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Gaza Christians Protest Pressure from Muslims to Convert

Christians in Gaza recently protested what they say are forced conversions to Islam.

Dozens of believers rallied publicly after two Christians renounced their faith to become Muslims.

Authorities said a man, woman, and her children are in hiding because of fear of retribution from their families after converting.

The Islamic militant group Hamas took over Gaza five years ago.

Since then, Christians have faced increased pressure to convert or leave.

Many believers fear their community will cease to exist altogether.


Sharia Law Put in Draft of Egypt's New Constitution

Drafters of Egypt's new constitution say they intend to make Islam, "the religion of the state."

The Constitutional Assembly Committee released several articles of the draft document.

Article 2 says in part, "Principles of Islamic Sharia are the major source of legislation."

Coptic and evangelical Christians in Egypt said they can support the draft document as long as the rights of Christians are protected.

Hardline Islamists in the country want a stronger commitment to Sharia law in the constitution.


Fire at Nigerian Pastor's Home Kills 50, Boko Haram Suspected

The radical Islamist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for attacks against 12 Christian villages in Nigeria's Plateau state this month that killed more than 100 people.

The human rights group Open Doors USA now says 50 Christians from one church died in another attack after militants set fire to their pastor's home.

Dozens of members of the Church of Christ fled their homes and sought refuge at the church compound.

Gunmen entered the home, started shooting, then set it on fire.

Tensions are still running high between ethnic Christians and Muslims in Nigeria.


Suspect Arrested in Mexico Christian Camp Attack

A suspect linked to a brutal attack on a Christian camp in central Mexico has been arrested.

Twelve armed men ambushed youth attending a prayer retreat last week 20 miles outside of Mexico City.

State prosecutors say seven female campers were sexually assaulted while others were beaten and had their valuables stolen.

Families of the victims are accusing the state of moving too slowly in the investigation.

Similar drug-related violence has halted American short-term missions to the country.

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