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  • Christian, ethnic persecution 'nightmare' in China

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Christians and ethnic minorities are living a "nightmare" in China under President Xi Jinping, a congressional commission report released today (Oct. 10) documents.

    Jinping's unmerciful program to "Sinicize" religion into a government-controlled framework, marginalize ethnic minorities including Uyghur Muslims, and redefine human rights intensified in 2018, making life a nightmare for civilians, U.S. Representative and commission co-chair Chris Smith said in releasing the 2018 Annual Report of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC). Read More

  • NOBTS prof: Ramadan beneficial to Christians, retailers

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, May 24, 2018 (9 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Christians in the U.S. can benefit from the hospitality Muslims extend during Ramadan, a Southern Baptist professor told Baptist Press, just as U.S. retailers are increasingly catering to the month-long celebration.

    Party City, Whole Foods and Macy's are offering festive decorations, modest clothing and discounts on ethnic foods this Ramadan, satisfying a Muslim market estimated at between 3.45 million and 5.7 million people. Read More

  • Pew: Muslims on pace to outnumber Jews in U.S.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 12, 2018 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Muslims will likely surpass Jews as the second largest religious group behind Christians in the U.S. by 2040, elevated by a high birth rate and immigration, the Pew Research Center said in its latest analysis.

    The 3.45 million Muslims here will more than double to 8.1 million by 2050, surpassing the number of Jews along the way, Pew estimated Jan. 3. But the research center did not give a Muslim nor Jewish numerical population estimate for 2040. Read More

  • Dearborn's Arab-Americans receptive, seminarians say

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Friday, March 17, 2017 (one year ago)

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    DEARBORN, Mich. (BP) -- In Dearborn, Mich., home of the largest concentration of Arab-Americans in the United States, students from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary learned about praying for and sharing the Gospel with local Muslims during a three-day visit to the city.

    Led by faculty member Ayman S. Ibrahim, the team interacted with a number of the 100,000-plus Arab Americans who comprise at least 45 percent of Dearborn's population. Read More

  • Travel ban doesn't slow outreach to Muslims in Mich.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (2 years ago)

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    DEARBORN, Mich. (BP) -- Southern Baptist pastors will continue attempts to build friendships in Dearborn, Mich., among the sizable Muslim community, despite the fear pastors say President Donald Trump's now suspended travel ban has generated among immigrants there.

    Monthly, pastors Dave Ferraro and Carlos Liese gather small groups of volunteers and eat at restaurants Muslims frequent, starting conversations that lead to discussions of religious beliefs. Their outreach is in Dearborn, where one-third of residents claim Arab-American heritage but are not necessarily Muslim, according to the Arab American Institute in Washington, D.C. Read More

  • WORLDVIEW: 2050's challenges –- from risk to friendship

    by Erich Bridges, posted Tuesday, April 14, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Missions writer Erich Bridges notes that challenges stemming from population growth among the world's religions by 2050 range from "life-and-death risk" to simply "a willingness to be a friend" in other places, "notably America." Read More