Some were not interested in losing their power and corrupt privileges. Others preferred to continue their religious life with a “straw God”.
Former Minister of Culture and Socialist Party leader in Madrid, Ángel Gabilondo, thanks Protestants for their contribution to the advance of “freedoms.”
“We believe Bhatti is innocent and will be freed by the high court, but it will take several years for his case to be heard by the high court”, an advocate says.
The New Testament writers tell us that God’s honour is not something so fragile that it needs to be protected by legal restrictions.
Freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and religious freedom are battles that are worth fighting.
‘Ahok’ is sentenced to two years of prison. The judges say the Christian politician “has caused anxiety, hurt Islam and divided Muslims.” Islamic radicals increase pressure on Christians.
The letter calls on the authorities to take the necessary steps to ensure Christian basic rights, like freedom of worship, and the oficialisation of churches, among others.
“Pray for a return of interest in democracy and the emergence of healthy political figures”, says the European Evangelical Alliance. Freedom of speech, one of the main concerns of French Christians.
For the first time, Christians have been able to bring their requests to the National Council of Human Rights. “We were well received”, says the spokesperson of the National Coordination of Moroccan Christians.
An interview with Ignacio Arsuaga of HazteOir, the group which launched a campaign denouncing the imposition of gender ideology in Spain. “We ask public authorities to respect the right of parents to decide on the affective-sexual education of their children.”
“This kind of precedent is highly frightening and raises the question of who’s next”, says Evangelical-Baptist leader Vitaly Vlasenko.
Three churches have been banned for religious activities and another one was attacked in the last month. Banners against Christian candidate Basuki Tjahaja "Ahok" were rife all over Jakarta.
“I still have fears since I am taking care of many converts from Islam. I know nothing will separate me from the love of Christ and in serving Him”, says Hassan Muwanguzi.
Representatives from across the world sign manifesto denouncing those who “hailed the US President as a Christian and a prophet.”
“Morocco is changing, Mohamed VI has said that he is the king of all Moroccans: Christians, Jews and Muslims”, says Mustafa. “Seven of us came out of anonymity, trusting that God would protect us.”
Christian leaders in the UK met the Prime Minister. She said: “We must ensure that people feel able to speak about their faith, and that absolutely includes faith in Christ”.
Top politicians, LGBT activists and social media users condemn bus carrying message: ‘Boys have penis, girls have vulva’. Evangelicals demand dialogue and warn against “anger that diminishes capacity of reasoning”.
Perspectives on freedom of worship, poverty, education and sexuality are given. “Evangelicals are worried about the growth of the extremes”, says CNEF President Étienne Lhermenault.
Have I ever felt hated or rejected or made fun of? Yes, I have.
Outside the heavily guarded court, those opposing Ahok chanted, “Jail Ahok, jail Ahok, jail Ahok now”. Muslim clerics refer to the Christian politician as a “son of Satan”.
In the region, almost 40% of the Protestant churches have become secret churches. “We do not want to be associated with anything illegal and our desire is to be law-abiding citizens”.
“Russian evangelical Christians have a call to be model citizens but now they are at risk of being considered lawbreakers for their loyalty to Jesus Christ”, the Spanish Evangelical Alliance says.
The Evangelical Alliance United Kingdom has launched the Speak Up campaign to provide a clearer picture of the legal basis to talk about Jesus. Jurist Nancy Lefèvre (France) helped to start the initiative.
The Guardian, The Telegraph and LGBT activist Peter Tatchell defend freedom of conscience. The EAUK: “We have all lost some our freedom”.
“We have always said it was never about the customer, it was about the message”, the McArthur family said. Judges state that refusing the order “was direct discrimination”. 9 out of 10 evangelical Christians support the family, says survey.
A controversial amendment to the ‘Loi Sapin II’ was withdrawn this week. “Some ideological groups attempt to reduce the voice of religions in the public space”, explains evangelical representative.