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Dec. 2009 - Open Doors is a ministry led by Brother Andrew. It is dedicated to serving persecuted Christians worldwide. They say that 100 million Christians around the globe are currently suffering persecution for their faith. This persecution takes many forms: imprisonment, abuse, hostilities, and even death
These individuals are the Christian martyrs of our faith. Jesus said in Matthew 10:39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Source: Open Doors

EMERGENCY: US Army View of PreMillennialism

Dec. 14, 2009 - A United States Army report called Strategic Implications of American Millennialism is about the literal believers of the Bible and how they affect American foreign policy.
This report blames all the world evils on believers! World peace would break out if it were not for Bible believers in America. The trouble with Israel is because pre-Millennial believers support Israel.
Source: WorldViewTimes

Christian Leaders Issue 'A Call of Christian Conscience'

Nov. 21, 2009 - The Manhattan Declaration, a bold new declaration, signed initially by 125 evangelical, Catholic, and Orthodox leaders, calls for Christians to adhere to three primary convictions, even if this requires civil disobedience.
Charles Colson, who helped draft the declaration, said the statement brings Christian leaders together on the issues of abortion, marriage, and religious freedom in the face of growing pressure.
Source: Crosswalk
The Manhattan Declaration: Defending Life, Marriage, and Freedom - Crosswalk
The Manhattan Declaration - Be a part of Christian history! - Ron's Blog

Federal Hate Crimes Bill Signed into Law

Dec. 6, 2009 - On October 28 President Obama signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law.
Source: Internet Business Law Services
Hate Crimes and a Tale of Two Shepherds - Lifesite News
Hate Crimes Bill - Who is The Hater? - Ron's Blog

Nigerian Islamist attacks spread

July 27, 2009 - In Nigeria, which is approximately half Christian and half Muslim, about 150 Christians have been killed by Islamic militants. Most of the attacks have occured in Maiduguri, Borno State. Hundreds are fleeing their homes.
Some of the militants follow a preacher who campaigns against Western schools. The preacher, Mohammed Yusuf, says Western education is against Islamic teaching.
Source: BBC

Activists claim Christian executed in N Korea

July 24, 2009 - Ri Hyon Ok, a North Korean woman, was publicly executed for distributing the Bible, which is banned in the communist nation. She was also accused of spying for South Korea and the United States and organizing dissidents. Her parents, husband and three children were sent to a political prison camp in the northeastern city of Hoeryong the following day,
Source: AP
Activists: NKorean Executed for Distributing Bible - ABC

Kennedy brings 'hate crimes' into Senate
Matches House-approved plan to crack down on biblical teachings

May 2, 2009 - Following approval of H.R. 1913 by the House of Representatives yesterday, Senators Edward Kennedy and Patrick Leahy have introduced a Senate version of the bill.
It adds gay, lesbian, and transgender people to the list of federally protected classes. But critics warn it could also criminalize preachers, who preach against homosexuality.
House Committee Approves Hate Crimes Act - CBN

Activists Rally for N. Korean Christians

May 2, 2009 - North Korea is considered the worst country for human rights violations. There are some 50,000 Christians left in North Korea, and about 10,000 per year are being killed for their faith
Source: CBN

Homeland Security on guard for 'right-wing extremists'

Apr. 13, 2009 - A new Homeland Security document puts authorities on the look-out for trouble from unnamed "right-wing extremists." While admitting that their acitivites, "have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts," the report says that those concerned about illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty may become violent in the future.

The description of "right-wing extremists includes:

Hate groups opposed to particular religions or races
Anti-government groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority
Individuals who are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration
Some returning war veterans
Those who believe in "a Jewish-controlled 'one-world government'"
Those who are unhappy about the election of an African-American president and the prospect of his policy changes
Teachers of "end times" prophecies that could motivate extremist individuals and groups to stockpile food, ammunition and weapons
The report, dated April 7, 2009 is titled "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."
Source: WorldNetDaily
Disagree with Obama? Gov't has eyes on you - Roger Hedgcock - WorldNetDaily
'Right Wing Extremism' Threatening the U.S.? - CBN

Future American Christian Students Uncertain As Obama Signs Stimulus Plan

Feb. 17, 2009 - One of the stipulations of the stimulus plan signed by President Obama today will end Christian activities in some college and university facilities. The rule states:
"No funds awarded under this section may be used for (3) modernization, renovation, or repair of facilities (A) used for sectarian instruction or religious worship; or (B) in which a substantial portion of the functions of the facilities are subsumed in a religious mission."
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) says it will challenge the provision in federal court because it encourages discrimination. ACLJ chief counsel Jay Sekulow said, "This is an unacceptable provision that clearly discriminates against religious organizations that have a legal right to use those facilities."
Source: Worthy News

Conservative Groups Declare Obama's Stimulus Bill a War on Prayer

Feb. 4, 2009 - One provision of the stimulus bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last week is the prohibition of funds used for the "modernization, renovation, or repair" of facilities that allow "sectarian instruction, religious worship or a school or department of divinity."

Republicans in the House opposed the bill unanimously.

"What the government is doing is discriminating against religious viewpoints," said Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that works to advance religious freedom.
The Traditional Values Coalition, issued a statement complaining that President Obama is violating the right to free speech by using his stimulus plan to restrict the exercise of religion in public facilities.
Source: Fox

List Names Worst Persecutor of Christians

Feb. 4, 2009 - The 2008 Open Door USA "World Watch List" names North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Iran as the worst persecutors of Christians in the world.
Source: CBN
Behead a Christian, raise your rank - Islam's Shariah cited in 7 of 10 worst nations worldwide - WorldNetDaily

Arsonist intended murder at Palin's church

Jan. 29, 2009 - An arsonist set fire to Governor Sarah Palin's home church, Wasilla Bible Church, in December. There were five adults and a teen in the building at the time. Investigators have determined that the arsonist apparently intended murder because he cut phone and fire alarm lines before starting the fire.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2008

Jan. 14, 2009 - According to Compass Direct, the worst persecution stories of 2008 were in
1 - India
2 - Nigeria
3 - Eritrea
4 - Somalia
5 - Laos
6 - Iran
7 - China
8 - Pakistan
9 - Egypt
10 - Algeria
Source: Crosswalk

Top 10 list of 2008's Christian bashers

Jan. 6, 2009 - Read this story from The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, or CADC. It exposes the most extreme cases of Christian bashing in the year 2008. It includes:
No.10 Jack Black musical video
No. 9 Bill Maher gratuitously attacks pope
No. 8 ESPN anchor Dana Jacobson's "F--- Jesus" remark
No. 7 Minnesota University professor desecrates communion
No. 6 "Religulous" the movie
No. 5 Chaplains fired for praying in Jesus' name
No. 4 Colorado law criminalizes the Bible
No. 3 Barack Obama defames Christianity
No. 2 Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is attacked
No. 1 Radical homosexuals assault Prop 8 marriage supporters in California
Source: WorldNetDaily

Go to: Articles before Jan. 1, 2009

Links About Persecution

Amnesty International
Bible League
Christian Freedom International
Christian Anti-Defamation Commission
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
Christians In Crisis
Compas Direct
Hudson Institute's Center For Religious Freedom
Human Rights Watch
International Christian Concern
International Day of Prayer For The Persecuted Church
Open Doors International - Brother Andrew
Persecution Project
The Rutherford Institute
Voice Of The Martyrs
World Evangelical Alliance

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