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Six Men Arrested for Heckling Pastor Joel Osteen During Service; Lakewood Church to Press Charges

Six men who called senior pastor of Lakewood church, Joel Osteen, “a liar” during a bizarre outburst which scared several members into leaving a service at the Houston, Texas, megachurch prematurely on Sunday morning were removed from the church then slapped with charges of criminal trespassing.

Tennessee Lawmakers Drafting Bill to Protect Pastors Who Object to Marrying Same-Sex Couples After Supreme Court Ruling

Tennessee lawmakers are drafting a new bill expected to protect pastors who refuse to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies for religious reasons.

Republican Presidential Candidates Split Over What to Do About Gay Marriage

Republican presidential candidates and those expected to soon announced their candidacy are divided in their reactions to the last Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling, with one suggesting that it is time for conservatives to “move on” from clamoring about the marriage issue and begin focusing on other concerns.

Christians and the Sabbath

Of the Ten Commandments, there is probably more confusion about this one than about any other: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). So let’s understand what it is and what it isn’t.

Franklin Graham Warns Christians to ‘Be Prepared’ for Persecution Following Supreme Court Marriage Ruling; ‘It’s Coming’ and So Is ‘God’s Judgement Upon America’

Leading Evangelist Franklin Graham is warning Christians nationwide that they should be ready to face persecution if they wish to stand by the biblical definition of marriage following last Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States.

VOM Radio: Sharing the Truth

Before sunrise, a North Korean Christian seals his small, secret radio into a plastic bag and buries it in the ground. He will dig it up late that night to listen again to Biblical teaching while trying to avoid the prying eyes of his neighbors and his government. At the same time, a radio transmitter […]

Girls Get a New Home!

In this photo, Pastor Elizabeth and the girls who live with her are getting a new house. On July 5, 2014, gunmen from Somali Islamic terror group al-Shabaab attacked the village of Hindi along the east coast of Kanya in Lamu County, slaughtering all of the men that were present and burning down the village. […]

Persecution of Christian Montagnards Continues in Vietnam

ICC Note:  More people are becoming aware of the Vietnamese government persecution of the Montagnards in the Vietnam highlands.  It is important to keep pressure is kept on the governments that are either committing the persecution, or those aiding in it by not living up to their international obligations. By Michael Sainsbury 06/26/2015 Vietnam (UCA […]

ISIS Anniversary: The Year Since Caliphate Was Declared

ICC Note: One year ago, on June 29, 2014, ISIS declared the establishment of a new caliphate led by Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Despite the international campaign to defeat the terrorist organization, ISIS has grown exponentially in territory and influence. Affiliates have risen in areas as far flung as Nigeria, Libya, Egypt, Algeria, Pakistan and […]

NEWS ALERT: Leaflets Threaten Jerusalem Christians with Massacre

ICC Note: Leaflets in Jerusalem are threatening the Christians in the city of a massacre. Signed by ISIS, the leaflets warn Christians to leave the city by Eid al-Fitr, the final day of Ramadan on July 19th. ISIS does not have a known operational presence in Israel but Arabs in the area have been influenced […]

Iranian Prison Authorities Decline Imprisoned Pastor’s Request

ICC Note: Pastor Farshid Fathi, imprisoned for his faith since 2010, has been denied his request to be transferred to hallway 12 of the prison where prisoners of conscience are housed. A prison imam filed a complaint against the pastor after he refused to give up his Christian books in the prison. This resulted with […]

Somalia: Soldiers Beheaded as Al-Shabaab Islamists Attack Another Army Base

ICC Note:  Al-Shabaab militants reportedly beheaded an unknown number of soldiers after attacking another Somali militsry base Sunday, just days following an assault on an African Union (AU) establishment.  The fighting in the Somalian army base lasted for several hours and left at least 9 soldiers dead.  The jihadist Islamic terrorist organization has vowed to […]

Plateau Police Call for Reinforcement over Fulani Herdsmen Attacks

ICC Note:  Police in Nigeria’s Plateau State have called for greater security personnel in response to continued attacks from Fulani Herdsmen on indigenous Christians in the “Middle Belt” region of Nigeria.  These attacks have been occurring for years with seemingly no state protection from or legal recourse against the offenders.  The requests by police officials […]

