With a new “anti-extremism” program pending in Kazakhstan, many are concerned that persecution of Christians, and other religious minorities, will increase. For example, “If adopted in its current form, all places of worship would require security systems and require the teaching of what the government calls ‘traditional religions.’”
5/13/2013 Kazakhstan (Charisma)- Kazakhstan is again raising eyebrows. According to a report from Forum 18 News, the government would like to implement what they’re calling a new state program to counter religious extremism and terrorism for 2013-2017.
If adopted in its current form, all places of worship would require security systems and require the teaching of what the government calls “traditional religions.”
President of Russian Ministries Sergey Rakhuba met with the Kazakh ambassador to the United States last week.
“I was very much optimistic having a chance to openly discuss these issues,” Rakhuba says, “but when it comes from the reports from the ground like this, it shows there is a lot more that is to come.”
Rakhuba is referring to additional restrictions to religious freedom for evangelical Christians. He believes the new program will put more pressure on evangelical churches and will create more difficulties for their work but won’t stop it.