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Ku Klux Klan Act cited in U.S. hearing on antisemitism at colleges

Today, following months of antisemitic and anti-Zionist protests and barricades on several college campuses in the U.S., religious liberty attorney Mark Rienzi cited the Ku Klux Klan Act in calling for Congress to ensure enforcement of federal laws protecting Jews from religious and ethnic persecution.

State Department report notes religious persecution in 199 countries

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Millions continue to suffer religious persecution globally, with wars and civil conflicts exacerbating already existing ills in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, the U.S. State Department documented in its 2023 Report on International Religious Freedom.

‘Indefensible’: 150 ousted Baptists in Mexico face illegal fine to return home

HIDALGO, Mexico (BP) – More than 150 Baptists forced from their homes because of their faith are protesting a local government plan to let them return home if they pay their persecutors $9,026, CSW (formerly Christian Solidarity Worldwide) said May 16.

Nearly 50 Christians killed in Nigeria attacks; dozens wounded, displaced

BENUE, Nigeria (BP) – Neary 50 Christians have been killed in a series of militant attacks on villages in Benue, Plateau and Kaduna states in late April through early May, with dozens more wounded and displaced, according to news reports.

Baptist families forced from homes, church in Mexican villages

HIDALGO, Mexico (BP) – Nearly 150 Baptists have fled their homes in Mexico after village leaders persecuted them because of their faith, cutting essential services and blocking entry, CSW reported April 30.

Baptist pastor rearrested in Myanmar after mere hours of freedom

KACHIN, Myanmar (BP) – A Baptist pastor and religious freedom advocate in war-torn Myanmar was rearrested by junta leaders April 17 after mere hours of freedom, the Associated Press reported April 18.

Ukrainian Baptist leaders tortured by Russia find voice in U.S. citizen

KYIV, Ukraine (BP) – Russian soldiers captured Azat, a Ukrainian Baptist pastor, on one of his many trips to deliver humanitarian aid to Mariupol as Russia ravaged the city in the early months of the war.

Christian women punished for praying aloud in Nicaraguan prison

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (BP) -- Christian women wrongfully imprisoned in Nicaragua have been beaten and denied time outdoors for praying aloud with rosaries, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reported March 6.

Nicaragua’s crackdown on Catholic Church spreads fear among religious groups

MIAMI (AP) — Nineteen priests kicked out of the country, dozens of incidents of harassment and church desecrations, rural areas lacking worship and social services: the situation for Catholic clergy and faithful in Nicaragua is only worsening in 2024, according to exiled priests, laypeople in the Central American country and human rights advocates. The fear of the ongoing […]

Texas church opens its doors to persecuted Chinese

MIDLAND, Texas (BP) – A persecuted church from China now worships in the facilities of First Baptist Church in Midland.