We Persevere: News Roundup 9/1/2016

We Persevere: Roundup, Week Ending September 2, 2016.

We Persevere is a roundup of items of interest concerning religious freedom at home and abroad. It appears weekly at RAANetwork.

PAKISTAN: Christians in Pakistan continue their struggle as targeted second class citizens. On Friday night, four heavily-armed suicide attackers stormed a Christian community, opening indiscriminate fire that left one person dead and several others injured before the terrorists were gunned down by security forces in this northwestern Pakistani city. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Read more…

IRAQ: A survey of mass graves in Syria and Iraq has identified 72 sites in which the Islamic State buried victims of its atrocities. The Associated Press estimated the number of known victims at between 5,200 and more than 15,000, a figure the agency described as staggering. The largest mass grave is believed to hold thousands of victims. Further mass graves are expected to be uncovered.  Read more…

UZBEKISTAN: Uzbekistan’s first and only Soviet era president, Islam Karimov, has reportedly died. He was one of the world’s most brutal and repressive dictators, and violators of religious freedom and free speech. “The last 25 years have been known largely for repression. That’s his legacy.” Read more…

RUSSIA: A church pastor has been the first person charged under the Russian government’s new anti-terror laws, which have placed draconian restrictions on religious freedom that are reminiscent of restrictions under the former Soviet Union. Officials raided a Christian children’s camp on July 20th, the first day the new legislation came into force, and charged a church pastor with “the conducting of missionary activity.” A believer from Ghana living in Moscow was also charged with the same offence: for holding Christian meetings and using the pool at a sanatorium for baptisms at weekends. He was fined the maximum amount of 50,000 rubles (around $773). Others have been charged since…

UK: Christian beliefs will most likely be penalized by a pending ‘extremism law…’ The UK government added to the concerns of Christians when it published its broadly defined draft statement of extremism as ‘vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values.’ An influential group of MPs has said that a much clearer definition of “extremist behavior” must be included in upcoming legislation. Read more…

UK and US: Britain awakes to reality of its secular future as 500 London churches became private homes in 5 years. Meanwhile, investigative journalism is criminalized in California. Listen here…

UNITED STATES: Campus Pride’s list of 102 college campuses that have applied or received a Title IX religious exemptions, or that have questioned pro-LGBT actions. “Wheaton College has qualified for the Shame List, because it presented Rosaria Butterfield as guest speaker in its chapel service” the organization said on its website. Read more…

UNITED STATES: Religious freedom does not protect child abuse. An Indiana woman’s claim that she beat her son “because of her faith” is unlikely to succeed in court. In the long term, however, the case could have implications for how Americans perceive future arguments using the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Read more

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