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Are we safe to openly criticise Islam on Social Media?

8/1/2017
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Joining me today is Head of research at Barnabas Fund Dr. Martin Parsons who will be discussing recent new laws passed by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas which allows the imprisonment of anyone sharing or ”liking” social media posts that the Palestinian Authority leadership disapproves of.

Duration: 00:07:14


Mosul has been “liberated” but what happens next?

7/24/2017
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Mosul has been “liberated” but what happens next? Barnabas Fund talks to Dr Martin Parsons in a new series of Casting Hope.

Duration: 00:10:10


Iraqi government allocates $100 billion for post-IS reconstruction

7/10/2017
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In this week’s top news stories from around the globe. The Iraqi Government has allocated $100 billion for post-IS reconstruction, but will Christians be welcomed back? In Tajikistan secret police raid church service and rip Bibles out of the congregation’s hands. A Boko Haram leader in Nigeria has issued the following statement: There can never be peace between Muslims and Christians And in Pakistan a Christian bicycle mechanic is arrested for “blasphemy” after refusing Muslim “holy man”...

Duration: 00:06:46


Christians in Marawi are used as human shields and women kept as sex slaves by Islamists

7/3/2017
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The Killing of Christians continues in the CAR despite “peace agreement” with rebels. Police foil a planned church suicide bombing in Alexandria in Egypt. Police grant bail to a minor but six still held over Christian summer camp “kidnapping” in India. In Iran a Christian cemetery is destroyed. A Christian female medical worker is attacked with acid by Muslim colleague in Pakistan. In Vietnam Nationalist gangs terrorise Christian community. And finally in Marawi Christians are used as...

Duration: 00:07:15


Listen to the latest news: Al Shabaab terrorists murder a Christian teacher in Kenya

6/26/2017
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This week’s top news stories from around the globe reporting on the persecuted Christian Church.

Duration: 00:06:41


Newsdesk special report with Dr Jules Gomes; are UK churches inadequately protected from terrorism?

6/19/2017
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In addition to this weeks top news stories from around the globe; Barnabas Fund talks to Dr Jules Gomes, a columnist from The Conservative Woman about whether UK churches need to be protected from the threat of terrorism.

Duration: 00:18:50


London and Melbourne terror attacks: Persecution and terrorism cannot be separated

6/12/2017
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On Saturday 3 June the UK experienced its third terrorist attack in three months (Westminster, March; Manchester, May; London Bridge, June). On Monday in Melbourne, Australia also experienced a terrorist attack, only six months after security services foiled a plot to attack Melbourne cathedral at Christmas. Both the Australian and UK Prime Ministers have responded by calling for a renewed focus on tackling the ideology behind the attacks. That is something which Barnabas Fund has long...

Duration: 00:11:42


Islamic State’s religious cleansing of Christians has now spread to Egypt

6/5/2017
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Last Friday, 29 Egyptian Christians were murdered and a further 22 injured as they travelled to a monastery. The ambush happened as the vehicles carrying the Christians were on a road that only led to the monastery. Men were taken off the buses, their identity cards checked to see that they were Christians and then told to recite the Islamic shahada indicating that they were converting to Islam. All of the murdered men refused to renounce their Christian faith in this way. Among the bodies...

Duration: 00:10:59


Barnabas Fund issues a response to the Manchester Terror Attack

5/30/2017
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The UK is reeling from a terrorist attack on a pop concert which has so far claimed at least 22 lives and left around 60 injured, many of them children. Barnabas Fund wishes to express its deepest condolences to those who have been affected by this barbaric act in any way and assure them of our heartfelt thoughts and prayers.

Duration: 00:12:05


Syrian church leader is now allowed to visit the UK after a Home Office U-turn.

5/24/2017
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The UK government has now granted a visa for the Syrian church leader to visit the UK, having initially refused her visit, claiming she might overstay. The Home Office originally informed Rev. Rola Sleiman – an influential figure in the National Evangelical Church of Syria and Lebanon – that they were “not satisfied” that she would leave the UK at the end of her visit, despite the fact that her trip was being sponsored by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. However, the Home...

Duration: 00:08:41


Christian former governor jailed for blasphemy

5/15/2017
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Our top stories this week: The Christian former governor of Jakarta, “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, has been found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to two years in prison. When handing down the sentence, the lead judge told the court that Ahok had “convincingly conducted a criminal act of blasphemy”, even though prosecutors had dropped their claim that Ahok had insulted Islam and were no longer pursuing his conviction for blasphemy. Ahok is understood to be planning to appeal.

Duration: 00:08:57


Morocco abolishes death penalty for apostasy from Islam

5/5/2017
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Morocco’s High Religious Committee decreed earlier this year that individuals who leave Islam should not face the death penalty for apostasy. This astounding ruling from a body charged with issuing fatwas (an authoritative religious or juridical ruling), reverses the classical sharia legislation that has stood since medieval times.

Duration: 00:08:27


Blasphemy charge dropped after Christian loses election

4/28/2017
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Prosecutors announced last week that they were dropping their claim that “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama had insulted Islam the day after the Christian incumbent lost to a Muslim in Jakarta’s governor elections. Ahok will still face trial on charges of “showing animosity toward others”, for which prosecutors are demanding a non-custodial sentence, but the blasphemy charge, which had come to define the election, has been dropped.

Duration: 00:07:20


Facebook to help Pakistan introduce a global Islamic blasphemy law

4/21/2017
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In an alarming development, the Pakistan government is seeking to introduce what is in effect a global Islamic blasphemy law that prohibits any internet material critical of Islam.

Duration: 00:11:17


Australian Islamic group calls for Christian converts from Islam to be killed

3/31/2017
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“Do you want to kill ex-Muslims?” to which the reply came “Islam is clear that apostates do attract capital punishment, we don’t shy away from that.” The location was not Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan, but a public library in Sydney, Australia where Hezb ut Tahrir were holding a public meeting.

Duration: 00:08:47


Iraqi Christians may never be able to return to Mosul

3/24/2017
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Iraqi Christians may never be able to return to Mosul by Barnabas Fund

Duration: 00:06:29


Indian Christians target of hate crime every other day in 2017

3/17/2017
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Indian Christians target of hate crime every other day in 2017, local officials in Egypt refuse Christians permission to meet, and more.

Duration: 00:04:52


BBC mocks Christian MP for keeping Lent

3/10/2017
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It would be hard to imagine the BBC mocking a Muslim MP for keeping Ramadan. Yet last week the actions of a Christian MP were questioned and even mocked on television because she came straight to parliament from a Church service marking the start of the Christian fasting period of Lent.

Duration: 00:08:38


Preachers and pastors under threat

3/3/2017
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In 2008 the UK was saved from having a new blasphemy law imposed when former Home Secretary David Waddington successfully persuaded the House of Lords to include a clause in the Criminal Justice Act that was to become known as the Waddington amendment.

Duration: 00:11:55


The battle for Mosul: Are Iraqi Christians the forgotten people?

2/24/2017
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The battle for western Mosul, the last major stronghold of Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, is now happening. The question that should be asked in the West is not “Can we defeat IS?” but, “Will the Middle East ever be the same again?” In particular, will cities like Mosul - where for centuries Sunni Muslims, Shi‘a Muslims and Christians lived alongside each other - ever exist again? Or are we now seeing the virtual disappearance of ancient Christian communities from the Middle-East along with...

Duration: 00:14:08

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