Queen's Trinity Cross medal scrapped... because it's 'too Christian'

medal personally established by the Queen is being withdrawn after it was deemed offensive to Muslims and Hindus.

The honour - known as The Trinity Cross of the Order of Trinity - has been ruled unlawful and too Christian.

It has been awarded to 62 distinguished residents of the former colony of Trinidad and Tobago over more than 40 years, including cricketers Brian Lara and Garfield Sobers, novelist V.S. Naipaul and many diplomats and politicians.

 Trinity CrossNew Trinity Medal

Caribbean storm: The old Trinity Cross (left) is replaced with the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, which has removed any Christian symbols


Egypt’s Swine Destruction Threatens Coptic-Run Industry

Government vows to continue slaughter in spite of international criticism.

By Roger Elliott

CAIRO, Egypt, May 5 (Compass Direct News) – Authorities yesterday pressed ahead with the slaughter of Egypt’s pigs – crippling the livelihood of thousands of swine breeders, nearly all Coptic Christians – in spite of World Health Organization (WHO) criticism that the measure was unnecessary for fighting the A(H1-N1) flu strain.

Right to Convert Spotlighted Again in Egypt

The Media Line

Written by Joseph Mayton

Cairo, Egypt] Conversion is always a contentious issue in Egypt. Twenty-one-year-old Samar Mohamed’s conversion to Coptic Christianity in order to marry Tharwat Riad has left her on the run from police and her family.

The case has once again sparked tensions between the minority Coptic population and Muslims across the country.

The case has once again sparked tensions between the minority Coptic population and Muslims across the country.

Egypt pig farmers clash with police over cull


Egyptian riot police clashed on Sunday with stone-throwing pig farmers trying to prevent their animals from being taken away for slaughter as part of a nationwide cull.

Between 300 and 400 residents of the hilly Moqattam slum district of Cairo, where mostly Coptic Christian scrap merchants raise pigs, hurled stones and bottles at police.

Malaysia: Islamic groups none too pleased about ban on "automatic" conversions of children when one parent converts to Islam

Conversion ban slammed

By Elizabeth Looi, Malaysia Correspondent

The Muslim groups say the decision betrayed the religion and infringed on the powers of the Islamic court and the Malay sultans, who have final say on issues involving Islam

Is it Cull or targeting Christians for poverty? 

Egypt presses ahead with pig cull

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Deputy director for veterinary affairs for Cairo, Dr Souad Al-Khouli: 'We haven't had any positive samples'

Deputy director for veterinary affairs for Cairo, Dr Souad Al-Khouli: 'We haven't had any positive samples'

Egyptian authorities have begun in earnest the slaughter of 300,000 pigs, in what was originally described as a precaution against swine flu.

Islamic Scholars Wrestle With Death-For-Apostasy Issue

By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor

(CNSNews.com) – An international Islamic body has appointed a committee of six religious scholars to study one of the most contentious issues in Islam today – whether “apostates” should face the death penalty.

Egyptian Christians riot after swine flu cull

Times Online

Egyptian farmers block the street to prevent vehicles of the Egyptian Health Ministry workers who came to slaughter the Swine

(Nasser Nouri/AP)

Egyptian farmers block the streets to prevent health ministry vehicles getting past to carry out the mass-slaughter of swine

UN agency slams Egypt order to cull all pigs


By Phil Stewart

ROME, April 29 (Reuters) - Egypt's order on Wednesday to cull all the country's pigs is "a real mistake" and another reason why the world needs to rethink using "swine flu" to describe a virus affecting humans, a U.N. agency official said.

Coptic Christian Priest Unjustly Tried And Imprisoned In Egypt

Father Mattaos Wahba 
Father Mattaos Wahba
(RSD) -- Not all the facts were taken into account in a case last year where a Coptic priest was tried and sentenced to an Egyptian prison for his involvement in the falsification of an ID card indicating a young woman was Christian, rather than Muslim.

Egypt Ex-Muslim And Husband In Hiding; Violence Kills Two

By Worthy News Middle East Service

Worthy News) -- An ex-Muslim who converted to Christianity and her Christian husband were in hiding Tuesday, April 28, amid threats from family members and police, the latest in a series of attacks against Coptic Christians this month, in which at least two people were killed, several sources said.

Christian Teacher Suspended after Complaining that a Staff Training Day was used to ‘Promote’ Homosexual Rights


A CHRISTIAN teacher has been suspended from a senior post for complaining that a staff training day was used to promote homosexual rights.


Convert in Egypt Arrested for Marrying Christian

Couple goes into hiding as police place Islamic law over Egyptian penal code.

By Michael Larson

ISTANBUL, April 23 (Compass Direct News) – Christian convert Raheal Henen Mussa and her Coptic husband are hiding from police and her Muslim family for violating an article of Islamic law (sharia) that doesn’t exist in the Egyptian penal code. 

Netherlands: US Islam-critic cancel trip due to death threats

Islam in Europe



Netherlands: US Islam-critic cancel trip due to death threats

Mark A. Gabriel, ex-Muslim and Islam-critic has gotten death threats and must cancel speaking appointments in the Netherlands.

Two Copts Gunned Down in Egypt after Easter Vigil

QENA, Egypt (AFP) – Muslim gunmen shot dead two Coptic Christians as they left church after an Easter vigil in southern Egypt, in an apparent five-year-old vendetta, a security official said on Sunday.


Egypt’s Coptic Church Issues First Conversion Certificate

Key move in former Muslim’s bid to legally convert comes as Islamist outcry peaks.

By Roger Elliot

ISTANBUL, April 14 (Compass Direct News) – In a bold move, Egypt’s Coptic Church has issued its first-ever certificate of conversion to a former Muslim, supporting his petition to have his national identification card denote his Christian faith

Egypt church issues first conversion certificate
Fr. Matthias Nasr Manqarious and Maher Al-Gawhari
CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church has for the first time issued a certificate of conversion to a Muslim-born Christian, his lawyer said, in a country where religious conversion is highly sensitive.

Maher al-Gohari, who is seeking to change his religion on his official documents from Muslim to Christian was asked by a court to provide a conversion certificate from the Egyptian church.

Fire damages Coptic church in Ramallah
Ma'an News Agency






Ramallah – Ma’an – A newly-built Coptic Christian church was severely damaged by fire in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday.

Firefighters and police rushed to put out the blaze but were unable to prevent damage to the interior of the building. A depiction of Jesus was one of the only items to survive the fire.

Armenians Blast Obama for Failure to State Genocide


An Armenian-American group that backed Barack Obama in the election is now urging its members to call the White House to protest the president’s failure to recognize the “Armenian genocide.”

As many as 1.5 million Armenians living within the Ottoman Empire perished beginning in 1915 as the Turks fought World War 1. Armenians and most historians regard the deaths as state-sponsored mass killings, or genocide, while Turkey insists the death were the result of a civil war coupled with disease and famine.

Asian men in burkhas rob jewellers


Two Asian men wearing traditional female Muslim dress and carrying handbags have robbed a jewellery shop in a possible copycat of an international spate of thefts. The pair wore black Muslim dress, including headwear which completely covered their faces, as well as sunglasses, when they carried out the attack.

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