(CBN NEWS) – Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian mother of two is in prison for blasphemy against Islam.

In 20-10, Bibi was convicted of blasphemy after a group of Muslim women told a cleri that she made “derogatory remarks” about the prophet Mohammad.

Her case is one of many examples of how the country’s blasphemy law is often twisted to target Pakistan’s Christian minority.

On this week’s Prayerlink, CBN News Senior Reporter Gary Lane shared the latest in Bibi’s case.

Let us not forget to pray for Asia and other Christians around the world who are facing persecution.

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(NEWS24) – Kano – Okechukwu Ugo has been left in a predicament after an ultimatum was issued for all southern Christians of Igbo heritage to leave Nigeria’s Muslim-majority north.

“I was born in Kano,” the building materials salesman told AFP in Sabon Gari, a Christian enclave on the edge of the country’s biggest northern city.

“My father relocated to Kano from the east more than 60 years ago. I don’t have any other place to call home apart from Kano.”

Since the call was made by a Muslim group, the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), on June 8, the federal government in Abuja has repeatedly called for calm.

But the notice to Igbos to leave the north by October 1 has brought to the fore barely-concealed ethnic and religious tensions across Africa’s most-populous nation.

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(PAKISTAN CHRISTIAN POST) – A Muslim Police officer DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith was attacked, tortured and lynched to death by Muslim worshipers on taking photographs in front of Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar after Muslims Holy Night Layl-ul-qadr prayers.

Police later dispersed the crowd by firing into the air and recovered Pandith’s battered body lying nearby

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party expressed deep shock on the act of heinous murder of a young police officer, Mohd. Ayub Pandith today in front of Jamia Masjid, Nowhatta in Srinagar when there was no such situation in the area.

Prof.Bhim Singh urged President of India to act according to the mandate of the Constitution of India without delay as any more delay shall prove a disaster for the unity and integrity of the entire nation—India.

Prof.Bhim Singh said that some undesirable and unwanted elements from across the border have cross lined into the State with a definite plan to create chaos, disorder and lawlessness in J&K with a dangerous plan to disintegrate India. That needs to be checked forthwith. The only way out, NPP Supremo said, is to dismiss a government in J&K which has no control over the situation which is evident today that a senior police officer was lynched to death in broad day light in the presence of armed policemen and civil society.

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(BOSNEWSLIFE) – Christians in northeastern Kenya have asked for protection after Islamic militants killed a Christian teacher in an elementary school and kidnapped two colleagues as part of a wider crackdown, BosNewsLife learned.

Suspected fighters of the notorious al-Shabab group walked into the Fafi Primary School compound, 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Garissa city, where they shot to death teacher Elly Oloo Ojiema in front of pupils, well-informed Christians said.

After the May 31 shooting, the alleged members of the Somali rebel group kidnapped another Christian teacher, Joseph Kamau, along with a Muslim teacher who tried to defend him.

A colleague said the abducted Muslim teacher was trying to shield the Kenyan Christian saying he was willing to die with him. “The al-Shabab (rebels) got angry and told the teacher, ‘We are going to teach you a lesson for protecting the infidels,’ and immediately the two were carried away to an unknown destination,” the colleague said in published remarks.

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(CHRISTIAN POST) – Some Christians trapped in the terrorist-besieged Marawi City in the Philippines have been able to escape, thanks to Muslim residents who lent them their hijabs to camouflage their faith from the Islamist extremists.

About 100 people have escaped from the city, some areas of which are still occupied and being defended by the terrorists allied with the Islamic State (ISIS), The Independent reported.

About 1,500 people are still trapped in the predominantly Muslim city in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, which has been placed under martial law by President Rodrigo Duterte.

On Tuesday, Philippine warplanes dropped more bombs on terrorist positions while ground troops launched a renewed push against the terrorists, who have been holed up in the city for five weeks now, according to The Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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(DAILY SABAH) – Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz told a local newspaper that he wants to shut down all Islamic preschools in the country, claiming that they serve as a barrier to the integration of immigrants.

Replying to a question from the Kurier newspaper on whether these schools should be closed, Kurz said, “Of course, we don’t need them. There should be no Islamic kindergartens.”

Kurz also accused the schools of creating “parallel societies” within Austria.

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(TOWNHALL) – The Charleston RiverDogs are in the doghouse with baseball fans after they incessantly mocked the Christian faith of Columbia Fireflies outfielder Tim Tebow.

“While we believe that our promotions were poking fun at Mr. Tebow’s celebrity status rather than his religion or baseball career, our intent was not to offend anyone, and for the fact that we did offend, we are sorry,” general manager Dave Echols wrote in a statement to The Post and Courier.

Tebow, a devout Evangelical Christian, was in Charleston last weekend for a three-game series with the minor league ball club. The Fireflies are the Class A affiliate of the New York Mets.

