WASHINGTON, Mar. 29 /Christian Newswire/ — The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) has just learned that an Ethiopian evangelist named Tedase was beaten to death by militant Muslims on Monday, March 26th, as he and two young women were on a street evangelism assignment in Jimma, Ethiopia. This marks the second time in six months that Christians residing in Southeast Ethiopia have been attacked and killed by extremist (Wahabbi) Muslims.

On Monday afternoon Tedase and two female coworkers were conducting street evangelism on Merkato Street in Jimma, Southern Ethiopia. Merkato Street runs by a Wahabbi Mosque. As the team was walking by the Mosque, a group of Muslims exited the Mosque and began to run after them to confront them. Tedase’s female coworkers ran away from the mob but Tedase continued on. The Muslims caught up with Tedase, pulled him into the mosque, and savagely beat him to death. Sources from Jimma reported that Tedase was beaten with a calculated intention to kill him. This was no accident or case of mob frenzy getting out of control. His body was later taken to the hospital for an autopsy and he was buried Tuesday, March 27.

Our sources also reveal that Jimma Christians were conducting an evangelism campaign, and news of the outreach was spreading among Jimma residents as well as militant Muslim groups in the area. The Muslims that belonged to the Wahabbi sect purposefully beat Tedase to death as a message to Christians that they are ready to combat evangelism.

Aftershocks of the September 2006 Pogrom

This most recent incident in Ethiopia confirms ICC’s decision to include this country in its Hall of Shame list, which highlights nations where Christians are enduring the most severe persecution. It is important to note that the Muslims who attacked Tedase belonged to the Wahabbi brand of Islam, an extremist sect imported from Saudi Arabia. It is clear that the Christians in Ethiopia are feeling Saudi Arabia’s influence, particularly in Jimma, a Muslim dominated area where local authorities are almost exclusively Muslim. It was only six months ago, in September of 2006, that Muslim extremists burned down a number of churches and parishes, as well as Christian homes. As many as 2,000 Christians were displaced by the attack, an attempt to intimidate Christians with the hopes of converting them to Islam.

Evangelical church leaders are fearful that if police ignore Tedase’s death, it will be a green light for Muslim groups in the area to attack their Christian neighbors at will and without retribution. We appeal to concerned individuals to contact the Ethiopian embassy in their own countries to ask for an investigation of Tedase’s murder.

Ethiopian Embassy, Washington D.C.
3506 International Drive, NW
Washington, DC 20008 USA
Tel: 202/364-1200
Fax: 202/587-0195
info@ethiopianembassy.org

Ethiopian Embassy, London
17 Princes Gate
London SW7 1PZ UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7589 7212
Fax: +44 (0)20 7584 7054
info@ethioembassy.org.uk

Ethiopian Embassy, Canada
#210-151 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P5H3
Tel:- 613-235-6637
Fax: 613-235-4638
infoethi@magi.com

A Moving and Inspirational Testimony — A Thought-Provoking Analysis
MEDIA ADVISORY, Mar. 28 /Christian Newswire/ — How Was it Possible? is a moving autobiography written by former Hitler youth and German soldier, Hilmar von Campe. While describing his life and remorse as an active participant in the greatest tragedy of the twentieth century, von Campe warns the world that it faces greater challenges today then it did with Adolph Hitler.

Von Campe lived through years of Nazi power and brain-washing. After the war, he learned about the Holocaust and Nazi atrocities. It was then that he came to grips with his own contribution to these horrors and his moral responsibilities for them.

“Hilmar is in a unique position to illuminate the mindset that allowed Hitler to rationalize the extermination of millions of Jews – given his personal travails during that tragic era. Americans would do well to heed his insights into similar dangers they are facing with Radical Radical Islam today. ” — Dr. James C. Dobson, Founder & Chairman, Focus On The Family

“The growth of the Third Reich in Eastern Europe was infinitesimal as compared today to that of Radical Islam. The powerful delivery system of the Internet makes it possible for terrorist organizations to spread their message of hate and violence to a worldwide audience, with a simple ‘key stroke.'”

Von Campe lectures at churches and major events nationwide, as he compares the Nazi philosophy to that of Radical Islam. His analysis is both shocking and thought-provoking, as he discusses:

How Radical Islam follows the footprints of the Third Reich.

How Russia recruited and trained Yasser Arafat, and helped the Palestinian leader form the PLO, launching terrorism as we know it today.

Hitler’s persecution of Jews has been taken to new levels by Radical Islam, and today all non- Muslims are potential victims.

How God changed von Campe’s heart, and how God uses von Campe to touch the hearts and minds of others.

