Attacks on Christians in India rose in 2021. Here's why
Plus Christians in Ukraine prepare to house refugees and standards of modesty are changing in Kenya
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Open Doors USA recently ranked India as the 10th most dangerous country for Christians. In line with that ranking is data from United Christian Forum, which found that attacks against Christians increased 80% from 2020 — meaning 2021 saw the highest number of hate crimes against Indian Christians on record.
Delhi-based contributor Rishabh Jain reports on why these attacks are likely rising, including the influence of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government and anti-conversion laws.
Ukrainian Christians have experienced death, displacement and loss in conflicts with Russia that date back to 2014, when Russia seized Crimea. Many churches that once existed in the region of Ukraine close to the Russian border have been abandoned. Now that Russia has amassed some 127,000 troops along its western border with Ukraine, Christians are planning to create temporary places of refuge for the displaced before they move further west. Erik Tryggestad reports.
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On July 11, 2021, in Cuba, thousands of people of all kinds took to the streets in the greatest display of the power of civil society ever seen in this totalitarian country. Since then, a persecution has been unleashed against some pastors that has contributed to an increasing number of religious leaders and churches questioning speaking out.
In the 1980s and ‘90s, modest religious dressing in Kenya meant a very restricted wardrobe — one solid color of fabric stitched and sold in select shops run by members of the church. Today, trend-conscious religious Millennials are changing the dress code, not necessarily by wearing less modest clothes, but by adding twists of artsy, modern style into their closets.
Ukrainian Christians have experienced death, displacement and loss in conflicts with Russia that date back to 2014. That’s when Russia seized Crimea. And now, Russia has amassed some 127,000 troops along its western border with Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian defense ministry.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services on behalf of a Jewish couple who claim that a state-funded adoption agency refused to provide them with child placement services because they are not Christian.
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This Innovative Christian Homeless Shelter Is Rising To California's Housing Challenge by Liza Vandenboom Ashley
With 12 campuses across the California county, Orange County Rescue Mission plays a vital role in combating the homeless crisis. The Village of Hope — set apart from other emergency housing facilities by its commitment to aesthetic design — houses up to 270 men, women and children as part of its residential, back-to-work recovery program.
Of the 7.6 billion people on Earth, 2.4 billion identify as Christian, 1.9 billion as Muslim, 1.2 billion as Hindu and more than 500 million as Buddhist. Those are just the four largest religions. In other words, 310 million in the U.S. do not necessarily constitute the epicenter for all religion in the world. If anything, religion in America is a unique outlier.
Rabbi Charlie Who Was Held Hostage Talks Antisemitism At Texas Christian School by Cheryl Mann Bacon
Rabbi Charlie, as friends and congregants call him — one of the four recently held at gunpoint for nearly 11 hours at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue —teaches with emotion when he tells students in Mark Baur’s Worldviews course at Fort Worth Christian School each spring that antisemitism has destroyed generations.
Since “11J,” the name given to the July 11, 2021, widespread protests in Cuba, state persecution of Protestant pastors spiked. Today, an increasing number of religious leaders and churches are questioning police repression or speaking out against the Cuban government.
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