Every time Tebow came to bat, the “Hallelujah Chorus” was played over the public address system. The Riverdogs’ mascot wore eye black inscribed with “John 3:16” and was filmed “Tebowing” on the field. Click here to watch.

You might recall during Tebow’s football career at the University of Florida, he would strike a prayerful pose on the sidelines that became known as “Tebowing.” He was roundly criticized by godless liberals for writing “John 3:16” in eye black during his gridiron days.

Echols acknowledged some of the promotional activities “were in poor taste.”

Some called the RiverDogs antics trolling, others called it mocking and some called it downright disrespectful.

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(THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR) – The two women invited to the Dirksen Senate Office Building last week seemed like the kind of expert witnesses any Democrat, especially a female Democrat, would love. Both have become respected academics, authors, and activists for women’s rights. Both are outspoken critics of religious extremism. Both are Muslims, and both are critical of Muslim extremism, and for way too many Democrats that point of view is not legitimate.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia to a Muslim family. As a young girl she suffered genital mutilation. Her family and friends followed such an intense form of Islam that in her teens she cheerfully looked forward to the day when the fatwa against author Salman Rushdie would be carried out at last. When her family tried to force her into marriage, she fled Africa for the Netherlands. There she met director Theo Van Gogh; together they made a film critical of extreme interpretations of Islam which sanction the abuse, degradation, even the killing of Muslim women. After the film was released, Van Gogh was murdered on a city street by a terrorist. Pinned to his clothes was a note declaring that Hirsi Ali would be next. Today, Ali is in the United States. She is a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is the author of two best-sellers, Heretic and Infidel. And she has renounced her Muslim faith. Because of all these factors, her life is in constant danger.

The other witness was Asra Nomani, a writer and activist for equal rights for women in Islam. She has taught journalism at Georgetown University. She was a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. In 2002, she was on assignment in Karachi, Pakistan. A fellow WSJ reporter, Daniel Pearl, and his wife were staying with Nomani. In January of that year, Pearl was kidnapped by Muslim terrorists. Nine days later Pearl’s captors released a video in which Pearl addressed the world: “My name is Daniel Pearl. I’m a Jewish American from Encino, California, USA.” Then, on camera, the terrorists slit Pearl’s throat and cut off his head.

Like Hirsi Ali, Nomani is a heretic. In a Washington Post guest column she wrote, “I am a Muslim, a woman, and an immigrant. I voted for Trump.” This admission set off Professor Christine Fair, one of Nomani’s colleagues from her days at Georgetown. Taking to social media (where else?), Fair advised Nomani, “I have written you off as a human being.” Fair went on to denounce Nomani for “pimping yourself out” for media attention, and characterized her as a one-woman “fame mongering clown show.” Then, predictably, Fair added “F*** off” and “GO TO HELL.” Nomani filed a complaint with Georgetown’s Institutional Diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action organization. I’m sure the organization’s administrators will censure Fair most severely.

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(THE CHRISTIAN POST) – A young Christian schoolgirl in the Philippines recalled how teachers forced her to pray a Muslim prayer in order to pass a class, and ignored her explanations that she now prays to Jesus instead.

Persecution watchdog group Open Doors USA said on Wednesday that the Christian girl, Jen-Jen, had been attending a Vocational Bible School in the southernmost region of the Philippines, where she learned Bible stories and listened to the pastor’s teachings on salvation and Christ.

At her regular school, however, she described how authority figures looked down on her faith and forced her to go against it.

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(WORLD) – The sons of a Christian woman who was killed for her faith by her Muslim husband have embraced Christianity after witnessing their mother’s courage in the face of extreme persecution.

Open Doors USA shares the story of Workitu, a woman who converted to Christianity last year in the Muslim-dominated SNNP region south of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

In an attempt to convince Workitu to renounce Christianity and revert back to Islam, her husband, along with members of the community, severely beat her and threatened to kill her.

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(CBS NEWS, DETROIT) – DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A man convicted of murder is among 114 Iraqi nationals in the Detroit area rounded up by the U.S. government for deportation.

The Detroit News reports Louis Akrawi served more than 20 years in prison for second-degree murder. He was accused of arranging a shooting that killed an innocent bystander in 1993.

Michigan Department of Corrections records show he has been on parole since February of last year.

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(CHRISTIAN POST) – Fourteen felony charges that were filed in California against undercover investigative pro-life activists who exposed Planned Parenthood’s selling of fetal body parts to biotech firms and other practices have been dismissed.

The San Francisco Superior Court threw out 14 out of 15 criminal counts against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of The Center for Medical Progress on Wednesday, ruling them “legally insufficient,” according to LifeNews.

Those 14 charges were related to 14 separate Planned Parenthood officials and abortion advocates the pair was said to have illegally recorded during their undercover conversations with them. These conversations often included grisly descriptions of abortion procedures and methods the doctors employed to harvest the desired body parts like livers and brains as well talk of the money that could be made from selling those organs.

The pair remains charged with one count of conspiracy to invade privacy.

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