Land Seized from Protestant Christian Families in Chiapas, Mexico

ICC Note: On June 21, 2015, village officials in Chiapas, Mexico seized the land of 30 Protestant Christian families. This seizure of their property took place approximately one week after they were denied water and sewage services. Although the families have made multiple appeals to the government, asking for greater protection for their rights as […]

Christians Fear Creation of Muslim Sub-State in Philippines

ICC Note: A new law to govern the autonomous region of Mindanao, a major southern island in the Philippines, could allow that part of the country to implement sharia law, at the particular expense of non-Muslims.  According to the article, violence in Mindanao has actually increased, as opposed to claims from Manila. By Morning Star […]

Archbishop in India Speaks of “Fear and Insecurity” for Country’s Christians

ICC Note: The Archbishop of Goa spoke of  “clouds of fear and insecurity” looming over India’s minorities, including Christians after another month were Christians were attacked by Hindu radicals. In June, a Christians worship service in Kerala was assaulted by Hindu radicals that threatened to “wipe out” the Christians if they continued to hold worship […]

Zanzibar: Islamists Take Church’s Hall

Islamists on the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar off Tanzania’s coast have driven a local pastor into hiding after taking over his church’s rented hall. The post Zanzibar: Islamists Take Church’s Hall appeared first on Christian Persecution Information.

As Iran deadline approaches, skeptics draw dueling red lines

Khameini and AIPAC are seen as must-convince skeptics for their respective sides in the talks about Iran’s nuclear program.(Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) WASHINGTON (JTA) — In nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers, it’s deadline time, and skeptics on both sides are laying out red lines in a bid to shape a final deal. Ayatollah […]

Netanyahu was ‘smuggled’ to hospital twice in disguised vans

Netanyahu, 65, in both cases had routine prostate examinations that found “nothing uncharacteristic for a man of his age.” (Handout/Getty Images) (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “smuggled” to medical appointments in disguised vans shortly before and after elections. Netanyahu, 65, in both cases had routine prostate examinations that found “nothing uncharacteristic for […]

Jewish group hired Mexican laborers to protest N.Y. gay pride parade

NEW YORK (JTA) — An Orthodox Jewish group hired Mexican laborers to protest for them at the gay pride parade in New York. A reporter for The New York Times witnessed the group of Mexican men picketing for the Jewish Political Action Committee, a fringe Hasidic group based in Brooklyn, at Sunday’s parade in Manhattan. […]

Seamless goes ‘kosher style’ (bacon included)

Kosher users of Seamless may now be offered cheese on their deli sandwiches. (Shutterstock) Kosher users of the popular food-delivery website Seamless may have noticed a subtle but significant change in recent weeks: The website’s category for kosher eateries has shifted from “kosher” to “kosher style.” In New York, that means seekers of kosher food will find not only […]

Aussie moneyman ripped for anti-Semitic rant against Jewish official

(JTA) — A financial adviser in Australia unleashed a series of curse-laden anti-Semitic tweets at the country’s Jewish assistant treasurer. James Howarth, the head of Retirement Wealth Advisers based in Brisbane, ripped Josh Frydenberg on Sunday for his proposed law that would cut upfront commissions for financial advisers, reported. Howarth was immediately reprimanded for […]

Israel’s defense chief: Help for Syrian rebels is exchange for Druze safety

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon told reporters that Israel has been providing humanitarian aid to Syrian rebels in exchange for the safety of Druze Arabs. The medical aid has been conditioned on the rebel fighting not getting too close to the border fence between the Israeli and Syrian sides of the Golan […]

Pine Bush school district settles anti-Semitic lawsuit for $4.5 million

NEW YORK (JTA) – The Pine Bush Central School District in upstate New York has agreed to pay nearly $4.5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging widespread anti-Semitic harassment. The 2012 lawsuit by five former and current students was due to go to trial next month. In the settlement, filed in court papers on Monday, […]

Israel backers rally outside U.N. Human Rights Council

(JTA) — About 1,000 Israel supporters demonstrated outside the U.N. Human Rights Council in Switzerland as a commission of inquiry presented a report on last summer’s Israel-Gaza conflict. The participants in the Geneva rally on Monday represented more than 80 nongovernmental organizations and came from a dozen countries. At the protest, Adele Raemer, a resident […]

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