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Talking points: Syria

When I prepare to conduct a radio interview on behalf of VOM I often type up “talking points” of the major information I want to share, to help me speak clearly on behalf of the persecuted church and the Christians that VOM serves around the world. Yesterday I did a live interview on Moody Radio’s […]

A Night with the Persecuted Church 2013

IDOP Resource Kit 2013

Christian Children’s Camp Raided by Police in Turkmenistan

ICC Note: A summer Christian camp for children was raided by police officers in Turkmenistan. The police came in and questioned the children for more than three hours, searched the premises, took video of the camp, and ordered the children sent home. They then issued two fines against the organizers of the camp for holding […]

New Law in Bolivia Aims to Control Churches, Impose Beliefs, Protestant Leaders Say

ICC Note: An estimated 20,000 people took to the streets in Bolivia to protest a new law that would restrict religious freedom. Despite a president that came into office on the promise of greater religious freedoms “the new measures grant the government regulatory power over the internal affairs of churches to the point of defining […]

Christians Fear Another “Day of Burning” in Egypt

By Todd Daniels  8/30/2013 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Christians across Egypt are fearfully waiting to see if the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) will follow through on its threats that Friday, August 30, will be a “day of burning” in Egypt. “They have vowed—again—to ‘burn Egypt’, a vow they took several times before and which […]

Pastor Saeed, Other Christians Caught in the Crosshairs, yet Nary a Word from Obama

ICC Note: In Egypt, Iran, and Pakistan, Christians in recent days have faced violent persecution both from society and from governments. While the United States often purports to be a leader in defending the rights of the oppressed, President Obama has largely been silent about these instances of persecution. The State Department and Secretary John […]

Syria Could Become Another Iraq on Religious Freedom

ICC Note: The conflict in Syria is threatening to lead to a massive exodus of Christians from the country. There are fears that Syria, which had an estimated 1.2 million Christians before the war broke out, will experience a similar fate as its neighbor Iraq. The Syria situation remains delicate with Iran and Hezbollah backing […]

The Birth of Modern-Day Christian Persecution in Western Europe

By Ryan Morgan 8/30/2013 Europe (International Christian Concern) –  Starting on Sunday, September 1st, a small but significant change will begin to effect hundreds of thousands of young British girls around the United Kingdom. All new members of the 450,000 strong Girlguiding organization in the U.K. will no longer promise to “love my God” but […]

US Envoy Visits North Korea, Seeking Release of Imprisoned American Missionary

ICC Note: Kenneth Bae, an American citizens and devout Christian, has been under lock and key in the world’s most oppressive nation for nearly 9 months. Since being sentenced to 15-years of hard labor in April for allegedly trying to “overthrow” the state, Kenneth has lost 50 pounds and been hospitalized. Today a special envoy […]

Radical Muslims in Indonesia Seek Removal of Christian Woman from Office

ICC Note: While largely perceived by the international community as a tolerant Muslim Democracy, Indonesia nevertheless struggles with issues related to religious freedom. In 2012 as many as 50 churches were forcibly shut down by local governments under pressure from radical Islamists. Recently the appointment of a Christian woman over a largely Muslim community has […]

Bible-based online games: Click your way through Torah

Are you looking for ways to waste time on the Internet that will also nourish your spirit? Are you wondering how to pass on the eternal narratives of our people to your shiftless, iPad-obsessed children? A veritable online jungle of Old Testament-based online games exists, and I have evaluated them based on three metrics: fidelity, playability, […]

Red string under the huppah? Forget kabbalah, it’s a JewBu thing

Family and friends tie red strings around the wrists of Rachel Sam and William Rubenstein in a Cambodian jong dai ceremony, Aug. 11, 2013. (Courtesy Rachel Sam and William Rubenstein) (JTA) — Standing beneath the huppah, the couple was blessed with the priestly benediction four times in four different languages. William Rubenstein’s father offered the […]

America’s Syria options considered, by The Onion

The Onion has a piece today from Syrian President Bashar Assad. Of course, it’s not really by Assad. And it’s supposed to be funny, which it is. But it’s also a remarkably cogent analysis of the various bad options President Obama has to choose from in considering how to respond, or not, to the chemical […]

Technion makes the cut on Bloomberg listing

Ever wondered where the most successful tech CEOs get their degrees? Bloomberg Rankings has the answer. After analyzing the alma maters of 250 CEOs of U.S. tech companies with a market value of more than $1 billion, Bloomberg found the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology tied for seventh with MIT, Rice University and the University of Texas, Austin. […]

Taylor Swift sounds a lot like Hitler

“It isn’t history that makes heroes. It’s heroes that make history,” writes Emily Pattinson on her “Real Taylor Swift Quotes” board on Pinterest. Written in friendly, loopy script on a portrait of the singer in a fluffy pink dress, it looks both innocuous and totally plausible. The only catch? This quote is actually from Hitler. Yes, […]

Chicago honors Allan Sherman, famed Jewish song parodist

Photo of comedian Allen Sherman from a guest-starring role on the television program The Loner. (CBS) This Saturday, as summer closes out and children have hopefully returned from sleep away camp without having contracted ptomaine poisoning or malaria, the city of Chicago will be honoring the 50th anniversary of the release of “Hello Muddah, Hello […]

Fresh arrests made in Paris Chabad molestation probe

(JTA) — French police have arrested two Jewish men from Paris on suspicion they pressured parents of allegedly molested minors not to press charges. The two men, identified as Andre T. and Rabbi A., were arrested July 31, according to the RTL news network. The two men deny the allegations, the report said. The actions […]

New group brings European Day of Jewish Culture to The Hague

(JTA) — The Hague is set to participate for the first time in the European Day of Jewish Culture. Jewish Heritage The Hague, a nonprofit launched last week, will offer guided tours through Jewish sites in The Hague, some of them dating back to the 17th century and the dawn of Jewish presence in the Dutch […]

Ukraine planning to reopen old airport for Uman pilgrims

(JTA) — Ukraine is planning to open a decommissioned airport near Uman for Jewish pilgrims. The airport of Cherkasy Oblast, the central Ukrainian district where Uman is located, may be reopened as soon as next year, spokesperson Nicholas Sukhovoj told the Israeli Russian-language newspaper Vesti. The move would help alleviate traffic from the Odessa-Kiev highway that […]

Bennett urges patience on Western Wall plan

Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, speaking at a political debate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Jan. 8, 2013. (Miriam Alster/Flash90) (JTA) — Israel’s minister of religious services, Naftali Bennett, acknowledged flaws in his plan for egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall. “I know that the temporary platform is not perfect,” Bennett […]

Egypt: 6 Dead in Clashes During Protests

At least six people killed in Egypt as violent clashes erupt between Morsi supporters and security forces.

Syria: Kerry’s Accusations Based on Lies

Syria rejects remarks by Kerry, says they are fabricated and based on lies by “terrorists”.

Cameron and Obama Discuss Syria

In a “friendly” conversation, British PM and U.S. President talk about the British Parliament’s block on UK involvement in Syria.

Syrians Charged in Deadly Lebanon Attacks

Five people, including a Syrian army captain, have been charged over deadly attacks in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli.

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