Algerian police shut down three churches last week for being too Christian, the latest in a line of 19 since Novemeber.
The church closures come amid a flurry of antagonistic media articles warning of campaigns by Protestants to âChristianizeâ Algeria. Religious Affairs Minister BuâAbdallah Ghoulamullah called on Christian groups in Algeria to re-register according to Algeriaâs associationsâ law, but Algerian Christians have claimed that the government has blocked them from carrying out the required re-registration. Columnist Mustapha Hammouche wrote in Liberte on Tuesday (March 25) that repression of evangelism âhas turned into the harassment of Christians.â On March 21, police detained two Algerian Christians traveling by public bus from Tizi Ouzou to Bejaia for carrying 11 Bibles.
Saudi Arabia must be so proud.
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