‘Christianity as default is gone’: the rise of a non-Christian Europe | World news | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/21/christianity-non-christian-europe-young-people-survey-religion

In the Czech Republic, 70% said they never went to church or any other place of worship, and 80% said they never pray. In the UK, France, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands, between 56% and 60% said they never go to church, and between 63% and 66% said they never pray.

Among those identifying as Catholic, there was wide variation in levels of commitment. More than 80% of young Poles say they are Catholic, with about half going to mass at least once a week. In Lithuania, where 70% of young adults say they are Catholic, only 5% go to mass weekly.

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China TEARS DOWN crucifix from church in fresh crackdown on Christianity | World | News | Express.co.uk

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/932981/Christianity-end-attack-China-tears-down-crucifixes

shocking footage, shared on Twitter by one of the priests witnessing the act, shows the moment when local Communist Party chiefs use a crane to remove the last cross standing on top of the Shangqiu Catholic Church South Cathedral in the country’s Henan Province.

An unidentified group are said to have burst into the church without any official documentation or notice and occupied it by securing the doors and shutting down electrical power.

Priest and nuns reported the intruders to the police in vain, as the authorities once arrived confiscated their phone and quarantined them, barring anyone from entering or leaving the church

Chinese New Year Heralds New Restrictions For Christians

http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/life/Chinese_New_Year_Heralds_New_Restrictions_For_Christians/62107/p1/
Under the new regulations even established sites for religious activities must be ‘in harmony with the needs of urban planning’. This means that even state-controlled churches are subject to review. The rules give local government officials the power to decide whether churches should be recognised by the state and to forbid the use of venues as places of worship.

The first indications that the clampdown is spreading to officially recognised churches came last December, when the authorities demolished a 20-year-old Catholic church in Shanxi, even though it held authorised legal permits.

Since June last year, officials have required government-run Three-Self Churches to display the national flag and sing the national anthem at their services.

China has become a country of key concern for Release International. Persecution has grown under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, as the Communist Party tightens its control over the church.

Cross removals

China’s leaders are worried about the rapid spread of Christianity in their country. The revival of the Protestant church in Zhejiang has led to a wave of 1500 crosses being pulled down from church roofs and some churches being demolished. The authorities say this is to ‘contain the overheated growth of Christianity’. And the cross removals are now being extended to other provinces.

Christians who have launched legal protests over the cross removals have been beaten up and arrested. Some Christian leaders have been sentenced to ten years imprisonment for mounting a legal challenge.

Many human rights lawyers, including Christians, have also been arrested. They have been denied visits by their families or legal representation.

Evangelicals defend Trump’s alleged marital infidelity. But his infidelity to America is worse.

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-white-evangelical-defenders-embody-slaveholder-christianity-ncna842406

too many preachers are willing to overlook personal moral failings in exchange for access to power. Jerry Falwell, Jr., responding to critics, claimed Jesus’ teachings are about private morality, not public policy: “Jesus said love our neighbors as ourselves but never told Caesar how to run Rome,” he wrote on Twitter.

Though this is a common distinction among white evangelicals in the U.S., it is not a distinction the Bible makes. Jesus himself says that, at the final judgment, “all the nations” will be gathered before him to give an account for how they treated the most vulnerable among us.

A new estimate of U.S. Muslim population | Pew Research Center

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/01/03/new-estimates-show-u-s-muslim-population-continues-to-grow/?amp=1

By 2040, Muslims will replace Jews as the nation’s second-largest religious group after Christians. And by 2050, the U.S. Muslim population is projected to reach 8.1 million, or 2.1% of the nation’s total population — nearly twice the share of today.

Fairness for FEMA Funds: FEMA Changes Its Disaster Rules for Churches | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2018/january/fema-church-disaster-policy.html

they were excluded on the basis of the content of their speech.

Now, those who disagree would say that the Constitution says Congress must not promote the establisment of religion. I think that is true, but I think the goverment must not exclude because of religion.

Therein is the rub.