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Operation Nehemiah: News update #95Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe, United States, North America, Germany
UK: Fear of racism in analysis of Oxford grooming case betrays
US: Cheerleaders win right to display Bible banners;
Germany: Demand for government to make "Islam equal to Christianity";
US: German home school family loses asylum case;
US: Muslim books put in libraries nationwide.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #94
US: Concern grows over pressure to restrict religious freedom in
US: City apologises to arrested evangelists;
Sweden: Court slashes sentence in “honour-killing” case;
UK: Birmingham "has become a byword for Islamic extremist terror";
Ireland: Muslim radical causes controversy after refusing to condemn Boston bombers.
Operation Nehemiah: News update #93
UK: Terror gang jailed for plotting suicide bombings in
US Administration accused of banning references to Islamic extremism;
Belgium: New legislation removes Christianity from public life;
US: Islamic radical threatens Virginian high school;
UK: Trio jailed for preparing acts of terrorism.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #92
Boston bomber reveals motive "to defend Islam from
Authorities investigate root of Boston bombers’ radicalisation;
Local mosque has historical link to extremism;
Canada: Two “religiously strict” men behind foiled al-Qaeda-supported plot to derail train;
Canada: Fourth high school graduate named in terrorism investigation;
UK may withdraw from European rights convention over Abu Qatada.
Operation Nehemiah: News update #91
Belgium: Six men arrested over jihadist recruitment;
UK: Campaigners call for more Muslim history in British education ;
Sweden: Mosque given permission to make public call to prayer;
Canada: Further revelations about radicalised converts from Ontario;
UK: Judge rules that terror suspect must be allowed “normal social life”.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #90
AUS: Qantas flight meals turns halal compliant;
UK: University students given booklet claiming "every Muslim should be a terrorist";
USA: Army labels evangelicals and Catholics as religious extremists;
UK: BBC documentary exposes how some sharia councils fail vulnerable women;
UK: MP calls on Justice Secretary to block new sharia panel in Bradford.
Operation Nehemiah: News update #89
Canadians linked to Algerian hostage siege;
Rep of Ireland: Council gives green light to €40m mega-mosque for capital;
USA: Son shoots dad dead after Easter service, claims it was “will of Allah”;
UK: Report claims terrorist threats are diversifying;
UK: BBC accused of provoking Christians with Easter documentary.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #88
UK: Parents protest as school turns halal-only
UK: Scottish government funds charity with suspected terrorist links
Sweden denies asylum to Iranian Christian converts facing persecution
US: Student free to invite classmates to church party, court rules
UK: Atheist church prepares to go global
Operation Nehemiah: News update #87
UK: Church in Aberdeen becomes first to share with
UK: Channel 4 in talks to broadcast Muslim prayers during Ramadan;
Holland: Dutch Government warns terror attack threat “substantial”;
UK: Three British men admit plotting terror attack on Wootton Bassett;
UK: Christian sues hotel over claim he was refused job based on faith;
Germany bans three “anti-democratic” Islamist groups.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #86
UK: City in fresh bid to become sharia finance hub;
Greece: Government to fund Athens mega-mosque;
France: Mother in court for sending toddler to school wearing terrorism shirt;
Spain: City's ban on Islamic veils overturned;
UK: Supermarkets agree to stock Christian Easter egg.
Operation Nehemiah: News update #85
AUS: Four men found guilty of sharia law whipping;
Al Qaeda releases glossy magazine on terrorism;
UK: Expelled university Christian Union given back its status:
USA: Bill seeks to add Bible classes to government school curriculum in North Carolina:
UK: Extremist’s teachings “still on YouTube”, MPs hear.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #84
Sweden: Authorities allow Islamic call to prayer from Stockholm
USA: Investigation launched after school children dress in burqas;
France: Church vandalised in Strasbourg;
UK: Prison inmates sue Government over halal meat;
UK: Parent calls to remove “religious observance” in non-denominational schools.
Operation Nehemiah: News update #83
UK: School dinner lady sacked for serving non-halal meat to
Spain: Moroccan children must stay Muslim – Spanish government embraces Islamist requirements for adoption;
US: Bill passed to allow federal aid for churches damaged by Hurricane Sandy;
US: Opposition to Ten Commandments monument dismissed by court:
UK: Birmingham men convicted of plotting major terrorist attack in Britain.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #82
UK: Ofcom brings cases against Islamic TV channels for preaching
hate and violence;
France: report highlights challenges posed by conversions to Islam;
Germany: fewer than one-fifth of population believe Islam is compatible with German culture;
Germany: Islamist threatens to attack Berlin and kill Angela Merkel;
UK: “atheist church” opens in London.
