Sunday, November 28, 2010

Algeria tries Christians for opening place of worship

Christianity is being hijacked by a secular minority group. These Muslims putting four converted Christians through trial believes it is okay, but calls us intolerant when we protest the mosque at Ground Zero. I call it hypocrisy and a double standard.

ALGIERS (AFP)- Algeria will put on trial four converts to Christianity Sunday for “illegally opening a place of worship”, one of their lawyers told AFP.

“The defendants, who are between 35 and 45 years old, have been charged with setting up a Protestant church in the region without authorization by authorities,” said lawyer Mohamed Ben Belkacem.

The trial will be held in Larbaa Nath Irathen, east of Algiers.

One of the accused has also been charged with illegally accommodating a French pastor who had travelled to Algeria to make a speech before members of the Christian community.

The trial was originally scheduled to open on October 10 but put off after the court insisted it needed witnesses to give evidence.

Under a 2006 Algerian law Muslims or non-Muslims can only practice their religion after authorities agree to a place of worship.

Over the past months several trials have opened in the north African country where Islam is the state religion for violation of Islamic precepts, notably involving converts to Christianity