Progress in parts of Syria
North and East Syria have made huge headway in establishing a pluralistic society. There is commitment to protecting coexistence between ethnic and religious groups, and women from all backgrounds are serving in structures of governance.
‘Christian patriots’ are flocking from blue states to Idaho
Washington Post article detailing the movement of US ‘Christian nationalists’ into an area of Utah and discussing the differences arising within the movement as its political strength increases.
Iran finally releases Pastor
Longtime prisoner of conscience, Yousef Nadarkhani finally released from Iranian prison
Opposition spreading against U.N. proposal to make abortion a human right
The United Nations bureaucracy continues its radical agenda, deaf to the concerns and opposition of dozens of its members.
California legalizes human composting bill against opposition by Catholic bishops
Several state legislatures are now allowing a new method of dealing with human remains.
Wall Street Journal
Who is Mahsa Amini, and Why Did Her Death Spark Protests in Iran?
Mahsa Amini, whose death in police custody triggered worldwide protests, was a shy, reserved resident of a small town who never challenged the country's clerical rulers or its Islamic dress code, sources close to the family have said.
A Bold Act of Unity for Syrian Christians
A decision made last spring to bring religious minorities together to protect rights, made in an area not well known for religious harmony.
Group rejects idea of new cultural identiies for Christians in Lebanon
President of the Universal Syriac Union Party strongly rejects notion that there should be imposition of new cultural identities on Christians in Lebanon
Hindu advocates sue California, arguing bans on caste discrimination misrepresent beliefs
Dalit Americans are turning to courts to address what they way are inherent discrimination issues within the United States Hindu community .
Iranian authorities increase attacks on journalists in response to September protests.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Iranian government to immediately stop the suppression of journalists, to release the ones in detention, to allow free media to have access to information and to restore the network integrity.
China: House Churches Attacked and Banned in Several Provinces
In Beijing, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Jilin, and Sichuan ongoing police raids target churches that refuse to join the CCP-controlled Three-Self Church.
Free speech decision in Washington DC overturns lower court restrictions
A trio of pro-life counselors won a major free speech legal victory when a District of Columbia appeals court ordered a lower court to dismiss a lawsuit against them.
Five years later the Russian regime is still imprisoning Jehovah Witnesses
Five years on from the 2017 ban on Jehovah's Witnesses, prosecutors have launched criminal cases on "extremism" charges against more than 600 individuals, of whom more than 200 have so far been convicted.
Asia, Muslims take to the streets against a BJP minister: she offended Muhammad
Global demonstrations erupt as the Muslim community reacts to Indian Cabinet Minster’s comments on Muhammad’s marriages.
India activist Afreen Fatima says her house bulldozed ‘illegally’
Muslim activist in India – loses her home while she is gone. House is bulldozed and personal items thrown on the ground in a lost nearby.
Pakistan court upholds death sentence of Christian brothers in blasphemy case
Pakistan’s abuse of its religious minorities continues, with long imprisonments and faulty decisions once again putting people at risk of the death penalty
TV interview explores constructive role of religion in society
A one hour and twenty minute conversation initiated by the Tunisian Baha’i community to explore insights and efforts that have enabled people to unite and create bonds of trust and cooperation.
A Tehran court sentences seven Christians, including a clergyman, to a total of 32 years in prison
The Iranian court system (and regime) continues to be the bad joke with which we are so familiar with. When judges insert themselves into their cases it is never a good result,
Holy days are not sacred to those who hate
'Vile, Satanic Attack': Gunmen Kill at Least 50 Worshippers and Children at Church on Pentecost Sunday in Nigeria
Church founded by St David pupil to hold final service
From 583 to 2022 but the little church is down to 2 worshippers
Päivi Räsänen, Finland’s interior minister from 2011 to 2015. | Courtesy of ADF International.
Finnish MP wins on all charges in major free speech trial
All charges against Finnish , MP Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Pohjola are unanimously dismissed following high-profile free speech trial. The former Finnish Minister of the Interior, faced three criminal charges for sharing her faith.
Canadians are on the verge of seeing their internet regulated by the gov’t
Canadians are on the verge of seeing their internet regulated by the gov’t if they don’t contact their MPs
Iraqi Christian Murdered after Sharing Her Faith on TikTok
An Iraqi woman who recently converted from Islam to Christianity was found murdered on March 7 after she posted a TikTok video about her new faith, according to a religious liberty watchdog.
ADF General Counsel Kristen Waggoner Harassed at Yale Law School Event
Campuses are becoming places of repression rather than education. Even the supposedly ‘top’ of schools are no longer able to guarantee basics such as freedom of speech.
Evangelical pastor murdered, doubts shroud attribution to Maoists
Indian officials respond to death of Christian pastor who had been threatened by Hindutva groups, “Must be the Maoists….’