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Kenya which has a Christian majority of 85 per cent has little history of interfaith tensions. However in recent years this has changed.
Kenyan forces have been in Somalia since 2011.
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One factor has been Kenya's military involvement in Somalia since October 2011 and the retaliatory response of the Islamic extremist group Al-Shabaab which swore to attack Kenya until her troops were called back home from Somalia.
Recent attacks at Westgate Mall in Nairobi saw the terrorists force many of their captives to recite the Islamic prayer. Those who were not able were deemed 'Kafirs' or non-believers and were killed (although Muslims also died in Westgate so it was not clear-cut).
The terrorists were seen in recent CCTV footage praying inside Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi after killing 67 people including women and children and injuring over 200 others.
Kenyan Christian and Muslim leaders together condemned the Westgate attack telling Kenyans that they should not be divided by religion. Kenya's former Prime Minister backed this campaign saying that Islam is a religion of peace and never condones killing therefore the killers were terrorists and not true Muslims.
Al-Shabaab's campaign has been felt in many church quarters and in Kenya as a whole. Many churches now have routine security checks. Now the Westgate attacks seem to have increased Kenyans' resolve to win the battle against Al-Shabaab. Whereas the attackers demanded the withdrawal of Kenya's troops from Somalia President Uhuru Kenyatta was quoted as saying Kenyan troops will stay in Somalia until that country "gets its house in order".
However there is another dimension to the assault on Christians in Kenya. In north-east Kenya tension has been high for much longer than Kenya's involvement in fighting Al-Shabaab across the border.
Analysts say this assault is also about ridding the Muslim-dominated north east of its Christians an Islamist agenda for Kenya and a secessionist agenda in the region.
In February this year two pastors Abdi Welli and Ibrahim Makunyi were shot by unknown gunmen who killed the one and wounded the other. The two pastors were leaders in the East Africa Pentecostal church in Garissa in northern Kenya.
Kenya is a new arrival at No. 40 on the World Watch List which charts the countries where life as a Christian is most difficult.
"Kenya has come under the grip of Islamic extremism more and more and this is a source of hostility against Christians" reports the List. "Thousands of Somalis continue to cross the border into Kenya as the situation in Somalia worsens causing much instability in Kenya. Members of the extremist Islamic movement in Somalia therefore also cross into the north-eastern and coastal regions of Kenya spreading their extremist views and this is where the majority of Christian persecution takes place."
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Iranian Christian jailed for 10 years freed. Published: November 05 2013
Successful appeal after just three months for 27-year-old
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Mostafa Bordbar 27 has been released after just three months.
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An Iranian Christian sentenced to 10 years in prison has been released after three months.
Mostafa Bordbar 27 was released Nov. 3 from Tehran's Evin Prison after charges of participating in an "anti-security organisation" and "gathering with intent to commit crimes against Iranian national security" were overturned.
Bordbar was arrested in December last year during Christmas celebrations with friends and sentenced in July. The Oct. 30 appeals court hearing cleared him of all charges.
Iran has come under increasing pressure from the international community to improve its human rights record including its number of political prisoners or other prisoners of conscience such as the more than 40 Christians behind bars.
In September two Christians were released a decision welcomed internationally. Mitra Rahmati and Maryam Jalili were nearing the end of their sentences and were released just ahead of new President Hassan Rouhani's first address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power took to Twitter on Sept. 18 to hail the release of prisoners from Iran's jails. "But it's far from enough" she wrote. "Those missing or unjustly detained including Amir Hekmati Saeed Abedini and Bob Levinson must be returned home."
Hekmati is awaiting retrial in Iran on espionage charges. Levinson was kidnapped in Iran in 2007 and is believed to remain in government custody. Meanwhile Abedini an Iranian-born U.S. citizen and pastor serving eight years in prison for his missionary work has written to Rouhani asking for justice and freedom.
At least 300 Christians have been arrested in the past three years in Iran with the most common charges being actions against public security and propaganda against the regime. Many of these Christians were arrested while taking part in "house churches" small meetings of Christians who gather to worship and pray together.
"In bringing about these charges against Christians both the government and the judiciary have made an error of law and fact because Christian gatherings either at homes or churches are mainly formed for Christians to worship together and to read and study the Bible not to change the regime and they do not have a goal of any political activity. So these are wrong judgments" human rights lawyer Attieh Fard told the United Nations Human Rights Council last month.
