Grave desecration acknowledged

A Georgia county has acknowledged it paved over part of a Black Baptist graveyard during road construction 52 years ago. St. Paul Baptist Church in DeKalb County was pushed out of its historic location by white neighbors in 1930 but maintained a church graveyard. The county built a road over part of it in 1969. DeKalb officials refused to acknowledge the desecration—despite the many letters and protests of a longtime deacon—until it was reported by a local news station. The deacon is asking the county to move 26 bodies, put up a plaque, and construct a fence around the remaining burial grounds.

Muslims can work on churches

The Grand Mufti Shawki Allam issued a fatwa in January allowing Muslim laborers to work on the construction of new churches. The religious ruling overturns previous teaching that building a church violated the Qur’an’s prohibition against helping “sin and rancor.” According to a government council, land has been designated for 10 new churches in Egypt, in addition to the 34 already under construction. The ruling marks a significant step toward Christian toleration in the country. In 2018, the government began allowing churches to be licensed. Since then, 1,800 have registered, including 310 Protestant churches. Another 960 Protestant churches are waiting to be processed.

UN demands reason for church closures

The United Nations Human Rights Council is demanding an explanation for the closures of Protestant churches. More than a dozen churches with the Protestant Church of Algeria have been closed since 2018, and another 49 have been threatened with closure. The association lost its legal status in 2013 after 70 years, and no Protestant church ...

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