-profile Christians like Wang for prosecution. The Early Rain pastor taught that churches should be outspoken on political issues, including forced abortions. He was arrested in 2018, along with 100 members of his church. Another church leader, Qin Defu, was sentenced to four years in prison.
Leftist political party reaches out to evangelicals
The social democratic Workers’ Party has created an evangelical outreach group. The party is planning meetings with Brazilian pastors, as well as a social media campaign aimed at Christian voters, ahead of the 2022 elections. It hopes to pull some support away from President Jair Bolsonaro, who received 69 percent of the evangelical vote in 2018. Bolsonaro’s dramatic victory was attributed, in large part, to evangelical support. Many of Brazil’s evangelicals have traditionally voted for Workers’ Party candidates but were alienated by the party’s support for LGBT rights. A viral disinformation campaign falsely claimed that a Workers’ Party administration would take 5-year-olds from their parents and force them to be transgender.
Eleven Christians were executed in a Christmas video released by Islamic State West Africa Province, a Boko Haram splinter group. According to the ...1
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