Laws in Algeria Restrict Missionary Work


11/12/2022 Algeria (International Christian Concern) – Officials in Algeria have made it increasingly difficult for missionaries to evangelize or challenge the Islamic faith in any capacity. With the Algerian government having issued ordinances and restrictions on non-Muslim religious organizations, any attempt to attract more MBBs is met with animosity and the very real possibility of imprisonment and heavy fines.

Today, Algeria is estimated to be around 99% Sunni Muslim, and blasphemy, anti-proselytism and laws governing worship are the main elements that make missionary work here almost impossible. Blasphemy laws according to the United States Commission on International Freedom (USCIRF) “criminalize blasphemy. Anyone who “offends the Prophet…and the messengers of God or disparages the dogma or precepts of Islam, whether in writing, by works of art, by word or by any other means” may be liable three to five years in prison and/or a fine of between 50,000 and 100,000 Algerian dinars (about 350 to 710 USD)”. This means that anything said or perceived as going against Muslim beliefs is criminalized. Anti-proselytism laws include any act that “encourages” a Muslim to convert to another religion. Finally, laws governing worship require Christians to approve places of worship while deliberately discriminating against religious minorities to make these places of worship difficult to regularly attend and enjoy. You can find similar stories of how these laws persecuted Christians here.

Algeria clearly made these laws specifically to discourage the practice of religious systems outside of the Sunni Muslim sect, as a result missionary work has become dangerous and can come at a high cost.

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