Top Christian-Muslim News for of the Week of January 1-7
Pakistanis Rally Against Changing Blasphemy Law – A crippling strike by Islamist parties brought Pakistan to a standstill on Friday as thousands of people took to the streets, and forced businesses to close, to head off any change in the country’s blasphemy law, which rights groups say has been used to persecute minorities, especially Christians. (New York Times)
Al-Qaeda hand seen in Egypt attack – At least 21 people were killed and 79 injured after a terrorist bombing ripped through a crowd of Coptic worshippers in the first hour of the New Year.
What made the Middle East fall behind the West? – A major question of comparative studies has been why by the 18th century Islamic societies had fallen behind the rest of the world in living standards, literacy, science, and the arts.
The governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province was assassinated by his own security guard Tuesday apparently because he spoke out against Pakistan’s blasphemy law: