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Officials announce ban on Christianity in Lao village

Post  palmtree on Sat 08 Aug 2009, 11:45 pm

Officials announce ban on Christianity in Lao village



Following the confiscation of livestock from Christian families earlier this month, officials in a village in Laos on Saturday called a special meeting for all residents and announced that they had "banned the Christian faith in our village," reports Charisma News Online.

The chief of Katin village, along with village security, social and religious affairs officials, warned all 53 Christian residents that they should revert to worshiping local spirits in accordance with Lao tradition or risk losing all village rights and privileges—including their livestock and homes, according to advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF).

The Katin village leader also declared that spirit worship was the only acceptable form of worship in the community, HRWLRF reported. Katin village is in Ta Oih district, Saravan Province.

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