Fard urged Rouhani to make good on his promises to the U.N. in New York by releasing the 42 Christians known to be in jail and the 45 awaiting trial.
Bordbar's victory in court comes one week after another four Iranian Christians lost their own appeals having been convicted of similar charges.
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Iranian Christian jailed for 10 years freed. Published: November 05 2013
Successful appeal after just three months for 27-year-old
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Mostafa Bordbar 27 has been released after just three months.
Mohabat News
An Iranian Christian sentenced to 10 years in prison has been released after three months.
Mostafa Bordbar 27 was released Nov. 3 from Tehran's Evin Prison after charges of participating in an "anti-security organisation" and "gathering with intent to commit crimes against Iranian national security" were overturned.
Bordbar was arrested in December last year during Christmas celebrations with friends and sentenced in July. The Oct. 30 appeals court hearing cleared him of all charges.
Iran has come under increasing pressure from the international community to improve its human rights record including its number of political prisoners or other prisoners of conscience such as the more than 40 Christians behind bars.
In September two Christians were released a decision welcomed internationally. Mitra Rahmati and Maryam Jalili were nearing the end of their sentences and were released just ahead of new President Hassan Rouhani's first address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power took to Twitter on Sept. 18 to hail the release of prisoners from Iran's jails. "But it's far from enough" she wrote. "Those missing or unjustly detained including Amir Hekmati Saeed Abedini and Bob Levinson must be returned home."
Hekmati is awaiting retrial in Iran on espionage charges. Levinson was kidnapped in Iran in 2007 and is believed to remain in government custody. Meanwhile Abedini an Iranian-born U.S. citizen and pastor serving eight years in prison for his missionary work has written to Rouhani asking for justice and freedom.
At least 300 Christians have been arrested in the past three years in Iran with the most common charges being actions against public security and propaganda against the regime. Many of these Christians were arrested while taking part in "house churches" small meetings of Christians who gather to worship and pray together.
"In bringing about these charges against Christians both the government and the judiciary have made an error of law and fact because Christian gatherings either at homes or churches are mainly formed for Christians to worship together and to read and study the Bible not to change the regime and they do not have a goal of any political activity. So these are wrong judgments" human rights lawyer Attieh Fard told the United Nations Human Rights Council last month.
Fard urged Rouhani to make good on his promises to the U.N. in New York by releasing the 42 Christians known to be in jail and the 45 awaiting trial.
Bordbar's victory in court comes one week after another four Iranian Christians lost their own appeals having been convicted of similar charges.

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Two pastors killed in Kenya Published: October 29 2013 by Julius Mbaluto
Perpetrators must be arrested and security increased say church leaders. Mombasa.
Lauren Pressley / Flickr / Creative Commons Two pastors from southern coastal towns in Kenya were killed last weekend in separate attacks. Charles Mathole a leader of Mombasa's Redeemed Gospel Church in Mtopanga was found dead in church on the morning of Sunday October 20 shot in the head and with a Bible in his lap. A member of the choir in his church said he seemed to have been preparing the Sunday morning service when he was shot. In Kilifi about 60 kilometres north of Mombasa the body of a pastor with the East African Pentecostal Churches Ibrahim Kithaka was found dumped in a patch of bushes near Madamani trading centre in Vitengeni according to members of his church. The two deaths come just a few days after the coastal town of Mombasa witnessed its worst rioting in recent years after the drive-by shooting of a Muslim Imam Ibrahim Rogo itself in the aftermath of the Westgate mall attack.
Rioters protesting against Rogo's death had burned a Salvation Army Church in Kenya's second largest city and four people lost their lives during the protests).
One local pastor whose name is being withheld for security reasons told World Watch Monitor the atmosphere remained tense following the murder of Sheikh Rogo and his three companions.
"Church leaders have all received threatening text messages in the past but they have increased since the sheikh was killed" he said. "The text messages from an unknown number say: 'Be prepared we are coming for you.' We reported them to the police but no arrests have been made.
Another local pastor said that Muslim leaders had openly incited local youth against Christians in the previous few weeks.
