Vietnam’s New Religion Bill Doesn’t Sound Too Good for Evangelicals


The Vietnamese government is speeding the approval process of a new religious bill that the country’s leaders hope will provide a clean break from its repressive past. Christian leaders say they are skeptical that the Communist regime will change its oppressive tactics.

Under current regulations, religious organizations are required to register, Christians and churches face land confiscations, and minority groups face persecution.

Although the details of the new legislation have not been released, it is reported tha it would allow citizens the freedom to either practice or not practice a religion. It would also include religions in public discussions on education, vocational training, and medical care.

Buddhists and Catholic leaders have praised the law at a recent Patriotic Front meeting, reports Mission Network News, however Greg Musselman, a spokesman for Voice of the Martyr’s Canada said he doubts the new bill will bring real change.

“Have they really changed from their Communist ideology? On the outside, it looks like that’s happening,” he said.  “You’ve got mouthpieces for the Communist government — ‘religious’ leaders who are coming out and saying, ‘This is great!’  The reality is, it hasn’t changed that much.”

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