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Catholic journalist arrested for reporting Christian persecution

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A Nigerian journalist faces prolonged detention allegedly for his reporting about attacks against predominantly Christian communities in Nigeria and the government’s response.

Luka Binniyat, a Nigerian Roman Catholic journalist and father who writes for the anti-communist Epoch Times, was arrested last week. On Tuesday, Binniyat was arraigned at the Barnawa Magistrate’s Court in Kaduna state. He was charged with cyberstalking, a charge that critics say is often used in the African country to silence the media.

On Nov. 4, Binniyat informed Epoch Times Africa Desk Editor Doug Burton that he was arrested and urged the editor to “contact all relevant persons.”

Burton elaborated on the circumstances leading up to Binniyat’s arrest and the dangers he faces in an interview with The Christian Post.

Burton attributed Binniyat’s arrest to an Oct. 29 article he wrote titled “In Nigeria, Police Decry Massacres as ‘Wicked’ But Make No Arrests.” The article is part of The Epoch Times’ coverage of the deadly persecution of Christian farming communities in the African country that human rights advocates say have escalated to near “genocidal levels” in recent years as thousands have been killed.

In the article, Binniyat pushed back on Kaduna’s Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan’s characterization of an attack on Christian farmers in the state as a “clash.”

The Nigerian government has long refuted claims by human rights activists that a religious genocide is taking place in Nigeria’s Middle Belt states, where radicals from the Fulani herding community have been accused of invading countless Christian farming communities. The government has long attributed attacks and reprisals as being part of decades-old farmer-herder clashes.

In his article, Binniyat included a quote from a Nigerian senator, who accused the Kaduna government of “using Samuel Aruwan, a Christian, to cause confusion to cover up the genocide going on in Christian Southern Kaduna by describing the measure as a ‘clash’” as opposed to a targeted act of violence against Christians.

“What he [Binniyat] did there is he showed that the commissioner was projecting a false narrative,” Burton explained. “For this reason, I think the authorities, though they knew they would get pushback for prosecuting a dissident journalist, they decided they had to do it because … they want to shut his voice down.”

Burton told CP that the journalist was accused of cyberstalking Aruwan. Cyberstalking is a federal offense.

“The magistrate ruled that he does not have authority to try the charge of cyberstalking because it’s a federal charge, it’s a federal statute. So the case will have to be transferred to a federal court. And so, therefore, in the meantime, he can’t get bail because the magistrate doesn’t have authority to give him bail since he doesn’t have authority over this crime.”

Sources Burton spoke to believe that the prosecution is using a “legal technicality to keep Luka in jail.”

“By having his charges presented first in a lower court, a district court where he was charged, they expected him to be charged with defamation and injurious falsehood,” Burton said. “These are statutes … in the criminal code in Nigeria and can be tried at the lower court level.”

“But the charge of … cyberstalking is a federal charge that … has to be issued by a higher court,” he continued. “And so by doing that deliberately, the prosecution knew that bail couldn’t be given, and that is the whole idea.”

On Monday morning, Binniyat “texted that he felt like his life was in danger,” Burton said.

Additionally, Binniyat said he had been held for five days in a very “cramped” and “dingy” cell that he described as “uncomfortable.” Binniyat further alleged that he hadn’t gotten much sleep.

“He texted to another person, another journalist I know named John Shiklam. And Shiklam said he feared for his life,” Burton detailed.

Based on conversations with other people who have faced detention for cyberstalking in Nigeria, Burton estimates that Binniyat could spend about five months in prison.

Burton specifically cited the case of Stephen Kefas, who “wrote something on Facebook that embarrassed” a government official. The government official claimed he was being cyberstalked and feared he could be attacked because of what Kefas wrote.

Burton indicated that prolonged detention could have an impact on Binniyat’s physical health.

“The folks who have to spend time in custody, they have to endure pretty harsh conditions and they get sick,” he warned.

Kefas contracted Hepatitis C while in prison, and members of the Adara tribe who spent time in prison caught malaria, typhoid and/or dysentery, Burton stressed.

“Based on what I have learned with my many conversations with Steven Kefas, the conditions in prison are not only uncomfortable, but they’re dangerous and toxic,” he stated. “The Adara elders were in a common cell with other criminals. They had no toilet. They have a sewer trench that goes through the middle of the cell, which serves as their toilet. Apparently, the prisoners don’t have proper protection from mosquitoes because many of them come out with malaria.”

Based on a conversation Burton had International Committee on Nigeria Executive Director Kyle Abts, who has delivered rations to prisoners in the past, “the prisons … and jails don’t provide food and water for the prisoners.”

“All their food and water has to be brought to them by their relatives,” he said.

Those without relatives or anyone to bring them food and water can “beg for charitable donations” from other prisoners.