"They abused us very badly" he said. "We reported to the OCPD [Officer Commanding Police Division] who promised to disband the meeting but did not. We also hear [rumours] that [extremists] have targeted five specific churches for destruction. We do not know which churches those are but we have informed the police of this too."
In a statement released on October 21 Mombasa Church Forum pastors called on the government to intensify security.
"The Mombasa Church Forum categorically states that no attack on Christians or their church leaders will deter us from our way of worship and our freedom of religion. To the perpetrators of these heinous attacks we hereby state that we will not be intimidated and will continue to worship our Lord in our churches" said Bishop Wilfred Lai Chairman of the Mombasa Church Forum.
Assistant Police Commissioner Vincent Kibaara said that Pastor Kithaka was in the process of setting up a church in the Muryachakwe area of Kilifi and it is believed he was attacked while travelling home.
The police chief said they were looking for two boys seen with the pastor before he was killed. "We are yet to get leads on what transpired but we are looking for the two boys last seen with the pastor. I am sure they will shed some light on his death" said Mr Kibaara.
Kilifi County Deputy Speaker Teddy Mwambire and Governor Amason Kingi asked Kilifi County Police Commander James Kithuka to clean up his office and fight crime. The acting Mombasa County Commissioner Mohamed Salim said police are investigating the incidents and asked for patience.
Kenya which has a Christian majority of 85 per cent has little history of interfaith tensions. However in recent years this has changed.
Kenyan forces have been in Somalia since 2011.
Albany Associates / Flickr / Creative Commons
One factor has been Kenya's military involvement in Somalia since October 2011 and the retaliatory response of the Islamic extremist group Al-Shabaab which swore to attack Kenya until her troops were called back home from Somalia.
Recent attacks at Westgate Mall in Nairobi saw the terrorists force many of their captives to recite the Islamic prayer. Those who were not able were deemed 'Kafirs' or non-believers and were killed (although Muslims also died in Westgate so it was not clear-cut).
The terrorists were seen in recent CCTV footage praying inside Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi after killing 67 people including women and children and injuring over 200 others.
Kenyan Christian and Muslim leaders together condemned the Westgate attack telling Kenyans that they should not be divided by religion. Kenya's former Prime Minister backed this campaign saying that Islam is a religion of peace and never condones killing therefore the killers were terrorists and not true Muslims.
Al-Shabaab's campaign has been felt in many church quarters and in Kenya as a whole. Many churches now have routine security checks. Now the Westgate attacks seem to have increased Kenyans' resolve to win the battle against Al-Shabaab. Whereas the attackers demanded the withdrawal of Kenya's troops from Somalia President Uhuru Kenyatta was quoted as saying Kenyan troops will stay in Somalia until that country "gets its house in order".
However there is another dimension to the assault on Christians in Kenya. In north-east Kenya tension has been high for much longer than Kenya's involvement in fighting Al-Shabaab across the border.
Analysts say this assault is also about ridding the Muslim-dominated north east of its Christians an Islamist agenda for Kenya and a secessionist agenda in the region.
In February this year two pastors Abdi Welli and Ibrahim Makunyi were shot by unknown gunmen who killed the one and wounded the other. The two pastors were leaders in the East Africa Pentecostal church in Garissa in northern Kenya.
Kenya is a new arrival at No. 40 on the World Watch List which charts the countries where life as a Christian is most difficult.
"Kenya has come under the grip of Islamic extremism more and more and this is a source of hostility against Christians" reports the List. "Thousands of Somalis continue to cross the border into Kenya as the situation in Somalia worsens causing much instability in Kenya. Members of the extremist Islamic movement in Somalia therefore also cross into the north-eastern and coastal regions of Kenya spreading their extremist views and this is where the majority of Christian persecution takes place."
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Algerian churches NGOs wary as 'restrictive' law comes into force
Published: January 10 2014
Protestant Church concerned Amnesty International and EU head call for repeal of 'draconian' law. Mustapha Krim President of the Protestant Church of Algeria (EPA).
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A number of churches as well as foreign NGOs in Algeria have called for the abolishment of a new law which they say will hamper their work.
Under the law which will come into effect on Sunday (January 12) NGOs may be dissolved or suspended if their business is deemed to interfere with national affairs.
Those who fail to comply with the law by January 12 will be liable to prosecution.
