Algeria passes an anti-conversion law.

By April 11, 2006

Algeria (MNN)–Algeria has passed its own version of an anti-conversion law.

The evangelistic activities of several mission groups in the restive ethnic regions prompted the legislation.

The official word from the government is that the law seeks to remove religion as a political tool, thus removing the possibility of sectarian instability.

The new law calls for sentences of five years in prison and a fine of $70 to $140 for those who try to convert Muslims to another religion.

Before this law passed, there was no legal barrier to religious conversion, though officials looked at it as subversive.

Algeria’s population is majority Muslim. According to officials, the country has no more than 5,000 Christians, including expatriates. Pray for those who remain in ministry in Algeria.

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