Because Binniyat is “not wealthy,” Burton predicted “he will need assistance” in his legal proceedings.

“His legal bills will have to be paid by his friends. That would be the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SKPU, and also he will be getting some financial aid probably from the International Committee on Nigeria,” Burton detailed. “His friends and allies are … planning some kind of a legal defense fund, but it’s not clear who will take the lead.”

Binniyat’s arrest for cyberstalking is not the first time the journalist has faced legal headwinds for his reporting.

Burton recalled that Binniyat was previously imprisoned in 2017 for “breach of the peace.”

Binniyat had previously served as the bureau chief of Vanguard Newspapers until 2017.

“Then after he was imprisoned, I don’t think he got hired by any newspaper group because, the way it was explained to me, he’s considered a controversial reporter,” he said.

“So I started working with him in March this year, maybe May of this year. And I encouraged him to … compile reports for The Epoch Times. I worked with him as his editor. And so he’s published some very timely and factual reports about kidnappings and mass murders this year.”

Burton maintained that the central claim made by Aruwan highlighted in Binniyat’s Oct. 29 story, that the attacks on Christian farming communities in Nigeria are simply “clashes” between farmers and herders, is widely held and promoted by Nigerian government officials.

“That is a distorted representation of what’s really happening. In fact, there is a farmer-herder aspect to the violence,” the editor added. “But that discounts the fact that the preponderance of the attacks are sectarian in … nature.”
Sources:Christian Post

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Franklin Graham on ‘God Loves You’ tour: I’m not a preacher of hate; my message is about love

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Evangelist Franklin Graham, who is on a U.K. tour called “God Loves You” despite opposition from LGBT activists, including a Welsh Labour Party politician, due to his biblical views on marriage, said the accusation that he’s “a preacher of hate” is a lie.

“Their criticism is a lie. They say, I’m a preacher of hate,” Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, told Premier Christian News during his ongoing tour, which was scheduled for 2020, but the venues he had booked canceled the booking after activists groups complained about his past comments on homosexuality and Islam.

“The reason they say I’m a preacher of hate is because I say that marriage is between a man and a woman,” explained Graham, who also heads the Samaritan’s Purse humanitarian ministry. “And it is. What I do is I answer reporters’ questions. Well, what do you think about gay marriage? Well, it’s a sin. That’s what the Bible calls it.”

Graham’s tour involves free events throughout the U.K. from May through July.

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has expressed his “regret” over Graham’s upcoming visit to Wales.

“I’m sorry to see a person of those views given a platform to express them here in Wales and they absolutely do not reflect any that the Welsh Government would be prepared to endorse or sanction,” Drakeford said, according to Christian Today.

Graham said the criticism is not fair.

“They say, Well, you’re offending a lot of people. I’m not offending them, but God’s offending them, because it’s what God says. But my message is not against gay people, or people that think differently or worship differently to us. My message is a message about love.”

Graham, who has taken legal action against the venues for canceling his tour events, said criticism was expected.

“We never expect to get 100 percent support to the churches, there’s always critics within the Church,” he said. “They’re always critics of the Lord Jesus Christ within the religious community. They’re the ones that turned on Him. So I expect to have criticism, and there are a lot of churches that have compromised and there’s division within the church.”

In the interview, Graham said the Church needs to rise up. “We don’t back up. I would hope that there would be an army of young evangelists who would come down and take their place to preach the Gospel. We cannot allow one act of violence to stop the Gospel. If anything, it should be a recruiting tool for other evangelists to stand up where she shed her blood and take the Gospel to the next generation — not be afraid and not be ashamed.”

At his event in Liverpool Saturday, Graham encouraged the audience to seek a relationship with Jesus. “We have a vacuum, an emptiness inside each of us, in our souls that only God Himself can fill,” he was quoted as saying. “God made us. God created us in His own image, the Bible says. Did you know that God has a plan and purpose for your life?”

In an interview with the BBC, Graham said he wants all to know that fulfillment in life is found in God, according to CBN News.

“I want people to know that God loves them. We have trials and storms that we go through in life, but Jesus Christ is our anchor. If we put our faith and trust in Him. He will get us through those storms of life — He loves us and cares for us.”

This isn’t the first time the evangelist has been met with opposition from LGBT groups. In 2018, bus ads for his evangelistic festival were pulled following an outcry from activists.

Graham earlier said he believes the need for preaching the Gospel in the U.K. is “greater than ever.” He added he wanted people “to know that we are all sinners and our sins separate us from God.”
Sources:Christian Post

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ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നിയമ വിരുദ്ധമായി പ്രഖ്യാപിക്കുന്ന ബിൽ യു.എസ് സംസ്ഥാനo പാസാക്കി

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ഗർഭധാരണത്തിന്റെ പ്രാരംഭ ഘട്ടം മുതൽ ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നിയമ വിരുദ്ധമായി പ്രഖ്യാപിക്കുന്ന ബിൽ യു.എസ് സംസ്ഥാനമായ ഒക്‌ലഹോമ പാസാക്കി.