Amnesty International claims the law gives Algerian authorities permission to restrict the work of foreign NGOs including human rights organisations.
The law was passed in January 2012 as part of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's political reforms but it has been criticised by Amnesty International as "draconian".
In a statement released on December 18 2013 by its bureau in Algiers the human rights organisation said the law threatens freedom and democracy.
"The new Algerian law on associations should be repealed before the expiry of the deadline in January set for existing associations to get registered in order to avoid irreparable damage to Algerian civil society. This draconian law could lead to the closure of independent organisations and civil society and stifle debate on key political social and economic issues" said Amnesty's statement.
The organisation adds that the law "arbitrarily restricts the right to freedom of association and elevated it de facto to a criminal offense in violation of state obligations prescribed by international human rights law".
The Protestant Church of Algeria (EPA) is among a number of other local organisations concerned by the new law.
The law stipulates that an association must be present in at least 12 regions out of a total of 48 across the country in order to be granted national status. Previously the EPA in Algeria was present in only five regions so it has been obliged to obtain the affiliation of other churches located across seven additional regions in order to comply.
"We sent an updated version of our constitution to the Ministry of the Interior at the end of November just two weeks after our general assembly" explained Pastor Mustapha Krim president of the EPA. "We were advised by a lawyer to ensure we introduce our application in the right way. We have done everything necessary to comply with this new law."
Under the provisions of the new law the Ministry of Interior will either issue a receipt of approval or a decision of refusal within 60 days.
Already facing restrictions due to the controversial 2006 law forcing churches to register with the state the provisions of this new law will further limit the activities of churches in Algeria.
The 2006 also law outlaws any Christian evangelism of Muslims as well as the distribution production and storing of material used for this purpose.
A group of associations including the Algerian League for Human Rights (LADDH) has called for a national campaign against the law.
The European Union has also expressed its concern. "We hope that these practical difficulties in the implementation of this law which are not quite the same for all associations will be lifted to facilitate the work of associations" said the head of the EU delegation of Algeria Marek Skolil during a press conference on December 22 in Algiers.

#Obama tu sei patetico ma quello di pensare che la #NSA si limiti a spiare è soltanto una analisi molto riduttiva loro possono entrare in tutti i siti e possono cancellare e modificare ogni cosa di quel sito web. infatti i satanisti sono arroganti e calpestano lo altrui pensiero culturale e quindi deridono il cristianesimo è con cavilli che hanno distrutto tanti siti web cristiani in youtube.

#Obama e se io ero un uomo bugiardo oppure un umo che non voleva bene a tutte le persone del mondo oppure un uomo che non voleva proteggere tutte le religioni e tuutti i governi poi io non potevo mai essere stato eletto da Dio ad essere Unius REI.

#Obama tu guarda tutto il male che noi abbiamo fatto al nostro pianeta visto che lui era prima il paradiso terrestre: fatto da Dio. 1. noi abbiamo fatto: la Torre di Babele 2. abbiamo meritato: il diluvio universale 3. poi abbiamo costruito tanti sistemi ideologici e politici per fare soffrire: tante persone innocenti. 4. infine: i farisei Illuminati Spa Fmi per nascondere la loro truffa di signoraggio bancario hanno preteso [cioè per motivi contabili hanno avuto bisogno] di due guerre mondiali ed hanno rovinato depauperato impoverito degradato in ogni modo il genere umano! 5. ecco perché di questo tutti sono sicuri: "voi senza Unius REI voi non potete minimamente sperare di poter sfuggire: anche: a questa terza guerra mondiale"

#Obama e poi che genere di merda i farisei anglo-americani Bildenberg le sinistre massoniche che dominano il mondo avendo rubato a tutti la sovranità monetaria hanno finaziato e portato a vittoria nel loro odio assurdo contro Gesù Cristo il giusto uomo nato a Betlemme? il relativimo il materialismo il secolarismo e quindi la eterna fiaba teoria della evoluzione che dopo 150 anni non potrà più essere dimostrata certamente. [ ecco perché le cose più aberranti come pedofilia eutanasia omosessualismo aborto ed ogni perversione sessuale il sataniso stesso hanno trovato (non solo una tolleranza) ma addirittura una giustificazione giuridica sul nostro pianeta! ]

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