Hungary has introduced a new law governing the registration of religious groups that critics charge discriminates against minority faiths, and strips St Margaret's Anglican Church in Budapest of its status as a religious organisation.
On 14 July the Hungarian Parliament adopted "The Right to Freedom of Conscience and Religion and on the Status of Churches, Religions and Religious Communities" Law, by a vote of 254 in favour to 43 opposed.
Introduced on 10 June in Parliament, the proposed legislation would have created three tiers of religious groups, with differing authorities to conduct worship and engage in charitable activities under Hungarian law. Human Rights activists, NGOs and a number of religious leaders objected, arguing, in the words of the Washington think-tank, the Institute on Religion and Public Policy, the bill gave Hungary "a tiered system offering an inferior religious status to minority faiths that violates the right to religious freedom and the right to be free from religious discrimination." To read more, click here.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Hungary bans Anglicans
Posted by Robin G. Jordan at 8:39 AM