Christian convert arrested in Iran during holiday season

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A Christian man was attacked and arrested in Iran just before Christmas, a time when Iranian officials have been cracking down on those celebrating or observing the holiday, according to an Iranian news agency. Meysam Hojjati, a convert to Christianity from Islam, was arrested Dec. 23 by plainclothes officers at his home in Isfahan, where they…

Iranian pastor freed in time to spend Christmas with his family

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A pastor was freed in Iran this week after serving five of a seven-year prison term in an Iran prison for distributing religious material to others, according to his fellow church leaders. Farshid Fathi, 36, married and the father of two, was charged with “taking actions against national security,” and unlawfully possessing and spreading Christian…

#MyTreedom campaign takes on global persecution with Christmas tree photos

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Merry Christmas from…everywhere. Yes, even countries where being Christian is a crime, punishable by death. In the eye of increased Christian persecution around the world, a newly-launched Facebook campaign called My Treedom, posts daily photographs of Christmas trees and holiday decorations from some of the hardest places to live and practice as a Christian. Launched…

ISIS Diaries: New channel chronicles daily life in the Caliphate

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If you aren’t inspired to go fight alongside the Islamic State, perhaps hearing their personal accounts will make you change your mind. That’s what the newest ISIS-linked Telegram Messenger account is hoping. “Diary of a Mujahid,” is a new channel showcasing “inspiring narratives” from ISIS fighters in English, directed toward recruiting others abroad to join.…

Telegram Messenger shut down 78 ISIS-linked channels

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Telegram Messenger has shut down 78 ISIS-linked channels that the terror group was using to spread its propaganda message across the Internet. Using a recently-launched “Channels” feature that allows messages to be sent to unlimited users and followers, the Islamic State has used the platform to create the “Nashir” channel, meaning ‘purveyor’ in Arabic. ISIS…

ISIS offers Jihadi emojis, beheading & execution sticker set

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Instead of a smile, a wink or a frown, imagine sending stickers or emojis of an ISIS flag, the beheading of James Foley or a cage on fire, depicting the burning alive of Jordanian pilot, Moaz Al-Kasasbeh. That’s what the Islamic State is now offering on one of their messenger channels—various downloadable stickers, allowing users…