Operation Nehemiah: News update #81
UK: Muslim sex offender avoids jail because of his Islamic
UK: BBC censors “honour killing” play to avoid “misrepresenting” Muslim attitudes;
US: McDonald’s pays out $700k to Muslim community for false halal food;
US: Hurricane Sandy aid is not for damaged churches, secularists urge;
UK: Muslim patrols could become more prevalent and more violent, warns anti-extremist.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #80
UK: Islamic vigilantes “implementing Islam upon your own
US: Teacher in New Jersey suspended for lending Bible to student;
UK: Backlash over Radio 2 Sunday hymns show being switched to 6am slot;
UK: Neighbours “threatened and intimidated” by worshippers at mosque.
Operation Nehemiah: News update #79
UK: Christian BA employee wins case over right to display cross
AUSTRALIA: “Halal housing” project planned for Sydney suburb;
UK: Iraqi immigrant uses Islamic law to defend false benefit claims;
USA: American-born Taliban fighter wins prison prayer lawsuit;
AUSTRALIA: MP urges moderate Muslims to “slap down” extremist’s call for jihad.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #78
Canada: Report reveals radicalisation of Canadian Muslims at “a
large number of venues”;
UK: Girl Guides may drop reference to God from its oath;
UK: Removal of cross from Lancashire crematorium upsets mourners;
UK: Mother jailed for life for beating son to death for failing to memorise Quran.
Operation Nehemiah: News update #77
Germany: student’s tongue slashed for refusing to convert to
Sweden: Iranian Christian faces second deportation order;
AUS: “fatwa” against Christmas removed by Sydney mosque;
UK: Christians have no right to refuse to work on Sundays, rules judge.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #76
US government agency hears about marginalisation of Christians
in Western Europe;
Extremist preacher Abu Qatada moves into new £450,000 home in London;
German churches reinvigorated by converts from Iran;
Controversy over “halal homes” renovations in Holland;
Islamist group targets America’s banks with cyber-attacks.
Operation Nehemiah: News update #75
UK: Mother kills son over Quran studies;
UK: Census figures show fewer Christians, more atheists and Muslims;
Belgium: Brussels installs Islamic party members who want sharia;
US: Navy cancels Nativity over atheist complaint;
UK: NHS accused of funding radical Islamic TV station.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #74
UK: “Olympic” mega-mosque rejected by council; Belgians call for
removal of Muslim-friendly tree of lights; Daily Telegraph:
“Ordinary Britons are comfortable with Christianity. Teachers and
government aren't, though”; USA: Kansas town forced to remove cross
from its seal; UK: Protest over radical Muslim cleric’s appearance
at London university.
Operation Nehemiah: News update #73
Spectator: “Treating Islam with special reverence is cultural
suicide and just plain wrong”;
Sweden: New guidelines remove God from school advent services;
Denmark: Town’s Christmas displays cancelled after Muslim-majority vote;
USA: Atheists’ action prevents nativity display in Santa Monica.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #72
UK: Dossier reveals Abu Qatada’s orders to kill US and British
USA: Atheists lobby Obama to drop Bible and reference to God in presidential oath;
UK: MP criticised over comments on “sexist” Muslim culture;
AUS: Muslim schools accused of transferring government money to main Islamic Council;
UK: Christians “should not be afraid” to refer to their faith – new Archbishop.
Operation Nehemiah: News update #71
UK: Parliament set to tackle sharia courts;
UK: Cameron “fed up” as terror suspect Abu Qatada released on bail;
Sweden halts deporting Christian convert to Iran;
USA: Veterans resurrect Mojave Desert cross after decade-long dispute.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #70
UK: Mother on trial for killing seven-year-old who failed to
Germany: Merkel criticised for comments on Christianity;
UK: Churches not necessarily for public good, says charity watchdog;
UK: Islamist militant group al-Shabaab in new attack threat to Britain.
Operation Nehemiah: News update #69
British jihadist gang joked about driving around country as
Poll shows majority of French see Islam as too influential in society;
US: university airbrushes out Christian football fan group’s crosses.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #68
UK: Sharia courts “as consensual as rape”, House of Lords
UK: NHS doctor accused of Syria terror kidnapping;
AUS: Man lashed 40 times in sharia punishment.
