Uzbekistan is drafting a new religious law to bring all religious expression under strict governmental oversight. Eric Mock of Slavic Gospel Association says, “It is not actually that much different from the existing law. You will see there are variations in minor aspects of the law, but it remains very difficult for the churches there to register a church, to hold worship services, and impossible to share your faith.”
This law doesn’t just affect Christians. Mock says, “Part of what they’re concerned about is also radical Islam. If they continue to suppress radical or more conservative aspects of Islam, they would be seen as creating a new problem if they weren’t equally as restrictive of Christians. So, there’s an overall push by a secular government to suppress religious expression or religious expressions of faith in any form.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
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