News to Ponder (Various Sources)

As always; these are opinion and news pieces mainly from a conservative constitutionalist view and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs, doctrine, and views of this ministry or any individual associated with it. They are provided for and intended for individuals to be able to read and form their own opinions and views on issues at hand. (Sad that we even have to explain this!)


LifeZette

Kevin McCarthy Blasts Vaccine Passport Mandate As ‘Something You’d Expect In Communist China’

Gretchen Whitmer Begs Michigan Residents To Avoid Indoor Dining For Two Weeks

West Virginia Attorney General Threatens To Sue Biden For His Gun Control Executive Actions

Biden Considers Sending YOUR Money To Pay Illegals To Stay Away

Sunny Hostin Claims On ‘The View’ That GOP Is Losing Moderates Because They’re ‘Embracing White Supremacists’


Blaze Media

Rep. Dan Crenshaw reveals he is going ‘pretty much off the grid’ after emergency surgery

David Hogg quits progressive pillow company he founded to compete with Mike Lindell, Twitter reacts

White House answered fake reporter’s questions for weeks before press corps exposed her to be ‘Lego’ video gamer

WATCH: Christians tear down fences around shuttered Canadian church, the government sends in 200 riot police

US Navy ripped for adding face mask to bald eagle logo: ‘China, Iran, and Russia are laughing at us’

Pelosi, Sanders move goalposts on massive infrastructure bill, claim it’s about ‘human infrastructure’

Harry Reid warns Democrats against packing Supreme Court with liberal justices: ‘Be very, very careful’

Portland rioters barricade door and set fire to ICE building with federal agents inside: ‘Burn the precinct to the ground!’

Capitol Police send cops to podcaster’s home because someone else replied to his tweet with a threat toward AOC

Video shows Chicken Express employee launch out of drive-thru window to assault customer over alleged discount dispute

Did Joe Biden tell America to stop praying?

Los Angeles Times gets torn to shreds for claiming that mispronouncing Asian names is ‘casual racism’

Gun rights advocates raise alarm over Biden ATF pick, who was agent involved in Waco massacre case

Top Whitmer aide travels to Florida despite Michigan governor issuing spring break travel warning


White Lives Matter Protesters Clash with Counter-Protesters in Huntington Beach

Antifa Sets Fire to Portland ICE HQ With People Inside

Full Blown Crisis: Biden Admin to Begin Housing Migrants at Internment Camp

Let the Gun Grab Begin

BLM Founder Branded “Fraud” After Buying Million-Dollar Home

Biden Is Radically Transforming America Far Faster Than Obama Dreamed

Supreme Court Blocks California’s Restrictions On In-home Religious Gatherings

In Saturday speech, Trump OPENS door for 2024 and DeSantis is at the entrance.

Biden to send kids to former Japanese internment camp site


The Mendacity of Joe Biden and the Ruling Elites

US Supreme Court: Gun Licensing Fees Are Unconstitutional

Fixing Racism by Being Racist?

Around the World of Woke in 80 Days

Pete Buttigieg called out by Chris Wallace (!) on lies about phony ‘infrastructure’ bill

VP Harris is hiding because she’s got nothing to say

Americans slouching toward Gomorrah

Another, Clearer Take on the Chauvin Trial

Russia and the New Middle East: Russia’s Predicaments both Foreign and Domestic

Red States: Our Last Bastion of Defense

Guns of April and Global War

Our Honesty Crisis: How We Talk about Race

Leftists will say anything to keep people masked

Biden’s planned gun control actions do not pass muster

The high school girls continue to be in charge of the military

Under Biden, the redistribution of wealth is back

Crime is up, and Democrats still blame guns


Conservative Freedom Network

A Political Power Grab: Biden Creates Commission To Study Packing The Supreme Court

Hundreds Of Sheriffs Call On Biden To Finish Trump’s Border Wall, Stop Gangs, Guns, Dangerous Drugs Entering U.S.

Trump, Other Potential GOP Contenders, Gathering At Major Retreat

Meet Joe Biden’s ATF Head: He Wants You To Register Your Rifles

Tennessee The 20th State To Abolish Concealed Permit Requirement

Biden HHS Spending $60 Million Each Week To House Migrant Children


ICYMI: Supreme Court Punted on Protections for Religion in Workplace. Justice Gorsuch Wasn’t Having It.

