Posted by: becketfund | January 4, 2007

Iran: Evangelical Churches Operate Only with Government Blessing

ADNKronos International reports that a new government measure in Iran now requires Evangelical church leaders to report the names of anyone who takes part in religious functions to the Intelligence Ministry and to obtain authorization from police before celebrating mass.  Evangelical churches are not often granted permission to operate in Iran, and most congregations meet in private homes despite a ban on such activity.  Christians number well under 1% of Iran’s population.  At least 50 Evangelical Christians have been jailed and detained without trial since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected in June 2005.

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