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Persecution Unveiled has established this cause to educate people about the persecution of Christians and religious minorities in the US & worldwide. Mission Raising awareness to the growing tide of bigotry and hatred toward Christians around the world has become a burden on those trying to wake up those who cherish religious freedom as a God given right. Persecution Unveiled has been called by God to prick the consciences of this nation and all free people to speak up and act on behalf of those who have no voice. Email

Friday, October 13, 2017

Christians Face Worse Persecution Than at Any Time in History, New Report Claims

A woman holds a cross during a rally organised by Iraqi Christians in Germany
denouncing persecution by the Islamic State terror group against Christians living in Iraq.
By Harry Farley
Christian Today

Persecution against Christians is the worst it has ever been in history, a new report from a Catholic charity is claiming.
Looking at 13 countries where Christians face the worst abuses the study by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), released on Thursday, found the outlook has worsened in all of them with the one exception being Saudi Arabia 'where the situation was already so bad it could scarcely get any worse', the report says.
Persecuted and Forgotten? warns Christians in many countries will not survive if violence against them continues and highlighted 'unspeakable atrocities' around the world including in North Korea where believers face 'enforced starvation, abortion, and reports of faithful being hung on crosses over a fire and others being crushed under a steamroller'.
It issues a scathing attack on Western governments as speakers lined up to criticise their response at an event in the House of Lords on Thursday night to launch the research.
Lord Alton of Liverpool, a cross-bench peer and religious freedom campaigner, said there was a need 'to separate propaganda from the reality' when hearing about money governments have donated as ministers said UK had promised £169.5 million of support to Iraq since 2014
Father Salar Kajo, a priest on the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq where many Christians used to live, said: 'We Christians see very little of this aid. In reality there is nothing.
'I am there, I am working there, I know there is nothing. It is the church that has rebuilt the houses. UNICEF come just to paint the walls,' he told the audience of MPs, officials and journalists.
The ACN report says: 'Governments in the West and the UN failed to offer Christians in countries such as Iraq and Syria the emergency help they needed as genocide got underway.'
John Pontifex, spokesman for the charity and editor of the report said: 'In terms of the numbers of people involved, the gravity of the crimes committed and their impact, it is clear that the persecution of Christians is today worse than at any time in history.
'Not only are Christians more persecuted than any other faith group, but ever-increasing numbers are experiencing the very worst forms of persecution.'
Christian Today continues 

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Two Russians Who Refused to Reject Jesus on Camera 'Almost Certainly' Killed by ISIS

By Stoyan Zaimov 
Christian Post

Two Russian mercenaries and Orthodox Christians captured by the Islamic State terror group in Syria have most likely been killed after they refused to reject their faith and embrace Islam on camera.

Senior Russian MP Viktor Vodolatsky said it is unlikely that Roman Zabolotny, 39, and Grigory Tsurkanu, 38, survived. 
"It is very sad but 99 percent Roman Zabolotny is not alive, nor is the second prisoner," Vodolatsky said.
While the fate of the two men is not yet confirmed, the Russian Orthodox Church has reportedly already declared them martyrs for their faith in a short video posted on YouTube last week.

MailOnline reported on Monday that the two Christians were captured earlier this month at the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, one of the last remaining IS strongholds in Syria.

The men, who appear to have been wounded, have their limbs tied in the short IS video.

Vodolatsky explained that the prisoners were given a statement which they had to read before a camera.
"In this text they would reject their Orthodox religion, reject their motherland, become Muslim and join ISIS," the politician shared.
"They stayed loyal to the Orthodox faith and their motherland until the very end, and this is what they were killed by those gangsters for."
Anatoly Kotlyarov, an MP in Zabolotny's home city of Rostov-on-Don, further said that it does appear that the Christians have been executed.

Kotlyarov told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that his "trustworthy" source "has never been mistaken in four years of our cooperation, especially when informing about the dead."

Zabolotny is believed to have traveled to Syria to help protect Christians from IS radicals, MailOnline noted. He previously served as a paratrooper in the intelligence section of Russia's air assault forces.

