Posts Tagged ‘conversion’

Goldman Says Office Tower Prices Must Plunge 50% For Housing Conversion To Make Sense

As office tower vacancies continue to rise nationwide, many of these buildings are becoming economically nonviable workspaces, raising the question of what can be done with millions of square feet of underutilized space. Simultaneously, the US housing market faces a severe shortage, leaving investors and lawmakers to ponder whether underutilized office space can be transformed […]

ICC Contributes to USCIRF Report on Anti-Conversion Laws

11/29/2023 Washington (International Christian Concern – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has released a report on anti-conversion laws prepared by International Christian Concern (ICC). ICC researchers Jay Church, McKenna Wendt, and Colton Grellier, together with USCIRF, outlined global restrictions on changing one’s religion. The report found 46 countries with anti-conversion laws, […]

Forced Conversion/Marriage of Minority Girls Targeted in Pakistan

Supreme Court of Pakistan in Islamabad. (, Creative Commons) LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday (Aug. 29) ordered the government to respond to a petition to stop courts from allowing forced conversion and marriage of minority girls in verdicts that act as covers for child rape, sources said. Justice […]

Luxury Bath Spa At Rutland Villa Was A Roman Barn Conversion

Last year archaeologists in the UK unearthed a rare Roman mosaic at a luxury 3rd century villa.  Read more Section:  News History & Archaeology Ancient Places Europe Read Later  Source

Pentagon Wants 7.62x39mm Conversion Kits for New Special Operations Rifles

Due to developing requirements… *wink* Source

The Himyarite Kingdom’s Bloody Conversion to Judaism: Passion or Ploy?

The Himyarite Kingdom was established in 110 BC and lasted until 570 AC. It is most often remembered these days as the “Jewish Kingdom”, thanks to the fact that for some time its predominant religion was Judaism.  Read more Section:  News Ancient Places Asia History Famous People Read Later 

Indian Christians challenge Karnataka ‘forced conversion’ law

Photo Credit: High Court of Karnataka (Barnabas Aid) — Indian Christians have launched a formal challenge against the “anti-conversion” law in Karnataka. An appeal (known as a petition) against the law was filed with the Karnataka High Court jointly by two Christian organizations. The court issued notice to the state government of Karnataka on July […]

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Church shuttered in Odisha, India after allegations of conversion by ‘allurement’

Photo Credit: (Barnabas Aid) — A church in Odisha state, eastern India, has been sealed with a ban imposed on gathering for worship. The local administration placed the restraining order on Believers Church, Geltua village in Bhadrak district on May 17. District officials said they based their decision on complaints received that tribal…

Karnataka becomes India’s 11th state to enact anti-conversion law

Local Christians Face Increased Violence and Threats India (International Christian Concern) –The southern Indian state of Karnataka has become the 11th state to ratify the Freedom of Religion Acts, also known as an anti-conversion law. The ordinance was approved by the state cabinet last week and sent to the governor for his approval….

Controversial Anti-Conversion Law Introduced in Haryana, India

Haryana is 11th Indian State to Introduce the Law  03/09/2022 India (International Christian Concern) –The BJP-led State Assembly in the state of Haryana has introduced an anti-conversion bill which if approved by the governor, would make Haryana the 11th state in India to introduce an anti-conversion law.   The bill’s language prohibits religious conversions effected through […]

 95 Organisations Resist Anti-Conversion Laws through a Poster Campaign

Ninety-five organisations have endorsed the poster campaign against the Anti-Conversion Laws in India. We request you to circulate, release and share the material. Karnataka Legislative Assembly has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill despite stiff opposition from the opposition parties. However, it is not yet tabled in the upper house to make it a law. The Anti-Conversion […]

No Need for Anti-Conversion Law

This is a preliminary compilation of legal provisions which are on the statute books and give the lie to the argument that the proposed anti-conversion law in Karnataka is filling a much needed legal gap. A perusal of these provisions will indicate that there is no need for an anti-conversion law to cover the use […]

Thousands Protest Against Karnataka Anti-Conversion Bill In Bangalore

Today the streets of Bangalore saw an outpour of citizens in large numbers to protest against the anti-people and unconstitutional ‘Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill 2021’. The rally began from Mysore Bank Circle and culminated at Freedom Park. A broad coalition of more than 40 organisations vociferously demanded that the Bill […]

BJP-Led Government in India’s Karnataka State Proposes Enactment of Anti-Conversion Law

Christians Fear Bill Will Incite Increased Anti-Christian Violence 12/22/2021 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government of India’s Karnataka state has proposed the enactment of a controversial anti-conversion law. The Karnataka Right to Freedom of Religion Bill, 2021, was introduced to the […]

Understanding India’s ‘Anti-Conversion’ Laws

India is home to multiple religious beliefs and practices, including Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and Judaism. In the past, the country has been known for not only its diversity but also tolerance. It is widely believed that because of this tolerance, religions that originated in other countries/regions flourished in India. However, the […]

Pastor in Nepal Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Violating Anti-Conversion Law