Operation Nehemiah: News update #67
Europeans hoping to fight in Syria raise new fears;
Aussies “recruited for Syrian rebel jihad”;
US: Florida city drops case against family's home prayer meetings;
UK: Plymouth church told Remembrance service “too religious”;
UK: Thousands of women converting to Islam for love – The Spectator.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #66
UK: Mega-mosque four times the capacity of St. Paul’s Cathedral
planned for east London;
HSBC pulls sharia compliant products;
USA: “Year of the Bible” lawsuit dismissed by Pennsylvania judge.
Operation Nehemiah: News update #65
UK: Government awards grant to halal food park;
USA: Texas attorney general backs school cheerleaders' right to use Bible banners;
Ikea criticised for airbrushing women out of Saudi catalogue.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #64
The cost of allowing radical Muslim cleric to stay in Britain
for over ten years;
USA: Preaching banned on New Orleans’ street at night;
USA: Muslim convert threatens to bomb university over comment about Islam.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #63
UK: Christians arrested during pro-life protest are
AUS: Girl, 8, calls on Muslims to back jihad;
USA: Report highlights consistent pattern of hostility toward Christians.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #62
UK: Peer raises fears over UK charity's alleged links to Boko
Muslim mosque leader steps down over child bride scandal;
USA: Nashville Muslim woman accused of making terrorist threats toward co-workers
UK: Islam documentary TV screening cancelled due to threats
UK: Blackburn mosque teacher used torture techniques on pupils.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #61
UK: Govt lawyers tell Christians: “leave beliefs at home or get
UK: Human rights “agenda” is new totalitarianism, bishop warns judges;
UK: Muslim group to relaunch bid for Olympic “mega-mosque”.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #60
UK: South Wales Police deal with 41 cases of honour-based
UK: Disabled Muslim woman's forced marriage not valid in Britain, judge rules;
Norway: Muslim cleric calls for beheading of those who don’t fast during Ramadan;
UK: Security services “failing” to stop British jihadis heading to Syria;
US: Taliban fighter in landmark court case over religious rights in US prison.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #59
The Future is Halal: BBC Radio 4 Report;
UK: British convert to Islam joins Syrian rebel front line;
US: Courthouse wins appeal over Ten Commandments display;
Germany: Ex-bin Laden bodyguard on German police watch list.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #58
Germany: Hamburg signs historic deal with Muslims;
US: Shooter opens fire at Family Research Council Offices over group's policies;
AUS: Man who created "terrorism manual" should serve sentence – High Court;
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #57
UK: Christians receive apology after council banned Bible tract
UK: Children's play centre bans fathers to avoid offence to Muslim women
UK: BBC Trust "regrets" offence caused by Paxman's Old Testament comments
UK: Parents jailed for 25 years for daughter's "honour" killing
UK: Twins jailed for sending charity funds to jihadist brother
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #56
Australia: Islamic school ordered to repay $9m for diverting
UK: Immigrants with multiple wives could get more benefits, officials admit;
Islamic Bank of Britain launches sharia-compliant savings account to rival top banks;
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #55
Islamists' hold over Mali threatens Europe, diplomat
UK: Sharia rules do not apply in divorce case, court rules;
UK: Tony Blair says Christians should "speak up and speak out".
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #54
UK: Prime Minister vows to change the law to allow crosses at
UK: Christians should show their faith in public, Synod says;
UK: Muslim convert among suspects arrested in terrorism raids;
UK: British widow of 7/7 bomber says her children want to be Islamic fighters;
US: Pastor jailed for hosting home Bible study.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #53
UK: Find out how your MP voted in close vote on halal
UK: Arab Spring provided new breeding ground for British terrorists – MI5 head;
US: Eviction threat for New York City churches from public schools lifted.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #52
South Africa: Christian group takes legal action over halal
Sweden: Authorities to return child to Christian parents;
US: FBI tracking 100 suspected extremists in military;
UK: Two Muslims from London mosque are killed in Yemen war;
UK: Muslim couple accused of planning jihad bomb attack on Jews in Britain.
Find out how your MP voted in narrowly rejected bill
British MPs have rejected by just three votes a ten minute rule bill aiming to make it a legal requirement for retailers to label halal and kosher meat.