Ruslan Leviev, founder of Conflict Intelligence, an independent investigation group, said that the pair were likely fighters for the Wagner private army.
"We think it is a strategy of the Defense Ministry of Russia: sending mercenaries to the hottest places, we avoid losses among official soldiers and keep the image of a successful combat operation," Leviev suggested.
IS militants have captured and executed Christian prisoners on a number of occasions. The remains of 21 Copts beheaded by IS in 2015 were finally discovered last week in Libya, to the relief of the families.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Members of Christian Pro-Life Group Kicked Out of Gay-Owned Coffee Shop

By Micaiah Bilger
Life News

A group of Christians witnessing to the truth about abortion were kicked out of a Washington state coffee shop Oct. 1 after the owner said he was offended by their message.

A video of the Seattle coffee shop owner berating advocates with Abolish Human Abortion has more than half a million views on Facebook (Warning: Graphic language). It serves as strong evidence of the intolerance and hostility that pro-life advocates face in today’s society.

The shop owner, Ben Borgman, who is gay, insisted that the Christian group had to leave his shop on Oct. 1, Christian Daily reports. Borgman claimed the group had brought graphic materials into his shop, but Abolish Human Abortion advocates said they did not.

The confrontation quickly deteriorated into a profanity-laced tirade with Borgman suggesting that he perform a sex act in front of the group.

“I’m gay. You have to leave,” Borgman told the group. Later, he continued: “Are you going to tolerate [watching a sex act]? Answer my f— question! No, you’re going to sit right here and f— watch it! … Leave! All of you. Tell all your f— friends, don’t f— come here.”

Here’s more from the report:
Caleb Head, Caytie Davis, and other members of Abolish Human Abortion entered the Bedlam coffee shop in Seattle after giving out pro-life pamphlets in the area. When they were identified as pro-lifers, owner Ben Borgman told them to leave and engaged in a heated conversation with them, The Washington Times detailed.
Davis said they were not distributing anything inside the shop, but the barista told the owner about their presence, and the latter suddenly came and demanded that they leave. She added that Borgman showed them a pro-life pamphlet he found outside and asked if it was the one they were handing out around the area, The Liberator reported.
The pamphlet in question showed a photo of an aborted child. It also featured a rainbow and an explanation of the Biblical origin of the figure, something that Borgman said offended him.

After the video began attracting wide-spread attention, the Bedlam coffee shop and Borgman issued a statement in response, the Washington Times reports.

Borgman said he was not actually going to perform a sex act in front of the pro-life group.

“It’s delivery in this case was meant to shock and repulse the audience,” he said. “Out of context it could be labeled a perversion, or a kink depending how you personally couch the subject. … A revenge you could even call it, a weakness demonstrated in the typical, they hurt me, I will hurt them fashion.”
Borgman said he was upset by the graphic materials that the group was distributing. He said he was baptized Roman Catholic and has read the Bible. He also claimed the pro-life advocates are “working for Satan.”

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

French Police Called in After Student, 10, Beaten at School ‘for Being Jewish’

40,000 French Jews Have Emigrated Since 2006

By Simon Kent
Breitbart News, Jerusalem

A French schoolgirl was beaten so badly over consecutive days she needed hospitalization after being attacked by classmates “for being Jewish.”

The 10-year-old studies at a school in Paris’s 18th arrondissement, where she was insulted and beaten so severely by anti-Semitic bullies it was confirmed at hospital that she had suffered injuries to her ribs and abdomen and a 10-day period of convalesence was needed.
The mother reported the incident to France’s anti-Semitism watchdog, the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism (BNVCA). It published details of the incident on October 3rd.

The watchdog has now called on police to investigate the alleged anti-Semitic incident.

The BNVCA has also alerted the Paris Local Education Authority. They confirmed that they would take the incident seriously and would transfer the child to a school of her choice after the mother alleged the school failed to take appropriate measures to protect her child, or to punish the bullies.

