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Algerian church bribes converts: Islamic scholar

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Calls for crackdown on Protestant Church
Algerian church bribes converts: Islamic scholar

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A leading Islamic scholar in Algeria has accused the Protestant Church of bribing people to convert to Christianity, and called on authorities to crack down on "aggression against Algerians," a press report said Wednesday.

The head of the Algerian Association of Muslim Scholars, Sheikh Abdul-Rahman Al-Shayban, called on officials to counter missionary campaigns by the church which, he said, "has reached the point of aggression against Algerians."


According to a report by the Association on the church's activities in tribal areas, every convert gets 5,000 euros (7,200 dollars) and university students are offered scholarships to study abroad, the Algerian newspaper Al-Khabar reported.

The report also said the Protestant Church rewards its clergy for every Muslim convert, and proclaims the legitimacy of Israel.

Shayban called for a crackdown under the religious practice law for non-Muslims, which, he said, is the only way to protect Muslims.

The law regulates the activities of religious minorities and places their congregations under close scrutiny. It also stipulates that non-Muslim conferences must get prior permission from the provincial governor and provide a list of participants and their addresses.

The Protestant Church, Shayban said, is buying land in tribal areas to build places of worship and conversion centers.

Shayban said that after independence, Algerian Christians only asked for the freedom to practice their religion. "Now they have reached the extent of assaulting us," he added.

But Shayban praised Algerian Catholics who he said "do not take part in the absurdities of Protestants."


(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid).


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I'm not sure wether this article is pro-, anti- or neutral towards islam nad/or christianity.
Baal

Well at first it seems anti-church. But as I go through, I realize that if I was in Algeria, and wanted 5000 euros, I could just step to the nearest church and convert. So it is advertizing for the church.

Although I seriously doubt this money is paid out to converts. It is stupid. If I had this kind of money to throw around, I would know that Muslims and students will just pull a taqqiya and take away my money.
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Baal wrote:
Well at first it seems anti-church. But as I go through, I realize that if I was in Algeria, and wanted 5000 euros, I could just step to the nearest church and convert. So it is advertizing for the church.

Although I seriously doubt this money is paid out to converts. It is stupid. If I had this kind of money to throw around, I would know that Muslims and students will just pull a taqqiya and take away my money.


Hi Ball

I know what you mean. But I also thought about this part:

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The law regulates the activities of religious minorities and places their congregations under close scrutiny. It also stipulates that non-Muslim conferences must get prior permission from the provincial governor and provide a list of participants and their addresses.


It sounded rather absurd to me. In would say that this something to criticize, and hence a critic of the institution of islam in Algeria, but I'm not sure wether the article was trying to do that.

Cheers

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