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Monday, December 16th, 2013
Hungary is being called out by a prominent U.S. lawmaker for it's latest attempt to regulate faith groups. A major church in Hungary was "stripped" of it's registered status by a new religion law and is now being investigated by the government after filing an application to register. The new religion law is viewed by many Christians in the nation as a step backwards towards the repression of the Communist era.
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
While the government claims they are merely attempting to reduce tax fraud one legistlator with the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) believes that the restrictions that have allowed only 32 of 300 faith groups to receive formal recognition from Parliament are actually a violation of religious and human rights. These laws appear to “revive Communist-era rhetoric, demanding that recognized churches must ‘not pose a risk to national security’ and ‘cooperate with government agencies for community purposes’.”
Monday, June 17th, 2013
On Wednesday, Hungary expelled the vice-president of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) on "terrorism charges" in a move that many suspect is an act of Christian persecution. The Uyghur people are an ethnic group that live in China and Central Asia. Umit Hamit Agahi, a German citizen, and the one kicked out of the country on “terrorism” charges says that "Only China calls the WUC a terrorist organization." China is notorious for going to great lengths to suppress and end the influence of Christians and Christianity in its borders. The question now is: Does China have Hungary under its thumb?
Friday, March 22nd, 2013
Hungarians staged a protest in front of the presidential palace to express their distress at what they see as the “end of Hungarian democracy.” Hungarian government recently adopted constitutional ammendments , one of which was removing the “official status for more than 300 Protestant sects and minor Catholic religious orders.” We will have to wait and see what the future of religious freedom will be for Hungarian citizens.
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
A new tax legislation is soon to come into effect in Hungary. This affects many “’law-abiding expats’ including American missionaries could face up to 45.5 percent in taxes over their wages.” This drastic tax will in effect “force” many missionaries and religious organizations to close their doors or leave the country due to lack of funding. Last year a strict “church law” cut the number of churches in Hungary from 350 to a mere 32.
Sunday, August 19th, 2012
A new law in Hungary called 'Law on the Right to Freedom of Conscience and Religion, and on Churches, Religions and Religious Communities' is being called controversial by Christians. With this law “only 32 of over 300 faith groups in Hungary received formal recognition by Parliament to operate as churches,” which sounds quite similar to what Christians in many countries in Central Asia are facing right now. Many are concerned that this law may be an indication that Hungary is edging back towards the communist-era they left behind over twenty years ago.
Saturday, July 7th, 2012
This Evangelistic crusade in Hungary “comes at a difficult time for evangelicals following the recent adoption of restrictive legislation limiting the number of churches and other religious groups recognized and supported by the state in this predominantly Catholic nation.” It was a breath of fresh air for many believers to see such an event take place.
Friday, January 27th, 2012
In June of last year the Parliament of Hungary passed what is considered one of the most oppressive religion laws in Europe. However, due to a violation of procedure, the law has been struck down, at least for now.
Saturday, December 10th, 2011
Under the law, only 14 of 362 Hungarian religious organizations registered under the earlier law (passed in 1990) will be officially recognized. As a number of Hungarian human rights activists pointed out in an open letter, "Among the churches that were discriminated against are, to mention only a few, Hungary's Methodist, Pentecostal, Adventists and reform Jewish churches; the Salvation Army and Jehovah's Witnesses; and all the Islamic, Buddhist, and Hinduist congregations."
Sunday, June 24th, 2007
the world "has become a place increasingly hostile toward evangelical Christians"
Thursday, June 21st, 2007
The world's top evangelical leaders continued discussing strategies Wednesday, June 20, on how to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a 21st century world, they say, "has become a place increasingly hostile toward evangelical Christians."
Monday, February 27th, 2006
Priceless Christian books returned to Hungary more than 60 years after they were taken to Russia.
Monday, February 27th, 2006
Hungary's remembrance of the crimes committed in the name of Communism reminds us to continue to fight for religious liberty.
Monday, January 23rd, 2006
Religious books stolen from Hungarian church by Soviet troops at the end of World War II may finally be returned.
Monday, June 20th, 2005
Christians Launch Revival Movement And Pray For "New" Government
Monday, August 16th, 2004
Hungarys President Praises Church for Sheltering East Germans