In the news it’s labeled as anti-terrorism legislation. But people close to the situation say the new law reaches much further. It radically redefines “religious activity” to mean any conversation with a non-believer anywhere — even in one’s home — other than inside a church building or other recognized religious institutions. Any conversation about God, faith, the Bible becomes illegal, finable up to $800 for individuals and $15,500 for organizations. Foreigners face deportation.
In addition, the law makes everyone a mandated reporter. Those who witness a “crime,” such as someone sharing a testimony, and don’t report it, are also breaking the law.
This all feels much too familiar to those who remember the iron grip of communism in Russia and Eastern Europe.
If you live in a truly free nation, thank God. And exercise that freedom by praying, praying alone, praying in groups, praying publicly, for those who cannot.