Heritage Explains Biden’s Gun Control Agenda

9 Things You Need to Know About Biden’s ‘Infrastructure’ Spending Plan

Eliminating the ‘Gender Pay Gap’ Would Do More Harm Than Good

Biden ‘Environmental Justice’ Appointees Equate Energy Production, Fossil Fuels With Racism

Left Is Using Supreme Court Commission to Change Court’s Decisions, Not to Improve It

Coca-Cola, MLB, and Everyone Spreading Lies About Georgia Voting Law Should Be Ashamed of Themselves

Biden’s Appropriations Budget Proposal Is Unreasonable, Irresponsible

How Conservatives Can Reclaim Narrative on Environment

Prince Philip Was an Inspiration to the British People

News from the PERSECUTED CHURCH

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Matthew 5:10


Open Doors International

More than 340 million Christians suffer high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith.

That’s 1 in 8 worldwide, 1 in 6 in Africa, 2 out of 5 in Asia, and 1 in 12 in Latin America.

NOT ALONE, NOT FORGOTTEN NOT EVER

[Urgent Prayer] Suicide bombers attack church in Indonesia, at least 19 wounded

’God is alive!’—in Nigeria, this pastor finds hope in the rubble

Eritrea is rounding up and arresting Christians—37 in two days

Terminally ill and 62—Christian convert faces prison in Iran

The Chinese church is exploding … but will it survive?

CLICK HERE for a list or an interactive MAP of countries where persecution is taking place today. 

Main website: OPEN DOORS INTERNATIONAL


An Educational Antidote to a Rising Tide of Tribal, Religious, and Political Violence in Africa

Giving Meaning to ‘Never Again’ in Africa

Myanmar Massacre: GFA World Calls for Prayer Amid Military Coup


Barnabas Fund

Christian Newsline

News updates on the persecuted Church

The following stories and more can regularly be found updated at barnabusfund.org/news

APRIL PRAYER FOCUS UPDATE

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Barnabas Aid Calls on U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Recognize the Armenian, Assyrian, Syriac and Greek Genocide

Churches Draw Up Religious Studies Syllabus for Christian Students as Part of Pakistan’s New National Curriculum

Five Out of 39 Nigerian Students Kidnapped From Kaduna College Released

Islamist Attacks Illustrate the Growth of Jihadism in Mali and Niger

Church Minister and Three Worshipers Killed by Gunmen in Benue, Nigeria

U.S. State Department Confirms Turkish Participation in Nagorno-Karabakh War, Highlights Azerbaijani War Crimes

Christian Families Lose Everything as Fire Engulfs Rohingya Refugee Camp in Bangladesh

Dozens Killed and Thousands Flee as Jihadists Attack Town in Northern Mozambique

Eight Christians Abducted by Bandits in Kaduna, Nigeria

Praying for the Persecuted Church review of 40 countries and 7 other areas to pray for


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Pakistan:

When 13-year-old Shakaina Masih’s mother arrived to take her home from the job at which she helped with housework, she was informed that her daughter had already left. When Shakaina never showed up, concern soon became alarm as her parents urgently filed a missing person report. After initially delaying to respond, police informed Shakaina’s parents that she had converted to Islam and married a Muslim man last month.

Devastated to learn that their teenage daughter was supposedly married to a man whose name they had never even heard, Shakaina’s parents believe she was abducted. “Shakaina is just a kid,” Shakaina’s father, Johnson Masih told Morning Star News. “She was kidnapped and taken to Okara, where they forcibly converted her and conducted the fake marriage to give it a religious cover.” Many Christian parents in Pakistan fear exactly this occurrence — and it is all too common.

Hundreds of girls from Christian and Hindu backgrounds are kidnapped each year and forcibly converted before being raped and often forced to live as their abductor’s wives. Widespread discrimination and the government’s failure to protect religious freedom creates an environment that enables horrific incidences of forced marriage to thrive. Islamic clerics who solemnize underage marriages, magistrates who make the marriages legal, and corrupt authorities who refuse to investigate all contribute to the problem.

