Indonesian student faces jail for blasphemy

Pretty insulting I would say, but Islam, if it really had a god that requited blasphemy as our God does, would let him act as Gideon’s father said to the mob baying to pay back his son from tearing down their idolatrous statues to Baal.

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Agung Kurnia Ritonga, 22, a student at the University of North Sumatra in Medan, was found guilty of insulting Islam and is facing 18 months in jail. (photo supplied-ICAN)

Prosecutors demand 18-month term for Christian youth accused of mocking the burning of an Islamic flag.

Prosecutors in Indonesia have demanded an 18-month jail term and a $715 fine for a Christian student accused of insulting Islam. 

Agung Kurnia Ritonga, 22, a student at the University of North Sumatra in Medan, is currently on trial for insulting Islam in an Instagram post by mocking the burning of an Islamic flag in October last year. 

Three Muslim youths in Garut, West Java burned a tawhid flag presumed to belong to Hizb ut-Tahrir, a banned militant group on Oct. 21, 2018. 

Ritonga’s Instagram post on Oct. 24, was said to have insulted the tawhid flag that has script describing the monotheistic God in Islam and God himself. 

“What’s the matter if the tawhid…

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Christian Woman Raped, Killed as Herdsmen Attack Two Villages in Nigeria

More violence with apparent impunity! BUT vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the LORD.

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(Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked two predominantly Christian villages in north-central Nigeria after beating, raping and killing a 19-year-old Christian woman in the pre-dawn hours on Saturday (March 23), her father said.

Danlami Mante told Morning Star News that armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen ambushed Joy Danlami and her two younger siblings as they were returning to Mante village, Nasarawa state, at about 2 a.m. after the Christians attended a community feast in Katanza village, Akwanga County. His younger daughter, 16-year-old Patience Danlami, and 14-year-old son, Aboy Danlami, escaped with gunshot and machete wounds, he said.

“The armed herdsmen chased them with dangerous weapons,” Mante told Morning Star News. “Joy’s nose and face was battered, and then she was sexually assaulted by the herdsmen before being killed. She was shot.”

After the ambush, the herdsmen proceeded to the family’s native Mante village, where they burned down…

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More wickedness in government.

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The battle for our children is upon us

In November, Christian Concern brought you news that Izzy Montague and several other parents challenged their children’s primary school for forcing those as young as five to take part in a gay pride event. Izzy has now launched a legal challenge against LGBT indoctrination in schools, which damages our children. She has also written an official complaint to the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds MP, calling for an end to the promotion of the LGBT agenda at Heavers Farm Primary School. It is especially concerning that Damian Hinds has shown positive support for LGBT education in schools, as he said he thought the new RSE guidelines were ‘right’  on last night’s Question Time (starts 45:35).
This two-pronged legal action coincides with parliament overwhelmingly approving the new draft regulations for Relationships and Sex Education for schools in England, which will promote the LGBT agenda in primary schools without giving parents the right to opt their children out. Christian Legal Centre’s Roger Kiska looks at the problem of RSE, and says that the issue is deep-rooted within the government:

“The Department for Education email signature line now embeds a large rainbow flag with the logo ‘I’m an LGBT+ Champion’.”

Couple Beaten, Congregation Member Missing in Persecution of Church in China

Chengdu church members continue to suffer for Christ.

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(Morning Star News) – Following the arrest of 44 worshipers from house church meetings in southwestern China in February, police in Chengdu this month arrested a married couple from the church and beat them during interrogation, the church reported.

The couple, identified as Liu and his wife Xing, of Early Rain Covenant Church, were visiting Christian friends when police from Chengdu Shuyuan Police Station on March 2 detained them and took them to Taisheng Road Police Station for interrogation, according to the church, whose pastor along with more than 100 others was arrested in a Dec. 9 raid.

“At 2 p.m., while being interrogated, they were personally humiliated, abused, and violently beaten by seven to eight police officers from the Chengdu Taisheng Road Police Station,” the church’s March 2 statement on Facebook reads. “They were detained for nearly eight hours. After being beaten by police officers from…

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Never-ending Nigerian carnage!

Christians hoped that Nigeria’s 2019 general election would bring much-needed relief to Christians of its ravaged Middle Belt region. Their hopes were dashed when the incumbent candidate, President Buhari, won a second term in office last month.
Chaos and scandal led up to the election. The government made a number of suspicious arrests, including the arrest of a key campaign director, and two offices belonging to the general election commission were burned down. The election was delayed by a week, preventing many voters from making it to the polls.
When the dust settled, election officials declared that Buhari defeated his challenger, Atiku Abubakar, by more than 3 million votes amid cries of corruption from angry voters. Abubakar reportedly claimed that the election was a sham, asserting that such a large margin of victory would be statistically impossible in some states.
Nigeria’s beleaguered Christian communities in the North and Middle Belt are in critical shape after enduring brutal persecution for the past two decades. Thousands of formerly vibrant Christian villages from the Middle Belt are now ghost towns as Islamic Fulani militias have systematically murdered and raped Christian communities to clear the land of Christians.
It is a brutal land-grabbing strategy driven by hatred for Christians and the need for grazing land for Fulani cattle herdsmen.
Buhari’s second term in office does not bode well for Christians. As the death count reaches near genocidal levels, the Buhari administration still refuses to recognize the Fulani attacks as anything more than “land scruples.” Fulani Muslims hold all top security positions in the government. They protect their own and are either incompetent or complicit in the murder of thousands of Christians.
ICC is working to restore Nigeria’s broken Christian communities through communal farming assistance. Millions of Christian refugees fled from their villages to the surrounding cities for protection. Now, they need assistance to return to and repair their farms. Moving forward, ICC will continue to petition the US government to call for action from the Buhari administration.
Please join us in praying for and financially supporting persecuted Christians in Nigeria.

More Pakistani wickedness.

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Mentally Disabled Christian Accused of Blasphemy in Pakistan

Islamic Cleric Leads Mob to Attack Mentally Disabled Believer and Family

03/13/2019 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Stephen Masih, a 42-year-old mentally disabled Christian, was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet of Islam. He was accused on March 11, 2019, in Badiana, a neighborhood in the district of Sialakot in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Faraz Masih, the victim’s nephew and an eyewitness, informed ICC that Masih has been mentally disabled since birth. According to Faraz, the entire neighborhood knows Stephen’s mental status and local children often tease and beat him.

Stephen Masih was accused of derogatory remarks against the prophet Muhammad by Hafiz Muhammad Mudasir, a local Muslim. During the incident in question, Stephen was debating with his brother-in-law over fasting and praying during Lent. However, because of his mental state, he became exacerbated and began shouting loudly, attracting attention from the neighbors.

When Mudasir reached Stephen’s house, he began beating Stephen, unprovoked. The family members protested against Mudasir’s illogical interference into the family’s matter. Mudasir, who identifies as a cleric, left Stephen’s house in anger, warning that he would teach Stephen a lesson for insulting him. Shortly after, Mudasir returned, leading a mob of angry Muslims.

With direction from Mudasir, the mob began beating Stephen and other family members for the alleged crime of blasphemy. Police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Stephen under the country’s blasphemy laws, section 295 C of the Pakistan Penal Code. Stephen is currently in police custody.

While speaking with ICC, Ayub Qaiser, Director of FGA Pakistan, said, “It is sad and shocking that blasphemy laws are being misused, even against special persons. The authorities must look into the situation and introduce amendments and special care of the mentally immature people.” Qaiser urged for protection for Stephen’s family members and a fair trial of the case.