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Gods Hostage

For February and March, 2020 – we’re reading American Andrew Brunson’s account of his arrest and imprisonment in Turkey, God’s Hostage: A True Story of Persecution, Imprisonment, and Perseverance.

Religious freedom watchdog, facing recent controversy, awaits reauthorisation

Brunson and USCIRF commissioners

Washington DC, USRNS The US Commission on International Religious Freedom, whose funding runs out on Saturday, could be reauthorised by week’s end if Congress passes an omnibus bill that includes a section recommending it stay in business. Since its creation in 1998, the independent agency has drawn attention to repression of religious minorities across the […]

As religious freedom summit ends, US State Department announces new alliance, sanctions

Ministerial close1

Washington, DCRNS Trump administration officials announced a new alliance with US partners focused on religious freedom and new sanctions against foreign military officials supporting countries the US considers to be instigators of religious persecution. The developments on Thursday were among the highlights of the last day of the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. […]

Andrew Brunson case increased “hate speech” against Turkey’s Protestants, says church report

Malatya Church

World Watch Monitor Turkey’s high-profile criminal case against Protestant pastor Andrew Brunson has triggered a significant increase in public hate speech against the nation’s small Protestant community, creating what its church leaders last week called a “climate of insecurity” for its congregations and individual members. According to the Turkish Association of Protestant Churches’ annual human rights […]