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Dutch MP cleared of “hate speech” charges for comments on Islam says is “victory for freedom of expression” 

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Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician, has been acquitted of charges of hate speech and discrimination for statements he made about Islam.

The MP faced five counts for remarks he made about Islam on websites, internet forums and in Dutch newspapers between October 2006 and March 2008, and in his controversial movie Fitna (“Discord” in Arabic). However, the judge at the trial in Amsterdam ruled that that his statements were “acceptable within the context of public debate”.

 
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Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #27

Camberley “mega-mosque” appeal rejected in UK;
Sentenced Australian Muslim woman avoids jail;
Defendant in French burqa ban trial sent home;
Operation Nehemiah launches ACTS Christianity pack for UK schools;
Prayer Points

 
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Camberley “mega-mosque” appeal rejected in UK

A Muslim group holding extremist views have had their plan to build a huge £3 million mosque in Camberley, England, finally dismissed by local authorities.

 
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Sentenced Australian Muslim woman  avoids jail

A Muslim woman in  Australia, accused of lying about police trying to tear her burqa off, has avoided jail because her identity could not be proved

 
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Defendant in French burqa ban trial sent home – for wearing burqa

One of the first two women to be summoned before a court in Europe for allegedly wearing face coverings was denied entry because she refused to remove her burqa.

 
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Operation Nehemiah launches ACTS Christianity pack for UK schools

Operation Nehemiah has launched a new initiative to motivate and enable the Church and Christians to support British schools in the teaching of Christianity as part of Religious Education.

 
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Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #26

Afghan Christian convert attacked in UK;
Muslim couple in UK challenge French veil ban in court;
Europe’s tallest building will be a “symbol of Islamic finance”;
Australian Christians respond to Muslim billboard campaign;
Prayer Points.

 
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    • Praise God that Pakistan’s Supreme Court has instructed the government to take specific steps to protect religious minorities from violence and intolerance. The ruling was issued partly in response to the deadly attack on All Saints Church in Peshawar in September 2013, which claimed over 100 lives. The court ordered the formation of a National Council for Minority Rights, a special police force to protect places of worship, and a taskforce to develop strategies to counter intolerance, along with further corrective measures. Campaigners for the rights of Christians in Pakistan welcomed the moves but expressed reservations about whether they would be implemented. Pray that the measures will achieve a tangible improvement in the condition of the country’s Christians. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 8 hours ago

    • Loving Father, we cry out to You for the loved ones of ten Egyptian Christians who were murdered in Libya in February and March this year. We ask that You will bring your healing and peace to their families and friends and comfort their congregations in their loss. We pray for protection for Egyptian and other expatriate Christians in Libya and ask that their neighbours will not yield to requests by the militants to hand them over and get a reward in return. We pray that further Islamist attacks against Christians will be prevented and that the Libyan authorities will establish a greater measure of control over the country. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Aug 2014 00:00

    • Pray for Egyptian Christians who are leaving Libya in the face of growing violence against them. Many have gone there seeking work, but following the recent spate of killings, they are now fleeing. An Egyptian church leader has said that attacks and threats against Christians in the region are an attempt at “genocide”. Pray that what seems to be a targeted Islamist campaign to wipe Christians out of Libya will not succeed. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Aug 2014 00:00

    • A young Christian woman in Somalia was killed by a group of armed men who broke into her house in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, earlier this year. The assailants dragged her outside and shot at neighbours who tried to rescue her. Her parents were present when the attack took place. The Islamist group al-Shabaab has killed dozens of Christians since 2008, when it seized control of large parts of the country, and although it has now been driven from its strongholds, its deadly hostility to Christians is unrelenting. Pray for other Christian converts in Somalia as they face terror on every side (Psalm 31:13). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sun, Aug 2014 00:00

    • “We know these two people are Christians who recently came back from Kenya. We want to wipe out any underground Christian living inside of mujahidin area.” The words of an al-Shabaab militant in Somalia were chillingly fulfilled soon afterwards when Sadia Ali Omar (41) and Osman Mohamoud Moge (35), two Christian converts from Islam, were publicly beheaded in Barawa on 4 March. Al-Shabaab became suspicious of them because of their irregular attendance at the mosque for Friday prayers. Pray for Sadia’s two daughters, aged 8 and 15, who were forced to watch the gruesome spectacle; the younger girl cried out for someone to save her mother. A family friend has helped them relocate to a different area; ask that God’s peace may guard their hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7) after this traumatic experience. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sat, Aug 2014 00:00

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