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Atheists sue to have cross removed from Ground Zero 

Country/Region: United States  
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A group of atheists in New York have filed a lawsuit to prevent a cross from being displayed at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

American Atheists, a Texas-based group that describes its mission as protecting civil rights for non-believers, claims the government installation of the cross is an unconstitutional "mingling of church and state".

 
Country/Region: Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, Turkey  
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Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #31

Islamist group pilots “sharia-controlled zone”;
Sydney man lashed 40 times under Islamic law;
Australian universities infiltrated by Islamic extremists;
Texan Governor sued for “unconstitutional” participation in prayer rally;
Prayer Points

 
Country/Region: Europe, United Kingdom  
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Islamist group pilots “sharia-controlled zone”

Muslims Against Crusades are targeting the London borough of Waltham Forest to be the first “sharia-controlled zone” as part of a new “Islamic Emirates Project”.

 
Country/Region: Australia  
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Sydney man lashed 40 times under Islamic law

A Sydney man was allegedly whipped up to 40 times for going out for alcoholic drinks with friends in a violent kind of sharia punishment.

 
Country/Region: Australia  
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Australian Universities infiltrated  by Islamic extremists

Universities in Australia have been targeted by an Islamic extremist group that urges Muslims to reject democracy and promotes violence against Australian troops fighting in Afghanistan.

 
Country/Region: United States  
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Texan Governor sued for “unconstitutional” participation in prayer rally

Texas Governor Rick Perry is being sued by a national organisation focused on ensuring the separation of Church and state because he plans to participate in a forthcoming Christian prayer rally.

 
Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, United States, Canada  
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Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #30

UK’s equality watchdog says Christians should have right to follow conscience;
Christian teacher reprimanded in UK for explaining religion;
Islamists call for sharia in British “emirates”;
Muslim prayers at Toronto school causes outcry;
Virginia curriculum sidelines Christianity and promotes Islam;
Second Australian state moves to implement veil law;
Australia’s Muslim leaders want sharia, survey shows;
Prayer Points

 
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    • Lift up the Christian lawyers in Pakistan who represent Christian victims accused under the notorious “blasphemy” law. Many lawyers in Pakistan are not willing to represent those who have been accused of blasphemy due to the threats they themselves face from Islamist extremists if they do so. Barnabas Fund supports a group of Christian lawyers who make these cases their focus. They also help victims of other types of persecution, such as converts from Islam. Pray for the safety of these lawyers and for their success in the courts as they seek to right injustices against the Lord’s people. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 2 hours ago

    • Praise God that local police in the village of Tehsil Summodri, Faisalabad District, Pakistan acted to withdraw false allegations of blasphemy against 31 Christians and 23 other villagers. The allegations under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (which carries a mandatory death sentence) were made on 2 September when Christians were ploughing a piece of land given to them for free by its Muslim owner to extend the local Christian cemetery. A group of Muslims accused them of desecrating Muslim graves. The police investigation revealed that the land had been a Muslim cemetery many years earlier but the graves had been moved elsewhere. They changed the charges to the lesser ones under Section 297 (which carries a maximum prison sentence of one year or a fine). It is very unusual for the Pakistani police to defend the rights of Christians in this way. Pray that others will follow their example. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Nov 2014 00:00

    • School text-books in Turkey are still teaching that the Armenians and most other Christian minorities of the Ottoman Empire a century ago were agents of enemy foreign powers such as Britain and Russia. This, the books say, was the reason for what they call the “necessary deportation” of the Christians. Turkey still does not accept blame for the deaths of at least 1.5 million Armenian and Assyrian Christians, many massacred or dying of deprivation as they were force-marched out of their homeland. Next year, 2015, is the 100th anniversary of the worst year of the Armenian and Assyrian Genocide. Please pray that the innocent suffering of these faithful believers will be recognised by every country and that the world will resolve never to let such a genocide happen again. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Nov 2014 00:00

    • Pray for 27 Christians, believed to be from various Asian countries, who were detained overnight by the Saudi authorities on 5 September for worshipping at a private home in Khafji. The home had been under surveillance since a neighbour had reported suspicious activities there. Pray that the Lord will protect His people in Saudi Arabia, where it is illegal to practise a non-Islamic religion in public but supposedly permissible to do so in private. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Nov 2014 00:00

    • Wao, a predominantly Christian town on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, is protesting against its inclusion in the new semi-independent Islamic region of Bangsamoro. Wao’s mayor, Elvino Balicao, is seeking exemption from the Bangsamoro government and its Islamic law and has asked that the town remain under the central government. He said that the town is 83% Christian and that local churches support exemption from Bangsamoro. Wao is in the centre of the Muslim-majority province of Lanao del Sur. Pray that the Lord will protect His people and that Wao will gain exemption from the Bangsamoro government. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Nov 2014 00:00

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