Many countries are Anti-Christian and might as well put out a sign on their border: No Christians Wanted.
Nepal recently joined the region’s escalating religious intolerance by enacting a law that makes Christian conversion a crime.
The growing Christian minorities in India and Pakistan already faced criminal prosecution. Human rights group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reported that President of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari signed legislation that now institutionalizes Christian persecution in the country through prison sentences. A small-but-flourishing Christian groundswell faces up to five years in prison for converting to Christianity and up to two years for what the law calls the “hurting of religious sentiment.”
Pastor Tanka Subedi, founding member and chair of Dharmik Chautari Nepal and Religious Liberty Forum Nepal, expressed deep concern over the hard turn toward Christian and Evangelical intolerance.
“We are deeply saddened that this bill is now law,” Pastor Tanka Subedi reportedly said. “Our appeals to the president and other policy makers to amend this have been ignored. Nepali government have taken a regressive step as this law severely restricts our freedom of expression and our freedom of religion or belief.”
Reports indicate that more than 375,000 Christians and Evangelicals reside in the primarily Hindu nations.
Like many secular entities before it, China’s government appears to believe it can prevent the Gospel from reaching the hearts and minds of nearly 1.4 billion people.
In a recent move designed the stem the religious fervor sweeping across the Asian nation, thousands of devout Christians have been instructed to remove crosses, Gospel passages and displays of Jesus Christ from their homes. The Communist government’s propaganda effort has been touted as a way to “transform believers in religion into believers in the party.”
The Hong Kong-based English language newspaper, South China Morning Post (SCMP), indicates members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) have taken a hands-on approach to combating Christianity by going door to door. In the Yugan county of Jiangxi province, 10 percent of the population has taken Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and the communist officials are coercing residents to take down symbolic gestures about their Faith and replace them with posters of sitting Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping.
Chinese Officials Coerce Villagers
According to SCMP, approximately 600 complied with the government’s pressure by removing Christian displays from their living rooms. The news resource reports that 453 took the further request to hang a poster of Pres. Xi.
This Arab is trying to make Arabia more of a tourist attraction for the post oil days. Wanting to be inviting to various other groups for investment, travel and to add to their income, more tolerance for other religions is a must. This is a very smart move because it will also have the opposite effect of of Arabian’s being more welcome elsewhere.
This may in effect be the plan… read the koran.
Crown prince Mohammad bin Salman’s sudden rise to power has undoubtedly changed Saudi Arabia in many ways — some which could mean greater freedoms for Christians living in the Islamic country.
The kingdom has already become slightly more open than it was in the past, evidenced by the fact that women will be allowed to drive next year and the king’s meeting with a Coptic Orthodox patriarch for the first time ever. At the same time, there are a few reasons to be less than optimistic about Mohammad bin Salman and his ambitious agenda.
Mohammad bin Salman recently proclaimed that he wants a “moderate, balanced Islam that is open to the world and to all religions and all traditions and peoples.”
This is an astounding declaration considering that Saudi Arabia is the only country in the entire world that does not have a single church building. Open Doors ranks the country as one of the top 15 most repressive countries in the world.
While there are close to 1.5 million Christians in the nation, Saudi Arabian nationals that convert to Christianity experience intense persecution from family and friends. Migrant workers, who make up a large share of the Christian population, are often mistreated by their Saudi bosses.
What is more, Mohammad bin Salman is showing that he is willing to not only talk about freedom of religion but also do something to help make it happen. Scores of religious clerics were recently detained and instructed to speak out in favor of respecting other religions. Religious extremists in government positions have been dismissed from their posts, and the country’s powerful religious police no longer have the authority to arrest Saudi citizens.