(MSN) Protestant leaders in Bolivia once welcomed how President Evo Morales reduced religious discrimination by severing the Andean government's longstanding ties with Roman Catholicism. However, now they fear that pre-Colombian animism is replacing Catholicism as the official state religion.
Church leaders are trying to revoke a new law they say aims to "impose contrary beliefs" and "denies us the right to be a church."
The National Association of Evangelicals of Bolivia (ANDEB) will file suit before the Plurinational Legislative Assembly demanding that Law 351 be revoked as unconstitutional; Christian leaders argue its re-registration requirements restrict the "rights and religious freedoms of churches."
The law stipulates a standardized administrative structure for all "religious organizations" that church groups must adopt.
"This would force churches to betray their true ecclesiastical traditions," Ruth Montaño, legal advisor ...1