Bulgarians rally to pray, protest proposed religious restrictions

By Ken Camp | Baptist Standard

Bulgarian Baptists joined other Christians in a prayer rally and peaceful protest that drew about 2,000 participants to the nation’s capital, united by concern over proposed restrictions on religious freedom.

Baptist World Alliance leaders also appealed to Bulgaria’s prime minister after the nation’s parliament gave initial approval to a law significantly restricting religious practice, including missionary activity and theological training. The Bulgarian parliament approved the legislation on first reading in early October, setting a Nov. 16 deadline for receiving public comment before a final vote.

While the largest group gathered Nov. 11 outside the Bulgarian Parliament in Sofia, other Christians assembled around the country to pray and to ask lawmakers to reject amendments to the Religious Denominations Act.