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #51
US: Two Christians in St. Louis receive death threats from
Germany bans Islamist group amid nationwide raids;
UK: Primary schools praised for labelling four-year-olds “transgender”;
UK: Baroness Warsi and the “extremist” who went to Downing Street;
NZ: Christian casino worker disciplined for carrying Bible;
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #50
Mosque near Olympics site in “terror link” investigation;
Suspected Islamist stabs two police officers in Brussels metro;
Denmark cartoon plot gang jailed;
Gay marriage is one of the worst threats in 500 years, says Church of England
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #49
UK: Government to introduce new laws over forced marriage
UK: Polygamy in Islam: The women victims of multiple marriages
South Africa: Convert from Islam explains why Christians should resist halal
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #48
UK: Prisoners under pressure to convert to Muslim “gang”;
UK: Islamic extremists target students on social networks;
Germany: Merkel ally says Islam does not belong in Germany
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #47
UK: Law that “bans insults” threatens freedom of speech, say
UK: Halal certification body wound up by HM Revenue and Customs;
Canada: Madrassa barred from Toronto school pending hate probe;
USA: Concerns over online censorship threat to Christian views
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #46
Swedish mosques advise wives: “don't report abusive
Britain's “Islamophobia” witch-hunt challenged after Rochdale sex ring case
UK: Marriage conference banned because of diversity fears
UK: Newcastle United planning prayer room for Muslim players
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #45
UK: Faith references “inappropriate” at work, judge tells
Canada: Christian student suspended over Jesus T-shirt;
Australian appeal court rules Muslim man should face jury after bias claim
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #44
UK: Council removes “God” from opening prayers
UK: London’s largest uni to ban alcohol to accommodate Muslim students
UK: Forced marriage campaign targets mosques in Scotland
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #43
UK: MPs narrowly reject bill on compulsory labelling of halal
and kosher meat;
UK: Paganism included in religious education syllabus for Cornish schools;
UK: Islamic leader calls on Welsh Muslims to support fight for sharia abroad
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #42
UK: Norwich church banned by council over Islam leaflet;
UK: Locals object to plans for domed Islamic memorial in Welsh countryside;
AUS: Football League requires prayer rooms at all stadiums
Operation Nehemiah: News Update #41
Is halal certification in Canada funding terrorism?;
Muslim taxi driver cautioned after refusing blind man's guide dog;
Forced marriage: the pupils who vanish in the holidays
USA: School district fined $75,000 for denying teacher leave for Mecca pilgrimage
A Muslim woman in Chicago has won her legal battle against a school district after being denied unpaid leave to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca during the school year.
Islamist group launch campaign in Canada
A British-based group linked to Islamism has launched a campaign to establish a presence in Canada.
British TV producers take “Christ out of Christmas” in children’s show
The relatives of Thomas the Tank Engine’s author have accused a television company of political correctness against Christian beliefs...
UK: Councils ordered to stop praying before meetings
Two local councils in England have been told to stop members praying before meetings. It has been suggested that the practice may offend non-believers or other religious groups.
Australia: Muslim teenager goes to court to stop forced marriage
A 16-year-old Muslim girl in Sydney has been placed on an airport watchlist after going to court to prevent her parents sending her to Lebanon for a forced marriage.
Ohio Muslim prisoners sue over non-halal meals
A Muslim man on death row in America has filed a lawsuit that alleges a civil rights violation, claiming that the Ohio prison system is denying him meals prepared according to Islamic law.
Web giants accused of censoring religious speech
The US-based National Religious Broadcasters group has accused Facebook, Google and Apple of religious discrimination and restricting free speech.
UK: Polygamy amongst British Muslims increasing
A growing number of young British Muslims are taking second or third wives, according to religious leaders quoted in news reports
Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #40
UK: BBC provides alternatives to “offensive” BC and AD;
Greece gives go-ahead for taxpayer-funded mega-mosque;
UK: Police visit Christian cafe owner who displayed Bible verses;
Australia: School bans Lord’s Prayer after parents’ complaints;
UK: BBC provides alternatives to “offensive” BC and AD
The BBC has been accused of “absurd political correctness” after endorsing the use of alternative calendar terms to BC and AD...
Greece gives go-ahead for taxpayer-funded mega-mosque
The Greek Parliament has approved a controversial plan to build a taxpayer-funded mega-mosque in Athens.
UK: Police visit Christian cafe owner who displayed Bible verses
A Christian cafe owner in Blackpool, England, received a visit from the police after a customer was offended by Bible passages displayed on a TV screen.
Australia: School bans Lord’s Prayer after parents’ complaints
A government school in Western Australia (WA) has banned students from reciting the Lord's Prayer before assembly in response to complaints from parents.
Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #39
Paris Muslims ignore praying in street ban;
UK: Songs of Praise may “explore non-Christian faiths”;
Sharia court opens in Belgium;
Australia: Council backs women-only functions;
Paris Muslims ignore praying in street ban
Hundreds of Muslims took to the streets in Paris to pray at the weekend, ignoring a new government ban on outdoor prayer.
