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Posted by Godefroi on March 27, 2008
News from AINA.
Algeria, a close to fully Sunni Muslim country in northern Africa, has ordered 13 Protestant churches to shut down since November, the head of Algeria’s Protestant church group said Monday.
Algeria passed a law in February 2006 that required non-Muslim congregations to obtain a permit from their regional prefecture to hold worship gatherings. It also banned the production of media intended to “shake the faith of a Muslim,” according to Compass Direct News.
“Thirteen chapels, including 11 in Tizi Ouzou, one in Bejaia and one in Bouira have been closed on the orders of local officials,” said Pastor Mustapha Krim, who is president of the Protestant Church of Algeria (EPA), according to South Africa’s News24.
No official reason has been given for the government order, but the decision might be linked to recent tension over allegations that Christians were trying to convert Muslims.
Tension recently flared when Muslim leaders accused Protestant evangelists of trying to convert Muslims to Christianity.
Da’wa is OK…evangelizing is not. Perfectly fair, no?
Earlier this month, the former chairman of the Protestant group, American pastor Hugh Johnson, was expelled from the country over links to evangelization campaigns, according to some religious freedom groups.
In addition to Johnson’s expulsion, three Algerian Christians were convicted of “insulting Islam” on Feb. 5 and unofficially told they would be sentenced to three years in prison and fined.
Among the churches ordered to close is the 1,200-member Full Gospel Church, according to Compass.