Bolivia’s Evangelical Christians Launch Fight for Religious Freedom

Protestant association files constitutional appeal against restrictive new laws.

Christians gather during President Evo Morales’ first visit to Chacarillas in 2012. (Morning Star News)

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (Morning Star News) – Evangelical Christians have begun their battle against new measures that could result in the dissolution of Protestant denominations and other groups that have ministered in Bolivia for decades. As organizations that fail to comply with the new government measures will lose their legal standing, the National Association of Evangelicals of […]

German Homeschooling Case Highlights Questions about Persecution, Asylum

Were the Romeikes persecuted? If so, should the U.S. have granted asylum?

Home the Romeikes left in Bissingen, Germany. (Courtesy of Family)

(Morning Star News) – Should a family educating their children at home out of faith-based conviction in a country where homeschooling is illegal be able to claim asylum in the United States on grounds of religious persecution? For Uwe and Hannelore Romeike of Germany, who arrived in the United States in 2008, the question hovered […]

Colombian Guerrilla Group Bans Worship Services, Threatens Pastors

An estimated 150 churches closed since July.

Newly baptized believers in Putumayo River. (Morning Star News, David Miller)

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (Morning Star News) – Christians in southern Colombia are living in constant danger from a guerrilla army that has banned worship services in rural areas under its control. An estimated 150 churches have been forced to close since July, when the 32nd Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP in Spanish) […]

Head of Town in Mexico Sends Mob to Beat, Abduct Christians

Traditionalist Catholics in Oaxaca demolish church building under construction.

Two Christians with X-rays of their injuries from mistreatment in jail in Oaxaca. (Morning Star News via Milenio)

LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – Traditionalist Catholics abducted, jailed and beat a group of evangelical Christians with rods and stones in Oaxaca, Mexico last week on orders from the head of a municipality, according to human rights officials. A mob sent by San Juan Ozolotepec President Pedro Cruz Gonzalez on Nov. 4 attacked the […]

New Law in Bolivia Aims to Control Churches, Impose Beliefs, Protestant Leaders Say

Thousands march against measures granting government power over congregational affairs.

Aymara ceremony in Copacabana, Bolivia. (Wikipedia)

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (Morning Star News) – Protestant church leaders in Bolivia are trying to revoke a new law they say aims to “impose contrary beliefs” and “denies us the right to be a church.” Asserting that Law 351 is unconstitutional, the National Association of Evangelicals of Bolivia (ANDEB) will file suit this week before the Plurinational […]

Prospects Appear Dim for Religious Freedom in Cuba

Increased abuses range from arrests to enticing Christian leaders into immorality.

On the street in Old Havana, Cuba, where the Communist regime persecutes Christian church members. (Morning Star News photo)

HAVANA  (Morning Star News) – The Rev. Carlos Lamelas knows first-hand the diabolical nature of attempts by Cuban authorities to cripple Christianity on the Communist isle.   Refusing to allow government interference in the internal affairs of his congregation, Lamelas was charged with “human trafficking” (allegedly helping Christians to flee the island). He spent four […]

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