About the Author
Listed in the 1992 “International Who’s Who of Intellectuals,” von Campe is the author of five books. He is a WWII veteran of the German Army and former prisoner of war in Communist Yugoslavia, who narrowly escaped in 1945, after crossing seven borders to freedom. Hilmar von Campe is now an American citizen. For more on Hilmar von Campe, please go to: http://www.talkguests.com/voncampe.htm

Announcement coming to you late, but at least we know they care!

WASHINGTON, Mar. 28 /Christian Newswire/ — Officials from the Justice Department will hold a seminar as part of the Department’s First Freedom Project to address federal laws protecting religious freedom. Topics will include religious discrimination, religious land use, and prosecuting religion-based hate crimes.

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales announced the First Freedom Project in February 2007 as an initiative to protect religious liberty. The initiative includes the creation of a Department-wide Task Force on Religious Liberty, increased outreach to individuals and organizations concerned with religious liberty issues, and a series of regional seminars. This seminar will be held TOMORROW, MARCH 29 at 9:00 A.M. CST.

Event Details—

Who:

Bradley J. Schlozman, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri
Eric Treene, Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination, Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
Steven H. Rosenbaum, Chief, Housing and Civil Enforcement, Civil Rights Division
Mark Kappelhoff, Chief, Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division
Jeff Lanza, Special Agent, FBI Kansas City Field Office

What: First Freedom Project Seminar

When: Thursday, March 29, 2007, 9:00 A.M. CST

Where: Hyatt Regency Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Note: Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, call Jacqueline Greene at 202- 514-5410

WASHINGTON, Mar. 29 /Christian Newswire/ — The Christian Defense Coalition was sponsoring a public celebration of The Stations of the Cross when they were ordered to leave a public sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress while they were kneeling in prayer.

The group had been granted a permit by the United States Capitol Police and they were not blocking pedestrian traffic on the public sidewalk.

The Coalition calls the incident a trampling of the First Amendment and a gross violation of protecting religious expression in the public square.

Coalition Director, Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, wonders why anti-war protesters were allowed to spray paint the United States Capitol Building with no consequences, while peaceful Christians were ordered to leave a public sidewalk for praying.

The Christian Defense Coalition is now in discussion with lawyers at the American Center for Law and Justice to consider all their legal options and ensure religious freedom is protected in the nation’s capital.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, comments, “One of the cornerstones of our democracy is the right of every America to peacefully express their views in the public square free from government interference and harassment. All citizens, regardless of their faith traditions, should be able to publicly express them with the full assurance that their beliefs will not be trampled or crushed by public officials or law enforcement. Sadly, that was not the case yesterday in Washington, D.C.

“It is extremely troubling when American citizens are told by federal law enforcement officials that they are not allowed to pray on a public sidewalk and they must ‘move along’ or face the consequences. The Christian Defense Coalition is in the process of considering all our legal options and will continue to work diligently to ensure that the First Amendment and free speech rights are protected in the public square.”

See a news article and photos from the event

HERE

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Mar. 27 /Christian Newswire/ — In a truly tragic story regarding tainted food poisonings of hundreds of dogs and cats, one should consider that abortion is actually related to this very sad story. According to a previous article, Pet Owners Double Checking Cabinets, the substance that is killing these beloved animals is “aminopterin, a cancer drug that once was used to induce abortions in the United States and is still used to kill rats in some other countries, state Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker said.”

“I find it amazing that the justified outrage against this poisoning incident cannot be also turned toward the continued slaughter of the unborn by abortifacient drugs like RU-486.” So says Phil Magnan, Director for Biblical Family Advocates. “Remarkably this same substance that is killing these pets has been used to kill rats. It was also used to induce abortion in the 50’s and 60’s, but was discontinued because there were the serious side effects of producing very deformed children, when the administration of aminopterin failed to kill the child in the womb, as it was an abortifacient drug.”

BFA hopes that many Americans as well as the many other countries will reconsider the debate about the use of abortifacient drugs. Magnan continued “It would truly be remarkable if the FDA had as much consideration for the unborn as they do for these suffering animals. RU-486 and the many other abortion drugs are nothing more that human pesticides marketed by organizations like Planned Parenthood, who kill millions of tiny humans this way. I am also waiting for animal rights advocacy groups to speak against the poisoning of the animal species called humans. If it is not compassionate to poison an animal, why do we poison pre born humans? Even Jesus Christ said we were of greater value than the animals.”

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— Offers Interim Plan
WASHINGTON, Mar. 26 /Christian Newswire/ — An “urgent plea for immediate, pan-Anglican readiness after the U.S. Episcopal Church’s desertion from Anglicanism last week” was made today by a national organization of orthodox Anglican laypersons. It advocates rapid, multi-group development of “The Anglican Church of the United States of America” as a new province-in-waiting. Announcement would be immediate, with operations following swiftly.

