It is reported that the 20th Century has seen more Christian martyrs than
all other centuries combined. In America, a renewed interest in the persecution of Christians has
emerged, among Congressmen and everyday citizens alike. And for good reason:
our special focus highlights reports of persecution of Christians just this month
from around the globe. Christians are increasingly targeted by governments,
other religions and secularists for harrassment, enslavement, torture and sometimes
What should we think? How should we respond? Might God have a special purpose
in this suffering? Our special focus highlights some opinions and answers.
—Leadership University Editor/Webmaster, Byron Barlowe
Christian de Cherge
On May 24, 1996, a group of Islamic terrorists announced that they had "slit
the throats" of seven French Trappist monks whom they had kidnapped from
the monastery of Tibherine in Algeria and held as hostages for two months.
Prior to the kidnapping, the superior of the monastery, Father Christian
de Cherge, had left with his family this testament "to be opened in the
event of my death."
Their Blood Cries Out: The Growing Worldwide Persecution of Christians
A. J. Bacevich
The inflicted suffering endured by Christians throughout the world
is the story told in Their Blood Cries Out: The Growing Worldwide
Persecution Christians by Paul Marshall with Lela Gilbert. A. J. Bacevich
provides this review. Is it true that discrimination against Christians
causes the largest pattern of persecution in the world today?
Revival and Persecution: Economic Unrest Spawns Muslim Rampage in Indonesia
Violence erupted in Jakarta in mid-May and continued for two days. Thousands of
foreigners have since fled Indonesia. More are departing daily in the wake of the
latest round of violence in a nation plagued by economical and political instability.
Article from the Religious Liberty Conference email correspondence.
Article distributed by the Religious Liberty Conference email correspondence.
Saudi Arabia Starts Deporting
Expatriate Christian Prisoners
Barbara G. Baker
A Flash News report from Compass Direct.
For They Loved the Approval of Men
Dr. Phil Bishop
Dr. Phillip Bishop, Professor of Physiology at the University of Alabama,
was involved in an academic freedom case which made its way through the system to
the Supreme Court. Dr. Bishop shares the impact the experience had on him
and challenges faculty to continue to take opportunities to minister.
Part II of a series.
When Faced with Opposition
Dr. Scott Luley
Dr. Scott Luley, Director of The Free Speech Project, gives suggestions
for faculty members who face a challenge to academic freedom.
A Scopes Trial in Reverse
Dr. Dean Kenyon, Professor of BioPhysics at San Francisco State University,
was censored by the chairman and dean of the biology department for teaching
intelligent design. Serious issues about academic freedom have been
raised on Kenyon's behalf by the American Association of University Professors.
An "Agenda of Intolerance"
Dr. Dilawar Edwards, professor of educational media at California
University of Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh, was summarily relieved of his
teaching duties. A student lodged an informal complaint with the
academic vice president against Edwards, a tenured professor and
former chairman of the department of education, claiming he was
indoctrinating the class with his Christian beliefs.
Trial and Error: The ACLU and Religious Expression
George Grant, founder of HELP Services and the executive director of
Legacy Communications, explores the ACLU's position against the Christian faith.
He documents what he calls "their discriminatory intolerance" towards Christianity.
"I've Been Obeying Laws That Don't Exist!"
Dr. Scott Luley
Scott Luley, Christian Leadership Ministries' East Region Director and Director
of CLM's Free Speech Project, explains the Free Speech Project. He says,
"We have put this material together so Christian educators do not worry
about possible challenges to their faith, but know how to respond." This
article discusses various resources available to university faculty.
Remember the Persecution Campaign
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Religious Persecution Links
State Department Report Decries Persecution of Christians
Article from Christianity Today
Religious Freedom: A Report of the U.S. Religious Leaders
Delegation to the People's Republic of ChinaFebruary 1998
Statement of Conscience of the National Association of
Evangelicals Concerning Worldwide Religious PersecutionJanuary 23, 1996
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