Vietnam moves closer to passing restrictive religion bill


Church VietnamVietnam is moving closer to passing a restrictive law on religion, Christian groups have warned. The country’s most powerful political organ, the Standing Committee of the National Assembly, discussed the bill Aug. 14 with few signs major amendments would be made before passing next year, said the religious freedom advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

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Christianity and Interreligion in South and Southeast Asia


Marcus Braybrooke, agent for the Interfaith Observer in Asia, writes: Living in a multi-religious society is still a new experience for many people in Europe and America, but in Asia members of one faith community have traditionally coexisted in the same geographical space with those of others. Crossing boundaries – for example, marrying a member of another community – could result in social ostracism. At times, sharp controversy and, sadly, horrific violence has been suffered, as when India was partitioned. At other times, for centuries in millions of villages and town, neighbors from different traditions have gotten on well, been friends, and even enjoyed some practical cooperation.

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An Interfaith Path to Peace

Rabbi David RosenProper and right engagement with religious institutions and interfaith cooperation is critical, not only for the success of any initiative but also in order to overcome the wounds of the past and promote the common good of the communities, said Rabbi David Rosen in an address to the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations.

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