ഗർഭസ്ഥ ശിശുവിന്റെ ഹൃദയം മിടിച്ചു തുടങ്ങിയാൽ (ആറാം മാസം മുതൽ) ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നിയമ വിരുദ്ധമാക്കുന്ന നിയമ നിർമ്മാണങ്ങൾ യു.എസ് സംസ്ഥാനങ്ങളിൽ ഉണ്ടാകാറുണ്ടെങ്കിലും അണ്ഡവും ബീജവും സംയോജിക്കുന്ന, ഗർഭധാരണത്തിന്റെ ആരംഭഘട്ടം മുതൽ ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നിരോധിക്കുന്ന നിയമ നിർമ്മാണ നീക്കം ഇതാദ്യമാണ്. അതുകൊണ്ടു തന്നെ, രാജ്യത്തെ ഏറ്റവും ശക്തമായ ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്ര വിരുദ്ധ നിയമം എന്ന വിശേഷണത്തോടെയാണ് ബിൽ പാസാക്കിയിരിക്കുന്നത്.

16ന് എതിരെ 73 വോട്ടുകൾക്ക് ജനപ്രതിനിധി സഭ പാസാക്കിയ ബിൽ ഗവർണർ കെവിൻ സ്റ്റിറ്റിന്റെ പരിഗണനയിലാണ്. ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നിരോധിക്കുന്ന ബില്ലിൽ ഒപ്പുവെക്കുമെന്ന് അദ്ദേഹം നേരത്തെ തന്നെ വ്യക്തമാക്കിയിരുന്നു. അതിനാൽ, നിയമം പ്രാബല്യത്തിൽ വരുമെന്ന ഉറപ്പിലാണ് സംസ്ഥാനത്തെ പ്രോ ലൈഫ് സമൂഹം. അമ്മയുടെ ജീവൻ അപകടത്തിലാകുന്ന സന്ദർഭത്തിന് പുറമെ ബലാത്സംഗം, ലൈംഗികാതിക്രമം, അവിഹിതബന്ധം എന്നിവയിലൂടെ സംഭവിക്കുന്ന ഗർഭധാരണത്തിനും മാത്രമായിരിക്കും നിയമത്തിൽ ഇളവുണ്ടാവുക.

നിയമം ലംഘിക്കുന്നവർക്ക് കർശനമായ ശിക്ഷാനടപടികൾ ഉറപ്പാക്കുന്ന ബില്ലിൽ, ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നടത്തുന്നവർക്കും അതിന് സഹായിക്കുന്നവർക്കും എതിരെ ആർക്കും കേസ് ഫയൽ ചെയ്യാൻ അനുവദിക്കുന്ന വകുപ്പും വ്യവസ്ഥ ചെയ്തിട്ടുണ്ട്
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San Francisco Abp. Bans House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Receive Holy Communion Until Revoking Abortion Support

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San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced on Fri., May 20, that House Speaker Nanci Pelosi is prohibited from receiving Holy Communion until she publicly revokes her support for abortion.

The San Francisco representative often describes herself as a “devout Catholic,” despite her stanch support and advocacy for abortion up to birth. Her position disregards Church teaching.

In his letter, the archbishop cited Code of Canon Law, canon 915, which states that “those…obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”

He Said This Is A Pastoral Decision, Not A Political One. It Comes After “Numerous Attempts To Speak With Her.”
“After numerous attempts to speak with her to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that the point has come in which I must make a public declaration that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until she publicly repudiate her support for abortion ‘rights’ and confess and receive absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the sacrament of Penance.”

Archbishop Cordileone also sent the announcement to the priests of his diocese.

He Also Warned This Decision Could “Increase Attacks On Catholic Churches.”
“Our churches are already being targeted for violence, and our worship services are being disrupted, which motivated me to send you the memo last week asking you to be more attentive to security measures on your property. These attacks may now likely increase. I realize this,” he said in a letter to San Francisco’s diocesan priests.

“But for us, as faithful disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, this is a cause for rejoicing, for the only reason this is happening is due to the Catholic Church’s consistent defense of the sanctity of human life in all stages and conditions, and especially at its beginning in the womb of the mother.”

“I am convinced that this is a time that God is calling us to live the last beatitude: ‘Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven’ (Matthew 5:11-12).”

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ശ്രീലങ്കയിൽ സ്‌കൂളുകൾ അടച്ചു: രാജ്യം കൂടുതൽ പ്രതിസന്ധിയിലേക്ക്

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