Posted by: becketfund | May 16, 2007

Moldova: New Religion Law Passes to Final Reading Before Promulgation

Forum 18 reports that Moldova’s new Religion Law has gone through its final reading in Parliament, though its contents will not be publicized until the law is promulgated by the President. Moldova’s religious minorities voice concerns that the law may outlaw religious communities with fewer than 100 members and define proselytism as “abusive”. Meanwhile, the majority Russian Orthodox Church in Moldova is worried that the law will not impose enough restrictions on freedom of thought, conscience and belief, claiming that the law will make it easier for “anti-Christian, occult and Satanist” organizations to register, with the intention of annihilating “Orthodoxy in Moldova”.

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