France is currently being convulsed by a string of violent anti-Semitic attacks that have prompted Jews to call on government authorities to tackle what they say is an epidemic of “societal anti-Semitism.”
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) made the call days after an attack on a French Jewish leader and his family in their home outside Paris. As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, France’s Interior Minister GĂ©rard Collomb said “the motivation for this cowardly act appears to be directly linked to their religion.”
That assault followed reports that a former principal at a preparatory school for teenagers in Marseille said Jews were told not to attend his institution for fear of harassment by other students.
The level of harassment has become so bad that more and more French Jews are deciding to leave the country as they feel safer in Israel than in France.
In January it was reported that another 5,000 French Jews emigrated to Israel in 2016, continuing a trend that has seen tens of thousands quit the country after a series of attacks targeting the community.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Sudanese Government Arrests Church's Leaders in Attempt to Take Over Denomination

Christian Church in Sudan
By Florence Gildea
Christian Today

Observers fear a campaign is being made by the Sudanese government to take control of the country's churches as Sudanese police detain eight church leaders in the last six weeks.
Mahjob Abotrin, a senior leader within the Sudan Church of Christ (SCOC), was arrested on 22 September. He was interrogated and has since been released. But it is not known whether he has been charged with any offence.
According to World Watch Monitor, he was arrested because he refused let government-appointed officials take over leadership of the denomination. The Sudanese government has been trying to manage the affairs of several denominations in the country by removing the church-appointed leadership.
Last month security officials told four other members of SCOC's leadership committee that charges would be brought against them after they refused to let government officials take over the premises of the Church's office.

In August, seven senior SCOC leaders were arrested and interrogated before being released on bail. Included among these was Kuwa Shamal, the Church's head of missions. He was previously detained in December 2015 until January this year when he was released because of a lack of evidence. Two others arrested with him were released in May.
Christians in Sudan are facing a prolonged campaign of intimidation waged by the government, which has included the confiscation of their properties.
The persecution of Christians in the country has increased since the Christian-majority south seceded from the Muslim-majority north in 2011.

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Church Bombing Survivor Is Now Helping Christians Persecuted in Pakistan Find Refuge in Australia

Kashmala Munawar holds her left leg after suffering an injury to her right leg in a
bomb blast at All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan on September 22, 2013.
By Samuel Smith
Christian Post

A young Pakistani Christian woman who lost her leg in a 2013 church bombing and is learning to live her life without her family in Australia is now trying to help persecuted Christians from her home country gain access to the refuge she has found.

In an interview with The Christian Post, 21-year-old Kashmala Munawar recalled the day her life changed forever. It was Sept. 22, 2013, when she was 17 years old. Twin suicide bombers killed 127 innocent people and injured over 250 others who were walking out of All Saints Church in Peshawar following a Sunday service.
"I was just putting on my slippers and suddenly this big explosion happened. I got blind for a few minutes and after that, I saw my mom and I saw the people. They were crying and they were bleeding. So I started to cry," Munawar told CP via WhatsApp.
 "One of my sisters, she was inside the church, she was telling me to get up. But I couldn't. I told her, 'I don't have strength in my legs.' She started to cry as well. Someone came and he was trying to pick me up to take me to the hospital. But he couldn't, so he called someone else and they took me to the hospital."
The injury to Munawar's right leg was so severe that gangrene formed in one of her toes about a week after the blast and she had to have her leg amputated below the knee.
"They cut half of my leg," she explained.
It wasn't until February of 2014 that Munawar received the opportunity to travel to Australia and receive a prosthetic leg that was paid for by the Melbourne-based nonprofit Children First Foundation.
"The thing was, I went to the biggest hospital [in Pakistan]. They took me there and doctors they can't fix my legs there. They don't have the facilities," she recalled. "But someone in the Pakistani community contacted the Pakistani community in Australia."
Munawar and her mother traveled to Melbourne so that she could receive a prosthetic leg and learn to walk again. After four months in Australia, Munawar's mother was pressured to return home and leave Munawar all by herself in a foreign land.
"I haven't seen my family since I came to Australia," Munawar told CP.
While she was learning to walk again, Munawar lived in farm house with other children sponsored by the charity. She explained that it took her about 10 to 11 months to learn how to walk again.
"There were other kids from other countries. Kids come from other countries to get treated if they can't get treated in their own country," she explained. "I don't know about now but when I was living there, it used to be kids come and go. Sometimes there are like maybe six kids, sometimes 11, sometimes 15."
In 2015, Munawar started going to school in Australia. She is now in her last year of high school and plans to attend university next year to pursue her interests in humanitarian work, social work and business administration.