Nepalese Christians Fear Further Use of Anti-Conversion Law 11/30/2021 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a Christian pastor in Nepal has been convicted of violating the country’s harsh anti-conversion law. The pastor has been sentenced to two years in prison and a fine of 20,000 Rupees (approximately $165.00). […]

Indian Court Delays Hearing Challenge to Anti-Conversion Law

Wave of Persecution Allowed to Continue by Court Delay 10/29/2021 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the Allahabad High Court, located in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, has once again delayed hearing a challenge to the constitutionality of the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act, 2021. […]

‘Fix the Definition’: Conservative MP on Liberal Government’s Conversion Therapy Ban Legislation

The Liberal government’s proposed legislation on conversion therapy would criminalize private conversations between children and their parents, says Conservative MP Garnett Genuis, who is urging parliamentarians to change the definition of “conversion therapy” in the bill before it’s passed. “The definition of conversion therapy is poorly drafted—is out of step with definitions of conversion therapy […]

UTJ head says party won’t join a coalition that doesn’t revoke conversion ruling

United Torah Judaism party chief Moshe Gafni said Thursday that his party won’t join a coalition unless it finds a way to nullify a High Court ruling recognizing conversions to Judaism in Israel through the Reform and Conservative movements. “We will not enter a coalition that does not have a legal solution for the High […]

Explosive Conversion Verdict Stirs Sleepy Israeli Election Cycle

(The Media Line) Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday issued a landmark ruling, ordering the government to award citizenship to a handful of residents who converted to Judaism through non-Orthodox institutions while living in Israel. The case, which made its way through the justice system for more than 15 years, quickly and predictably turned into a […]

Jewish NGOs celebrate ‘long overdue’ Israeli conversion decision

Eight of the nine justices agreed with all aspects of the landmark ruling, while Justice Noam Sohlberg preferred to delay applying it 12 months from the swearing-in of a new government. “AJC welcomes the Israeli High Court’s decision to include those who undergo non-Orthodox conversions in Israel in the Law of Return,” the American Jewish […]

Nine Indian Christians Denied Bail on Anti-Conversion Allegations Take Case to High Court

Photo Credit: Parij Borgohain/Pexels (Barnabas Aid) — Nine Indian Christians arrested under newly-tightened anti-conversion regulations in Madhya Pradesh State are to seek bail from the state’s High Court after bail was denied by a trial court on Jan. 27. The judge at the court in Indore city rejected the bail application, saying it did not […]

Scrap the “Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance” Immediately

At the age of 18, we can vote for our councilors, MLAs, MPs. At 18, we decide who will make and implement policies that affect us, our loved ones, our community, our country. At 18, we are supposed to be mature enough to responsibly exercise our voting rights. However, whether at the age of 18 […]

First Christian Arrested Under New ‘Unlawful Conversion’ Statute in Uttar Pradesh, India

Photo Credit: Pllanemad/Wikipedia NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Korean Christian and three nationals of India are in jail in Uttar Pradesh state, accused of fraudulent conversion attempts while distributing food and other aid to people in need due to COVID-19 lockdown, sources said. Under a new “anti-conversion” law that went into effect in Uttar […]

Clever play of the narrative: Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion Of Religion Ordinance 2020

Written by Arundhati Dhuru, Sandeep Pandey, Kushagra Kumar The Uttar Pradesh government has brought in the UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion Of Religion Ordinance 2020 which is being described as a law to curb ‘love-jihad,’ to check Muslim men marrying Hindu women with the intent to convert them. The law is also supposed to check […]

Uttar Pradesh conversion law not only anti-minority but extremely anti-Dalit also

The Uttar Pradesh Religious Conversion Prohibition Act 2020 passed last year by the Yogi government of Uttar Pradesh is not only anti – minority but also extremely anti-Dalit. This law is not only unconstitutional but also infringes on the fundamental rights of citizens. Although it is designed in the name of stopping the so-called love-jihad, […]

Liberal Religious Leaders Push for ‘Conversion Therapies’ to Be Banned

Photo Credit: Cottonbro/Pexels (Evangelical Focus) — More than 370 liberal religious leaders around the world have signed a new declaration that urges a ban on so-called “conversion therapy.” The declaration “Declaring the Sanctity of Life and the Dignity of All” was launched on Dec. 16 by a new group called the Global Interfaith Commission on […]

Village Notice in China’s Yunnan Province Prohibits Conversion to Christianity

Photo Credit: Tubs/Wikipedia (Christian Solidarity Worldwide) — New “village rules” introduced in Huang Fei village, Yingjiang County in Yunnan, near the China-Burma border, state that anyone who converts to Christianity will face financial penalties or even the confiscation of their land. Huang Fei village is inhabited by members of the Dai ethnic group. The notice, […]

It was MK-Ultra ‘Bible aversion’ – not gay conversion therapy recently published an article regarding the banning of gay conversion therapy in the state of Queensland. In support of this legislation change they cite the following experience: Mary, not her real name, now 49 years old, was sent to conversion therapy after she told her mother she was in love with another young woman […]

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