Christian leaders in France raise concerns over impact of anti-extremism bill

Mar 25, 2021 by

from Barnabas Fund:

Christian leaders in France have raised concerns about the impact a new bill intended to curb Islamist extremism may have on religious liberty.

Fears have been further stoked by the comments of French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin that, “We cannot discuss with people who refuse to write on paper that the law of the [French] Republic is superior to the law of God.”  

Darmanin also stated that, “Evangelicals are a very important problem.”

The anti-extremism bill – also referred to as the anti-separatism bill and officially titled the Law to Uphold Republican Principles – is thought to be aimed at combating Islamic extremism, preventing the emergence a wholly-separate Muslim community, and promoting French values of secularism (laïcité).

However, certain of the bill’s provisions could serve to restrict the activities of France’s churches and individual Christians.

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