Mideast Christians See Russia—not the US—as Defender of Their Faith
Perplexed by America on Syria, Russian evangelicals and Middle East Christians debate if Moscow really cares.
“The news tells us two-thirds of respondents support greater Russian involvement in the Middle East, compared to Syria or Iraq, only 35 percent of respondents viewed Russia positively
Is This the End for Mideast Christianity?
For Mideast Christians, 2014 has been a year of bloody disaster. Are these churches on the edge of extinction?
nascent Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL in news reports) has such activity is clandestine, for fear of arousing persecution. the dreadful situation facing Christians elsewhere in the Middle East.
The World's Top Church-Destroying Countries
A few countries give China, where a campaign to de-Christianize city skylines continues, some competition.
damage to religious property occurs most often in the Middle East and North months of November 2012 and March 2014, the persecution watchdog found 37 and Russia does not rank.
Pew: Religious Hostility Reaches Six-Year High Worldwide
(UPDATED) An update on the groundbreaking global quantification of religious freedom by the Pew Research Center.
Government restrictions increased in Middle East-North Africa and 50 nations with the greatest persecution of Christians. The only exceptions were Russia (government restrictions and
'I Have Embraced Islam and Say the Word Allah'
Forced conversion to Islam trickles into the news. Plus: W.V. school dispute keeps going, WSJ highlights Purpose Driven criticism, reading this Weblog may make you fat, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Brigid's Church in the East Village (The New York Times thrusts pharmacists—more than ever—into the middle of the November election on two fronts (Rocky Mountain News, Denver);
Korean Christians Plan to Sue over Afghanistan Expulsion
Plus: The latest on Christians in Lebanon, the Mel Gibson story keeps on going, Awana and Navigators join Michael J. Fox in suit, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Here's another statistic: Catholic persecution watchdog site AsiaNews.it reports crave explanations for wars in the Middle East and madness (Bill Blakemore, ABC News). Slurring more
Bethlehem Prepares for Dour Christmas
"Tons more on Christmas, the lies of Da Vinci, State Department's religious freedom report, Christian video games, and hundreds of stories from online sources around the world"
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