Although she is looking forward to her life in Australia, Munawar would like nothing more than for her family members back in Pakistan to join her in Australia, as she continues to struggle with loneliness and getting used to life in that country.

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Religious Freedom Cases Stacking Up

By John Stonestreet
Christian Post

Court cases across the country continue to point to the big showdown coming soon at the Supreme Court.

In the ongoing legal battles over religious freedom, there are advances and setback. One win happened last month. When Amy Larson, a Christian photographer in Wisconsin who declines to photograph so-called same-sex weddings, saw what was happening to similar photographers across the country, she was concerned that her decision would violate local and state law. So, she decided she wasn't going to shoot any weddings.

But she also decided to challenge a local ordinance and the state law. And she won! But on somewhat of a technicality. The court ruled that the ordinance didn't apply to her because her business didn't have a storefront.

On the other hand, last week, there was a serious setback.

Minnesotans and videographers Carl and Angel Larsen serve all people, but, as the Alliance Defending Freedom states, they "draw the line at creating videos celebrating same-sex weddings because of the biblical teaching on marriage."

The Larsens knew that by declining to use their artistic talents to participate in something they believed to be wrong, they could face penalties. What kind of penalties? Well, triple compensatory damages, punitive damages of up to $25,000, and as much as 90 days in jail. Yes, you heard that right.
So, like Amy Larsen, they filed what's called a "pre-enforcement" challenge. It's a common way of preventing the sort of damage that a bad law can cause. Shockingly, the U. S. judge in their case compared their refusal to participate in gay weddings to "conduct akin to a 'White Applicants Only' sign."

As ADF stated, this ruling was "probably the worst language we've seen to date" in one of these cases.

Then there's the case of Kentucky T-shirt maker Blaine Adamson. He has long refused business if it meant creating t-shirt designs that contradict either his faith or his moral convictions. For example, he once refused to design a shirt that showed Jesus sitting on a bucket of fried chicken. And he refused business that promoted an "adult film." Whenever he feels that he can't design a shirt, he points customers to other t-shirt shops.

But it wasn't until he refused to design a shirt for a gay-pride parade that he was sued. Never mind he regularly serves gay customers, has employed gay employees, and that two lesbian printers have supported his case because "they didn't want to be forced to print messages that would violate their consciences."

Thankfully, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has sided with Adamson.

Of course, all of these developments point to the enormous importance of the pending Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. I've said it before on BreakPoint and I'll say it again, this case might very well be the religious freedom equivalent of Roe v Wade.

In the end, the Court will either find a balance between the rights of religious believers and the public-accommodation rights of gays, or, it will rule that the price of citizenship is nothing less than the forfeiture of faith.
Christina Post continues

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Indian Priest Rescued: Kidnapped from Sisters of Charity Care Home in March 2016

Fr Tom released by the Omani authorities.
By James Macintyre
Christian Today

Fr Tom was kidnapped in March 2016 when his care home in the Yemeni city of Aden came under attack. Four gunmen killed four Indian nuns, two Yemeni staff members, eight elderly residents and a security guard, while posing as relatives of one of the residents.
In May this year, an online video showed the priest in poor health, appealing for help. 'My health condition is deteriorating quickly and I require hospitalization as early as possible,' he said.
Now the Omani government has reported that it has found and freed Fr Tom.

The Arab sultanate said in a statement: 'In response to the Royal Orders of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and as per a request from the Vatican to assist in the rescuing of a Vatican employee, the concerned authorities in the Sultanate, in coordination with the Yemeni authorities, have managed to find a Vatican government employee.

'He was transferred this morning to Muscat in preparation for his return home.'

