A young Christian schoolgirl in the Philippines recalled how teachers forced her to pray a Muslim prayer in order to pass a class, and ignored her explanations that she now prays to Jesus instead.
Persecution watchdog group Open Doors USA said on Wednesday that the Christian girl, Jen-Jen, had been attending a Vocational Bible School in the southernmost region of the Philippines, where she learned Bible stories and listened to the pastor’s teachings on salvation and Christ.
At her regular school, however, she described how authority figures looked down on her faith and forced her to go against it.
“Although she performed well in nearly every subject, for instance, Jen-Jen encountered pressure in Arabic class where the teacher required students to memorize a Muslim prayer in order to pass,” Open Doors reported…. read more
Evangelical leader the Rev. Franklin Graham has said the arrests of hundreds of Chaldean Christians in Detroit and other cities nationwide is “very disturbing,” and urged President Donald Trump to consider their fate if deported back to Iraq.
“I find it very disturbing what I have read about Chaldean Christians being rounded up by U.S. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) for possible deportation. I would encourage the president to have someone investigate these cases thoroughly,” Graham said on Facebook Friday.
“I understand a policy of deporting people who are here illegally and have broken the law. I don’t know all of the details, but I would encourage our president to give great consideration to the threat to lives of Christians in countries like Iraq.”… read more
opinion: What about rounding up terrorist and those who want to attack America? Why are they not being rounded up and sent back home?
Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., has given President Trump a grand opportunity to do something he has yet to do in his first months in office: make significant progress on religious freedom for persecuted Christians and other religious minorities around the world. With the recent passage of the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act (HR 390) by the House of Representatives, the President is well-positioned to make a bold move to stabilize the region.
If passed by the Senate, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act will provide relief to those victimized by the ongoing genocide, human rights violations and war crimes by terrorist groups. But it is perhaps the secondary effects of this bill that will lead to the most powerful and lasting impact.
HR 390 allows the U.S. to assist in the reestablishment of Christian, Yazidi and other minority communities in the Middle East, which are central to the survival of a pluralistic and open society—a giant slap in the face to the stated goal of ISIS to drive out all those who do not embrace their savage ideology. It also gives hundreds of thousands of refugees the opportunity to return to their homes instead of seeking refugee status in the West or risking dangerous journeys to enter Europe in desperation. And to be sure, as we often witness firsthand at Open Doors through our work on the ground in Iraq and Syria, many Christians wish to remain in their homeland and would do so if they had not lost hope after years without resources, as the world turns a blind eye to their plight… read more
The children of the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State terror group in Libya back in February 2015 have said that they are “proud” of the courage their fathers showed the world by refusing to renounce their faith.
Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, which has been assisting the families of the murdered men in Egypt, said in an update at the end of last week that the children of the victims have been emboldened by their fathers’ sacrifice.
“The great news about the families of the martyrs of Libya is that even after more than two years they still live in the condolences of the Holy Spirit and they stick to their faith that their martyrs showed to the whole world; how the real Christian should live and die for the glory of Christ,” the Focus on the Family Middle East team reported…. read more
As the Filipino government continues to fight ISIS-backed militants for control of Marawi city, local Muslims are coming to the aid of their Christian neighbors despite the dangers associated with doing so. Since the terrorists took control of the major metropolis late last month, residents have found their city nearly uninhabitable, with corpses strewn throughout the streets and armed extremists threatening the lives of those who remain.
Churches and Hospitals Under Siege, Martial Law Declared as ISIS Overtakes Major Philippine City
Although the Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country, Marawi has a large Muslim population. In the midst of the ISIS-led stronghold, it is the Christians who find themselves in particular danger. Jihadists seized at least one Catholic church in the city, taking a priest and parishioners hostage.
But as the Christian Post reports, those that remain are finding refuge. There are a growing number of examples of Muslims helping their Christian neighbors. Lenny Paccon opened her home to more than 50 people and subsequently helped them escape the area…. read more