Posted by: becketfund | January 3, 2007

Romania: Government Approves Controversial Religion Law

Forum 18 reports that Romanian President Traian Basescu has approved a controversial new religion law, promulgated on December 27. Critics of the law, mainly minority religious groups such as the Baha’i and the Seventh-day Adventists, have expressed concern about the new criteria for legal recognition as a faith, as well as the ban on “religious defamation” and “public offense to religious symbols”. Though most religious communities have said they will wait to see how the law is enforced, minority groups fear that the law aims not to ensure equal protection for all, but to preserve the dominance of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

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