Nepali Christians Petition Government to Remove Anti-Conversion Law

Nepali Christians Petition Government to Remove Anti-Conversion Law

Nepal (Mission Network News) – In 2015, Nepal changed its constitution to become a secular nation with the freedom of religion. However, in October, Nepal’s President Bidhya Dev Bhandari signed a Criminal Code Bill into law. This law, known as the anti-conversion law, makes religious conversion illegal and punishable by five years in prison and a fine of 50,000 rupees. The law technically prohibits any person from sharing their faith or converting to a different faith. Furthermore, the freedom of religion in Nepal was already restricted by the 2015 constitution in Article 26 (3) where it states, “No person shall, in the exercise of the right conferred by this Article, do, or cause to be done, any act which may be contrary to public health, decency and morality or breach public peace, or convert another person from one religion to another or any act or conduct that may jeopardize...Read more
Trump Addresses 45th Annual March for Life: ‘We Are With You All the Way’

Trump Addresses 45th Annual March for Life: ‘We Are With You All the Way’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump addressed the thousands attending the 45th annual March for Life on Friday, speaking to a gathering at the White House rose garden and also being broadcast to the event via satellite. “The March for Life is a movement born out of love: You love your families. You love your neighbors. You love our nation. And you love every child, born and unborn, because you believe that every life is sacred [and] that every child is a precious gift from God,” he said. The ecumenical march has been held in Washington each year since the 1973 ruling of Roe v. Wade to be a voice for the thousands of unborn children who are killed every day in their mother’s womb. As previously reported, Roe v. Wade centered on a Texas woman named Norma McCorvey who sought an abortion over an alleged rape. McCorvey later admitted that she had lied, writing in her book “I Am Roe” that...Read more
144 Members of Congress Join Legal Brief Supporting Right of Calif. Pregnancy Centers Not to Provide Info on Govt. Abortion Programs

144 Members of Congress Join Legal Brief Supporting Right of Calif. Pregnancy Centers Not to Provide Info on Govt. Abortion Programs

WASHINGTON — More than 140 members of Congress have joined an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of an appeal from several pregnancy centers in California that are challenging a state law requiring the provision of information on government abortion programs. “The FACT Act’s requirements do not merely restrict the pro-life centers’ speech, they necessarily and fundamentally alter it—all the while violating the centers’ conscience rights. As speakers in a noncommercial context, these centers have absolute ‘autonomy to choose the content of [their] own message,’” the brief, filed on Tuesday, reads. “Congress’s tradition of protecting the conscience rights of those who in good faith oppose abortion provides an example of alternative legislative approaches that accommodate, rather than suppress, pro-life views. The FACT Act, in contrast, seeks to enlist pro-life...Read more
HHS Announces Creation of ‘Conscience and Religious Freedom Division’ to Protect Rights of Medical Professionals

HHS Announces Creation of ‘Conscience and Religious Freedom Division’ to Protect Rights of Medical Professionals

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Thursday the creation of a new division in its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) focused on protecting the right of conscience and religious freedom. “The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division has been established to restore federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious freedom,” the department said in a statement. “The creation of the new division will provide HHS with the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom, the first freedom protected in the Bill of Rights,” it added. The protections most likely pertain to those who have objections to participating in abortions and those who have religious convictions about “gender reassignment”...Read more
Thousands Call for Release of ‘Doctor of the Poor’ Abducted by Al-Qaeda Offshoot

Thousands Call for Release of ‘Doctor of the Poor’ Abducted by Al-Qaeda Offshoot

(World Watch Monitor) — Thousands took to the streets of Djibo, a northern town in Burkina Faso, on Monday (Jan. 15) to call for the government to secure the release of an Australian doctor, Ken Elliott, kidnapped two years ago. The abduction was claimed by the “Emirate of the Sahara,” a branch of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Djibo, in the province of Soum, is the town where Dr. Elliott, with his wife, had run a 120-bed clinic for 40 years until their abduction. Jocelyn Elliott was released in February 2016; the Islamist group said in an audio recording that it released Mrs Elliott so as “not to make women involved in the war.” She said at the time that she would not leave Burkina Faso, but their clinic is no longer operating. Several reasons mobilized people to demand more action from the government for the doctor’s release. Dubbed “The Doctor of the Poor,” Dr. Elliott was...Read more

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