Netanyahu blocks anti-proselytizing bill after evangelical Christians, others protest

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    Nat Quinn
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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has shut down efforts to outlaw evangelism in the land where Christianity was born 2,000 years ago, following outrage and criticism by evangelical Christians around the world.

    “We will not advance any law against the Christian community,” Mr. Netanyahu said Wednesday in a Twitter post in Hebrew and English.

    Israel‘s parliament, called the Knesset, was considering a bill that would outlaw attempts to persuade people to consider changing their faith, including online outreach, mail and any other means. Convicted proselytizers would face up to two years in prison.



    Evangelicals pushed back against the legislation after All Israel News, a website run by evangelical author Joel C. Rosenberg, broke the story on Sunday.

    Critics said that legislation restricting free speech would distress evangelicals, one of Israel‘s largest non-Jewish support groups.

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