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ICC Note: Ten Christian youth organizations in Switzerland were recently informed that they were being cut off from government funding. The Christian community has generally been disappointed in the decision, and the Swiss Evangelical Alliance has initiated a petition in response to the matter, which has already garnered 11,000 signatures. Evangelical Focus noted that the funding was pulled because the youth programs were seen as only “a means to the missionary end.”

By Andy Walton

03/31/2017 Switzerland (Christian Today) – Some evangelical groups in Switzerland are unhappy after a number of Christian youth organisations were left without support by the government.

Ten groups were recently told they would no longer receive state funding. Now a decision has been made to deprive them of government quality labels for youth work.

That decision has prompted dismay from the Swiss Evangelical Alliance as well as a wider group, with a petition against the decision being signed by over 11,000 people in a few days.

Evangelical Focus reports that the financial support was pulled three years ago because ‘The Court said these organisations were only focused on mission, whereas all other activities (singing, sport, outdoor-programmes) were only a means to the missionary end.’

Switzerland was one of the centres of the Protestant Reformation and the majority of the Swiss population identifies as either Swiss Reformed or Roman Catholic. Self-identified evangelicals are a small group, though, with only one to two per cent of the Swiss population of eight and a half million.

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