Most evangelicals think the coalition’s policies were bad for the poor

Most evangelicals in the UK believe the last government hurt the poor more than the rich. According to a new report by the Evangelical Alliance (EA), nearly four out of five evangelicals think the coalition’s economic policy hurt the poor more than the rich and two-thirds say welfare reform policies had a negative impact on the sick and disabled. Just 15 per cent of evangelicals believe the last government’s economic policy worked well to produce a more prosperous future for all. Evangelical Alliance The ‘Good news for the poor?’ report says the high levels of concern spring from the belief that God is on the side of the poor. Evangelical Christians would support a more generous welfare budget from the new Conservative government, the report argues. Nearly nine in 10 evangelicals believe those who neglect to care for the poor will be judged more harshly, 28...Read more
Alabama Legislators Advance Bill Allowing Homeschoolers to Play Public School Sports

Alabama Legislators Advance Bill Allowing Homeschoolers to Play Public School Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a bill allowing homeschool students to play public school sports, now sending the matter on to the Senate for a vote. H.B. 236, also known as the “Tim Tebow Act” passed 52-43 on May 7, named after the Heisman trophy winner who was able to work his way to the NFL after his home state of Florida passed a bill allowing homeschoolers to play with public school teams. “A student who is taught at home and is enrolled in a private school or a church school … may participate in extracurricular activities sponsored by, or engaged in by a public school system, or in a nonpublic school, if the nonpublic school permits the student to participate at that school,” it reads in part. “The student shall register with the local board of education in the district where the student...Read more
Pakistani Pastor Threatened by Muslims for Sharing Christ with Neighbors

Pakistani Pastor Threatened by Muslims for Sharing Christ with Neighbors

(Voice of the Martyrs) — After evangelizing Muslims and baptizing a former Islamic religious leader, a Pakistani pastor is receiving death threats from radical Islamists – even through his cell phone. “Azhar”, who became a pastor at a village church more than 20 years ago in Pakistan, regularly shares the gospel with his Muslim neighbors and has baptized a number of Muslim background believers, including a former imam known as “Rashid.” Trouble started after Rashid stopped attending the local mosque. Members tried to convince him to return to Islam, but he wouldn’t. His Muslim relatives labeled him as an apostate, a traitor to the faith. They issued death threats against Rashid, along with his wife and children who also became believers. After Rashid and his family fled the area, his relatives turned against Pastor Azhar. Continue reading this...Read more
Persecuted Pakistani Christians Suffer While Seeking Asylum in Thailand

Persecuted Pakistani Christians Suffer While Seeking Asylum in Thailand

(Pukaar News) — When most people think of Thailand, they imagine an exotic and luxurious holiday destination, but little is known about the harsh reality of the lives of the Pakistani Christian asylum seekers, who are being treated like criminals in Thailand’s capital Bangkok. Many of these Pakistani Christians moved to Thailand for a better life after experiencing harsh treatment in their homeland of Pakistan. But upon arrival many of these individuals and families are arrested and locked up in Bangkok’s Immigration Detention Centre and left to survive in squalid conditions. 16 year old Zaresh Gill is one of the four thousand Pakistani Christians in Thailand. Her family fled Pakistan, because they lived in constant fear for their lives; she shares her experiences of adjusting to her new life, “I miss my friends, I miss them a lot, especially my best friends,...Read more
Islamic Jihadist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death for Boston Bombing

Islamic Jihadist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death for Boston Bombing

BOSTON (Boston Globe) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death Friday for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the terror attack on the finish line of the storied race that killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Tsarnaev, 21, had been convicted last month in US District Court in Boston of 17 charges that carried the possibility of the death penalty. The death sentence handed down Friday by the seven-woman, five-man jury came at the end of a lengthy, high-profile trial. Tsarnaev, who had taken a sharp turn from hopeful immigrant college student to radical jihadist, also was convicted in the murder of a police officer. The April 15, 2013, bombing was one of the worst terror attacks in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001. Wearing a blazer and a collared shirt, Tsarnaev, as has been his habit for most of the trial, had no expression as a court clerk...Read more

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