India's Foreign Minister today tweeted confirmation of the release. Sushma Swaraj, who had insisted during recent months that the Indian government knew who was holding Fr Tom, tweeted: 'I am happy to inform that Fr Tom Uzhunnalil has been rescued.'
Meanwhile, the Catholic Church in the UAE, Oman and Yemen issued a statement from the local Bishop Paul Hinder saying that he 'is happy to inform that Fr Tom Uzhunnalil SDB, who was abducted during the attack on the Care Home run by the Missionaries of Charity in Aden, Yemen on 4th March 2016 has been released today. He is now is safe hands.
'The Bishop thanks all those who were involved in the release efforts and all those all over the world who prayed unceasingly for the safe release of Fr Tom. More details are awaited and will be released as and when available.'
Christian Today continues 

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Sudan Arrests 7 Pastors Who Refused to Give Gov't Control of Denomination

By Samuel Smith
Christian Post

Authorities in the overwhelmingly Sunni nation of Sudan have arrested seven Christian leaders and forced six others into hiding amid the government's demand that they fork over denominational leadership, sources said.

Citing multiple sources, Morning Star News reports that the seven pastors were arrested and detained for over six hours last Wednesday in Omdurman over their refusal to comply with an order from a government agency demanding they give up leadership of the Sudanese Church of Christ, a reformed denomination, to a government-appointed committee.

Among those arrested were SCOC Moderator Rev. Ayoub Mattan and SCOC's head of missions, Kuwa Shamaal. The church leaders were later released on bail. 

The Rev. Kwa Shamaal. (Morning Star News)
The pastors reportedly said that they received a letter from Sudan's Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowments dated Aug. 14, ordering them to forfeit leadership of the denomination to the government-appointed church committee.
It was after the clergymen refused to comply with the order that authorities lodged cases against them, the sources added. 

The church leaders believe that the government's request for them to step down is contrary to the rules of the SCOC constitution, which calls for the committee to be elected every three years.

According to Morning Star News, the elected terms of Shamaal, Mattan and the other members of the SCOC's executive committee are set to expire in March 2018.

Along with Shamaal and Mattan, those arrested last Wednesday include SCOC Finance Secretary Abdulbagi Ali Abdulrahaman, SCOC Deputy Finance Secretary El-Amin Hassam Abdulrasool and SCOC pastors Yagoub Naway and Musa Kodi.

According to the report, six other church leaders are now in hiding after learning of the cases against them.

Shamaal had previously been arrested in 2015 and was jailed with Czech aid worker Petr Jasek. He was released in January 2017 due to insufficient evidence.
"Police asked if we still maintain our stance on our refusal to acknowledge the committee appointed by the Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowments, and we said yes, because it is not the work of the [government] ministry to appoint committees for the church," Shamaal told Morning Star News.
Sudan ranks as the fifth worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA's 2017 World Watch List.

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Christian Refugee Children Denied Food Unless They Recite Islamic Prayers in Sudan

Sudanese Children

By Stoyan Zaimov
Christian Post

Christian children in Sudanese refugee camps are being denied food unless their recite Islamic prayers, a Roman Catholic charity reports.

An Aid to the Church in Need worker said that the children from South Sudan are in a "terrible situation" at the camps in neighboring Sudan.
"We have heard stories where children are conditioned to say Islamic prayers before [being] given food. This is not right. These children are Christian. They should be respected for that," said the ACN source, who chose to remain anonymous.
The contact estimated that as many as 700,000 South Sudanese Christians are refugees in Sudan.
"The majority are left in camps, some in a very terrible situation. They are confined in those places. They are not allowed to go further north to the cities," the source added.
ACN added that the refugees who've fled South Sudan's ongoing civil war need government assistance to survive, but monthly food parcels for a whole family barely last over two weeks.

What is more, the Islam-dominated government of Sudan has reportedly been hampering church agencies.
"The government knows very well that the Church is the body in the world that supports enormously the needy around the world."
"The Muslim community have a charity, so the Christians have a charity, so that possibility should be given so that the people are supported," the contact said.
He compared the suffering refugees to the young Jesus Christ who fled with his parents to Egypt as a child.
"We call on humanity to have heart for refugees," the source urged. "Refugees should be given genuine respect, dignity and their rights should be respected."
Christan Post continues 

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