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Chinese Communist Party rewrites Gospel story to depict Jesus Christ as “killer and sinner”

Communist party officials in China have rewritten one of the Bible’s most powerful accounts of Jesus Christ’s grace and divinity by blasphemously claiming the Saviour stoned to death the woman caught in adultery.

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China’s extreme surveillance, forced sterilisation of non-atheists in camps “much worse” than Soviet gulags

The full horror of the Chinese Communist Party’s campaign against non-atheist minorities, particularly Uighurs and other ethnic groups, is emerging from detainees who have managed to escape communist “re-education” camps where 24-hour close surveillance and apparent forced sterilisation are the norm.

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Chinese Christian leader calls for prayer as surveillance pressure on Christians escalates

Chinese Christians are facing workplace pressure to hide their faith “under a bushel”, said a Chinese Christian leader as he called for prayer this week amid concerns that the government’s Social Credit System (SCS) surveillance measures rolling into place for full implementation will put greater pressure on Christians.

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Indian Christians in “fear and shock” after extremists warn leave faith or die

Christians were warned “to leave their faith or face fatal consequences” before around 16 of their homes were razed by extremists in India’s Chhattisgarh State on 22 and 23 September.

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Indian Christians beaten, humiliated, forced to chant Hindu affirmation in Jharkhand

Seven Indian Christians were reported beaten, subjected to humiliating head tonsuring and forced to chant the Hindu affirmation “Jai Shri Ram” (victory to Lord Ram, a Hindu god also called Rama) when a mob of rod-wielding Hindu extremists stormed their tribal village in Jharkhand State on 16 September.

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Indian government freezes bank accounts forcing human rights charity to halt work

Human rights charity, Amnesty International, has been forced to halt its work in India after the government froze its Indian bank accounts on 10 September.

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Pakistani Christian acquitted of “blasphemy” after six years on death row


Pakistani Christian Sawan Masih was acquitted of “blasphemy” charges by the High Court in Lahore on 5 October, after enduring more than six years imprisoned on death row.

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Indonesia’s ban on Bible app contradicts religious tolerance philosophy of Pancasila

Indonesia’s decision to remove a Bible application from Google Play Store contradicts the state-promoted philosophy of Pancasila, according to an expert on the doctrine of religious tolerance and national unity.

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