Former Belgian Ambassador Frans van Daele takes on mandate as the EU’s Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU
Christian leaders are under pressure
Throughout our years of ministry, we’ve always talked about our mission to keep the doors open for the gospel. Not until this year had we imagined that that mission would become so literal. The church and its leaders face challenges that we have not seen in many years – and they are taking us back to the darker moments of European history.
Canon Tom White, missionary David Byle, Bishop Juhana Pohjola, Pastor Tonchev, and Father David Palmer each have a unique calling. Each live in very different countries and circumstances. They’ve never met.
But they do all have one thing in common: they are faith leaders who have been forbidden to speak about or practise their faith in public. This year, more than ever, the threat to free speech has arrived at the Church’s front door. Now is the time to stand together.
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Pastor TonchevPastor Kiryakov BOURGAS
Father David PalmerNOTTINGHAM
Free speech restored for Father David Palmer
When Father David Palmer’s tweets about life from conception came to light, the University of Nottingham to which he had been nominated as student chaplain rejected him. Thankfully, with support from our team and the Free Speech Union, we were able to see that decision reversed.
The challenges facing the Church are not bound by borders. But we are determined to overcome.
The challenges to the Church are not bound by borders. But we are determined to overcome.
From local courts all the way to the highest international institutions, together we can keep the doors open for the gospel. Your generosity enabled us to support Canon Tom, David Byle, Bishop Pohjola, Pastor Tonchev, and Father Palmer. Together we can protect the fundamental freedoms of many more to help all people access the much-needed message of hope. Thank you for standing with us.
From local courts all the way to the highest international institutions, together we can keep the doors open for the gospel. Your generosity enabled us to support Canon Tom, David Byle, Bishop Pohjola, Pastor Tonchev and Father Palmer. Together we can protect the fundamental freedoms of many more to help all people access the much-needed message of hope. Thank you for standing with us.
Countries must protect the rights of both women and unborn children—so pledge the 36 government signatories of the Geneva Consensus Declaration, launched in November 2020.
Elon Musk’s highly anticipated acquisition promises meaningful change for the Twitter landscape, with the prospect of canceled voices being soon released from the dark recesses of Twitter “jail.” Those of us who have lamented the shrinking space for free speech online should celebrate these signs of hope.
Musician Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy Appeals to Nigerian Supreme Court—ADF International Supporting Potential Landmark Case
A notice of appeal has been filed with the Supreme Court of Nigeria for the case of Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, a Nigerian Sufi musician, who was sentenced to death for charges of blasphemy.
The removal of Nigeria from the U.S. State Department’s “Country of Political Concern” (CPC) list has led to the worsening of religious freedom abuses in the country. Petition calls on U.S. government to reinstate Nigeria—one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a Christian—to upcoming State Department designation.
At a high level event on “Freedom of Religion in Türkiye” held in the European Parliament today, victims of faith-based discrimination highlighted atrocities committed by the Turkish government and parts of society against Christian minorities in the country.