Thursday, March 30, 2006

Zur Gesetzeslage in Algerien

Eigentlich ist es nicht verwunderlich, dass man Abdul Rahman in Afghanistan am liebsten ermordet hätte. So ist es eben üblich bei den Muslims: Wer nicht an Allah glauben möchte, dem hackt man den Kopf ab. It's in the Koran.

Solche Sitten werden nun seit neuestem auch in Algerien durch das Gesetz gepflegt.

As attention focused on an Afghan Christian convert who faced the death penalty for his conversion, Algeria quietly passed a law that punishes anyone who persuades a Muslim to leave his faith, with up to five years in prison, and banishes house churches.

The government said the law's purpose is to prohibit "clandestine organizations" it claims are secretly trying to convert Muslims, according to London-based Alarab Online.

But the news agency said the cabinet is attempting to win over Muslim radicals ahead of a general election next year.


Christians in Algeria – who affirm the new law is the result of increasing influence of radical Islamists in the North African nation – say that to this point, the government has been relatively tolerant of Christianity.


According to the new law, passed March 21, the penalty is imprisonment of two to five years and a fine of up to about $12,000 for whomever "incites, constrains or utilizes means of seduction tending to convert a Muslim to another religion, or by using to this end establishments for teaching, for education, for health, of a social or cultural nature, or training institutions, or any other establishment, or any financial means, makes, stores, or distributes printed documents or audiovisual productions or by any other aid or means, which has as its goal to shake the faith of a Muslim."

In addition, the Algerian government now will regulate all places where Christians can worship, with the officially-Muslim government having to explicitly approve any new Christian church.

House churches are explicitly banned.

The law says, "Collective exercise of religious worship takes place exclusively in structures intended for this purpose, open to the public and identifiable from the exterior."

The new legislation also provides for the possible imprisonment and expulsion of foreign Christians for the same "offenses."


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