Religious freedom

Chinese City Offers Cash Reward for Reporting ‘Illegal’ Christian Practices

The city of Guangzhou in southern China is offering a substantial cash reward, worth about $1,500 in U.S. dollars, to citizens who report “illegal religious activities” and help the authorities crack down on underground churches. Warm approval for the program by Chinese media suggests the practice will spread to other cities as the Communist Party works to “Sinicize” – in other words, subdue and control – all religions.

In this photo taken Monday, June 4, 2018, Chinese calligraphy which reads "All nations belong to the Lord arising to shine" at left and "Jesus's salvation spreads to the whole world" at right are displayed below a crucifix in a house church shut down by authorities near the city of …

Vatican Denounces Media Silence over Christian Persecution

ROME — The Vatican Secretary of State decried the “appalling number of innocent persons that suffer persecution because of their beliefs, including many Christians” on Wednesday, noting that these violations “often occur with impunity and at times receiving little, if any, attention in the media.”

Dede Laugsen of Save the Persecuted Christians (with flag) joined the protest in front of the White House on Wednesday to show support for Andrew Brunson, an American-born pastor who is jailed in Turkey for charges he aided terrorists. (Penny Starr/Breitbart News)

U.S. Bishops Denounce ‘Equality Act’ in Letter to Congress

Three leaders of the U.S. Bishops Conference (USCCB) have written a joint letter to the members of the House of Representatives in opposition to the Equality Act, which, they say, “would impose sweeping regulations to the detriment of society as a whole.”

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 22: L.G.B.T. activists from the National Center for Transgender Equality, partner organizations and their supporters hold a 'We Will Not Be Erased' rally in front of the White House October 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. Members of the L.G.B.T. community and their supporters across the country …

Chinese Communists Advise Belief in Marx and Lenin, Not ‘Ghosts and Gods’

China’s effort to subjugate religion and firmly establish the primacy of Communist doctrine has already oppressed Christians and marched Muslims into concentration camps. The Party took aim at traditional Chinese superstition this week, strongly advising citizens to put their faith in Marxism and the writings of President Xi Jinping instead of spirits and hexes.

A decorative plate featuring an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen in front of Chinese flags at a souvenir store next to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 27, 2018. China's propaganda machine kicked into overdrive on February 27 to defend the Communist Party's move to scrap term …

Jury Awards $21 Million to Hotel Dishwasher Forced to Work Sundays

A jury awarded a Florida hotel dishwasher more than $21 million after determining that the woman’s employer discriminated against her religious beliefs by forcing her to work Sundays and firing her when she did not show up for religious reasons.

Marie Jean Pierre was a dishwasher at the Conrad Miami for more than 10 years but found herself without a job. The devout Christian missionary who was born in Haiti says she missed six Sundays from work to attend Bethel Baptist Church and was fired by her boss at the …

U.S.: Pakistani Officials Help Muslims Force Christian Women into Marriage

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) published a report Tuesday accusing South East Asian nations of systematically failing to protect their populations’ religious rights, noting that “state officials” in Pakistan often shield criminals forcing Christian or Hindu women into a Muslim marriage.

A Pakistani worker shouts anti U.S. slogans during a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The banner at bottom reads, "'immediately hang the cursed man indulged in insulting the Prophet," while …

China, Pakistan Lead State Department List of Religious Persecutors

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the 2018 list of Countries of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 on Tuesday, listing China, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia at the top of the list of the world’s worst abusers of religious rights.

protesters demand the release of Asia Bibi at a Karachi rally, November 25, 2010/Akhtar Soomro