Religion: The Rules of Decency

Evangelical Protestantism appears to be flourishing in, of all places, Communist Rumania. Though most Rumanian Christians are Eastern Orthodox, the Baptists, with about 180,000 members, claim to have baptized 10,000 converts last year. The 100,000 Pentecostalists claim 15,000 baptisms. The government has responded to all this activity with a series of harassments, and six Evangelical leaders boldly responded last month by issuing a public protest. "If you do not intend to give [civil] rights to Evangelical Christians, then declare it openly," they said.

Titled "Appeal for Respect of Human Rights for Evangelical Believers...

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