Friday, March 4, 2011

Barnabas Fund news bulletin 2 March 2011

02 MARCH 2011
This is a new format for the Barnabas Fund news digest, which includes our Operation Nehemiah campaign updates.
Latest international news
Pakistan’s only Christian government minister shot dead
Pakistani Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian who opposed the country’s controversial “blasphemy law”, has been shot dead in Islamabad.
Map showing the location of Pakistan
Egyptian Christians protest for secular state
Egyptian Christians staged a protest calling for a secular state as further acts of violence and injustice against the Christian community highlight the danger of growing Islamist influence.
State television building, Cairo(Kodak Agfa ) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
EU condemns attacks against Christians after previous failure
EU foreign ministers have condemned attacks against Christians and other religious communities after previously failing to agree a statement that specified Christians among victims of the violence.
Baroness Ashton of Upholland
(World Economic Forum ) / CC BY-SA 2.0
Christians "main target" of extremists in Indonesia
"Christians are the main target" of what has been described as the worst religious extremism in Indonesia in decades, according to new research.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono(World Economic Forum ) / CC BY-SA 2.0
Latest resources
Online version of latest Barnabas Aidmagazine now available
The March/April 2011 edition of Barnabas Aidmagazine, bringing the latest news on Barnabas Fund projects throughout the world, as well as an inspiring testimony from a Christian imprisoned in Uzbekistan and an in-depth article on the significance of mosques in Islam, can now be viewed online.
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Latest Operation Nehemiah news
Government silence in halal labelling call
Operation Nehemiah has stepped up its call for proper labelling of halal products and the right to choose non-halal alternatives after an unsatisfactory response from the government.
Man attacked for teaching RE to Muslims
Four Muslim men have admitted brutally attacking a London teacher for teaching Muslim school girls about other religions.
Burdett Road, E14 Near Dod Street
© Danny Robinson CC-BY-SA-2.0
Christians urge government to include RE in English Baccalaureate
A campaign has been launched after the government controversially omitted RE from the plan for the new English Baccalaureate.
Rt Hon Michael Gove MPSource: wikimediacommons
By Paul clarke (Own work) / CC BY 3.0
"Olympic" mega-mosque in public inquiry
A planning inquiry in east London heard last week how a "supremacist movement" that encourages isolation from wider British society is fighting to keep its London mosque site.
Olympic stadium under construction
© Stephen Craven CC-BY-SA-2.0

News in brief
Extremist cleric to lead White House protest calling for Muslims to "rise up and establish Islamic state in America"
Nandos opens halal restaurant in Manchester
Christian Easter Egg cracks Britain's retail market
Operation Nehemiah prayer

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