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US high school censors Christian testimony in graduation speech 

Country/Region: United States  
Fair-Haven-5X3.jpgA high-school graduate was forbidden by his school from delivering nearly half his graduation speech, in which he explained how Jesus had changed his life.

Kyle Gearwar, a student at Fair Haven Union High School in Vermont, said the principal told him to remove anything that "had to do with religion, God...The thing that actually changed me, I couldn't talk about."

 

 
Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe, Netherlands  
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Dutch MP cleared of “hate speech” charges for comments on Islam says is “victory for freedom of expression”

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

 
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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

 
Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe  
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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.

 
Country/Region: Australia  
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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

 
Country/Region: Europe, France  
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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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    • The case of an Egyptian Christian man arrested following complaints by Muslim neighbours that he had been using his home as a church without a permit highlights the need of the Christian community for more places of worship. The 55-year-old man from Minya in Upper Egypt, where Christians are particularly vulnerable to persecution, was arrested once before, in 2011, for the same offence. Every church building in Egypt requires a permit, but these are notoriously difficult to obtain. Pray that the authorities will show leniency to the Christian man and that a provision in the new constitution addressing the issue of church buildings will be enacted. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 10 hours ago

    • Kidnapping for ransom has been a persistent problem for the Christian community in Egypt amid the political upheaval and instability following the “Arab Spring” revolution of 2011. On 14 June, Wadie Ramses, a well-known surgeon, was seized in El-Arish. The assailants opened fire on his vehicle and took him away wounded. They later demanded a ransom of ten million Egyptian Pounds (£800,000; US$1.4 million) for his release. Two days later, Christian merchant Gemal Shenouda was captured near his home in the same city. It is thought that Islamic militants with links to al-Qaeda, who have been behind escalating violence in the Sinai region, are responsible for the kidnappings. Pray for the safe return of our two Christian brothers and that they and their families will know the Lord’s peace. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Sep 2014 00:00

    • On 18 June, Bishoy Armia Boulous (31) was sentenced to five years in prison and given a fi ne of 500 Egyptian Pounds (US£70; £40) for “disturbing the peace by broadcasting false information” in connection with reports he produced relating to anti-Christian violence in Minya for a Christian TV channel. His lawyer believes that Bishoy has been targeted because of his conversion from Islam. The Christian gained notoriety in Egypt in 2007 as the first person to try to change his religion on his ID card, a case that is still unresolved owing to the political tumult in the country over the last three years. Pray that the Lord will be Bishoy’s strength and shield (Psalm 28:7), and that he will soon be released. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sun, Sep 2014 00:00

    • Saudi Arabia remains unique in the extent to which it restricts the public expression of any religion other than Islam.” In its annual report for 2014, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom highlighted the extraordinary restrictions faced by Christians and other non-Muslims in one of the most rigid and hardline Islamic states in the world. No churches exist in Saudi Arabia because of an Islamic tradition that Muhammad said there should be only one religion in the Arabian peninsula. Pray for peace and perseverance for the small number of Saudi converts and the many expatriate Christians practising their faith in this repressive context, and ask that the authorities will yield to international pressure to introduce greater religious freedom. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sat, Sep 2014 00:00

    • On 23 June, Vahid Hakkani, a Christian convert in prison in Iran, resumed a hunger strike in protest against the refusal of a court to grant him and two other Christians conditional release. Vahid had broken his previous strike in May after another of his fellow-detainees was set free. The prison authorities have reportedly confiscated his personal belongings from his cell and are denying him the right to make phone calls; they have also separated the Christian prisoners from one another. Even before his first hunger strike, Vahid had been suffering from a digestive problem and internal bleeding. Pray that his health may not fail altogether and that his action will secure justice and freedom for him and his friends (Psalm 69:33). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Sep 2014 00:00

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