Four Dead After Persecutors Open Fire on Egypt Churches
Four people were killed in Cairo, Egypt after persecutors opened fire on two churches in the area. They also set fire to parked cars during the attack. One woman was mauled and molested because she had a cross in her car. Eye witnesses have said that the Egyptian State Security did not intervene in the attacks. Excerpts from this link.
5-Year-Old Rebuked for Praying at a US School, Parents Call ‘Religious Discrimination’
A five-year-old school girl was rebuked for praying before her meal in a school in Florida, USA. The school lunchroom supervisor told Marcos Perez’s daughter that it was wrong to bow her head in prayer before she ate her lunch. When the young girl replied, “But it’s good to pray,” she was told, “It is not good.” When she attempted to do so anyway, she was again restrained from bowing her head, folding her hands and silently saying grace, the letter explains.
Click here to read an update on this story.
Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich Resigns After Facing Criticism for Supporting Traditional Marriage
After being appointed just last month as CEO, Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich has stepped down.
Eich, who was Chief Technology Officer before becoming CEO, has been dogged from the day his appointment was announced after gay marriage activists attacked him for his support of California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure.
Eich donated $1,000 in 2008 to the Prop 8 campaign, which sought to reinforce the legal definition of marriage in California as being between a man and a woman. Excerpts from this link.
British Prime Minister David Cameron Wants to See a Bigger Role for Christianity in Britain
British Prime Minister David Cameron, while highlighting his own strong faith after declaring himself an “evangelical”, said, he wanted to see a bigger role for religion in Britain as a Christian country and urged fellow believers to be more confident in spreading their views.
He also criticised some non-believers for failing to grasp the role that religion can have in “helping people to have a moral code”. For more on this story, click here.
China on Course to Become ‘World’s Most Christian Nation’
The number of Christians in China is growing so steadily that by 2030, it can have more church-goers than America, reports Telegraph. Officially, the People’s Republic of China is an atheist country but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seem to have supplied.
China’s Protestant community, which had just one million members in 1949, has already overtaken those of countries more commonly associated with an evangelical boom. In 2010 there were more than 58 million Protestants in China compared to 40 million in Brazil and 36 million in South Africa.
Two Pastors in Bhutan Jailed Without Charges
Two pastors in southern Bhutan have spent more than a month in jail without being formally charged. Police arrested M.B. Thapa (aka Lobzang) and Tandin Wangyal in Khapdani village in Samtse District on March 5. Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs Damcho Dorji said at a recent press conference that the two pastors were trying to coercively “proselytize” and had not obtained permission to hold a public gathering, though area Police Officer in Charge Pema Wangdi reportedly ruled out a proselytizing charge. Bhutan’s estimated 19,000 Christians are not legally recognized, while only Buddhists and Hindus can register their associations to become legal entities. Christians, therefore, confine themselves to closed-door house churches. Click here to read in detail.
Follow-Up: Pakistani Christian Appeals Death Penalty for Blasphemy
A Pakistani Christian who has been convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death is launching an appeal to the Lahore High Court. Sawan Masih, a 26-year-old father of three, has been in jail for his alleged crime since March 2013. His sentence also requires him to pay a fine of 200,000 Pakistani rupees. The March edition of News Digest had reported how Masih was sentenced to death, and the accusations had led to violence in Joseph Colony with homes and churches being burnt down. Click here for this updated story. Incidentally, Christian Telegraph reports that there are now four Christians on the death row on charges of blasphemy, including Masih.
Follow-up: Pastor Saeed Abedini’s Wife Continues to Walk in Faith
Pastor Saeed Abedini’s wife Naghmeh Abedini is refusing to be defeatist about her husband’s imprisonment in Iran and instead says she believes they were chosen by God to be an encouragement to others going through times of trial.
Pastor Saeed is in an Iranian prison since July 2012 after being arrested for ‘threatening the national security’. Since his imprisonment, Naghmeh has not been resting on her laurels but has been proactively campaigning for his release and for the US, where she and their two children live, to do more for his release. Click here for more.
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