For more on this issue and what the United States can do about it, check out Family Research Council’s new publication titled, “Combatting Forced Marriage of Young Women in Pakistan.

Africa:

Hardly a day passes without accounts of mass kidnappings of Nigerian schoolchildren, Christian clergy and aid workers gunned down, villages torched, or churchgoers massacred. Africa is in trouble, and the United States and other global leaders must wake up to the horrifying levels of violence suffocating Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Read more in Lela’s op-ed in Newsweek.

China:

In coordination with the United States, new sanctions were placed on several Chinese officials responsible for atrocities in Xinjiang by the United Kingdom, European Union, and Canada. In retaliation, China decided to sanction two U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCRIF) Commissioners, including FRC President Tony Perkins.

“The Chinese Communist Party’s sanctions are nothing but tactics of intimidation, designed to help them save face in an international community that’s denounced their brutal and repressive policies,” Perkins said. It is telling that while Western countries sanction Chinese officials over human rights abuses, China sanctions individuals who merely speak out in defense of the oppressed.

See FRC’s resources:

What we’re working on:

We recently started an “International Religious Freedom 101” series on the FRC Blog. Check out our second installment, “Pakistan Is Captive to Islamist Mob Rule.” Stay tuned for more!


The Voice of the Martyrs

GLOBAL PRAYER GUIDE

Christian Mother Recently Widowed

Christian Women Released from Island Prison

Christians Endure Persecution as God’s Kingdom Advances

Tough Times for Ethiopian Believers

Believer Facing Prison and Family Harm

Two Christians Sentenced to Prison for “Shaking Faith”

Family Barred from Two Villages for Christian Faith

Christians Rejoice After Church Destroyed

Many Audio Bibles Already Distributed This Year

Family Fined for Hosting Worship Gatherings

Newly Baptized Followers of Christ Face Persecution

News to Ponder (Various Sources)

As always; these are opinion and news pieces mainly from a conservative constitutionalist view and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs, doctrine, and views of this ministry or any individual associated with it. They are provided for and intended for individuals to be able to read and form their own opinions and views on issues at hand. (Sad that we even have to explain this!)


Conservative Freedom Network

Capitol Attack Suspect Identified; Claimed To Be Follower Of Farrakhan, Admired Malcolm X

Biden’s $2T Spending Plan, Billed As Infrastructure Bill, Spends Less Than Half On Infrastructure

MLB Caves To Biden, Moves All-Star Game In Response To GA Voting Law

Trump Makes First Big Political Hire, Taps Veteran Florida Political Operative To Run His Election Operations

Kayleigh Rips Kamala Harris To Pieces For Doing NOTHING To Fix Biden Border Crisis


Blaze Media

Viral video shows pastor kick out mask-enforcing cops from his church: ‘You Gestapo Nazi communist fascists!’

NBA star says he’s ‘really tired of seeing’ WNBA players ‘complaining’ about pay disparity

Lil Nas X says ‘SNL’ is ‘going to hell’ after sketch portrays rapper lap dancing for God ahead of Easter

Raphael Warnock politicizes the meaning of Easter and gets a swift theological lesson

Charles Barkley, speaking on race in America, says both parties are ‘designed to make us not like each other so they can keep their grasp of money and power’

Trump bashes ‘Radical Left CRAZIES’ in statement celebrating Easter

Florida declares state of emergency as reservoir — holding back hundreds of millions of gallons in radioactive wastewater — faces ‘imminent’ collapse

Study: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez named one of the ‘least effective’ lawmakers in all of Congress

Cher slammed over George Floyd tweet: ‘Maybe if I’d been there…I could’ve helped’

CBS News drops pretense of objectivity with headline: ‘3 ways companies can help fight Georgia’s restrictive new voting law’

Report: ‘Corporate sponsor pressure,’ not players, led MLB to move All-Star Game out of Atlanta. Here are MLB’s corporate sponsors.

Gang members ‘instructed’ to shoot Chicago police officers: report

Authorities arrest 15-year-old after videotaped attack on Asian couple

Rapper DMX hospitalized after overdose-induced heart attack and may not survive: report


CBS News Interview with HUNTER BIDEN that suggests laptop scandal a ‘RUMOR!’

