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European court upholds blasphemy standard

International | The ruling threatens free expression and aligns with laws in Islamic-led countries
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/26/18, 02:09 pm

EUROPE: The European Court of Human Rights upheld lower court decisions that defaming Islam’s Muhammad “could stir up prejudice” and thus exceeds the limits of free expression. The ruling—stemming from a nearly decade-old case in which an Austrian woman was accused of disparaging Muhammad’s marriage to 9-year-old Aisha—in effect sides with blasphemy laws in Islamic-led countries. Download and read the decision and case details.

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‘For the sake of the gospel’

International | Hundreds of Chinese Christian leaders take a stand against government crackdown
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/14/18, 05:20 pm

CHINA: At least 279 Christian leaders across China have issued a statement decrying the government’s crackdown on Christians, calling it “an abuse of government power” that has led to conflict. “For the sake of the gospel, we are prepared to bear all losses—even the loss of our freedom and our lives,” they said. Read it all here.

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The fourth anniversary of genocide in Iraq

International | ISIS killed and enslaved thousands, and thousands are still missing
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/03/18, 03:57 pm

IRAQ: Friday marks the fourth anniversary of the ISIS genocide of Yazidis in Iraq. Besides the thousands ISIS killed and enslaved, thousands remain missing—and a Yazidi population of 400,000 before 2014 in Iraq has been obliterated. I write about my encounter last week with Yazidi activist and survivor Nadia Murad in the latest issue of WORLD Magazine.

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