UK: Songs of Praise may “explore non-Christian faiths”
Songs of Praise, the BBC’s flagship religious programme, may feature non-Christian faiths for the first time in its 50-year history.
Sharia court opens in Belgium
A sharia court has been established in Antwerp, Belgium, by a radical Muslim group called Sharia4Belgium.
Australia: Council backs women-only functions
Men were banned from attending two council functions in Victoria, Australia, because “it is not appropriate” for men to mix with Muslim women.
Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #38
White House fears home-grown terrorism in Minneapolis;
Jersey Post sorry for refusing to deliver “offensive” Bible CDs;
Australia: Muslim terror suspect escapes conviction after police shooting;
UK: Phone company’s “Jesus advert” banned for being “disrespectful”;
White House fears home-grown terrorism in Minneapolis
America’s largest domestic terrorism investigation since 2001 has taken place in the city of Minneapolis.
Jersey Post sorry for refusing to deliver “offensive” Bible CDs
The chief executive of Jersey Post, the island’s mail delivery service, has apologised after it refused to deliver audio CDs of the Bible...
Australia: Muslim terror suspect escapes conviction after police shooting
A Muslim terror suspect, who shot and wounded a police officer, has escaped conviction on serious shooting charges...
UK: Phone company’s “Jesus advert” banned for being “disrespectful”
A mobile phone advertisement displaying a cartoon-like picture of Jesus has been banned for being “disrespectful”.
Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #37
Christian group leaves debt charity that prohibits prayer with
UK State schools not providing group worship;
Outcry as Australian school books “write Christ out of history”;
Crosses removed from Californian town;
UK: Christian group leaves debt charity that prohibits prayer with clients
A Christian organisation has had to leave a national charity in order to preserve its own integrity after the charity forbade it to pray with people...
UK State schools not providing group worship – BBC survey
A survey commissioned by BBC local radio has found that many state schools in England are not providing group worship...
Outcry as Australian school books “write Christ out of history”
Christian leaders in Australia have condemned changes to the national curriculum that will replace the terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini)...
Crosses removed from Californian town
Three Christian crosses that have stood on state property in California for 100 years have been removed...
Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #36
Parliamentary inquiry to review freedoms for Christians in
Chicago attorney addresses freedom of Christians in US;
UK: Church building badly damaged in arson attack;
Parliamentary inquiry to review freedoms for Christians in UK
A parliamentary inquiry has been launched into the freedoms that exist for Christians within British law.
Chicago attorney addresses freedom of Christians in US
A Christian attorney in Chicago wants to see the law changed so that people in the United States have “more freedom to worship”.
UK: Church building badly damaged in arson attack
A church in Surrey, England, has been targeted in a suspected arson attack that has left the building badly damaged.
Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #35
Equalities watchdog drops plan to protect Christians;
Dorset church attacked by vandals;
Cheshire RE criticised for “sidelining Christianity”;
UK Equalities watchdog drops plan to protect Christians
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has abandoned plans to give Christians greater freedom to follow their beliefs in the workplace.
Dorset church attacked by vandals in UK
A church in Dorset, England, has been ransacked by vandals who caused considerable damage.
UK: Cheshire RE criticised for “sidelining Christianity”
A decision by Cheshire East Council in England to teach a secular viewpoint as part of religious education has been criticised by some of the borough’s councillors.
Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #34
Grieving Muslim father calls for calm amidst racial
British politicians and church leaders concerned over nation’s moral decline;
Christians take action after London riots;
Village church ransacked as vandals attack on day of riots;
Christian bookshop at centre of riots saved;
Village church ransacked as vandals attack on day of riots
A village church in Northampton was ransacked by vandals on the day riots swept through the nation.
Christians take action after London riots
Churches across London have taken action following the recent riots that caused destruction in many of the capital's suburbs.
British politicians and church leaders concerned over nation’s moral decline
As Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron announced this week , tackling the "broken society" is back at the top of his agenda following the recent riots.
Christian bookshop at centre of riots saved
A Christian bookshop threatened in the riots in London last week has been miraculously protected.
Grieving Muslim father calls for calm amidst racial tensions
A Muslim father whose son was one of three Pakistani men run down and killed during the riots in Birmingham has been praised after calling upon his community to stay calm and refrain from engaging in violent reprisals.
Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #33
A Muslim extremist jailed for soliciting murder of MPs in
US church websites hacked to post appeal for conversion to Islam;
Palm cross van driver suspended in UK;
Belgium bans full-face veil;
Muslim extremist jailed for soliciting murder of MPs in UK
A British Muslim man has been jailed for twelve years after encouraging people to murder MPs who voted in favour of the Iraq war.