Two days before Christmas, members of a rural Christian congregation in the eastern city of Wenzhou welded some pieces of metal into a cross and hoisted it onto the top of their worship hall to replace one that was forcibly removed in October. Within an hour, township officials and uniformed men barged onto the church ground and tore down the cross. ... Provincial authorities have toppled crosses from more than 400 churches, and even razed some worship halls in a province-wide crackdown on building code violations.Many Christians say their faith has been singled out because authorities, wary of its rapid growth, are seeking to curb its spread. ...
A court in Mauritania on Thursday sentenced a man to death for “insulting” the founder of Islam.The man, Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, 28, was arrested a year ago for writing an article that was interpreted by some as being critical of the Prophet Muhammad and saying that Mauritania allows a discriminatory caste system, an extremely delicate subject in a country with deep social and racial divisions.
The Crow Constitution protects "full exercise of religion," but, unlike the U.S. Constitution, does not contain a clause that prevents the government from the establishment of religion."As a sovereign nation, we're not bound by separation of church and state," said [legislator Conrad J.] Stewart, who penned the resolution. "People are afraid to say, 'Jesus,' in the political arena..."And now, they've gone a step further by putting up a 33-foot sign saying "Jesus Christ is Lord on the Crow Nation."Because Jesus won't know it unless He can see the sign from miles away.