‘Not That I Remember’: Hunter Biden Casts Doubt On Laptop Claim

MLB Boycotted GA Allstar Game a Day After Expanding Deal with Communist Chinese

Donald Trump sends Easter greetings, swiping ‘Radical Left CRAZIES’

Black Panther Minister of Defense Flashes Guns at GA Capitol, Stacy Abrams Fan

Florida County Evacuates Residents Near Imminent Radioactive Wastewater Spill

The Imminent Danger From Within Our Borders

Public Infrastructure Is Not a ‘Progressive’ Abomination

Conservative Group Foundation Turns Down 6-Figure Donations from Big Tech

BLM Terrorist Convicted after Attack on Pro-Trump Protesters in Richmond

Trump Goes to War with “Woke Cancel Culture” Coming for Our “Sacred Elections”


Can We Finally Stop Pretending that George Floyd’s Death Had Anything to Do with Racism?

Vacation in Hawaii: Prison on the Pacific

An ‘Informed Patriotism’: Lessons from Reagan’s Farewell Address

Vaccine Passports to Hell

Biden’s Big Climate Conference Looking Expensive and Useless

The New Jewish Exodus Project

Trump’s call for boycotts may finally teach big business to stop siding with the Dems

Boycott boomerang: Genius Dems start to realize Georgia boycott will cost them votes in the Peach State

What’s More American than Coke and Baseball?

On May 1, Let’s All Tear Off Our Masks

Connecticut, COVID, and Systemic Racism

The Death of Conservatism

A Redux of a Very Bad Deal

Watching Big Brother

How to destroy the public school system


This Teacher Says Left Has Turned Public Schools Into ‘Indoctrination Centers’

Branding Georgia Election Law, Senate Filibuster ‘Racist’ Is Vile Tactic to Justify HR 1

In a Rebuke to Teachers Unions, School Choice Is Going Gangbusters in the States

Human Trafficking Is World’s Fastest-Growing Crime, Activist Says

Society Pays When Prosecutors Fail to Punish Crime

We Hear You: Awake or Woke in America

The Kind of Leaders We Need to Stop the Left

How Did We End Up with a Historic Crisis at our Southern Border?

The New York Times Can’t Get the Facts Straight on Election Reform

Congress Can Stop Another Failed Iran Nuclear Agreement

ICYMI: Antifa’s Destructive Return Could Have Staying Power

Prayer Persecuted Church Update November 2020

Barnabas Fund

Prayer Focus Update is a monthly information bulletin with up-to-date news on the persecuted Church to help Christians pray for their suffering brothers and sisters. You can use this for prayer groups, your own information and for inclusion in church publications.

It is available in various formats on the Barnabas Aid website or can be sent through the mail free of charge. Please contact the national Barnabas Aid office if you would like to receive this in the mail.Persecuted

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News from the Persecuted Church

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Our Faith in Today’s World


Jihadists kill 58 people within 48 hours in attacks targeting Christians in Burkina Faso

China shuts down 48 state-registered churches in one county in two weeks

Turkey’s president pledges to protect minority religions after attack on Istanbul church

Tehran court again postpones appeal hearings of Iranian pastor and wife

View the full articles HERE

Pray for the persecuted Church

News Updates on the Persecuted Church

The Voice of the Martyrs

Nigerian people standing; woman holding baby

Christians Kidnapped and
Murdered in Ongoing Attacks

  • On Jan. 21, Christie Peter Mwankon, 26, was kidnapped out of her sister’s house in the middle of the night by Fulani Islamic militants.
  • A 25-year-old Christian man was killed by Fulani Islamic militants on Jan. 20.
  • Pastor Lawan Andimi was kidnapped and murdered on Jan. 20 after the Islamist group Boko Haram released a video showing him declare his trust in God regardless of the consequences.
  • A group of Christian university students were kidnapped by Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists outside Maiduguri on Jan. 9. The terrorists took video of one student’s execution, while the others remain missing.
  • Fulani Islamic militants attacked a village in Plateau state on the night of Jan. 8, killing 12 villagers and burning homes and fields.

