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Islamic militants have carried out yet another attack on a predominantly Christian village in Nigeria, killing up to 13 Christians and leaving another three wounded. The assault was carried out on Wednesday evening by about 20 armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen. “They were shooting with guns in all directions, forcing the villagers to scamper into surrounding bushes,” an eyewitness told Morning Star News in a text message. “Corpses of those killed have been evacuated by soldiers and police to mortuary of Mangu Cottage Hospital; and all victims are members of [Church of Christ in Nations] COCIN,” he added. Just hours after…

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A pastor in China has been sentenced to nine years in prison after being accused of ‘inciting subversion of state power’ and ‘illegally operating a business.’ Pastor Wang Yi was arrested in December 2018 along with dozens of churchgoers and leaders of the Early Rain Covenant Church, one of China’s largest unregistered protestant “house” churches. China’s constitution guarantees religious freedom, but since President Xi Jinping took office six years ago, the government has tightened restrictions on religions seen as a challenge to the authority of the ruling Communist Party, Reuter’s reports. According to a statement from the church, which was…

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From the day Donald Trump announced his candidacy in 2015, I was sceptical. He was a mogul from liberal New York, unfaithful in marriage, divorced twice, and verbally ruthless towards his opponents. None of that has changed. And while there is still lots to dislike about Trump’s persona, his performance has surprised me. I’ve lived in America for the last six months. I’ve heard lots of perspectives on Trump, and I’ve kept a close eye on the media. I’ve explored Washington DC, visited the Capitol Building, and I even got to see Trump speak at a live event. For a…

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Thousands of pro-life families gathered at Sydney’s Hyde Park on Sunday afternoon to take a stand for the lives of the most vulnerable members of our society. The ‘Stand for Life’ rally, which reportedly attracted 10,000 people, was organised in response to one of the most radical abortion bills in the country. The Reproductive Healthcare Reform Bill 2019, as it’s euphemistically named, will legalise abortion on demand, by any method, up to 22-weeks. Beyond that point, right up until birth, all that is required for an abortion is the consent of two abortion doctors. The bill even prevents an aborted…

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A retired Christian school teacher was gang-raped and tortured for nine hours before being stoned to death by the Islamic militant group that kidnapped her from her home in Idlib, Syria earlier this month. Suzan Der Kirkour’s body was found by a church friend the day after she went missing from her home in the mainly-Christian village of Al-Yacoubia, the Barnabas Fund reported. A Christian leader from the area told the Barnabas Fund, attacks against Christians, mainly Christian women and girls, are frequent, but this one, in particular, has shocked the community. Suzan was an unmarried lady and a respected…

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Anti-Christian persecution is spreading geographically and increasing in severity, a report commissioned by the British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed. According to the findings, Christians are the most widely persecuted religion in the world. In some regions, persecution is so severe, that it’s arguably coming “close to meeting the international definition of genocide, according to that adopted by the UN.” In some parts of the Middle East, Christians are facing the possibility of extinction. The number of Christians in Palestine is now below 1.5 percent. The number of Christians in Syria has declined from 1.7 million in 2011 to below 450,000,…

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More than 200 people have been killed during Easter celebrations in Sri Lanka after a series of coordinated Islamic terrorist attacks were carried out targeting Christian worshipers. The attack has claimed four times as many lives as the recent New Zealand massacre, in which 50 Muslims were gunned down in a Christchurch mosque. Christians in Sri Lanka, similar to Muslims in New Zealand, are a minority. Christians make up just over 6% of the population in Sri Lanka, behind Buddhist, Hindus, and Muslims. In both attacks, a minority group was the target. In both attacks, the victims were targeted in…

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Born out of conversations with a friend from the United States, I was given the opportunity to read a compilation of fragments and essays written by Simone Weil called: ‘Oppression and Liberty’. The compilation flows in chronological order and presents some of Weil’s thoughts on anthropology, economics, politics, ideology and war. Simone was a French intellectual. Like Jacques Ellul, whom she presumably never met, Weil worked in the French resistance and was well schooled in Marxism. Among many others in the elite French communist circles of mid 20th Century, she was a contemporary of rebel and excommunicated member, Albert Camus.…

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Christian persecution is worse today than at any time in history, according to a study released by Catholic organization Aid to the Church in Need. “Not only are Christians more persecuted than any other faith group, but ever-increasing numbers are experiencing the very worst forms of persecution,” the report said. In fact, the persecution is so severe that in many cases “genocide and other crimes against humanity now mean that the Church in core countries and regions faces the possibility of imminent wipe-out.” The report reviewed 13 countries and found that in all but one, the situation for Christians was…

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Roughly 40% of Australians voted No to same-sex marriage and, according to a recent Newspoll, roughly 40% also reject the legitimacy of religious protections for Australians who disagree with same-sex marriage. The debates taking place in Federal parliament regarding religious liberty are culturally significant. The cultural reformation of the 1960s has transformed social views on sex, marriage, family, and, increasingly, gender. And yet clearly not all have gone with the tide. What became increasingly obvious during the same-sex marriage debate and now with the debate over religious protections is that culturally Australia is shifting back to the acrimonious sectarianism that…

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