The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Kazakhstan law draws concern

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom warned that a proposed law in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic, will restrict religious groups, reduce faith communities and increase fines for unregistered religious groups seen as “nontraditional.”

Teofil Chowaniec, secretary of the country’s Roman Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said the proposed law deeply concerns those from Baptists to Lutherans and reimposes Soviet-style restrictions in a republic where most follow Islam.


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