ICC: Iran, America, Sudan, Gaza & Indonesia

August 6, 2014 by  
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Revival in Iran: ‘I Want to Be a Christian’

With violence following Christians throughout the Middle East and governments brutally repressing the church, it can be hard to look past the persecution. However, a closer look at the church in Iran brings an encouraging note to the recent wave of arrests. A revival is taking place in Iran, bringing many to Jesus Christ, though at great costs as many are forced to leave the country or risk arrest.

Court Unanimously Rules Against Atheists Seeking Removal of 9/11 Cross

A court of appeals has unanimously ruled that a steel beam cross displayed at a museum remembering the September 11th attacks does not violate the U.S. Constitution.  The organization American Atheists originally filed a claim that stated that the presence of the cross caused physical distress, citing symptoms such ranging from depression to indigestion.  However, the court of appeals unanimously declared that, due to the fact that the museum is not publicly endorsing Christianity, there is no violation of rights.

Meriam Tells Italian Newspaper, “I Have Always…Only Wanted My Faith.”

Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman who has escaped Sudan after her death sentence was repealed, is to settle in the U.S. with her extended family.   Ibrahim experienced a ‘lifelong dream’ when she met with Pope Francis, who thanked her for her ‘witness of faith’ and ‘perseverance.’  “I have always wanted and only wanted my faith. The love of my husband is a gift from God,” Ibrahim told La Repubblica. Sudan remains under Sharia Law with many Christians continuing to be persecuted and put to death.

Gaza’s Christians Bury Their First Casualty of The War

As the conflict between the Palestinian territories and Israel continues, the violence claims its first known Christian casualty. Jalila Ayyad was killed in her Gaza home after an Israeli airstrike took place on Sunday afternoon. She is survived by her husband and two sons, who were also in the home during the attack. The Christian community in Gaza City, like its counterparts elsewhere in the Middle East, has been shrinking because of both conflict and unemployment, but few say they are staying.

BJP Minister in India Apologizes for Hindu Nation Comment

Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, a Christian and a senior minority member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Goa, apologized for his comments that India’s already a ‘Hindu nation.’  His comments created strong reactions in the national media, the political scene and amongst Christians, who are waiting for the BJP party to protect them by enforcing religious freedom and equality. The opposition asked the Goa Roman Catholic Church to excommunicate him for committing heresy.

ISIS Presence In Indonesia Raises Concern

ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is sweeping violently across Iraq to re-establish an ancient caliphate based on Sharia Law in the Middle East. Over 30 known Indonesians have joined the jihadist movement fighting in the Middle East, and have established ISIS branches in their homeland, which is a violation of the law according to Ansyaad Mbai of the National Anti-Terror Agency. Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, leader of Indonesia’s extremists, has reportedly supported these ISIS branches and has the same goal to create an Islamic state.

– icc

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