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Religious Freedom Day Declared in Saudi Arabia?

U.S. President Bush speaks out for religious freedom worldwide.

Sadly, some countries still aren't getting the message.

Earlier this week, Bush declared a special "Religious Freedom Day."

The White House announcement came as President Bush was visiting Saudi Arabia, a country which has historically cracked down on Christians.

His proclamation states, "religious freedom belongs not to any one nation, but to the world, and my administration continues to support freedom of worship at home and abroad."

Afghanistan Restricting Christian Aid

In Afghanistan, where the U.S. Is working to build a democracy, foreign workers say the government is restricting Christian aid groups.

Assist News Service reports that Hamid Karzai's government is monitoring Web sites and denying visas to organizations that make any mention of Christian activity - even if those activities are in another country.

Earlier this month, Muslim clerics called on Karzai to stop foreign aid groups from converting Muslims to Christianity.

The NGOs say they are simply providing aid and support, not evangelizing.

Many provide medical care and training for Afghan doctors and nurses.

Muslim Government Destroys Malaysian Church

Christian villagers in Malaysia are suing the Islamic government for tearing down their church last June.

State authorities say they destroyed the church because it was on state-owned land, not for religious reasons.

The tribal people who built the church say it was on their ancient ancestral lands.

Iranian Film Sheds Lies about Jesus

Iran has released a movie which gives an Islamic view of Jesus Christ.

The director of the film - called "Jesus, the Spirit of God" - says it was produced to bridge the gap between Muslims and Christians.

The film portrays the Muslim view that Jesus was a prophet, but not the Son of God, and that He did not die on the cross.

The filmmaker says his film is an Islamic answer to Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ."

He said "The Passion of the Christ" "is a very good film. But the story is wrong. It was not like that."

Martyrs in Turkey

This is an update to a story covered last spring in the Muslim nation of Turkey.

One of the men on trial told the court how he tortured and killed the victims.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports he put plastic bags under one of the victim's head to make his death "more comfortable" before his throat was slit.

Two of the victims were Turkish converts. The other was a German Christian.

Authorities say five Muslim men befriended them, asking questions about Christianity.

Police say all five suspects have confessed to the murders.

CBN News was in Turkey last year and talked to the martyrs' wives, who are also currently attending the trial.

To hear how their faith is keeping them strong, click here.

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