Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Lawmakers highlight work of faith-based groups in social media campaign

faith
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/25/15, 12:10 pm

Every night, the Hope Center in Kentucky opens the doors of its shelters to 800 men, each with a different story.

“We see men who’ve lost their jobs, had medical catastrophes, and have been in addiction long enough it’s made them homeless,” said Brooke Raby, Hope Center’s development manager.

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Southern Baptists plan religious liberty office in Middle East

Persecution
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/22/15, 08:04 am

Christians in some parts of the Middle East have three options: move elsewhere, become Muslim, or pay the expensive Christian tax known as jizya.

As Nina Shea, a religious freedom expert with the Hudson Institute explained, the cost of not complying is high. 

“A family fleeing Nineveh, they couldn’t pay, and [the militants] took their 3-year-old daughter,” Shea said.

In response to the persecution, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention is establishing its first freedom office in the region.

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Legislative conference touts greater need for religious liberty

Politics
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/19/15, 09:55 am

WASHINGTON—With the passing of several state laws protecting religious liberty and the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, three Republican presidential candidates had one central theme at a Thursday conference organized by the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

“Religious liberty has never been more threatened in America,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, amid assertive hums from the audience. “I believe 2016 will be the religious liberty election.”

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