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Bolivia Finally Gives Evangelicals the Same Rights as Catholics

With new law, president Evo Morales comes through on his promise of greater religious freedom.
Morgan Lee|
Bolivia Finally Gives Evangelicals the Same Rights as Catholics
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Evangelicals in Bolivia received a major religious freedom boost this week from the same administration that banned evangelism last year.

Months after Evo Morales criminalized proselytizing—before swiftly reversing course—the Bolivian president reached out to Christians to help draft legislation to recognize evangelical churches and institutions. This week, he made it official.

“With this law, all churches have the same rights,” said Morales. “There is equality. There is neither a primary nor a secondary nor an underground church like before. Now it is a team effort and fight."

Munir Chiquie, president of the National Association of Evangelicals of Bolivia (ANDEB), called the law “a qualitative leap in the development and understanding of this fundamental freedom that is inseparable from the freedoms of worship, conscience and thought.”

“Today is a day of celebration, it is a historic day,” said Alberto Salcedo Peñaloza, who ...

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