EPISODES

Episode 1 - Burma

 

Guests:

John Pontifex, Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need
Ann Buwalda, Executive Director, Jubilee Campaign

Joseph Grieboski, Founder, President, Institute on Religion and Public Policy
Burma gained its independence in 1948 and has since been ruled by dictators and the military. Buddhism is the state sponsored religion and Christianity and other minority religions are persecuted if they try to practice their faith openly. Lord Alton and his guests discuss how the government suppresses minority religions as a means of controlling the people while a democratically elected leader is imprisoned simply because she was freely elected by the people.
 

Episode 2 - China

 

Guests:

Bob Fu, President, China Aid Association
John Pontifex, Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need (UK)

Ann Buwalda, Executive Director, Jubilee Campaign
When the Communist Party came to power in China in 1949, Christians were seen as rivals to the new government--the new gods--in power. In the 1950s, the Chinese Communists attacked the Roman Catholic Church for its continued loyalty to Rome, forming the Catholic Patriotic Association instead. Lord Alton and his guests discuss the specific story that typifies the Church in China, that of Cardinal Ignatius Kung Pin-Mei, the bishop of Shanghai, - who was arrested in 1955 and spent 30 years in Chinese prisons.
 

Episode 3 - North Korea

 

Guests:

Bob Fu, President, China Aid Association
Joseph Grieboski, Founder, President, Institute on Religion and Public Policy

Ann Buwalda, Executive Director, Jubilee Campaign
After assuming the leadership of North Korea, Kim Jong Il followed in his father Kim Il Sung's footsteps, in attempting to direct all thinking, worship, and belief to himself, the "great leader." Lord Alton and his guests discuss how every effort to eradicate Christian influence is made without regard to human life or dignity. The regime seeks to intimidate free nations by boasting about its nuclear capacities while continuing to crush any independence in its own people.
 

Episode 4 - Pakistan

 

Guests:

Ann Buwalda, Executive Director, Jubilee Campaign
Marie Ange Siebrecht , Senior Executive, Aid to the Church in Need

Shahreyar Gill, Associate Counsel, American Center for Law & Justice
Despite the constitutional safeguards, Christians are openly and officially discriminated against by Pakistan’s government, being afforded far less legal, political, educational, and employment rights and protections than their Muslim counterparts. Lord Alton and his guests discuss how the current situation for Christians has worsened due to the imposition of “blasphemy laws”. The law is often abused by Muslims against Christians and leads to violent and often murderous acts of intolerance.
 

Episode 5 - Viet Nam / Laos

 

Guests:

John Pontifex, Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need (UK)
Ann Buwalda, Executive Director, Jubilee Campaign

Joseph Grieboski, Founder, President, Institute on Religion and Public Policy
In Laos as well as in Vietnam, the Hmong peoples consist of a large percentage of Christians, and as they are also an ethnic minority, the Hmongs receive the brunt of much religious discrimination and violence. Lord Alton and his guests outline the various government sponsored attacks on these minorities.  These attacks constitute an effort by Vietnam officials to stop the growth of Christianity because it is seen as a threat to state power.
 

Episode 6 - Iraq

 

Guests:

Fr. Keith Roderick, Secretary General of the Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights;
Marie Ange Siebrecht Senior Executive with Aid to the Church In Need;

Joseph Kassab, Executive Director of the Chaldean Federation of America.
In Iraq hard-line Islamic clergy regularly impose Islamic law on religious minorities.  Militant groups kidnap Christians and other minorities for exorbitant ransom to fund their illicit activities. Lord Alton and his guests discuss how the Iraqi government does nothing to intervene in the persecution of Christians with the goal of getting the Christians to emigrate from the majority Islam country.
 

Episode 7 - Sudan

 

Guests:

John Pontifex, Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need (UK);
Faith McDonnell, Director of Religious Liberty Programs, Institute on Religion and Democracy and Director of the Church Alliance for a New Sudan;

Rev. John Chol Daau,  Former Lost Boy,  founded the first Christian newspaper in Sudan.
Since Sudan gained its independence from the UK in 1956, various Islamic military regimes have dominated the country. It is illegal in Sudan for non-Muslims to share their faith with Muslims. Lord Alton and his guests discuss how Christian leaders have been jailed and beaten simply for meeting people interested in coming to Christ. Many church leaders are in danger and reports of kidnappings and killings have become more frequent.
 

Episode 8 - Nigeria

 

Guests:

Fr. Keith Roderick, Secretary General, Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights
Ann Buwalda, Executive Director, Jubilee Campaign

Joseph Grieboski, Founder, President, Institute on Religion and Public Policy
In the past several years, Christians throughout Nigeria have been the victims of a series of attacks that have left hundreds dead and many churches destroyed. In November 2008, a mass destruction of churches and mosques took place and thousands of Christians and moderate Muslims were targeted and killed at the hands of sectarian Islamic extremists.  Lord Alton and his guests discuss the ongoing problems in this country and the outlook for the future.
 

Episode 9 - Egypt

 

Guests:

Marie Ange Siebrecht , Senior Executive, Aid to the Church in Need
Fr. Keith Roderick, Secretary General, Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights

Mr. Ihab Aziz, Executive Director, Coptic-American Friendship Association
Christianity has been under attack in Egypt since the arrival of the Muslims in the 600’s.  Lord Alton and his guests discuss how Christians have survived in Egypt over the centuries and the special problems they face today because of increased violence directed at them.
 

Episode 10 - Eritrea / Ethiopia

 

Guests:

Professor Habtu Ghebre-Ab, President and Founder, In Chains for Christ
Marie Ange Siebrecht , Senior Executive, Aid to the Church in Need

Ann Buwalda, Executive Director, Jubilee Campaign
The State of Eritrea in Africa has one of the most repressive and brutal regimes in the world. Freedom of religious belief and practice are heavily restricted in practice by the government. Lord Alton and his guests discuss reports that security forces have "used bondage, heat exposure and beatings to punish people arrested for their religious beliefs" and why this persecution will likely continue for a long time.
 

Episode 11 - India

 

Guests:

John Prabhudoss, President, Policy Institute for Religion and State; Founding Member of Federation of Indian American Christians of North America (FIACONA)
Ann Buwalda, Executive Director, Jubilee Campaign

John Pontifex, Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need (UK)
St. Thomas brought Christianity to India - which means that Christianity in India is almost as old as Christianity itself.  Today Christianity is a minority in this country.  Lord Alton and his guests discuss the continuing persecution by the majority Hindus who blame Christians for the murder of an extremist Hindu leader.
 

Episode 12 - Sri Lanka

 

Guests:

John Prabhudoss, President, Policy Institute for Religion and State; Founding Member of Federation of Indian American Christians of North America (FIACONA)
Ann Buwalda, Executive Director, Jubilee Campaign

Marie Ange Siebrecht , Senior Executive, Aid to the Church in Need
Sri Lanka recently ended a 26-year civil war.  Many displaced people are in government camps awaiting return to their homeland.  Lord Alton and his guests discuss how under the high tensions in the camps, may of the minority Christians are attacked and persecuted by majority Buddhists who seek control of the government. 
 

Episode 13 - Conclusion

 

Guests:

John Pontifex, Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need (UK)

Ann Buwalda, Executive Director, Jubilee Campaign

Joseph Grieboski, Founder, President, Institute on Religion and Public Policy
More Christians died for their faith in the 20th century than in all the preceding centuries put together.  Lord Alton and his guests discuss efforts being made by governments, organizations and individuals to protect Christians and other religious minorities across the world, affording each and every person the basic human right to worship God as they please.