Proposed law in Hungary could jeopardize small, new religions

Religious liberty experts say a proposed law in Hungary would saddle the country’s minority religions with a burdensome registration system, discriminating against small faith groups based on their size and historical significance. If passed, the legislation would “represent a serious setback for religious freedom in Hungary,” jeopardizing the registered status of more than a hundred religious organizations in the country, the Institute on Religion & Public Policy said last month. Many religious groups that previously obtained official recognition under Hungary’s 1990 Religion Law would lose registration, face a narrower definition of “religious activity” and meet more stringent conditions to re-register.

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