Barnabas Fund

Christian Newsline

Our Faith in Today’s World

 

Congolese Christians praying. Source: Steve Evans licensed under CC BY 2.0Eleven Congolese Christians killed in ADF Islamist militant attack 

Eleven Christians were killed in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Mutwanga district, north-east Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on February 18.

Read full article


 

Lawyer Tehmina Arora has called for the repeal of anti-conversion laws, which she says are used as a tool to harass and target Christians

Justice for eight Christians acquitted of forced conversion of children in India

Eight Indian church workers accused of the forced conversion and abduction of 60 Christian children were acquitted on February 18 by the criminal court in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh.

Read full article


Nigerian Christians praying

Christians in Nigeria call for urgent prayer as Boko Haram “ready to attack”

Christians in Nigeria have called for urgent prayer as a large-scale Boko Haram attack is thought to be imminent in Plateau State.

Read full article


 

The Iranian government's new rule on ID card applications is in line with its strategy of harassing Christian converts from Islam and pressurising them to emigrate

Iran forces Christian converts from Islam to declare their faith to obtain ID cards

Christian converts from Islam no longer have the choice of keeping their faith secret in Iran after the Islamic Republic removed the “other religions” option from the new application form for the national ID card.

Read full article


Prime Minister Imran Khan reassured business leaders on changes to social media rules for companies

Christian “blasphemy” cases could rise under Pakistan’s new social media law

Pakistan’s government approved a new law to monitor online platforms on January 28, which would require social media companies to remove any “unwanted and slanderous” online content within 24 hours, or six hours in “emergency cases”, prompting concerns over “blasphemy” accusations.

Read full article


Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli chairs the 11 February meeting of the licensing committee [Picture: en.wataninet.com]

Another 82 licenses granted to Egyptian churches in first batch of 2020

Licenses were granted to 82 church and church-affiliated buildings in Egypt on February 11 by the committee that has been overseeing the process since early 2017.

Read full article


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Our bi-monthly prayer diary, Barnabas Prayer, helps you lift up in prayer the needs of our suffering brothers and sisters each day. A printed copy of the Barnabas Prayer diary is included as an insert in our free bi-monthly Barnabas Aid magazine, which you can sign up to receive here.

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Praying for the Persecuted Church booklet

The newly revised and updated edition of the Barnabas Praying for the Persecuted Church booklet, to inform and guide your prayers for persecuted Christians around the world, is available here.

News updates on the persecuted Church

Barnabas Fund

At least seven Christians killed as Boko Haram strikes villages in Far North Cameroon

At least seven Christians were killed as gangs of around 300 Boko Haram militants raided five Christian villages in Far North Cameroon, reports a Barnabas contact.

Read full article


Nigerian Christian bride and friends murdered in jihadi ambush on way to wedding

Islamist extremists shot dead a Christian bride and a group of her friends as they travelled to her wedding in Nigeria on December 26.

Read full article


 

Muslim men abduct, assault, rob Norwegian street preacher, demand he convert to Islam or be killed

Four Muslim men abducted, beat and robbed a street preacher in Trondheim, Norway, finally demanding at knifepoint he convert to Islam or be killed.

Read full article


 

Ramiel Bet Tamraz begins jail sentence in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison

Pastor’s son Ramiel Bet Tamraz was summoned to Iran’s Evin Prison, notorious for its harsh conditions, on January 7 to begin a jail sentence for “acting against national security”.

Read full article


More news and information


Pray for the persecuted Church

We encourage you to pray as you feel led for the people and situations you read about in Christian Newsline. There are many resources available from Barnabas Aid to assist you in your prayers.

If you are receiving Christian Newsline you will also receive Barnabas Prayer Focus, a monthly resource containing news from the persecuted Church together with associated praise and prayer points. You can sign up to receive this by email here.

Our bi-monthly prayer diary, Barnabas Prayer, helps you lift up in prayer the needs of our suffering brothers and sisters each day. A printed copy of the Barnabas Prayer diary is included as an insert in our free bi-monthly Barnabas Aid magazine, which you can sign up to receive here.

The Barnabas Fund Daily Prayer can be viewed on your smart phone or tablet device by visiting our Twitter and/or Facebook pages. The Barnabas Fund Daily Prayer is also available on the PrayerMate app.