“Faithful Anglican groups with shared interests are needed, such as the Anglican Communion Network and already-defected organizations which have melded shared interests in Common Cause Partners and the Federation of Anglicans in the Americas. At long last their goal of a unified Anglican church in the U.S.A. that is faithful to Christ can become a reality,” Lay Episcopalians for the Anglican Communion (LEAC) said.

“We should create the new unified product now — up and operating as soon as possible, not next year or the year after — in order to stop the hemorrhaging of our Anglican lifeblood. That’s a great challenge and awesome change of pace for church people, but we can do it. We should selflessly engage our can-do American spirit rather than the casual, no-hurry, wait- and-see mode with which we have been all too comfortable. A new cultural dynamic is needed to give actual solutions in saving our debilitated Anglicanism highest corporate priority.

“LEAC has been working on the “province-in-waiting” for several months and will offer its organizational ideas and work product as suggestions for a way forward to a new pan-Anglican church in the United States. It will provide administrative and coordinating help as desired. Our progressing work is benefited greatly by consultation with leading bishops and laypersons, among whom is Bishop John R. Rodgers, retired Episcopal priest who headed the Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry and was a founder of the Anglican Mission in America.

“There is similar work in other quarters. Hopefully it will be accelerated with broader-based teaming. Our only interest is collaborative restoration of Anglicanism here and accomplishing our missionary obligation to advocate interests of the laity in their hopes for restoring and sharing in the protection of a healthy denomination in Christ.

“You can be sure that if the captain of an ocean liner announced that the ship would sink at sea on September 30, there would a great demand that lifeboats and release systems are in order. Already- committed laypersons want the lifeboats in order now to move toward a post-TEC Anglican landscape and bring in other, often confused, even disparate faithful together in a new, safe church,” LEAC explained. “There should be urgent engagement of diverse, cooperative resources, maximizing our common beliefs and working through differences to arrive at an optimal denomination for all.

“There is too much relaxation in the idea that everything is in the hands of the Anglican Communion. Of course that’s true, but the Communion is beset by its own difficulties, diverting its sharp focus from urgent needs in this country. More importantly, the formative task is now ours as tragic losses in our faith cry out for disciplined, sustained action to prepare an operating province-in-waiting. That American work is obviously not the communion’s. We need the new operating church as soon as possible, ready to receive additional faithful groups later when and if the worldwide group invites us in to replace TEC and it seems appropriate to do so, we’ll be ready,” the Washington-based organization said. “We can start very soon with standby commitments from those dioceses, parishes and individuals who are now ready to step forward into a Scripturally reliable new church.”

Announcement now of that readiness “will forestall further Balkanizing of our national orthodox resources and the disastrous flight from the pews experienced in recent years,” LEAC said. Average Sunday attendance at U.S. Episcopal churches has shrunk about fifty per cent since liberalism took firm control nationally in the early 1990s. Only conservative parishes are growing, most of them in at least impaired communion with the international Anglican denomination but awaiting Anglican rebirth in America.

“These conservative parishes will grow even faster once they are freed from the crippling oppression and intimidation of The Episcopal Church,” adds Hudson Barton, who is LEAC’s province-in-waiting coordinator.

LEAC said it is contacting leadership organizations and individuals asking them to share in organizing additional roundtable discussions.

Last week the House of Bishops of the U.S. Episcopal Church (TEC) rejected a proposal by the primates of the worldwide Anglican Communion which might have brought the U.S. church back into active status internationally.

Primates representing more than half of the Anglican Communion’s communicants have declared various levels of impaired relations after consecration of an openly homosexual bishop and refusal to prohibit church recognition of homosexual partnerships. The U.S. church was given until September 30 to reply to a demanding proposal, but several foreign primates have said the action last week served as an answer.

LEAC said there is need for readiness to replace TEC as the national church when the communion disposes of the TEC problem and is open to a new Anglican province.

“That whole process may take years, but most leadership U.S. Anglicans agree that their future is coming into sharp focus very quickly, requiring real- time solutions,” said James Ince, founder and member of the steering committee of the one-year-old LEAC.

“With help from some of the most experienced bishops and laypersons, we have prepared a schematic structure, a collaborative Statement of Anglican Faith, a proposed new constitution and canons and a timetable for introductory operation on All Saints’ Day, November 1, 2007.

“The most critical thing we can do right now to halt the destruction of Anglicanism as a robust denomination in our country is announce authoritatively that there very soon will be a new, phased-in Anglican church, shortly ready to receive immediate membership, with provisions for standby or transitional memberships committed but awaiting a provincial declaration by the Anglican Communion. That can only be done by cooperating, collaborating groups with a powerful, demonstrated sense of commitment and mission in that work,” LEAC said.

LEAC is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation, a national advocacy organization faithful to the authority of Christian Scripture and the Anglican Communion