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UK Government leaves RE out of baccalaureate 

Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe  
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The Department for Education confirmed this week that Religious Education will not be included in the new English Baccalaureate for a second year. The decision to exclude RE in favour of music, art and IT was made despite a nationwide campaign by Christian groups and objections from some MPs.

The Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC) has criticised the decision, with its chairman, Brian Gates, accusing the Government of “knowingly undermining” RE in Britain’s schools.

 
Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe  
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Church in Wales investigates Bible burning by rector

The Church in Wales has launched an investigation after a rector from Gwynedd, Wales, burnt pages from the Bible.

 
Country/Region: United States  
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Atheists sue to have cross removed from Ground Zero

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.

 
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.

 
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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 23 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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