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Attempt To Purge Hundreds of Churches from Hungary's Rolls Faces Setback (Again)

(Updated) Eastern European nation's top court rules against controversial legislation–again.

Update (April 9, 2014): The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Hungary's right to recognize church communities breaches freedom of religion. According to The Wall Street Journal, Hungary's Church Act of 2012 unrightfully allows the Hungarian parliament to decide whether or not to give religious minorities legal church status. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Viktor Orban—a confirmed Protestant—was elected to office for another four years.


Update (March 12): German newspaper Deutsche Welle has reported that Hungary has approved a constitutional amendment that "allows parliament to decide on the legal status of religious communities," overruling last month's Constitutional Court decision.


Hungarian lawmakers and judges have been wrestling back and forth since 2011 over a law that reduced the number of recognized faith groups in the eastern European nation from more than 350 to just 14, leaving many ...

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