PBS Kids’ Clifford the Big Red Dog Introduces LGBT Characters

Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor  | Thursday, February 27, 2020 The beloved animated show Clifford the Big Red Dog in recent weeks became the second PBS Kids series with a recurring LGBT character when one of Emily Elizabeth’s friends brought her two moms to a dinner party. The series, based on a popular Scholastic book character, follows the exploits of an energetic girl named Emily Elizabeth and her giant red dog, Clifford, who is the size ...

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Christians Suffer Two Months of Abuse in Jail on Baseless Charges in India

Morning Star News India Correspondent | Morning Star News  | Wednesday, February 26, 2020 NEW DELHI, February 25, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Three Christians in northern India spent more than two months in jail suffering abuse from other prisoners, even though police found no evidence of wrongdoing and the complainant retracted his accusation, sources said. In Uttar Pradesh state’s Mau District, 23-year-old pastor Ajay Kumar, fellow pastor Om Prakash, 20, and another Christian, 62-year-old ...

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In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

PEWFORUM.ORG | OCTOBER 17, 2019 The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or ...

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Jesus Came to Proclaim Good News to the Poor. But Now They’re Leaving Church.

RYAN BURGE | Christianitytoday.com NOVEMBER 27, 2019 8:00 AM It’s well-established that the gap between the middle class and those who earn the highest incomes in the United States has grown wider over time, spurring partisan responses over how or whether to address income inequality. But there’s a facet of this issue that should be particularly worrisome to Christians: Many of the poorest Americans are abandoning church en masse. By stepping away from church ...

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Black Protestants, Evangelicals Top Rankings for Longest Sermons

DAVID CRARY – ASSOCIATED PRESS DECEMBER 16, 2019 10:45 AM How long should a sermon be? The major branches of Christianity in the US have sharply different traditions, with sermons at historically black Protestant churches lasting—on average—nearly four times as long as Roman Catholic sermons. That’s among the findings of an analysis by the Pew Research Center—billed as the first of its kind—of 49,719 sermons delivered in April and May that were shared online ...

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Chinese Churches ‘Must Support’ Communist Leaders and Gov’t, New Law Says

Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor  | Thursday, February 20, 2020 New regulations that went into effect in China this month require churches and other religious organizations to “support the leadership” of the Communist Party and “adhere to” the government’s teachings.  Further, all churches and religious organizations must be “examined and approved” before they can legally worship. The new regulations, dubbed the “Administrative Measures for Religious Groups,” were passed in 2019 and went into effect Feb. 1. ...

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‘Persecuted Even after Death’ – China Bans Christian Funerals

Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor  | Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Communist officials throughout China are using regulations that restrict religious freedom to also prohibit religious-themed funerals, even going so far as to arresting family members and stopping ceremonies mid-service. “The situation is quite adverse, and some believers don’t even dare to accompany the deceased to the graveyard,” an elder of a government-sanctioned Three-Self church told Bitter Winter, a religious watchdog.  For example, in one city in the ...

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China Persecuted 5,576 Churches in 2019, Climbs to 23 on Worst Persecutors List

Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor  | Thursday, January 16, 2020 Christians in China experienced an unprecedented level of surveillance, control and restrictions of their beliefs within the past year, according to Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List, which saw the Communist nation rise four spots in the annual ranking of countries that persecute Christians the most. China jumped from 27 to 23 on the list, driven by the government’s desire to “Sinicize” Christianity and other religions ...

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China Appoints Notorious Leader Known for Destroying Church Crosses, Arresting Christians

Mikaela Mathews | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor  | Tuesday, February 18, 2020 China has appointed a new leader best known for destroying crosses on churches as head of China’s office in Hong Kong. Xia Baolong has been a long-time ally of President Xi Jinping, as reported by The Guardian. He replaced Zhang Xiaoming as Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office on Thursday. Baolong’s appointment is a sign that China is not budging on maintaining power over ...

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North Korean Christian Risks Life, Walks ‘Many Hours’ to Be Baptized

Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor  | Friday, February 14, 2020 A North Korea Christian woman who fled to China illegally was recently baptized, even though such an action could have resulted in her being repatriated back to her nation and killed. The woman, identified as “Bon-Hwa” by Open Doors, crossed the border more than two years ago into China, where it is illegal to help North Korea escapees.  Despite the risk, Open Doors ministry partners ...

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