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France Tackles Islamic Extremism . . . and Evangelicals


John Stonestreet

David Carlson

In an attempt to prevent more deadly Islamic terrorist attacks, France’s National Assembly passed an anti-extremism bill, banning polygamy and forced marriages. It also requires school attendance beginning at age 3 with no religious homeschooling exemptions.

But there’ more. Sermons would also be subject to official review, and religious associations must sign a “contract of respect” for French values.

These provisions affect all religious bodies, not just Islamic ones.

It’s not hard to see why evangelicals there are concerned.  In fact, France’s interior minister called evangelicals “a very important problem” because they “refuse to say that the law of the Republic is superior to the law of God.”

According to one French evangelical leader, France is wrong to equate Christians with Islamist extremists, and now is the time for prayer. “We pray a lot in France for the persecuted church,” he said. “Maybe it’s our turn to go through difficulties and to persevere.”


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