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Adventist in Kazakhstan sentenced to serve two years in labor camp for profession of faith

CHURCH LEADERS ENCOURAGE THE NATION TO ADHERE TO THEIR COMMITMENT OF SECURING THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION FOR ALL CITIZENS. December 29, 2015 | Astana, Kazakhstan | ANN Staff | Yklas Kabduakasov, a Seventh-day Adventist, was recently sentenced to serve two years in a labor camp for “inciting religious hatred.” Kabduakasov was accused of making incendiary comments during lectures with students […]

 
 

Adventist Church Releases World Religious Liberty Report

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The Seventh-day Adventist Church has released a 408-page report outlining international religious liberty demographics and issues.

 
 

Pope's Speech at U.N. coincides with launch of United Nations' "new universal Agenda" for humanity

Pope's Speech at U.N. coincides with launch of United Nations' "new universal Agenda" for humanity

On Friday, September 25, 2015, the World Summit opened at the United Nations in New York City with a keynote address delivered by Pope Francis in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the member states later in the day.

 
 

What Does the Nuclear Deal With Iran Mean?

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This morning, Democrats in the U.S. Senate announced that they have the 34 votes necessary to uphold the President's expected veto if Congress, as expected, passes a resolution disapproving the Obama administration's deal with Iran. The international agreement is supposed to result in a dismantling of the Iranian nuclear program in return for lifting of sanctions, but given the Iranian leadership's ongoing theme of "death to America" and "death to Israel" the deal certainly does not signify a sense of international friendship.

 
 

Why the EU Should Not Re-Integrate Sunday into the Working Time Directive

Why the EU Should Not Re-Integrate Sunday into the Working Time Directive

Reintegrating Sunday into the European Union's Working Time Directive would be unlawful, unconstitutional, and result in indirect discrimination says Brighton Kavaloh, founder and director of Adventreligio-legal Perspectives.

 
 

Adventist Pastor Abducted During Communion Service in Eastern Ukraine

On September 27, 2014, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor in eastern Ukraine was abducted by gunmen as he was conducting a communion service at a small church in Horlivka. According to parishioners, reports the Adventist Review, the gunmen refused to identify themselves or answer any questions. They forced Pastor Sergei Litovchenko to close the church and get into a car. The […]

 
 

Religious Liberty in China: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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By Doug Bandow – Today China's big cities look much like urban areas anywhere in the world. There are lots of cars. What I didn't expect was to see a Christian “fish” on an auto.

Religion is “on the rise,” one U.S. diplomat told me.

It also is under attack by the Chinese government. As I wrote in the American Spectator online: “When it comes to religious liberty in the People's Republic of China, there's the (surprisingly frequent) good, (not so constant) bad, and (still too often) ugly.”

 
 

RUSSIA: "We still cry when we remember the burned books" (Forum 18)

RUSSIA: "We still cry when we remember the burned books" (Forum 18)

A Tatarstan court had to reject the prosecutor's suit to have a further 18 books by or about the Turkish Islamic theologian Said Nursi declared "extremist" as police had already burned them. According to a police letter seen by Forum 18 News Service, police claim not to have received a court decision ordering their return to the owner, Nakiya Sharifullina, who had controversially been convicted for "extremist" activity. "We still cry when we remember the burned books," a local Muslim told Forum 18, adding that they "asked God that these people repent for their actions, since in these books were verses of the Holy Koran". Four further Nursi titles, plus more Jehovah's Witness publications, have been declared "extremist" and banned. Websites or pages that host religious materials controversially banned as "extremist" have similarly been banned and added to Russia's Register of Banned Sites.

 
 

Sudanese Christian Woman Detained at Airport after Release from Prison

Sudanese Christian Woman Detained at Airport after Release from Prison

Fox News is reporting that 24 hours after she was released from prison, Miriam Ibrahim, the 27-year-old Christian woman who had been arrested and sentenced to death for refusing to convert to Islam, has now been re-arrested. An Islamic court of apostasy had convicted her for refusing to embrace Islam and for committing adultery by marrying her Christian husband, Daniel […]

 
 

Prince Charles Writes on Plight of Christians in the Middle East

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By Prince Charles – For more than twenty years, I have tried to build bridges between Islam and Christianity and to dispel ignorance and misunderstanding between them. Islam is the second largest faith community in the world and the second largest in Britain, and so bridges between Islam and Christianity are something that must concern every responsible person.